Have you ever tried a genuine Greek Frappe Coffee? If not, I highly encourage you to try. There are Greek Specialty stores and restaurants which serve this delicious variation of iced coffee. If you live in NYC area then I recommend Titan Foods Greek food specialty store in Astoria, Queens. You can get all the Greek delights in there, including homemade yogurt, 12 types of different feta cheeses and of course made to order Frappes. If you’re already in Astoria, I also recommend stopping by Taverna Kyclades. Having spent some time in Greece I feel competent to recognize real, authentic Greek cuisine. Tzatziki (garlic and cucumber yogurt sauce)…horiatiki salad (Greek salad with just tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, onions and Kalamata olives)…saganaki (fried kafalograviera cheese – to die for!!!)…whole grilled fish, are just the few of my favorites on the menu. With that said, I attest that Taverna Kyclades is by far the best Greek restaurant (outside of Greece) that I’ve ever tried. Every time I go there, I am almost rolling out of there because I’m sooo full.
My first experience with this gorgeous Frappe was back in 2009 when I traveled to Cyprus for my best friend’s wedding. I arrived a week before the wedding to help with the preparations and to do some Cyprian sightseeing. Another of the bride’s friends also arrived earlier as well. She used to live in Cyprus and the two of them announced that we’ve got to go get “frapka,” after which they both got super excited. I was puzzled. What is “frapka” – I asked. And they simply replied that this is the best iced coffee I’ll ever try. So we went to a café on the beach and order 3 “medium frappes.” They actually ordered it for me and explained later that medium means not too milky and not too sweet…just right. The waitress arrived with cold, tall glasses filled with fluffy, foamy and yet creamy coffee goodness. I was amazed. How did they make it? It turned out that every café, bar or restaurant has this special machine to fluff the coffee. I left Cyprus after 10 wonderful days and I knew that I’d miss my new addiction: Greek Iced coffee: Frappe.
A few years after I traveled to Greece and had a layover in the middle of the night in Athens. I was waiting for my connecting flight to Santorini; I had 5 hours to kill. And trust me, none of the seats were comfortable enough to take a nap. I also was super excited to see Santorini and couldn’t fall asleep. So obviously I went outside of the main entrance to the airport and to my surprise there was a little cafe with al fresco tables, open 24 hours. I came closer and again to my surprise I found out that they were serving frappe!!! I was beyond excited. I ordered a medium one – remember it’s not the size, it’s the amount of milk and sweetness – sat down at the table, took a sip and was immediately transported back to my vacation in Cyprus, where we first met. ‘She’ was as delicious, as I remembered. I texted my friend in Cyprus and told her that I felt like she was going to show up around the corner at any second. This time travel through my taste buds was quite spectacular. And as you can imagine, throughout my Greek vacation I enjoyed my Greek Frappe Coffee every day.
Back in US I really missed my Frappe and even had a crazy thought of buying this special machine. But once, while shopping in Titan Foods in Astoria, for my beloved feta cheese and thick, real greek yogurt, I noticed a little dessert counter, and behind the counter: a FRAPPE MACHINE!!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes. They can make me my frappe…. I ordered a medium 🙂 Again, the first sip transported me to Greece and to Cyprus. I chatted with the merchant for a little while, expressing my huge love for this amazing coffee and how much I wished I were able to make it at home… She looked at me and said, “of course you can make it at home; you just need to have hand blender.” I was astonished. I had this tool at my disposable all these years and it’d never crossed my mind to use it for Frappes. She laughed and said, this special machine uses similar concept. Obviously I got a can of my Nestle Frappe Instant Coffee and went back home to give it a try. In fact, you don’t need to have Frappe Instant Coffee. Any kind of instant coffee works. These images show the result…I hope you’ll enjoy it. It’s perfect for this hot summer season.
To further set the Frappe mood, here are couple of photos from my travel to Greece few years ago. Isn’t this place just breathtaking? Have you been to Greece? If so, let me know in the comments what you like best about this country.
Me in Santorini – my absolute favorite place I have ever been to:
Maze in Mykonos – so much fun and so easy to get lost.
Don’t you just want to sip Greek Frappe Coffee right at this table?
- 1 teaspoon of Instant Coffee
- 1-2 teaspoon of sugar or stevia (optional)
- ⅓ cup of water
- ⅓ cup of milk
- Toll glass or mason jar filled with ice
- Add coffee, sugar and water to tall glass
- Using hand blander mix it until fluffed and doubled in amount
- Pour over ice and add milk on top
- Serve immediately