I only drink "real" coffee, as against instant which I cannot stand, and therefore I find that most cafes don't make it quite strong enough for a flat white.
I have started asking for half an extra shot each time now and it is so much nicer - sometimes I cannot taste coffee but only milk - some make it so weak!
The other day they gave me the extra half shot in a little cup to add as much as I wanted - great idea also - mostly they do charge an extra 80 cents here for one extra shot which sounds like such a rip off however coffee seems to be over $4 now everywhere here and even up to $4.50.
I bring my coffee over from Sydney - think I have mentioned this before - my family have been buying at the same place for some 60 years now!
I have never asked for an extra shot but I can't abide weak coffee, it makes me want to barf. I use three big heaped dessertspoons in a plunger and drink it strong and sweet at home. It's not as nice with poopy artficial sweetener though :((((
Well. I like weak milky coffee so I only ask for HALF shot in super large mug. Most cafes have bitter tasting beans and leave an aftertaste yuk, so weak suits me just fine. Dont drink coffee out often but Laurent make an ideal one for me in their bowl yum! And no sugar either...
I have once, at a local coffee shop where the staff hadn't done a barista course, & it was much nicer! (I still have NEVER had sugar in my coffee nor a sweetener, (as my father used to use, way back in the '60's, until he died in '77.)