Let me introduce you to my new friend, the flat white. After my recent blog about my instant coffee routine on board, I must say that I’ve indulged in many an afternoon flat white to get that much-needed caffeine fix after a morning of boat schooling. Who knew that New Zealand was so into its baristas and brews?
I was first introduced to this coffee creation on the island of Niue, when a few women and I met at The Crazy Uga Café to celebrate a birthday. I was anxious to have a professionally brewed cup of joe after many months of my Via instant coffee packets. The word ‘latte’ could hardly wait to escape my lips. But as I reached the counter and looked over the menu for pricing, there was not a ‘latte’ to be found. What? A café that doesn’t serve latte? Is there such a place? Should such a place even be allowed to exist?
Thankfully, before I threw a complete adult tantrum, one of the sailing gals from New Zealand chimed in with a Kiwi translation of the unfamiliar coffee terminology on the menu. Turns out, my precious latte was disguised as a flat white in the South Pacific. Tantrum diverted. Okay, this café can continue to exist. I’ll allow it, I guess.
|Cup 'o Foam with Marshmallow Fish|
Below is a cheat sheet that I found online to help avoid Kiwi coffee confusion. Next time I need a little pick me up, looks like I need to try the affogato - yum. What’s the Kiwi name for your favorite? Move over Starbucks, New Zealand’s coffee culture is coming full steam ahead. They take their coffee and rugby very seriously down here. As a matter of fact, I can’t believe they haven’t created an All Blacks brew yet!
|New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team performing the traditional Maori "Haka" War Dance|
NZ coffee guide
Zest Food Tours explain New Zealand coffee terms:
• espresso / short black - basis for all coffee styles, espresso is full-flavoured, fragrant, with a velvety body and lingering after-taste; single serving in a demi-tasse (small cup)
• macchiato - a single or double espresso shot, just stained with frothed milk
• long black - single serving of espresso, with the same amount of hot water added; served in large cup filled to just under the top, or sometimes with the water provided separately
• flat white - one third espresso, two thirds steamed milk with a touch of swirled froth
• cappuccino - regular espresso with equal parts steamed milk and foam, sprinkled with chocolate or cinnamon
• caffe latte - regular espresso, topped with hot milk and little or no froth
• mochaccino - one third each of espresso, steamed milk, cocoa
• ristretto - (‘restricted’) is 15-20ml of espresso, the essence of coffee
• piccolo latte - miniature latte made with ristretto and 70ml of steamed milk; delicate flavoursome drink
• affogato - espresso served over ice-cream
• espresso Romano - espresso served with a twist of lemon
• latte macchiato - steamed milk with espresso on the side
• espresso con panna - espresso topped with a dash of whipped cream
• cortado - Spanish version of the piccolo served in a 60ml demitasse cup
• fluffy - for kids, a demi-tasse filled with foamed milk, sprinkled with chocolate and served with marshmallow on the side and a small chocolate fish.