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What is a flat white? What to know about the coffee drink in Google Doodle

Customers who frequent their local coffee shops may be familiar with the subject of today's animated film. Google Doodle.

The doodle for Monday March 11 celebrates the date in 2011 that “flat white” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

A flat white is a coffee drink made with espresso topped with steamed milk and a thin layer of microfoam, according to Google's description of the doodle. The drink is traditionally served in a ceramic cup.

The drink's true origin is unknown, but many believe the drink was first served in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s, when the drink began appearing on menus in Sydney and Auckland at the same time, according to Google.

“Being 'flatter' than a cappuccino or latte, Flat Whites are popular with coffee connoisseurs looking for less foam,” reads Google's description of the doodle.

While the drink was once made with whole milk, today it's common to see Australians and New Zealanders ordering it with plant-based milk, with oat milk a growing favorite according to Google.

What is a Google Doodle?

Google Doodles are designs that appear on the Google home page.

Google says the designs celebrate “a range of local and international topics” from holidays and birthdays to pioneering figures who have impacted culture.

Google Doodles come in many formats, including static illustrations, animations, slideshows, videos, and interactive games.

Who designs Google Doodles?

Google says the team behind Doodles is made up of in-house artists called “Doodlers,” engineers, designers, program managers, marketers, and cultural consultants.

“We also collaborate with local guest artists and creators from around the world to help bring Doodles to life,” the company says on its website.

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