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What is a Flat White?

You’ve undoubtedly seen Starbucks’ advertisements for their newest espresso drink: the Flat White. If you look at their chalkboard drawing to explain a Flat White, more questions are easily raised.

Courtesy of Starbucks

Courtesy of Starbucks

It’s espresso and milk? How is that any different from a latté? Or a cappuccino? Well now that I think about it, what is the difference between a latté and a cappuccino?

All three of these espresso drinks have a bit in common. All are broken into three portions, all involve espresso, and all contain steamed milk. How can they be so different?

Part of the differences between the three drinks lies within the portions of the milk used. All three contain steamed milk, but only cappuccinos and lattés use foamed milk. The difference between those two is how much foamed milk is used. In a latté, it’s one-third espresso and two-thirds steamed milk with a light dusting of foamed milk on top. In a cappuccino, the drink is divided into even thirds: one-third espresso, one-third steamed milk, and one-third foamed milk.
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