Google Celebrates Flat White Coffee with a Doodle

Google Doodle surprised internet users on Monday, March 11, with an illustration celebrating the ‘flat white coffee’. Originating from Australia and New Zealand, this popular espresso-based beverage gained official recognition in 2011 when the term ‘flat white’ was included in the Oxford English Dictionary.

In its explanation on the website, Google stated, “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.”

Google further elaborated on the evolution of coffee culture, noting changes in the preparation of flat whites over time. While originally made with whole milk, it’s now common to see Australians and New Zealanders opting for plant-based alternatives, with oat milk gaining popularity.

Describing the beverage in detail, Google wrote, “Traditionally served in a ceramic cup, a flat white is made up of an espresso shot topped with steamed milk and a thin layer of microfoam.

Flat White Coffee
Flat White Coffee

Being “flatter” than a cappuccino or latte, flat whites are popular with coffee connoisseurs who are looking for less foam. Often, baristas will show off their skills and create beautiful artwork with the pour, something that’s a common sight in many cafes across Australia and New Zealand.”

Flat white vs cappuccino According to Nescafe’s official website, a flat white consists of a thin layer of milk foam with most of its steamed milk within the drink, while a cappuccino has foamed milk on top of the drink. “The ratio for cappuccino is a coffee-to-milk ratio of 1:2. Whereas the flat white is 2:3,” the website read.

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