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It seems that in no time at all the Flat White has become a global favourite. So, what is it exactly? It’s another kind of coffee drink that uses espresso (or ristretto) and milk. But the milk really makes the difference. The milk in a Flat White has to be velvety smooth, not frothy, creating the perfect flavour balance between the ristretto and the milk. The silky texture of the foamed milk brings the coffee flavour to the fore, resulting in an intense coffee taste.

You’re probably wondering, why ‘Flat’? Because the milk blends with the coffee and there’s no separate layer of milk froth. It’s the super-thin layer of really fine pored foam which makes the coffee look uniformly white. Put those elements together and you get ‘Flat White’. This special coffee isn’t the same as Latte, Cappuccino or Cortado. The size and proportions of milk and coffee is different. Because we specialise in coffee, TASSIMO is happy to explain what makes the Flat White different.

Flat White vs Latte

Many people think of the Flat White as the Latte’s little sister. It’s a smaller drink and it also uses coffee and milk. But a Flat White is made differently. The hot milk is silkier and not as frothy, which makes for a better balance between milk and coffee flavours. You’ll taste the milk more when drinking a Latte; a Flat White has more intense coffee flavour. While Latte is often served in a glass the Flat White comes in a ceramic cup. Similar ingredients but combined in a different ratio.

Flat white:


  • Uses the same ingredients
  • Has a more intense coffee flavour
  • Smaller than a Latte

Flat White vs Cappuccino

The Cappuccino and the Flat White may look like twins but they taste very different. You’ll often see both of these creative, espresso-based drinks offered in a ceramic cup. The big difference between these coffee drinks is their distinctive compositions. A Cappuccino is three equal parts espresso, steamed milk and milk froth. A Flat White is made with a double ristretto or espresso blended with silky smooth steamed milk. Another name for Flat White is ‘wet cappuccino’, because the milk blends with the coffee, without the Cappuccino’s distinct layer of milk froth.

Flat white: 

  • Silky smooth steamed milk, no milk froth
  • Similar in size
  • Unique balance of ingredients

Flat White vs Cortado

The Cortado is a Spanish specialty coffee which also uses espresso and milk. The name comes from the Spanish verb cortar (to cut), perhaps referring to the clear ‘cut’ between the distinct layers of milk and coffee. A Flat White is larger than a Cortado so the latter has more dense milk foam. Again, it’s the milk to coffee balance that makes the difference. The smaller Cortado is half espresso and half milk, resulting in an evenly balanced coffee with a more intense coffee flavour. The Flat White is made with somewhat more milk. If you need a strong caffeine kick, choose the Cortado.

Flat white: 


  • Uses more milk
  • Coffee flavour is less intense
  • Larger than a Cortado


You can make a Flat White at home at the touch of a button. All you need is your TASSIMO machine and Kenco Flat White pods for TASSIMO, then just follow the instructions. Inside the package are two boxes of T DISCS: one is coffee pods and the other is milk pods. Pop in the coffee T DISC first and prepare it. Then, give the Flat White T DISC with the milk a good shake and insert it as well. Now, just press the button and watch the milk flow, blending with your coffee. Enjoy your Flat White!

What could be better than a barista-style coffee? Creating a variety of different specialty coffees at home with TASSIMO. Make delicious coffee at the touch of a button!

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