In what appears to be an effort to regain some of its coffee credibility after years of slinging sugared up lattes and Frappuccinos, Starbucks is adding a Flat White to its menu. The espresso-based drink — which was created in Australia in the 1980s — has started to gain a serious American following over the last year.
According to a company spokesperson, Starbucks' version will be made from two ristretto espresso shots — which are smaller and more concentrated — topped off with whole milk steamed to a "micro foam." The method of pouring results in a steamed milk dot in the middle, which a spokesperson notes many baristas have started creating latte art with. The drink has been available in the UK since 2010, and will be be available across at all American locations starting January 6. Unlike many of the chain's drinks, the Flat White is not limited edition and will join Starbucks' "core menu."
The Flat White is the latest in Starbucks's quest to be taken seriously in the coffee world. The coffee giant recently unveiled a luxe 15,000-square-foot Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle. There, customers are given a choice between six different brewing methods for a slew of rare, small-lot Arabica beans. Starbucks also opened multiple Reserve stores — including a fancy flagship in China — where serious coffee drinkers can get their hands on the upscale beans. Plus, they plan to open 100 more next year.