The flat white is taking over the Big Apple as aficionados discover coffee as Godzone intended it.
But there is one grinding problem - New Yorkers seem to think the drink was wholly invented in Australia.
New York Magazine reports Australians have popularised the drink over there, influencing tastes in a city that almost fuels itself on a hot cup of "joe".
"Although available in New York's few Australian restaurants and meat pie shops for at least a decade, it has grown in prominence with the rise of our coffee culture," the article said.
But Kiwis say they should at least have some recognition for their input into the invention.
New Zealand Coffee Roasters Association vice-president Matt Lamason says it is grudgingly accepted that flat whites first appeared in Australia - but Kiwis perfected the brew and made it world famous in New Zealand and beyond.
Besides, no-one makes them better than us.
"When I think of a New Zealand flat white, they are a creamy expression of well-made espresso and beautiful stretched milk," he said.
"Kiwis are well known for giving it a very good reputation, whereas I don't know if an Australian flat white has a great reputation as a strong, over-extracted and watery coffee.
"New Zealand had a huge impact on making it so well known. In many cases, it is New Zealanders who have gone to Australia to work in [better-paid cafes] and then gone out overseas.
"Here in New Zealand, we are very picky about what we do and really care about quality, and I just seem to think we have some stake in the way the best flat white is being made in New York."
Mojo Coffee training officer Jay Chapman said the flat white debate was similar to other transtasman tiffs.
"Cheeky buggers," he said. "It's a contentious one. It's kind of up there with the pavlova or Split Enz and Crowded House. We claim that it was invented in Auckland and Australians claim that it was already happening in Sydney about the same time."
- Morgan Tait