U.S. Coffee Lovers, Meet The Flat White At A Starbucks Near You

Australians and New Zealanders, I know the flat white is probably not breaking news to you, but bear with me while I marvel over this mystical, new-to-me coffee concoction. The highly caffeinated beverage originated sometime in the ’70s or ’80s and is known for its creamy texture. The drink consists of espresso and steamed milk that is velvety but not quite foamy, and it’s tough to make just right.The Guardian’s Oliver Laughland explains:

The drink consists of a double shot of espresso combined with micro-foamed milk that should be heated consistently all the way through so as not to split into bubbled froth and scalding liquid. As such the flat white is often served a little colder than a cappuccino. The milk is freely poured in with the espresso meaning the velvety texture of the drink remains consistent throughout, unlike a latte. Finally the flat white should be served in a 165ml tulip cup, making it typically far smaller than both a latte and a cappuccino. 

That sounds hella pretentious, as all espresso drinks do, but it also sounds like heaven in my mouth so no complaints here. Up until now, they’ve been sorely absent from New York City coffee shops, but Starbucks has announced that it would be serving flat whites in the U.S. starting today. I’m going to have to pay a visit to the Starbucks down the street this afternoon, though I’m a little worried baristas won’t be in the hang of making them yet. If they just stare back at me blankly like I’m insane when I ask for one, I’ll not only feel like an asshole for asking them for something they don’t know how to make, but I’ll also have no idea how to explain what the hell I’m asking for besides “this thing that sounds really delicious,” since I just learned what a flat white is five seconds ago. The only way to know for sure is to try! Those of you who have been drinking flat whites for years, please report back on whether Starbucks’ version of the drink is up to par! [Guardian UK] [Image via Shutterstock]