I have been bitten by the flat white bug. I had my first one 9 days ago. I couldn't get it out of my mind. Right then and there I decided my "one and done" for February would be a serious exploration of the flat white.
After tasting my first one, I began roll over in my mind how it was unlike a latte and distinct from the cappuccino. I decided to consult an expert. In this case, my nephew James. I queried him on the difference and he replied thusly: "Cappuccino is a steamed milk process that is closely related to a latte. Steamed milk is spooned or layered onto a shot or two of espresso. A flat white uses a different roast of bean, two pulled shots with a froth and steamed milk base. The resulting milk is more velvety and smooth than a typical steam only solution. The milk is then slowly poured directly in the middle of the pulled shots. It's a completely different roast and build process".
Can you read that and not want to go and get one yourself? In the last 9 days since I had my first one I have consumed 3 more. In my defense, I needed to be sure I really liked them before doing a post on the topic. AND I decided it was important to sample the flat white at more than one coffee shop.
This is the short flat white I had at Alchemy coffee last weekend. Supremely delicious. If you have had an excellent flat white I will need to know the name of the coffee shop. So I can see if I concur.
*first photo courtesy of google images.