A 'Flat White' is a coffee beverage similar to latte, originating from Australia and perfected in New Zealand. It has a rich velvety coffee dominated texture which makes a very pleasing drink. It is prepared by pouring microfoam (steamed milk from the bottom of a pitcher) over a single or double shot of espresso. It is similar to the latte and the café au lait, but it has less milk. Like other espresso-based beverages, it can be interpreted various ways.
The beverage is typically served in a small, 150 - 165 ml, tulip-shaped ceramic cup. Microfoam is used, resulting in a smooth and velvety texture. In a flat white, the milk is steamed to 60–70 °C. Steaming the milk to a lower temperature retains the fats and proteins in the milk which retain a sweet flavour, lost when milk is steamed to scalding temperatures.