A Flat White is a coffee beverage that originated in Australia or New Zealand. It’s made with espresso and steamed milk, and it’s known for its smooth, velvety texture.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a great Flat White coffee:
1-2 shots of freshly brewed espresso
Steamed milk (about 5-6 ounces)
Optional: A small amount of microfoam (finely textured milk)
Optional: Sugar or sweetener to taste
Steam wand for milk frothing
Espresso cups or a small coffee mug
Step 1: Brew Espresso
Start by preparing 1-2 shots of espresso using your espresso machine. The amount can vary depending on your preference, but typically, a Flat White has a double shot of espresso.
Step 2: Steam and Froth the Milk
In a pitcher, steam and froth the milk using the steam wand of your espresso machine. The goal is to create silky, microfoam rather than the dry, stiff foam used for cappuccinos.
Heat the milk until it’s around 150-155°F (65-70°C) while keeping the texture smooth and velvety. Be careful not to overheat the milk.
Step 3: Pour Espresso
Pour the freshly brewed espresso into an espresso cup or small coffee mug.
Step 4: Add Steamed Milk
Gently pour the steamed milk over the espresso, holding back any microfoam initially.
The proportion of milk to espresso is roughly 1:2 or 1:3, depending on your preference for strength. You can adjust it to suit your taste.
Step 5: Add Microfoam (Optional)
If you desire, add a small amount of microfoam on top of the milk. This can be used for latte art or to enhance the texture and taste.
Step 6: Serve and Enjoy
Your Flat White is ready to enjoy. It should have a smooth, creamy texture with a strong espresso flavor. It’s typically served without any extra flavorings or sweeteners, but you can add sugar or your preferred sweetener to taste if desired.
A well-made Flat White is characterized by the balance between espresso and creamy milk, offering a rich, satisfying coffee experience with a touch of elegance.