While going through the drive-through at Starbucks, on an early morning before work, I’ve been torn between ordering a latte or a cappuccino. The latte is often too weak; the cappuccino not hefty enough. Neither seems to fully satisfy.
But on January 6, while checking the Starbucks app on my iPhone, I was introduced to the Flat White. It’s quite possibly the most perfect drink of all:
It is not an acid swish of coffee such as an espresso can sometimes be. It is not a sugary, ice-cream flavored icky concoction covered with whipped cream and sprinkles. It is like what I drank when I lived in Europe: thick and rich and full of real coffee flavor. Starbucks describes it as thus:
The Starbucks® Flat White is an espresso beverage made with two ristretto shots, combined with a thin layer of velvety steamed whole milk and finished with a latte art dot. A ristretto shot delivers a sweeter, more intense coffee flavor. Starbucks baristas perfectly steam milk into creamy micro-foam and carefully free pour to allow the espresso to rise to the top of the beverage for a bold coffee flavor with a sweeter finish. The Starbucks® Flat White joins the core menu line-up of espresso beverages like Caffé Americano, Caffé Latte, Cappuccino, Doppio Espresso and Espresso Macchiato.
So, I’m just sayin’ what I order now, and will order forever more. Perhaps you’ll like it, too.