White coffee recipes are winning America’s heart and there’s a new heartthrob in town called flat white coffee. If you are an avid coffee drinker, or even an occasional one, you have probably noticed this intriguing beverage stealthily sneaking its way onto menus in your favorite coffee bars all across America. The popularity of this relatively young coffee drink has steadily been gaining momentum since the 1980s when she first showed up on the coffee scene, reportedly in Australia. Or is that New Zealand? Her exact history is a little sketchy and seems to depend largely on who’s telling the story. One thing is for certain, though, since her arrival, she has been quickly gaining momentum on the beloved cappuccino and may even be edging it out on the popularity charts. If you’ve been wooed by the coy flirtations of the Flat White, don’t feel bad. You are not alone!
Okay, Who is This Flat White Anyway?
The flat white is the sexy younger cousin of the cappuccino and latte. Like these two coffee beverages, the Flat White is created by a skilled combination of three key ingredients: well-extracted espresso, perfectly steamed milk, and milk foam. However, Flat White uses micro-foam instead of froth. Micro-foam is the layer of dense, tiny bubbles forming between the bottom layer of hot milky liquid and the top layer of large froth bubbles forming when milk is properly steamed. It’s in this sweet, silky layer of deliciousness that her secret lies.
How Do the Flat White and Cappuccino Differ Then?
The cappuccino is a traditional well-dressed lady who likes her skirts a little long. This beverage utilizes equal parts of single-shot espresso and hot milk that are topped off by a thick dome of milk froth (those large bubbles from the top layer). This gives the drink a very balanced quality where neither the espresso nor milk is the prominent component. A lovely mouthfeel of lightweight froth accentuates the final effect.
By comparison, the Flat White is a little more risqué and wears her skirts slightly shorter to show off more of that bare leg. This beverage is made by dressing a double shot of beautiful, bronze espresso with a small amount of hot milk and only a thin layer of micro-foam (the tiny, dense bubbles). When well-executed, this combination skillfully highlights the undiluted beauty of the espresso while seducing the senses with the luxurious mouthfeel of sweet, super velvety micro-foam. No wonder she’s so hard to resist!
So, Where Flat White Coffee Come From?
Like all alluring women, she likes to wrap herself up in a little mystique! Some claim that her roots are planted in Australia in a Sydney café, while others are adamant that her true heritage stems from a barista in New Zealand. Both of these versions date her origin to the mid-1980s. However, there’s a third, less widely accepted rumor that she is actually an English gal who might even date back as early as the 1950s. Whether she is an alluring Aussie, a cute Kiwi, or even a beautiful Brit, one thing is for certain – a lady never reveals her true age!
We may never know where the Flat White really came from, but it looks like she’s here to stay. She’s quickly winning America’s heart with her alluring beauty and trendy aura. For many, it’s love at first sip whether she manages to edge out her beloved Italian cousin, the cappuccino, as America’s favorite lady remains to be seen.