Google Doodle celebrates ‘flat white coffee’: How to make it?

Google Doodle celebrates ‘flat white coffee’ which is made by pouring steamed milk over a shot of espresso. Here’s how it works and how you can make it.

Did you notice the ‘flat white coffee’ animated illustration on Google? Well, Google Doodle celebrated the beverage, which originated in Australia and New Zealand. The flat white drink, which is a beloved drink made with steamed milk poured over a shot of espresso, was added to the Oxford English Dictionary on March 11. The beverage is thought to have initially been offered on menus in Sydney and Auckland in the 1980s. Here’s everything you need to know about ‘flat white coffee.’

What is flat white coffee?

Flat white coffee is a popular espresso-based beverage that originated from Australia and New Zealand. It features a higher coffee-to-milk ratio than a latte, with a strong espresso base, topped with microfoam which gives it a velvety texture. It is “flatter” than a cappuccino or latte, making flat whites more popular with coffee connoisseurs who are looking for less foam.

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Flat white coffee is a popular coffee choice around the world. Image courtesy: Freepik

So, imagine a smooth and glossy texture that is created by steaming and frothing the milk. This drink strikes a balance between a coffee that has a rich flavour and a creamy consistency.

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Here’s a breakdown of the components:

1. Espresso: Like many espresso-based drinks, a flat white starts with a shot or two of espresso.
2. Microfoam: The flat white coffee has a distinctive feature as its silky microfoam. Microfoam is created by steaming and frothing milk, and it has a fine, velvety texture. The goal is to achieve a smooth, glossy foam with tiny bubbles.
3. Ratio: In a flat white, the ratio of coffee to milk is higher than in a traditional latte but less than a cappuccino. The result is a strong coffee flavour with a creamy and velvety texture.

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The history

The flat white coffee originated in the 1980s in Australia and New Zealand with both countries claiming its invention. This coffee combines a strong espresso base with velvety microfoam, creating a balanced and flavorful drink. As it grew popular, it became a part of cafe culture in Sydney and Auckland. It is believed to have gained international recognition in the 2000s due to its unique texture and rich taste.

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Flat white coffee is easy to prepare. mage courtesy: Adobe Stock

How to make flat white coffee?

Here’s a quick recipe to help you prepare this frothy beverage in no time:


  • 1 tablespoon (tbsp) coffee beans
  • Whole milk


1. You need to prepare an espresso shot for which you need to brew a double shot of espresso by forcing hot water through finely ground coffee beans.
2. Steam and froth the milk using a steam wand or milk frother until it reaches a velvety texture.
3. Take a pre-warmed cup, which is pouring hot water in a cup and letting it sit for a few minutes, and dump the water. Now, add the espresso shot to it.
4. Now, gently pour the microfoamed milk over the espresso, holding back the foam with a spoon to achieve a smooth, creamy layer.
5. You can adjust the coffee-to-milk ratio to suit your taste.
6. Enjoy the beverage!

If you haven’t tried this coffee, you must try this beverage to know why it is so popular among people around the world.

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