Flat White Coffee Celebrated by Google Doodle: Origin and Details

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Google commemorated the flat white coffee with an animated doodle on March 11, celebrating its global popularity. The significance of this date lies in the addition of the term “flat white” to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011. The doodle charmingly captures the essence of the flat white, a beloved coffee known for its velvety and delicious qualities.

What is a Flat White Coffee?

A flat white is a coffee drink introduced by actor Hugh Jackman, described as “like a latte with a little less milk and more espresso.” The beverage consists of steamed milk poured over a robust shot of espresso, creating a smooth and velvety texture. It typically includes one-third espresso (double shot) and two-thirds steamed milk.

**Origin of Flat White Coffee:**

The origins of the flat white coffee can be traced back to the vibrant coffee scenes of Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s. The animated doodle description on Google’s website mentions, “Today’s animated Doodle celebrates the flat white, a beloved coffee drink of steamed milk poured over a shot of espresso. Many speculate the drink was first served in Australia and New Zealand during the 1980s when the drink popped up on menus in Sydney and Auckland around the same time.”

While debates persist about its precise origin, Moors Espresso Bar in Australia is credited with popularizing the flat white around 1985, according to food writer Ashwin Rajagopalan. Despite its specific roots, the flat white has gained international appeal for its velvety texture and robust flavors.

The animated doodle captures the charm and popularity of the flat white, which has become a favorite among coffee enthusiasts globally.

Flat White Vs Latte And Cappuccino: What Is The Difference?

• Distinguishing the flat white from its counterparts, the latte and cappuccino, lies in its nuanced composition.

• While all three are espresso-based delights, the flat white stands out with its double shot of espresso and modest milk content. 

• Characterised by its “flatter” profile, this beverage appeals to coffee drinkers seeking a milder foam experience. 

Unlike lattes, which boast a thick layer of frothy foam, flat whites embrace microfoam, meticulously integrated throughout the milk to craft a silky, indulgent consistency. 

The flat white is ideally served in a 165ml tulip cup, which makes the serving smaller than latte and cappuccino.

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