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Frappe or Freddo: The Battle of the Famous Greek Iced Coffees

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The frappe is a lifestyle for the Greek people. Credit: Robert Gourley, CC BY 2.0

The Frappe and the Freddo are more than just iced coffee drinks in Greece: they are a lifestyle! Drinking iced coffee all year round is something that the Greek people savor.

Summer is officially over and fall is in full swing, but Greeks can still be found enjoying these cold beverages even as the temperature drops. In fact, it’s basically a matter of tradition now.

While this practice is considered uncommon in other parts of the world, the habit of drinking iced coffee throughout the year is something that the Greeks are proud of. Whether we’re talking about the all time classic frappé or the freddo — which has risen in popularity in the past decade — the choices you have regarding your iced coffee in Greece are numerous.

But when it comes to choice, things may become tough deciding between the freddo or the frappé. And if you do choose freddo, would you prefer Freddo Cappuccino or Freddo Espresso?

Thankfully, there are no right or wrong answers to these dilemmas. Everything is a matter of personal taste and opinion. But those unprimed to the Greek style of preparing these drinks may want to know what they’re in for.

How the Frappe and the Freddo became popular in Greece

So let’s take a closer look at these two famous Greek iced coffees.

A Frappé is a foam-covered iced coffee drink made from instant coffee, water, ice cubes and sugar (or sometimes even ice-cream). Accidentally invented in 1957 by Dimitris Vakondios during the International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki, the Frappé is still very popular in Greece and Cyprus, and is available at virtually every single Greek café. Made either with a shaker or a special mixer, the Frappé is one of the easiest-to-make coffee drinks available.

Freddo, on the other hand, comes in two different variations: Freddo Espresso and Freddo Cappuccino.

Freddo Cappuccino is the iced version of the regular cappuccino coffee, and it usually has a small amount of cold frothed milk (afrogala in Greek) on top of it. Apart from Greece, this drink is widely popular in Cyprus and parts of Italy, as well.

Freddo Espresso is the cold version of espresso coffee, made with a double shot of espresso coffee mixed in a mixer with ice cubes. Particularly popular among those who prefer a cold, strong coffee, the Freddo Cappuccino has become the most widely consumed coffee in Greece over the past ten or so years.

Many people say that if you put some vanilla ice or liquor in one of these coffees, the drink will be taken to a whole new level of tastiness.

So why not give it a try?

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