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Feb 21, 2007 07:58 AM

Flat White at Starbucks?

In Australia they have a great espresso drink called a flat white. It's not a latte or a cappuccino, but maybe something in between. I'd love to be able to order one at Starbucks, but I tried ordering one once and they didn't know what I meant. Can someone tell me what I need to say when I place my order at Starbucks to get a flat white.

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  1. per wikipedia, it is about 1/3 espresso and 2/3 milk, which is to say stronger than a latte. Also, the froth is mixed in with the milk, leaving the beverage more homogenous. My experience is that starbucks baristas usually can't make a good froth. It's usually a true foam, that doesn't mix well. It sounds a lot like the capuccinos I've gotten overseas, as opposed to ones here that top the drinks with that semi solid foam.

    To get it at starbucks ask them for a short (the 8oz. not on the visible menu... but the best way to get a capuccino), wet, capuccino, then you might want to stir it as well.

    1. Thank you! Yes, that sounds about right. I'll try that. In the meantime I found this clip:

      1. You can still order a short latte, too.

        OR go to a proper artisanal third-wave coffeehouse and just get a cappo, it will be what you're looking for since most are 8 oz and "wet" because you need a "wet" microfoam to do latte art!

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        1. re: John Manzo

          I agree that this is the best route, if the shop is good. I've found that there are lots of independent shops that are very bad.