Ahh flat whites my new all time favorite coffee drink. I feel like I am so behind just learning what they are and what greatness I have been missing all these years of coffee drinking. A flat white is a double shot of espresso with this beautiful foam on the top. No, it is not a cappuccino or latte although some baristas that do not know what they are doing seem to make it that way. Luckily if you are living in Riyadh they do sell them at your local Starbucks.
The flat white has this velvet like foam instead of the usual stiff froth. A good flat white is all about packing as much taste as possible into a small package. I was just telling my good friend Nicole here in Riyadh when we were out that I wanted to try a cortado pretty badly and then I went on to tell her about flat whites and had her try one as well. No surprise she really loved it but she also told me they were almost like cortados. So for you all that have had those then there you go.
Official Definitions of a Flat White:
The flat white has less milk, less foam (hence flat white) and therefore proportionately more coffee than a latte. The desired texture is a velvety sensuality and there should also be a natural sweetness. New Zealand flatties tend to be double espresso shots while Australians typically pour a single. -Joseph Hoye from Electric Coffee Bean
The main difference between a latte and a flat white is the ratio of milk and espresso. The flat white has less milk than a latte and usually a bit less foam on top. Unlike many people think, the flat white does have foam on top. –Coffee Info
Steamed milk poured over two shots of espresso, topped with microfoam. –Starbucks0