What Is A Flat White Coffee Vs Latte?

A flat white coffee is an espresso-based coffee beverage that is served with steamed milk and microfoam on the side. This microfoam is composed of steamed milk that has been gently infused with air during the manufacturing process. As a result, the milk is silky and textured, with tiny air bubbles throughout.

A flat white is a more concentrated beverage that will have a stronger coffee flavor than a regular coffee drink. Because of the use of two shots, it has the potential to be more caffeinated than a latte in terms of strength. A flat white combines the flavor and intensity of espresso with the rich mouthfeel of a dairy-based beverage to create a deliciously satisfying beverage.

A Latte is made with steamed milk and topped with a thin layer of foamed milk (approximately 5mm) to give it a creamy texture. The Flat White, on the other hand, is topped with a very thin layer of steamed milk that is 'flat' (hence the name), and nothing else is added.

Make approximately 35ml of espresso in your coffee machine and pour it into the bottom of your cup to fill it halfway. Using the steamer attachment, steam the milk until it has approximately 1-2cm of foam on the surface. Hold the jug so that the spout is approximately 3-4cm above the cup and slowly pour the milk into the cup, stirring constantly.

In fact, a cappuccino has a 1:1 ratio of coffee to steamed milk, whereas a flat white has a 1:3 ratio of coffee to steamed milk... This means that the cappuccino is noticeably stronger as a result.

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