Flat Whites...Or The Post About Coffee

Do you love coffee?  Great - we can be friends.  No? I'll start praying for you now that you will find appreciation for both coffee & this post. :) I had heard that Flat White's were all the rage in London coffeehouses - so much so that Starbucks added it to their UK menu.  The people have spoken.  So of course I planned to drink like the locals drink during our visit.

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Isn't it beautiful?

It's more coffee and less milk than a traditional latte.  And what it is is delicious.  So much so that it's the only thing I drank the whole UK half of the trip.  And I drank a lot of coffee.

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We had dinner at a restarant named Cabana and they served our after dinner coffees in glass cups.  I have a set from Williams Sonoma that we use every day & they are perfect for latte's so you can see the color & layers.  Because I'm weird and like to look at that.  Anyways, my flat white there was just as good as the first.  But my six foot five inch tall husband ordered a macchiato.  Of course imaging every version from home.  Caramel macchiatos.  Hazelnut macchiatos.  And so on.  But in the UK?  It's espresso with foam.  Not espresso with lots of milk plus foam.  So needless to say our drinks weren't proportional to our body size.  Lesson learned.

Let this serve as a warning for whatever coffee shop you wander in to - it's not just like home.

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If you prefer coffee of the cold variety, try an Iced Shaken DoubleShot Bianco.  It's two espresso shots with simple syrup, shaken with ice & served on a layer of cream.  It looked like it was advertised as a summertime special (or so it seemed).  Needless to say it was such a hit with Andy, he's in the kitchen making one now just from me talking about it.  We have an addiction in this house and it's name is caffeine.

And in Paris?  Don't order coffee.  Because to them that's espresso.  The closest thing to a regular coffee you will get there is an Americano (espresso in hot water).  But you will find they make fresh squeezed orange juice in Starbucks in France.  Bizarre if you ask me.  But it must be popular because all kinds of places had these juicing machines.

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Nespresso Paris

We are big Nespresso fans & have a machine at home.  So of course we stopped in the cafe on the Champs Elysees.  And sipping espresso on the streets of Paris?  Unforgettable.

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The Nespresso cafe serves hot drinks in glass.  With no handle.  Beware!

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Why didn't I decide to write 31 days about coffee?  That would have been a cake walk.