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Jonesing for a new way to get your daily caffeine fix but aren’t quite ready to start mainlining your joe? We’ve got you covered. To celebrate National Coffee Day, why not try a flat white — the decades-old hot beverage from Down Under that’s making a big comeback in Canada. With less milk (and therefore fewer calories) than a traditional cappuccino, the flat white is a creamier, more decadent riff on your beloved espresso. You can go ahead and pick one up at your local coffee shop, at any Second Cup or make your own at home, if you’ve got the tools.

Flat white

Makes 1 serving

What you need

  • 6 oz. milk, 2%
  • double-shot strong espresso

What to do

  1. Prepare a fresh double-shot of strong espresso or Second Cup Espresso Forte.
  2. Steam 6 oz. of milk to a velvety texture.
  3. Fold milk into espresso for a uniform consistency.
  4. Finish off with a very thin layer of micro-foam: Froth your milk until there are very few bubbles left at the top of the froth. The result should be a micro-foam that is very creamy, glossy and velvety, and provides a smooth taste and mouth feel.

Per serving: 90 calories, fat 3.5 g, sodium 85 mg, carbohydrate 9 g, fibre 0 g, protein 6 g. Adapted from recipe courtesy Pat Russell, Senior Product Developer, Beverages, Second Cup

Leftover coffee? Don’t throw it out. We’ve found 12 way-better uses for that leftover brew.