Michael Phillips and Chris Owens, owners of Handsome Coffee in L.A., described these three underground coffee drinks in a recent interview on The Dinner Party Download. Each has their own slightly variant composition, and of course, their own cult following:
• Flat White - You'll hear this one the most in Australia and New Zealand. It's a traditional-sized cappucino or small latté with no cocoa powder on top, which is the norm Down Under.
• The Gibraltar - The brainchild of Blue Bottle Coffee in San Francisco, The Gibraltar is a double-shot of espresso and a bit of milk. It's served in a small Libbey "Gibraltar" tumbler, hence the name. The story goes that this was originally a drink that the Blue Bottle baristas made for themselves behind the bar; the milk cools the espresso just enough to be able to slam back the drink and carry on.
• The Cortado - Usually served in a straight-sided juice glass, this Spanish and South American specialty is is essentially a miniature latté. It's made of espresso covered with an equal amount of thinly steamed milk. Hold the foam.
I'm usually a black coffee kind of gal, but I could be convinced to veer from my usual for the novelty of ordering one of these drinks. I also think that these sound a little more accessible for making at home than your usual tall-nonfat-triple-whip-soy-sugar-free-vanilla-latte, eh?
What about you?
• Listen to the Full Interview: Third Wave Coffee: Episode 130 on The Dinner Party Download