Costa Masterclass | The Perfect Flat White

Tucking in to the perfect flat white.

Tucking in to the perfect flat white.

Sign up to the free Costa Masterclass events across the UK to learn how to make the perfect flat white.

Whether you are a fan of the rich, intense flat white or the milky, smooth latte, I bet you had absolutely no idea how much goes into making a perfect cup of coffee. Even preparing a simple Americano has heaps of know-how behind it when it comes to Costa Coffee baristas.

This week I joined a fabulous group of bloggers for a Costa Masterclass. We joined the Costa Coffee team of pros, including Barista of the Year, the energetic Matyas.

Matyas showing some serious skills

Matyas showing some serious skills in the Costa Masterclass.

Trying my hand at the perfect flat white. Much harder than it appears!

Trying my hand at the perfect Flat White. Much harder than it seems!

After an introduction to coffee, we tried out own hands at making Costa’s signature drink. The Flat White.

What give a Flat White its intense coffee aroma?

A shot of espresso is divided into three parts based on when it is extracted from the ground coffee. Each part of the espresso contributes to different tastes/aromas in a cup of coffee.

A Flat White consists of part one (acid taste) and part two (sweet taste) of the espresso shot. It excludes part three (bitter taste) that you would typically find in other coffees, such as an Americano coffee.

Having only the first two parts of the espresso ensures that the flat white has a much more intense, richer taste than other coffees.

Why is a Flat White so creamy?

The milk is prepared differently for Lattes, Cappuccinos and Flat Whites. The Flat White has what is called ‘textured’ foam which means it consists of smaller bubbles than Cappuccino foam, for example. This makes it much creamier and denser than the foam you would find on top of a Cappuccino.

How long does it take to perfect the Flat White?

It took Matyas, Costa Barista of the Year, 558 attempts to make the perfect Flat White. The trickiest part is the free pouring of milk to end off with a beautiful fern on top of your foam (also known as latte art). You will NEVER see a Costa barista spoon milk into a cup, not even to plop foam on top of a Cappuccino.

My first flat white... Apparently it was a fabulous first attempt.

MyCosta Masterclass creation… Apparently it was a fabulous first attempt.

The hubs even had a go at a flat white.

Even the hubs had a go at a Flat White.

Wonderful to meet the enthusiastic and passionate team at Costa Coffee.

Wonderful to meet the enthusiastic and passionate team at Costa Coffee.

Thank you so much to the team at Costa coffee for a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the Costa Masterclass. I have a newfound respect for the Flat White!

Sign Up To A Free Costa Masterclass

Do you want to have a go at preparing a Flat White, Latte or Capuccino? Costa masterclasses are taking place next Wednesday, 21 September 2016, from 7 – 8pm.

Find them in 170 locations across the UK and they’re completely free.

Sign up to a Costa Masterclass here.

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