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Flat White : A rich, bold coffee flavour rounded off with a velvety smooth, creamy finish. The coffee connoisseur's choice.
This product has no detectable gluten, but contains milk proteins and may contain traces of soy.
I don't usually drink flat whites, I've never had one that tasted any good so I've always skipped it and ordered a different hot drink so requesting this to try, for free, was an easy no brainer. The first time I made this was with a full cup of hot water, nothing else added and I did not like it one iota but I knew that that initial try wouldn't give me enough for a review, so I tried it a second time, this time with a teaspoon of sugar and found it to be marginally better but still not a drink that I would pick to have at any time.
I then actually looked at the suggested way of preparing this which says that we should only use 150mls of water, so a big difference to the 250mls amount of water that I had previously used. There was a marked improvement and tasted much better than my previous cups of flat white coffee. I then did another cup, again just the 150mls of water, but with half a teaspoon of sugar stirred in and found it to be almost perfect. I am left feeling a little underwhelmed by this coffee, however I would drink this variety at home and will suggest it to friends that I know like to have a flat white when out and about.
I was sceptical about trying this variety because I have always found the name off-putting. What is a flat white? Something that does not have any character? Or is it just the opposite of a bouncy black or an exciting espresso? Be that as it may, I tried it and to my surprise found it quite pleasant. Not a drink I would choose by preference, but much nicer that I had expected.
My team of tasters (six of them this time) were more than willing to put it to the test. We had a shared morning tea at work so they made their own drinks instead of relying on the instant coffee usually on offer (and which most of us avoid!) We sat together so they could discuss their reactions. I did not tell them my own ideas so what they gave me would be original.
As expected, there was a range of comments. Two of them loved it, commenting on the creaminess and the smoothness. They also liked the taste, one of them describing it as "pure flavour without any extra stuff to confuse you!". Two liked the effect - not too sweet so they could really taste the coffee. Many varieties available today include extras like caramel and cocoa, so being old school coffee drinkers they liked the unpretentious nature of this brew.
The last two were less complimentary. One asked where the froth was as he considers this should be standard in a cafe-style brew. He also said he could taste the powdered milk which would put him off buying this particular variety. The other thought the result was watered down and was far too weak - although I did point out that she could use less water next time. She is going to try that; I gave her a second sachet to try out.
Looking at the range of comments, I felt that there could be more possibilities for this coffee. Personally, I too had found it a little insipid, so later that day I added three marshmallows, and a pinch of five spice powder, and tried again. (I could have added cinnamon on its own, but the five spice was handy so I went for that). I loved the way the marshmallow melted into the hot liquid so that when I took a mouthful the coffee travelled through the soft confectionery. It altered the flavour considerably, adding body and sweetness to it and completely transforming the effect.
I think I will choose this variety when I want to serve a fun drink to guests. And I will make sure there are plenty of marshmallows and some spice available as well, because as far as I am concerned this is now the only way to serve the coffee. Others may differ, of course, but personally I totally enjoyed it like this. Where would we be in a world without marshmallows?
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