January 6, 2015 Coffee & Beverages

Starbucks Honors Coffee Artistry and Espresso Craft with New Flat White

Starbucks today introduced a new core espresso offering with the launch of the Flat White handcrafted espresso beverage, available at participating Starbucks® stores in the US and Canada. 

The Starbucks® Flat White is an espresso beverage made with two ristretto shots, combined with a thin layer of velvety steamed whole milk and finished with a latte art dot.  A ristretto shot delivers a sweeter, more intense coffee flavor.  Starbucks baristas perfectly steam milk into creamy micro-foam and carefully free pour to allow the espresso to rise to the top of the beverage for a bold coffee flavor with a sweeter finish. The Starbucks® Flat White joins the core menu line-up of espresso beverages like Caffé Americano, Caffé Latte, Cappuccino, Doppio Espresso and Espresso Macchiato.

Every Starbucks espresso beverage starts with sourcing the finest coffees from around the world. By extending its offerings to include Flat White, Starbucks is showcasing quality ingredients in a full-flavored coffee beverage.

Since originating in Australia in the 1980s, the Flat White became a coffeehouse staple in the UK and is now a budding favorite among coffee aficionados in the United States and Canada. Starbucks customers in Australia have enjoyed the beverage in stores since 2009, and those in the UK since 2010.

“The growing sophistication of coffee drinkers around the world and in the United States makes the Flat White a perfect beverage for coffee lovers,” said Christine Barone, vice president, Espresso and Brewed Coffee. “As a global company, we have the opportunity to find inspiration from our cafes around the world and bring products to our customers that offer ways to further explore coffee like this handcrafted beverage.”

Customers may also enjoy Starbucks espresso beverages alongside the new Flat White, including:

Caffé Americano: Espresso with hot water poured over the top releasing a wonderfully rich cup of flavor

Caffe Latte: Rich, full-bodied espresso in steamed milk, lightly topped with foam

Cappuccino: Espresso with steamed milk, topped with a deep layer of foam.

Doppio Espresso: Two shots of rich, full-bodied espresso

Espresso Macchiato: Rich, full-bodied espresso “marked” with a dollop of steamed milk

Starbucks® Flat White Fact Sheet


About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 24,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

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