How to Make Greek Frappe (Iced Coffee) in Just a Few Seconds: our Fool-Proof Tricks!

By Cookist

As the days grow longer and the warmth of the sun becomes more pronounced, our culinary inclinations naturally drift towards lighter, cooler fare. In the realm of beverages, particularly coffee, this season marks the return of iced concoctions that promise to refresh and invigorate. Among these, the Greek frappe stands out—a beverage that encapsulates the essence of summer in Greece with its unique preparation and delightful taste. Here, we delve into the world of Greek frappe, offering insights into its history, its distinctions from other iced coffee variations, and a quick guide on how to create this frothy delight in just a few seconds.

The Story Behind Greek Frappe

The Greek frappe was serendipitously invented in the 1950s by a Nescafe representative named Dimitris Vakondios, during the Thessaloniki International Fair. In need of his regular coffee fix but without access to hot water, Vakondios mixed Nescafe Classic with cold water and ice in a shaker. The result was a surprisingly refreshing and frothy iced coffee drink. This happy accident led to the widespread popularity of the frappe in Greece, where it has become a staple of summer leisure, symbolizing a relaxed lifestyle enjoyed in cafes and beaches alike.


Greek Frappe Vs. Frappuccino Vs. Freddo Espresso

While all three drinks are iced coffee variants enjoyed worldwide, they differ significantly in preparation, texture, and taste. The Greek frappe is made with instant coffee, water, sugar, and milk, shaken to create a frothy texture. In contrast, a Frappuccino, a trademarked Starbucks creation, is a blended ice drink often made with coffee or a crème base, flavored syrups, and whipped cream. Meanwhile, the Freddo Espresso, another popular Greek iced coffee, involves a process of brewing espresso, cooling it, and then vigorously shaking it with ice until frothy, served without milk or with a dash of cold frothed milk on top for a Freddo Cappuccino.


How to Make Greek Frappe in a Few Seconds

Contrary to the traditional hot cappuccino, the Greek frappe offers a chilled alternative that's both quick and easy to prepare. Here's how:


  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 30ml water
  • Milk (to taste)

Method: Begin by blending instant coffee, sugar, and water in a glass. Mix until it's smooth and develops a rich, caramel color, indicative of the coffee dissolving properly. Add a generous amount of ice cubes to the mix, ensuring the beverage is thoroughly chilled. Finally, pour in cold milk to the desired level, stir well, and your Greek frappe is ready to enjoy. This simple yet delightful beverage captures the spirit of Greek summer, offering a refreshing and energizing coffee experience.

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