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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 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 55kcal


  • ¼ cup espresso or moka pot coffee 2 shots
  • cup whole milk
  • Sugar if desired


  • Prepare two ristretto shots of espresso with an espresso machine, or brew a pot of moka pot coffee. Pour the coffee into a glass mug and stir in sugar if desired.
  • Steam and froth the milk with a steam wand, or heat the milk to 140°F and froth it with a milk frother until it has doubled in volume.  Move the frother in slow circles at the bottom of the jar, then as it starts to thicken, bring it halfway up the milk. (You can also shake it vigorously in a mason jar, but be careful as the jar will be hot.)
  • Let the foamed milk stand for a few seconds to allow the steamed milk to settle, then quickly pour the steamed milk into the espresso with an up and down motion. Slow down as the foam starts pouring out, and stop when you have a dot of milk foam in the center, then make some latte art if desired.
  • Enjoy the flat white immediately.


  • Use recently roasted, freshly ground coffee beans for the best taste. Starbucks uses their Starbucks Espresso Roast, but for this recipe I used Café Verona.
  • Dark or medium-dark roast beans are the best choice for espresso, but medium roast can work as well for a "blonde" espresso. If you're avoiding Starbucks' often-burnt coffee beans, try a single origin, locally roasted dark or medium dark roast.
  • Don't have an espresso machine?  The cheapest substitute is a moka pot.  Get our tips for brewing moka pot coffee quickly and easily.


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