WHAT IS A FRAPPE? A GUIDE FOR HOMEBREWING!
- WHAT IS A FRAPPE? A GUIDE FOR HOMEBREWING!
- WHAT IS A FRAPPE?
- WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
- HISTORY OF THE FRAPPE?
- WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS OF A FRAPPE?
- IS A FRAPPE THE SAME AS A SMOOTHIE?
- WHAT IS A FRAPPE MADE OF?
- WAYS OF MAKING IT
- A FRAPPE RECIPE
- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FRAPPE AND A FRAPPUCCINO?
- DOES A FRAPPE HAVE COFFEE IN IT?
- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FRAPPE AND ICED COFFEE?
- WHAT MAKES IT A FRAPPE?
- WHAT IS A FRAPPE AT MCDONALD’S LIKE?
Have you ever heard of a frappe? What is a frappe? Do you know what it means?
A frappe is an iced coffee drink that’s typically made with milk, ice, and espresso. It can also be blended with other ingredients like chocolate syrup or whipped cream.
You will learn all there is to know about this delicious beverage! From its history to how it’s made today, we’ll cover everything you need to know so you can enjoy your next cup even more than before!
Read on now to find out more about what makes up a frappe and why this drink is so popular!
WHAT IS A FRAPPE?
A frappe is what you’d call iced coffee. You can also put other things in it like chocolate syrup or whipped cream, but usually, people just drink the coffee by itself with milk and ice. It’s what they used to call any partly frozen drink, but now it just means iced coffee.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The word comes from what they call an iced drink in Greece, but it’s usually associated with the instant coffee version. What makes this unique is that it doesn’t use water or ice cubes like other drinks; instead you put milk and sugar together in a blender until frothy and pour over some strong espresso on top of crushed ice.
HISTORY OF THE FRAPPE?
A frappe is what you’d call iced coffee. You can also put other things in it like chocolate syrup or whipped cream, but usually, people just drink the coffee by itself with milk and ice. It’s what they used to call any partly frozen drink, but now it just means iced coffee
History tells us that a worker with the Nestlé company, Giannis Dritsas, was showing off a new product for children in 1957 in Greece. The drink was a chocolate beverage, produced instantly by mixing it with milk and shaking it in a shaker.
Another worker, Dimitris Vakondios was looking for what he could drink his usual instant coffee during his break, but he could not find any hot water, so he mixed the coffee with cold water and ice cubes in a shaker. The Greek frappe was born!
THOUGHTS ABOUT THE FRAPPE TODAY
The café frappé today mostly is associated with what they called the instant coffee version, the rest of the world has during the last two decades embraced espresso versions, shaking a double espresso with some white sugar and pouring directly into the glass. It’s what was originally used to describe any iced drink but now it just means iced coffee served over crushed ice, what they used to call a frappe.
Today iced cappuccino or smoothies are blended to the preferred ice consistency, regardless of foam and what makes this drink so special is how you can put many things in it like chocolate syrup or whipped cream while some prefer just drinking coffee with milk and ice without any other ingredients.
When it comes to what we should be mindful about when drinking a frappe, one of the main things is how much time you leave in between making and consuming. It’s best if you make your drink right before you are going to enjoy it because over mixing will make the ice melt faster which can cause watered-down iced coffee.
WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS OF A FRAPPE?
A frappe is what you would call iced coffee. You can also put other things in it like chocolate syrup or whipped cream, but usually, people just drink the coffee by itself with milk and ice. It’s what they used to call any partly frozen drink, but now it just means iced coffee.
Depending on what type of frappe you want to make, you can use any combination of instant coffee, espresso coffee, milk, ice cubes, sugar for sweetening purposes, and chocolate syrup or whipped cream if desired.
To start making an instant frappe, you will need either instant coffee or espresso. To make the espresso frappé all you need is to take a double espresso, white sugar, and crushed ice. Simply put the ingredients into a blender then mix until it becomes frothy with what they call iced coffee rather than what you would usually drink in hot form.
For an instant frappe, all you need to do is add milk powder, water, or fresh milk if preferred, some sugar for sweetening purposes, and what they call an iced drink rather than what you would usually take in hot form.
IS A FRAPPE THE SAME AS A SMOOTHIE?
