The Art of Espresso
Exploring the wondrous possibilities of espresso and milk.
The flat white combines steamed milk and rich, dark espresso for a creamy coffee-forward drink that’s worth savoring. If you’re feeling creative, the flat white is also the introductory drink used for baristas who are learning to make latte art, so feel free to use this coffee as a delicious canvas.
Both drinks are creamy with a touch of vanilla. But the difference between the two is the coffee at the heart of each drink. Our Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is made with our subtly sweet Nariño 70 Cold Brew. The base for our Iced Vanilla Latte is our bold Starbucks® Espresso Roast.
The super-smooth, chocolaty flavor of Starbucks® Nariño 70 Cold Brew Coffee is thanks, in large part, to our unique blend of beans. It's steeped in cool water for 20 hours, then topped with water and ice. The bold, full-bodied Starbucks Doubleshot® on Ice calls for a completely different preparation. Espresso and Classic Syrup are hand-shaken over ice, and balanced with a splash of milk.
At Starbucks, we get asked a lot about the difference between espresso and brewed coffee. Espresso is made by forcing hot water through finely ground coffee under extremely high pressure. Brewed coffee involves pouring hot water over fresh coffee grounds (a pour-over method) or adding fresh coffee grounds into hot water (immersion brewing).
The Americano and brewed coffee are two classic drinks, prepared two very different ways. The Americano combines espresso and hot water, with a layer of crema on top. There's only one way to prepare true espresso — with a specialized machine. But there are many ways to make brewed coffee, from the pour-over method to the coffee press.
The Iced Americano is a simple classic made with espresso, water and ice—this makes it the perfect drink to customize. Idea one: a splash of milk to add a little creaminess. Idea two: sugar-free vanilla syrup for those treat yourself moments. Idea three: ristretto shots for a slightly sweeter alternative to the bold espresso flavor you love.