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Flat White Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)

This delicious and easy coffee drink is just the thing to give you a morning caffeine boost. Learn how to make this copycat Starbucks flat white at home. You’ll be glad you gave it a try!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: starbucks flat white, starbucks flat white recipe
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 55kcal
Author: Emma


  • 2 shots espresso ¼ cup
  • cup whole milk
  • Sugar if desired


  • Prepare the espresso with your preferred method and pour it into a glass mug.  If you're adding sugar, stir it into the espresso until it has dissolved.
  • Heat the milk in a saucepan or in a glass jar in the microwave until it reaches 140°F.  (I like to use my digital thermometer for this step.)  Now, froth it with a milk frother or shake it vigorously in a mason jar until it has doubled in volume.  Move the milk frother in slow circles at the bottom of the jar, then as it starts to thicken, bring it halfway up the milk.
  • Quickly pour the steamed milk into the espresso, then slow down as the foam starts pouring out.  Stop when you have a dot of milk foam in the center, then make some latte art if desired.
  • Enjoy the flat white immediately.


  • Choosing the beans.  It's recommended to use a roast that's specifically made for espresso, such as Starbucks Espresso Roast.  My favorite roast for espresso is Starbucks Italian Roast, but for the this recipe I tried using Cafe Verona.
  • Don't have an espresso machine?  The cheapest substitute is a moka pot.  Grind some fresh, dark roast beans until they're a little bit coarser than table salt, lightly tamp the grinds into the hopper, and fill the moka pot with water just below the valve.  Place over medium-high heat until the espresso starts coming out, then lower the heat to low.  Once the espresso stops coming out, remove the moka pot from the heat and gently stir the espresso.


Serving: 6oz | Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 176mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1mg