How To Make A Greek Frappe (Greek Iced Coffee)

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Learn how to make a Greek frappe at home with this simple and delicious Greek frappe recipe.

Also known as a Nescafe frappe or Greek iced coffee, a Greek iced frappe is one of the easiest (and cheapest) iced coffee drinks you can make at home.

If you love strong and icy cold coffee drinks, you will love this Greek coffee frappe recipe.

Two glasses of Greek frappe with metal straws.

What Is A Greek Frappe (Greek Iced Coffee)?

The Greek Frappe is a simple iced coffee drink that originated in Greece in the 1950s.

Also known as the Nescafe Classic Frappe thanks to its main ingredient, Nescafe Classic instant coffee, it is a strong and cold coffee drink made with just a handful of ingredients including instant coffee, sugar, milk, ice and water.

The Nescafe Greek frappe coffee dominated the coffee scene in Greece until the 1990s, when the espresso based Greek Freddo gained popularity amongst coffee drinkers.

Still popular today with locals and tourists alike in Greece and internationally, the classic Greek iced coffee frappe is an affordable, quick and easy iced coffee recipe you can make at home in just a few minutes.

And before I get inundated with comments on the recipe – Yes, my recipe looks a little different!

I love a classic Greek Frappe, but for this recipe I wanted to change it up, just a little.

Don’t worry – the recipe ingredients stay true to an authentic iced Greek frappe. The key difference is the order I have added them to the glass, making it more of a Greek style frappe with a pretty layered look!

What You Need To Make A Homemade Greek Iced Coffee

Like most instant iced coffee drink recipes, you don’t need any expensive coffee making equipment to make a Greek iced coffee at home.

All you need is a jar or shaker bottle with a lid, a tall glass and a straw.

You may have noticed that many Greek cafes use a frappe mixer, similar to a milkshake maker, to make a Greek cold coffee frappe.

A mixer speeds up the process and creates great froth, but a frappe blender isn’t required when making a homemade Nescafe frappe recipe.

If you already have a handheld milk frother, you can use that to froth the mixture, otherwise do what most people do at home – use a jar or bottle to shake the coffee mixture.

Top view of Greek coffee frappe iced coffee drink.

Greek Nescafe Frappe Ingredients

A basic Greek frappe has just two ingredients – Nescafe Instant Coffee and Iced Water.

However, there are many Greek coffee frappe variations and my Greek Frappe recipe includes sugar and milk too.

The result is a perfectly delicious iced coffee drink without the bitterness often observed in the basic drink.

What Is The Best Instant Coffee For Greek Frappe?

Lovers of the Greek frappe will insist the best instant coffee for Greek frappe coffee is Nescafe Classic instant coffee grounds.

However, the Classic blend can be tricky to find outside of specialty Greek grocery stores.

So if you can’t find the Classic blend in your local store or online, try a bold and strong instant coffee blend – Nescafe or another brand of instant coffee.

What Is The Best Milk For A Greek Iced Frappe?

While you can add any type of milk, in Greece the most common brand of milk used in an iced coffee frappe is NoyNoy.

NoyNoy milk is concentrated full cream milk in a can, and is a form of evaporated milk.

Evaporated milk is a shelf-stable naturally sweet and creamy milk commonly used in baking recipes.

Not to be confused with sweetened condensed milk, which is commonly used in Thai and Vietnamese iced coffee recipes.

You can find NoyNoy canned milk online and at Greek grocery stores. Alternatively you can substitute for a local brand of evaporated milk more easily found in your local supermarket.

If you can’t find evaporated milk, simply use your every day milk – full cream, low fat or half and half!

How To Make A Greek Frappe At Home

Below I step you through the process of making Greek frappe coffee drinks at home. Be sure to refer to the recipe below for all the ingredient quantities and steps.

1. Create The Coffee Mixture

The first step is to create the base for your frappe – the frothy coffee mix.

The quantities and ratios of coffee and sugar are completely up to you – and we list the common variations to our recipe in the section below.

In a jar, bottle or cocktail shaker, add the instant coffee, sugar and cold water.

