Flat White Coffee.

Year. 1989

Creator. Frank McInnes

Where. Wellington, NZ

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Smaller than a Latte, the Flat White consists of one-third espresso, two-thirds milk. The milk is steamed, not frothed, to leave a smooth and velvety crema on top. Even Vogue has weighed in on the debate, pointing out why New Zealand has the advantage when it comes to making a great coffee.


Flat white coffee was formed when a despondent barista named Fraser McInnes made a cappuccino with low-fat milk that refused to froth. With typical Kiwi positivity, he named the failed cappuccino Flat White, and the term stuck