How to make Flat White at home


The thing I miss the most about working in Clerkenwell is going on coffee breaks around the office. After I quit my job, I thought I would spend more time working in coffee shops around town, but the reality is, it is more convenient and cost effective to work from home. So last year I really had to step up my home coffee game!

How to make flat white at home

I received the Barista Express espresso machine from Sage Appliances and used it regularly (more or less) for the past ten months. I already wrote about the machine in March, but I thought I’d give you an update on how I’m getting on with it.

The machine is working perfectly after nearly one year of use and I haven’t experienced any issues with it. When I started using it, it took a few days to get good results, as my husband played around with different grind settings to find the right ones for our machine and coffee.

How to make Flat White at home using Sage Appliances Barista Express

I used the espresso machine every week during Spring and Summer, but then around Autumn I went on an espresso break. I was travelling so much at the end of 2015 that I was barely ever home to make coffee. And after my trip to Kerala I was so sick, I stopped drinking coffee for several weeks. By mid-December I started using the Barista Express again.

Barista Express Sage Appliances - extracting espresso

I hadn’t forgotten everything I had learnt about making espresso, but unfortunately I never really mastered latte art. (you can follow my attempts on Instagram with #muliadoeslatteart).

Barista Express Sage Appliances machine

Making latte art is not as easy as it looks like when your favourite barista does it. I have done a full day latte art class at Artisan Coffee and training with Small Batch Coffee. My friend Edy Piro of Terrone Coffee came over to my house to help me, but I am nowhere near making latte art as good as this…

How to make Flat White at home using Sage Appliances Barista Express

Even though my flat whites don’t look perfect (yet), they do taste good. It’s very easy to make one at home with Barista Express, following just a few steps. I have made a video to show just how easy it is to do it.

I hope my post has inspired you to make better coffee at home. Whether you like espresso or filter, it is easy to improve the quality of the coffee you make. Remember, the first step is using great quality beans, freshly roasted and freshly ground.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. I received a complimentary machine for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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  • Reply The slow pace 14/01/2016 at 12:51

    Mmmm!!! I’m in my lunch break right now but as soon as I finish my salmon, I’m going to prepare myself a good cup of coffee. Those little things make like better!

  • Reply Laura 14/01/2016 at 13:29

    Great post and nicely edited video too! I would LOVE one of those machines but I will need to wait until we have a bigger kitchen as we don’t have the surface space at the moment. :(

    • Reply Giulia Mulè 14/01/2016 at 15:34

      Thanks! I know, the space is never enough. I had to put my slow cooker and other appliances into storage to make space for coffee machines… :P

  • Reply Suze 14/01/2016 at 23:14

    Nice to know you can make a flat white at home. Have you tried bullet proof coffee yet?

    • Reply Giulia Mulè 15/01/2016 at 10:29

      Do you mean the coffee blended with grass-fed butter? Never tried it, how is it?

  • Reply samrevel 15/01/2016 at 09:06

    Love the video!

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