No. A frappe is blended for a longer time. The ice is very well crushed in small parts. The frappe has a decent amount of foam when compared to the smoothies. The amount of foam is an important characteristic of a frappe. Smoothies often don’t have a lot of foam, the amount of ice is more decisive.
Smoothies are mostly made from frozen fruit with milk, as frappes often contain coffee or tea.
A few important differences between a frappe and a smoothie are that a frappe is what they call an iced drink while what you would usually take in hot form.
Smoothies are what people tend to make their fruit-based drinks with because it mostly consists of frozen fruits which become very watery when blended, unlike the ice cubes used for making a frappe.
Further differences between what is a frappe and what is not, the ingredients of what they call iced drinks (frappes) are different than smoothies. The amount of ice in them also differs because when you make what they call an iced drink it’s mostly with crushed ice which makes it have some foam while smoothies consist mainly of what they call frozen fruits which can get very watery when blended.
WHAT IS A FRAPPE MADE OF?
A frappe is what they call an iced drink which means it’s made of coffee, milk powder, or fresh milk if preferred, white sugar for sweetening purposes, and crushed ice. You can also put other things in them like chocolate syrup or whipped cream but usually, people just drink the coffee by itself with some milk and ice. It’s what they used to call any partly frozen drink but now it just means iced coffee.
WAYS OF MAKING IT
There are multiple ways of making a frappe: the traditional way and the modern way. We’ll start to cover the modern way first which is what people probably would do if they want to make one at home.
To start making a frappe with the traditional way (Greek), you will need what they call iced drinks rather than what you would usually take in hot form. Traditional frappes are made with espresso, milk, and sugar for sweetening purposes so combining those ingredients can give a more traditional taste.
A FRAPPE RECIPE
Here you can use an easy and quick recipe for brewing that great frappe at home
About 20 cl coffee
About 5 cl milk (1/4th amount of coffee)
About 1-3 tbsp sugar or other sweeteners
Finishing touch: whipped cream, ice cream, or other sweeteners
- Pour the coffee in the blender with milk (milk powder is also possible) and ice (2 portions)
- Add sugar, but if you’re unsure, start with small portions. If you use milk powder, use less sugar because they contain sugar.
- Blend with the blender until the brew is foamy and the ice is blended in smaller parts.
- Start brewing into your glass or cup
- Give a finishing touch with some whipped cream, syrups or other sweeteners.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FRAPPE AND A FRAPPUCCINO?
A frappe is more based on a milkshake and can be based on coffee. A frappuccino is more based on coffee and milk. A Frappuccino is the combination of a frappe and a cappuccino.
Frappe is a milkshake-based iced drink and can be based on coffee. A Frappuccino is more based on coffee and milk. You can see it as the combination of a frappé and a cappuccino. They’re both blended and iced drinks. A Frappuccino is an iced cappuccino blended with flavors and milkshakes.
DOES A FRAPPE HAVE COFFEE IN IT?
Mostly a frappe will have coffee in it. It depends on the region where you live. It can be based on coffee, but also on tea and so on. So yes, a frappe can have coffee in it.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FRAPPE AND ICED COFFEE?
The frappe contains a lot of foam and is blended longer. The added ice is blended into very small parts. Iced coffee is what the name exactly says: hot coffee that has been “iced” with ice cubes that are added afterward. In some cases, it can be difficult to see a difference between the two.
WHAT MAKES IT A FRAPPE?
The lots of foam and small parts of ice. A frappe is a very refreshing drink. A frappe can be based on coffee but also tea and other things. There are sweeteners added afterward like sugar, whipped cream… Frappes can differ depending on where you live.
WHAT IS A FRAPPE AT MCDONALD’S LIKE?
These are based on coffee and are very creamy. This one contains a lot of calories with whipped cream and extra sauces (mostly chocolate and others like caramel). They’re of course blended with ice to give us a refreshing experience.
The next time you’re craving a cold drink, try brewing yourself a nice frappe! You’ll be able to enjoy the same flavors while not having to worry about how hot it is.
It’s hard to say what frappe you should pick. Try different ones at home, in your nearest coffee shop, but try and taste them! The perfect pick for a refreshing experience in the summer!
Enjoy your coffee!