The flat white is one of many espresso-based drinks. However, unlike the others that originated in Italy, the flat white was invented down under. It first appeared in the 1980s but its exact origins are unclear. This is because some say it was first invented in Australia, while others claim it was first seen in New Zealand.
HOW IT IS MADE
The flat white is similar to the latte, but contains less froth and milk and is a stronger tasting coffee drink. It is served in a 160-180 ml ceramic cup while the latte is served in a larger 200 ml glass cup. The flat white is traditionally served with two shots of espresso, but can also be made with just one, and a velvety or microfoam milk is on top. It is called “flat” because it contains less foam on top than a latte, which means it doesn’t have a slight dome on top like a latte does. The double shot of espresso along with less milk makes the flat white a stronger coffee drink compared to other espresso-based drinks.
HOW MUCH CAFFEINE IS IN A CUP OF FLAT WHITE
As the flat white is an espresso-based drink, its caffeine is dependent on the amount of espresso shots. According to Caffeine Content, a shot of espresso is about 1-1.5 ounces and contains 58-185 mg of caffeine, with an average of 100 mg per shot. Since the flat white traditionally contains two shots, that means it can contain up to 200 mg of caffeine per cup.