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Three Greek Coffees Rank Among World’s Top Ten

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Three Greek coffees are among the world’s top 10. Credit: GreekReporter

Three Greek coffees have been selected among the world’s top ten! While Greece has yet to catch up to Italy’s Espresso, which tops the list, it does well enough by taking third, fourth, and seventh place.

Greek Frappe coffee in the top ten

Greece is spreading its love of coffee. Due to World Coffee Day being “celebrated” today, October 1, Taste Atlas, a website recognized for its lists of food-related items, has prepared a list of the best rated coffees in the world as well as the most popular ones.

These lists are based on real user ratings, instead of bots. This provides additional weight to user ratings that the system deems informed.

Greece is not far behind Italy on the list of the best cafés, with a very notable presence, demonstrating that the coffees Greeks prefer are well-liked around the globe.

The history of Greek Frappe

Starting at number 7, Frappe from Thessaloniki proudly represents Greece in this tasteful list. According to Taste Atlas, “This Greek coffee type was created in 1957, despite the fact that the word frappe was first used in the 19th century. It is produced by blending instant coffee, water, and ice. The mixture is typically made in a shaker or hand mixer so that when the drink is poured into a glass, a frothy foam rises on top.”

Most people credit Dimitris Vaccondio, a former Nescafé employee, with creating the coffee frappe. When there was insufficient hot water to prepare instant coffee at the Thessaloniki International Fair, he accidentally invented the beverage.

How do you make Frappe?

The coffee can be customized also with milk or evaporated milk. There are three levels of sweetness available and this coffee is often served in a tall glass.

A creamy liquor or ice cream may also be used in other unique variations, and the mixture may occasionally be stirred using a spoon.

Other Greek coffees on the list

Freddo Espresso

Freddo espresso
Freddo Espresso. Credit: wikimedia commons / Irini Xasiotou cc by 4.0

Freddo espresso is a straightforward Greek coffee that blends espresso and ice. It is the second Greek product on the list, coming in at number 4. In contrast to comparable iced coffee types, which merely offer coffee on ice, this Greek variation of iced coffee primarily combines the two components until the coffee is very cold and smooth, .

After that, the coffee is drained and poured over ice. To taste, the beverage is sweetened, which should be done before blending. In the 1990s, espresso freddo gained popularity and has since become a mainstay of daily life nationwide, according to Taste Atlas.

Freddo Capuccino

freddo cappucino
Freddo Cappuccino Dimitris Siskopoulos/ Flickr CC BY 2.0

The Freddo Cappuccino is ranked third in the world and appears to be the people’s favorite Greek coffee. It is made with espresso, which is typically a double shot of coffee. Ice is blended with the espresso before it is strained and poured over ice.

The beverage is then topped off with milk that has been well chilled and shaken or blended to provide a creamy, forthy texture. Tall glasses are typically used to serve Freddo Cappuccinos.

Freddo Espresso is similar to Freddo Cappucino but is made without milk. Both beverages are typically available in Greece and are generally relished as cool summer beverages, according to the website.

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