Flat White

What is a flat white?

A flat white is a drink made with espresso and steamed milk. It's a small version of a latte with less milk.

Why is it called a flat white?

The word “flat” in the drink refers to the smooth, flatted out foam and “white” is from “white coffee” which is coffee with milk.

How many espresso shots are in a flat white?

Flat whites are made with 2 shots of espresso.

Difference between flat white and a latte

Flat whites are made with 4 ounces of steamed milk and lattes are made with at least 7 ounces.

A flat white is served in a 6 ounce cup.

Starbucks flat whites

A flat white is a 6 ounce drink but at Starbucks, you can order it any size.

Ordering Starbucks flat whites

To get the closest ratio of espresso to milk in a flat white at Starbucks, get the smallest size, a short, which is 8 ounces.


See how to make a flat white at home with an espresso machine or a Nespresso.