If you are curious to learn how to make a flat white, this guide will take you through all the ingredients and tools needed to prepare your own creamy cup at home.
Plus, we’ll go over some important tips from pro baristas on how to get that perfect flavour balancing sweet smoothness with strong espresso tones.
So pull out your favourite mug and let’s dive in!
How to Make a Flat White
A flat white is a type of drink that is similar to a latte but with less milk.
It originated in Australia and New Zealand, and it consists of an espresso shot or two topped up with steamed milk – usually whole milk or creamy non-dairy milk such as oat milk – and finished off with velvety microfoam.
The result is a creamy, rich coffee beverage that has a nice balance between the intense espresso flavour and the sweetness of steamed milk.
Here’s how to make your own flat white.
Flat White Ingredients and Tools:
- 2 shots of espresso coffee
- Steamed milk (can be made using semi or skimmed cow’s milk)
- Optional: sugar or other sweeteners
- Espresso machine (for making espresso coffee)
- Milk steamer (or, alternatively, a stovetop pot to make the steamed milk)
- Milk jug (if using a stovetop pot)
- Coffee cup/mug
By the way, if you are an espresso beginner and you don’t own a machine yet, but you would like to, check out our best espresso machines for beginners.
Recipe For Making a Flat White:
- Brew Espresso: Begin by brewing two shots of espresso using your preferred brewing method. To achieve the best results, use an espresso machine and pull a double espresso. Alternatively, you can brew an espresso using a stovetop coffee maker or a French Press. Make sure to use freshly roasted beans and grind them just before brewing for the best flavour. If you need a detailed step-by-step, here is how to make espresso at home.
- Steam Milk: While the espresso is brewing, steam 6 ounces of whole milk using a milk frother or steamer. Make sure to create a microfoam by holding the frother tip just below the surface of the milk and moving it in a circular motion.
- Flat the Milk: Once the milk is steamed to your desired temperature (between 150-155°F), remove the frother and tap the milk jug on the counter to remove any large bubbles and swirl the milk to create a velvety texture.
- Mix Espresso & Milk: Pour the steamed milk over the espresso shots, using a spoon to hold back the foam until the end. Start pouring from the centre of the cup and gradually move the jug towards the edge.
- Add Milk Foam: Once the cup is full, use a spoon to add some of the remaining milk foam to the top of the drink to create a beautiful finish.
Enjoy your delicious homemade Flat White!
Optional: You can also experiment with different types of milk such as oat, almond, or soy milk to create a dairy-free Flat White. However, keep in mind that different types of milk may require different steaming temperatures and times.
Frequently Asked Questions About Making a Flat White
What is the difference between a latte and a Flat White?
A Flat White and a Latte are both espresso drinks, but the key difference is that a flat white uses less steamed milk than a latte.
This creates a thicker, creamier consistency of espresso within the flat white.
A flat white also has micro foam in it rather than just regular hot foam like most Lattes have; this creates an almost velvety texture to the drink.
Additionally, flat whites are usually served in smaller cups compared to lattes, which typically come in larger cup sizes.
What kind of milk should I use for a Flat White?
When making a flat white, it is recommended to use whole milk as it adds creaminess and a smooth texture while helping the coffee beans reach their full potential of flavour.
Whole milk has more fat than non-dairy alternatives and this extra fat helps the coffee blend better with the milk.
However, you could also opt for low-fat or skimmed milk if you prefer something healthier.
Can I make a Flat White without an espresso machine?
You can make a flat white using a French Press or a stovetop coffee maker too.
Simply brew a double dose of espresso coffee, steam the milk, and mix the two together by following the steps from this recipe article.
How do I get the perfect microfoam for a Flat White?
Use the right technique when steaming your milk; this includes adding air at a steady rate while quickly agitating the pitcher.
These steps will help you achieve that signature flat white texture: creamy but without over-aeration or droplets of water mixed in.
How do I pour the milk for a Flat White?
Start by pouring steamed milk over espresso shots using a spoon to hold back the foam until the end – begin at the centre of the cup, moving outwards in circles until it fills up.
Finish off with a dollop of remaining froth to give it a beautiful finish.
Now You Know How to Make a Flat White
All in all, making your own Flat White can be an extremely rewarding experience. With the proper instruction and guidance, you should be able to make a delicious Flat White that rivals a coffee shop’s versions.
Don’t hesitate to try out different variations, like using flavoured syrups or cashew milk. Experimentation is key when it comes to perfecting your recipes and honing your barista skills.
And while you are at it, why not also learn how to make a delicious cup of americano?
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