Greek Caffè Frappe Recipe with Photos


This refreshing caffeinated drink is easy to make and it’s perfect for those who don’t have a coffee maker.

This recipe for Greek frappe will teach you how to produce an iced beverage made with instant coffee, sugar, water and if it suits your taste – milk. The drink can be found in virtually any cafe in Eastern Europe and many people from the US that have visited Greece are in search of its formula. I will show you how to make it by using a Greek frappe mixer or a shaker.

So let’s dive in.

Greek Frappe Recipe


To make a cup of this coffee frappe you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Water
  • Milk (optional)


Equipment: Electric milk frother, also known as Greek frappe mixer. You can see the one I use on the photo above.

It’s a mini battery-operated drink mixer that also does a fantastic job at frothing milk, so you can easily use it to make homemade cappuccinos and lattes. If you don’t have one, you can check how much this frother by Zulay costs on Amazon by clicking this link. Nevertheless, you can use a shaker or a whisk to make a Greek frappe too, but this will require a bit more of your time and energy.

Without further ado, here’s how to make a Greek Frappe:

  1. Pour 1 teaspoon of instant coffee in a tall glass cup.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  3. Add a bit of water just so it covers the instant coffee and sugar mixture.
  4. Use an electric frother to mix until a thick coffee foam forms.
  5. Add ice cubes to the foam.
  6. Top up with water or milk and stir the drink with a straw.

The Greek frappe is always served in a tall glass cup with a straw, as seen on the following photo:

Here you can see how it looks when it’s made with whole milk:

How to make it with a shaker?

As I mentioned, you can also use a shaker to beat the instant coffee and sugar mixture to achieve the signature Greek frappe foam:

If you don’t have a shaker or a drink mixer – get a mason jar, add the instant coffee, sugar, and water, close the lid and shake.

After the foam has formed, you can use a spoon to transfer it in a tall cup and continue on with the Greek caffè frappe recipe by adding ice cubes and water.

If you add milk instead of water to the foam, this drink becomes quite similar to the Dalgona whipped coffee.

You can also top up the Greek frappe foam with condensed milk, which will bring it closer to a Vietnamese style iced coffee.

The original recipe is invented by Nescafe, so if you want to experience the most authentic frappe coffee taste, you should go for this brand.

Nevertheless, in reality, whichever brand of instant coffee you have at home will work just as fine when executing this recipe.

Can you make it with brewed coffee?

If you don’t like instant coffee, you can create foam by using brewed coffee instead.

Have in mind though, that this foam wouldn’t be as stable compared to the foam instant coffee produces.

It’s also worth noting that if you don’t have one of these Greek frappe mixers, it might take you more than ten minutes of shaking to produce foam out of brewed coffee. With the battery-operated electric device I mentioned earlier, it happens much faster (within less than a minute).

At some cafes in Europe, they offer more of a sophisticated Greek Frappe made with espresso, but it’s quite different from the original.

They mix an espresso shot, sugar, milk, and ice in a blender, which results in a delicious caffeinated drink, but it lacks the signature thick foam layer on top. This is what the drink may look like:

Calories

According to the USDA, when it comes to calories, a cup of instant coffee contains 3 kcal and a teaspoon of sugar – 16 kcal. Therefore, if you have your Greek frappe with water, you will consume around 19 calories.

If you add whole milk, which generally contains 149 kcal per 8 fl oz (240 ml) cup (source: USDA), you will consume around 140 to 170 calories by having a cup of Greek Frappe.

As you might’ve guessed the calorie content would vary if you add skimmed, plant-based or condensed milk instead as well as if you add more than 1 teaspoon of sugar.

With that being said, the Greek frappe generally has fewer calories than Starbucks Frappuccinos and New England frappes. If you want to see a detailed comparison between the frappe and the Frappuccino you can check out this article.

Final Words

The easy-to-follow Greek caffè frappe recipe is perfect when you want to have an iced caffeinated drink.

I hope you’ll get to enjoy it at home by following my guide. It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to use a mixer or a shaker – both ways will let you experience the nicely-textured foam.

Please, drop me a comment below to share whether you’ve tried it out.

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