About Frappe Coffee


What is Frappé Coffee?

It is a foam covered iced coffee drink made from instant coffee and it is very popular in countries, where weather is hot: Greece Cyprus, etc., especially among young people and tourists. Frappé become a mark of outdoor Greek coffee culture and it is called the national coffee of Greece. Most important benefit of Frappé that it is a very cold coffee.

Short history. About Frappé Coffee:

Frappé was invented by accident in International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki in 1957. Yannis Dritsas represented Nestlé company and was exhibiting a new chocolate beverage for children. Dritsa’s employee Dimitris Vakondios during his break wanted to make a cup of instant coffee, but could not find any hot water. So, he mixed the coffee with cold water and ice cubes in a shaker. Frappé has been marketed chiefly by Nestlé.

How to make Frappé Coffee?

Frappé can be made with a cocktail shaker or any other type of mixer. One or two teaspoons of coffee, sugar (depends on a taste) and a little water are blended to form a foam. A foam layer of Frappé looks similar to the foam of Espresso, but it is much thicker and has the different composition. The foam is poured into a tall glass, cold water or evaporated milk and ice cubes are added. Frappé is served with a drinking straw and a glass of water.

Ice cubes are very important part of Frappé. It is a ritual to rotate the drinking straw mixing the drink and listening to the sound which is made then the icecubes hit with each other and with the glass.

Usually Frappé has three degrees of sweetness: sweet (γλυκός) – 2 teaspoons of coffee and 4 teaspoons of sugar, medium (μέτριος) – 2 teaspoons of coffee and 2 teaspoons of sugar and plain (σκέτος) – 2 teaspoons of coffee and no sugar. Each drink can be made with evaporated milk or without.

To create a flavoured coffee liqueurs or vanila ice-cream can be used as well.

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