Pop the lid on and give it a really good shake – at least a minute, until frothy and creamy.

Process shots showing How to make greek frappe recipe at home.

2. Prepare Your Glass

A classic frappe recipe will say to pour the coffee mixture into the glass FIRST, then add the rest of the ingredients.

So as you can see from the process images, this step is where I diverge from the classic Greek frappe.

For something a little different (and prettier!), add the ice, water and milk to the glass first.

Feel free to stick to the authentic Nescafe frappe recipe by adding the coffee first if you prefer!

Tall glass filled with ice cubes, water and evaporated milk.

3. Finish Creating Your Nescafe Iced Frappe

Finally, pour your sweet frothy coffee mixture over the top of the milk and water.

Serve with a straw and enjoy.

Two tall glasses of Greek Iced Coffee.

How To Customise Your Greek Frappe Recipe

Like any type of iced coffee drink there are essentially 4 different ways to customise a Greek frappe:

  • Plain/Black with no sugar or milk
  • Black with sugar
  • With milk and no sugar
  • With milk and sugar

In Greece this is explained with 4 different terms you need to know to order your favourite Greek Frappe:

  • Skéto – Plain. No milk or sugar added.
  • Métrio – Medium Sweet. Contains equal parts coffee and sugar.
  • Glykó – Sweet. Contains double the amount of sugar as instant coffee.
  • Me gála – With Milk. The amount of milk added varies and can be specified.

So to order our Greek frappe recipe in Greece or at a Greek coffee shop you would ask for “frappe metrio me gala”.

Your Greek Coffee Frappe Questions Answered

What Is The Difference Between Greek Frappe vs Dalgona Coffee

Whilst the Greek Frappe and Dalgona Coffee are made with the same ingredients, there are several differences between them.

  1. Greek frappes are predominately coffee and water with a little milk added (if at all). Whereas Dalgona coffee has a base of milk with the whipped coffee added to the top.
  1. To make a classic frappe you shake the ingredients instead of whipping them together like you do for Dalgona. The frappe is less creamy as a result, but also blends better with the water or milk you add to the drink.
  1. The final difference between the two drinks is the order they are added to the glass. For a traditional frappe the coffee is added first, followed by the water and milk. For Dalgona drinks, the milk is added to the glass first then topped with the whipped coffee.

Do I Need A Greek Frappe Mixer?

While many people recommend you use a frappe mixer or handheld milk frother, you really don’t need one to make a great tasting frappe at home.

More Iced Coffee Recipes

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Two glasses of Greek frappe with metal straws.

Greek Frappe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This quick and easy homemade greek frappe recipe is the perfect choice for hot Summer days. With just a handful of ingredients, tailor it to your taste for perfect instant iced coffee in minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons Instant Coffee
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated milk (see note 3)
  • 1/2 cup iced water
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a jar or cocktail shaker, add the instant coffee, sugar and enough cold water to just cover the coffee and sugar - around 1-2 tablespoons (see note 1).
  2. Close the lid and shake vigorously for around a minute until the mixture is foamy and thick.
  3. Half fill your tall glass with ice and add the milk and 1/2 cup iced water (see note 2).
  4. Pour the coffee mixture into your glass and serve immediately with a straw.

Notes

  1. You can use any jar or container with a lid to shake the mixture. A mason jar works well, as does a small plastic container.
  2. For a classic Greek frappe, add your coffee mixture to the glass FIRST, then top with milk and water to taste. We just like the nice layered effect when adding the coffee last.
  3. An authentic Greek frappe contains NoyNoy milk, which is similar to evaporated milk - sweet, rich and creamy. NoyNoy can be found at Greek grocery stores. If you can't find NoyNoy or evaporated milk, the best alternative is full cream milk or half and half for those based in the US.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 48Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

Please note that nutrition information is a computer generated estimate and should not be interpreted as a dietitian's advice. Values can vary greatly among brands, amounts and ingredients used.

About Rachel Rodda

Founder of Coffeewise, Rachel is a passionate coffee drinker, Specialty Coffee Association member and former barista who loves to research and share practical tips on brewing great coffee at home.

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