Flat White

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Did anyone know that the best coffee in London is from a shop run by a group of Kiwi’s?  Flat White, a lovely boutique style coffee shop in Soho was voted London’s best Coffee shop in 2007.  For some reason this came as quite a shock to me when I heard about it last week.  So shocking, in fact, that I’ve been doing research into it.  What is it that makes their coffee any different?  How can their coffee be better than the local italian shops?  Better even than coffee at the Algerian Coffee Shop down the street.  First off, a ‘Flat White’ is a particular kind of coffee that is the standard drink for most New Zealanders.  They will simply refer to it as a ‘flattie.’  According to Wikipedia, a Flat white is “one part espresso with two parts steamed milk, but no foam, usually served in a cappuccino cup. This is a specialty of Australia and New Zealand, particularly favored in the latter. The difference between a flat white and a latte is that a flat white is usually stronger, served in a smaller cup, and has no foam.”    New Zealanders love their coffee and have had a couple of barista’s in the top ten of world barista’s in the last many years.  Well, I’m quite excited to visit there this week. After all, we American’s were the first to declare coffee a national drink (after we boycotted those british tea drinkers! 🙂

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2 responses to “Flat White

  1. lucky you!!!

  2. Ooohhh, can you send me one of those? It sounds good, especially for the sleep deprived (although I can’t complain too much). 😉

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