Starbucks is bringing the flat white to America

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By Charles Riley

Americans, you’re in luck. Starting on Tuesday, Starbucks will begin offering the flat white as part of its regular menu in the U.S., the coffee chain confirmed. A flat what, you say?

Few Americans have had the pleasure of drinking a flat white, a coffee concoction thought to have originated Down Under in the 1980s that has since become Australia’s unofficial national beverage.

Here’s the skinny: A flat white consists of espresso and steamed milk. If that sounds like a latte, it is. But coffee connoisseurs note that an artfully-made flat white will have a higher coffee-to-milk ratio, and a more velvety texture. Flat whites are typically smaller, too.

That definition is not universally accepted, and there is a thriving cottage industry of food writers trying to tease out the subtle differences between flat whites, cappuccinos and lattes.

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