Unveiling the Delicious Mystery: What is a Frappe?

"Frappe" - a term originating in France that literally translates to "chilled in crushed ice," is a popular beverage that has garnered global recognition due to its versatility, impressive visual appeal, and undeniably refreshing qualities. While the term was traditionally used by the French to refer simply to any kind of iced beverage, it has since taken on a more specific identity worldwide, synonymous now with a certain class of frothy, cold coffee.

Experts believe that the most immediate iteration of what we now understand as a frappe began in Greece. Its discovery is often attributed to Dimitris Vakondios, a Nescafé representative, who in the 1950s reportedly stirred a think-outside-of-the-box idea. Left without any source of hot water, Vakondios combined his cold water with instant coffee and shook it in a shaker resulting in the formation of a delicious and refreshing caffeinated beverage. The evolution of frappe over the years has seen the inclusion of additional ingredients such as milk, sugar, ice cream, whipped cream, and even flavoured syrups which provide an opportunity for personalization.

To create a basic frappe, one needs to mix instant coffee, sugar (to taste), and a little cold water in a shaker, blender, or a frappe mixer. By blending these, it forms a foamy, frothy layer, which furnishes the unique identity to the frappe. Ice cubes can be added to a glass, the frothy blend poured over, and then the rest of the cold water or milk added based on the preference. By decorating the top with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of syrup – you have yourself a decadent treat. For example, a Mocha Frappe includes a hint of chocolate blended into the drink mix and garnished with a touch of cocoa powder on top that lends a delightful twist for those who enjoy a coffee-chocolate combination.

In conclusion, Frappe serves as the embodiment of the quintessential cool elixir perfect for any coffee lover looking for a quick fix on a hot summer day. Its origin, subsequent growth in popularity, and the possibility of countless variations make the frappe a staple choice in cafes worldwide and a drink that bridges the gap between the familiar taste of coffee and the desire for a cool and refreshing beverage.

Papua New Guinea ELIMBARI coffee beans, 200 g artisan coffee beans
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea ELIMBARI coffee beans, 200 g

15.00 €

ELIMBARI is a rare and exotic coffee grown in small farms in the CHUAVE region of Papua New Guinea, with a unique spicy and bitter taste. Roasted very dark, its flavor profile boasts notes of pomelo peel, nutmeg, cloves, dark chocolate, and tobacco, making it a must-try for coffee lovers who enjoy bold flavors.


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