Flattie


Flat white with a mindblowingly beautiful latte art.

As an average uni student, everyday is just an intense amount of reading (especially when you’re in Arts) and non-stoppable midterms coming to drain out all your energy. Last semester the workload was so immensely huge that there was almost no gap to breathe in between. I would have at least 1 cup of coffee each day and sometimes I would ask the barista guiltily to add 1 or 2 more shots of expresso in my caramel macchiato (the 3 shots of expresso in a coffee only happened once). Hence, the intense fall semester led to a trip back to Hong Kong for Christmas as a getaway from the brutal winter in Montreal.

During my trip back at home, I met up with my previous violin teacher/ favourite violinist Liu Sir for lunch and a cup of coffee. I’ve known him since I was in grade 2 and he’s been my mentor ever since. One of the things we have in common is definitely food. Whenever I go back to Hong Kong for holidays, we’ll meet up to eat. From red wine to chinese tea, Liu Sir’s recent addiction is coffee. First thing I thought: Ahhhhh… Finally he’s addicted to COFFEE!!!

Flat White, something between cappuccino and latte. The main difference between them is the ratio of milk and expresso. Usually flat white has less milk in it and less foam on top. This mini cup of jewel that I had at 18 Grams was just…….. WOWWWWW. I drank it pretty slowly and whenever I put down my cup, the latte art was still sitting perfectly in the middle of the cup. Normally I would go for a sweetened coffee like Caramel Macchiato / Mocha but Flat White changed my mind completely. This was my first time having a Flat White and the start of my developing love for the thick creamy taste of coffee without any sugar.

One more thing, flat white is very common in Australia and New Zealand… I found these definitions on the internet:

flat white noun /Austral. flaat whyette/ /NZ flet wyte/ 1 An antipodean style coffee which is served as a strong shot of espresso served in a small cup with textured milk; a damn good strong coffee. 2  51.51 (51°30′) | -0.13 (0°8′).
flattie noun. colloq. flat white; I’m gonna smash back a couple of flatties bro /NZ/ mate /Austral./

The barista can be different each day though. If you find a pretty good looking eye candy (he won the 2011 HKBC and 2012 WBC Hong Kong Region Championship) standing behind the counter, you should definitely go for a cup of flat white. You won’t be disappointed.


Parents paying a visit to 18 grams after I went back to Montreal


Egg Benedict. I like them more than the ones at Chez Cora in Montreal.

18 Grams
Shop B04, B/F, Gala Place, 56 Dundas Street, Mong Kok
Tel: +852 2770 1339
Monday-Sunday: 11:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.

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