What are frappe and iced coffee?

The cult of coffee consumption among young people is gaining momentum these days. The audience sees this in Starbucks-level coffee shops, a fashionable place to hang out and demonstrate a certain status. It’s amusing to watch young people order coffee without knowing what they are calling. I’ll give you an example: once in Coffee Bean, a girl complained that she served cold coffee without foam. 

I was next in line, and it wasn’t easy to contain my emotions. The barista explained that the coffee ordered could not be with foam because It was just Iced coffee, but she wasn’t listening. The barista offered to make her a frappe, but she didn’t want to listen to anything. She needed cold coffee with foam on top.

The fundamental problem is that many people buy coffee in trendy places without understanding. There is a considerable difference between the coffee orders you know, and the coffee you think you do An example is when the saying “the client is always right” does not work.

What is frappe?

Today, a frappe is a cold coffee drink whipped with a blender until smooth with foam, sometimes served with whipped cream and other toppings. There are many options. You can add sugar syrup, milk, vanilla, and any syrups.

The beverage is called “frappe,” which means “cold” in French. Since the main component of the coffee frappe is ice, the choice of such a “name” is entirely justified. In addition to the main ingredients, various “flavor enhancers” are added to the drink. Liqueur, rum, cognac, ice cream, and chocolate are the most popular.

The history of cold coffee

Numerous cold coffee drinks called “café frappé” date back to the XIX century.

At the international fair in Thessaloniki in 1957, made the Greek version of frappe coffee with instant coffee. An employee of Nestle demonstrated a new product for children: a chocolate instant drink using milk and a shaker. Another employee was going to brew instant coffee during a break. Since there was no hot water, he used cold water and a shaker to help the drink mix better.

Such improvisation made the drink very popular in Greece and appeared in almost all cafes.

Although frappe coffee is often associated with the Greek version based on instant coffee, the espresso version of this drink has gained popularity in the other half of the world over the past couple of decades. The recipe is simple: a double portion of espresso with white sugar in a 2/3 shaker filled with ice, then the glass is poured.

Also, over the past decades, many tourists visiting Greece brought home this recipe, after which it modified the preferences of a particular country. So in Bulgaria, Coca-Cola is used instead of cold water. In Denmark – cold milk. In Serbia, milk or ice cream.

How does frappe differ from smoothies, cold coffee, or cold cappuccino?

The frappe is mixed in a blender for longer until a foam mass and no pieces of ice are left. If you try to cook a frappe in a regular cocktail shaker, do not avoid ice pieces falling into the drink.

For smoothies or cold cappuccinos, it is essential to grind only ice. It is not necessary to achieve foam. Just cold coffee with chunks of ice, just like whiskey. The mixing process of mean cappuccino and cappuccino frappe is very similar, and, in principle, there is practically no difference.

Where did the Frappuccino come from?

Starbucks, the multinational coffeehouse business, is known for its cold coffee beverage, Frappuccino. It is also a registered trademark of the corporation. “Frappuccino” is obtained by adding the words “frappe” (a French term meaning a thick milkshake with ice cream) and “cappuccino.”

Original recipes for cold coffee drinks:

“Yin-yang” — cold coffee tea

  • Half a teaspoon each of three different kinds of black tea.
  • Black Coffee for filter
  • One jar of concentrated milk
  • sugar — to taste
  • ice for serving


We begin by making tea. Prepare half a liter of water in a small pot. We use three different kinds of tea and let them boil for five minutes. Meanwhile, we’re making watery coffee. After that, milk and sugar taste, and the tea. You can dilute the tea to the desired strength by adding water. Combine seven parts milk tea with three parts coffee and ice cubes in a glass.

Iced orange coffee

  • Freshly squeezed juice of 2 oranges
  • Zest (pieces) of 2 squeezed oranges
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup (or slightly less) of sugar
  • 4 cups of cold coffee (6 tsp instant coffee per 4 cups of water)


We added orange peel pieces, water, and sugar to a pan. Mix everything into a pot and boil it for five minutes. Take out the zest and allow the syrup to cool. Should combine Orange juice and the ensuing syrup with coffee. Fill up tall glasses with crushed ice, then cover with orange coffee. You may use an orange slice as a garnish for anything.

Allen (Thai iced coffee)

  • 4 cups of brewed strong coffee
  • 2 cups cream
  • 3/4 cup condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp finely ground almonds
  • Crushed or frozen in small cubes of ice.


Cream, sugar, and cardamom should be cooked over medium heat in a skillet. When the cream begins to boil, we turn off the heat.

Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Next, stir in some ground almonds.

Before serving, divide the cream into four glasses filled with ice. Pour coffee slowly and carefully into glasses.

Homemade cold cappuccino

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp instant coffee (powder)
  • Two ice cubes
  • sugar
  • cinnamon


Combine milk, chocolate syrup, coffee, and ice in a blender. Beat until foam forms. Then add sugar to taste. Cinnamon can be a garnish, so sprinkle some on top before serving (optional). Start doing it right away.

Jamaican iced coffee

  • 30 g of dark rum
  • 30 g of coffee liqueur
  • 3 tbsp whipped cream
  • 120 g of black coffee
  • ice and mint sprigs to serve


Shake together liqueur, coffee, rum, and whipped topping. Pour through a strainer into an ice-filled highball. Peppermint leaves are a great addition.

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