If you go to a coffee shop in Australia or New Zealand looking for a latte, you're likely to find flat white on the menu instead. I was skeptical at first, the name doesn't exactly make it sound appetizing, but the alternative is called a long black. (Seriously, who named these drinks?)
Between jet lag and early morning adventures, caffeine was a necessity and the flat white and I became fast friends.
So what is it exactly? Well that's hard to explain, it's like a latte, but not. Basically, the steamed milk is free poured so instead of getting a layer of milk and a layer of foam, it's mixed throughout.