Frappe coffee

High or low temperatures, summer, spring or winter, a frappe coffee is an option that is currently booming in coffee shops all over the world. And what is frappé coffee? Well, it’s basically iced coffee with a thick foamy topping on top.

Its rich coffee flavour, enhanced by the coldness of the ice cubes or slush, is the doctor’s recommendation to add those little touches of joy and pleasure to our lives. It is also known as an iced coffee frappe latte (if you add a little milk).

Delicious drink, refreshing and totally out of the routine hot cup of this black brew… today in the Coffee Recipes section, we are going to show you how to prepare a frappe coffee in simple steps. It’s time to say: Winter is almost here and this drink freezes you to your soul with its sweetness, aroma and freshness.

Ingredients for the frappe coffee recipe

  • One cup of espresso coffee.
  • A splash of milk.
  • Tablespoon of sugar.
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice.
  • Chocolate syrup or cocoa powder (optional).
  • Whipping cream (optional).

How do you make homemade frappe coffee?

Start by dissolving the tablespoon of sugar in the espresso cup. Let the coffee steep before pouring it over the ice, otherwise you would have to add more ice cubes to the drink. Once it has reached the ideal temperature (lukewarm); in the blender we will blend the ice together with the coffee. 

Depending on the power of your blender, the granita you obtain will have different textures, from very grainy to with small pieces of ice in the drink; but neither version affects the flavour and aroma of this homemade frappe coffee. Once the mixture is as homogeneous as possible, add the milk and blend again.

Its texture should resemble that of the “slushies” that you buy in the squares or shops when the heat is high. Finally, you can decorate your frappé coffee with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and cocoa powder. Here again, individual creativity is the limit of your personal touch to the frappe coffee recipe.

As a fun fact, did you know: although the name “frappe coffee” comes from the French language (“shaken” or “iced”), its true origin is from Greece; because in 1957, at an International Trade Fair, an employee of one of the companies working at the event, by chance, not finding water for his typical coffee for the break time, tried adding cold water to a shaker instead of hot water. (Annotation: This is one of the thousands of cases in which coincidences or oversights provide a masterpiece of flavours, textures, and colours in a plate of food).

Note: You can adapt the steps of this recipe and make your frappe coffee with Thermomix. The ingredients, quantities and processes will be essentially the same, but adapted to the machine.

This invention is the result of a drink that we know today as frappe coffee. But let’s now look at the preparation of another, more aromatic version of the traditional drink. If you like to enjoy a mini aromatherapy session, this drink is for you.

How frappé coffee is made

Pumpkin Frappe Coffee

Starbucks’ classic Pumpkin Spice Latte! Have you tried their hot version of a pumpkin spice latte? Well if your answer is yes: congratulations, you’ve tried a sweet invention; and if your answer was no, we’ll just say: what are you waiting for!

Even if you don’t know its hot version, the pumpkin spice Frappe coffee recipe is a more enhanced and refreshing version than its hot coffee.  It is also very easy to make, but first, let’s take a look at the pumpkin frappe coffee ingredients.

Pumpkin Frappe Coffee Ingredients

(Quantities for 1-2 people)

  • 1 1/4 cup coffee, frozen in ice cubes.
  • 1 cup vegetable or animal milk.
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree.
  • 5 drops liquid stevia, white, brown sugar to taste.
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.
  • 1 dash vanilla extract or essence.
  • 1/8 tsp powdered ginger.
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder.
  • 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional).
  • Whipping cream to taste (optional).

Note: For the spices used, you can substitute 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice. A very aromatic spice that brings out the flavour and sweetness of the natural pumpkin, but it should be noted that this spice mixture is not easily available.  A frappe coffee with this spice is another level.

How pumpkin frappe coffee is made

Why let the coffee cool at room temperature when you can freeze the drink in ice cube form. This is a perfect option to avoid adding more liquids such as water to the drink.

After the ideal freezing time to have consistent coffee cubes; we are going to blend the coffee ice cubes with the milk of your choice either animal or vegetable, pumpkin puree, sugar or sweetener (sweetener) to your liking, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves and vanilla extract. 

When it has reached the ideal slushy consistency, all that remains is to decorate to taste. For those with a sweet tooth, you can add anything from whipped cream to whipped cream or better yet, just leave it as it is and enjoy its freshness. Now you have the pumpkin spice coffee from Starbucks, but without the cola and more economical!

Note: You can add a little xanthan gum, as this helps to emulsify and prevent the coffee from separating so quickly. It is a totally optional ingredient, it does not vary in flavour or colour.

Currently, the frappe coffee recipe has been exported to other countries. Offering a great diversity of choices and versions of the original frappe coffee. If not, look at the case of the Frapuchinos that Starbucks constantly promotes. There are so many flavours and colours that this post, if we managed to bring them all together, would be the recipe book of the thirty or so flavours of frappe coffee that has never been explored before.

Frappe coffee with condensed milk

Coffee frappé with condensed milk (in Thermomix or plain, which can be made both ways) is one of the most classic variants of this recipe. Logically, this coffee and condensed milk frappe is sweeter than the original.

Take note of the ingredients (serves 8):

  • 3 tablespoons of your favourite instant coffee.
  • 1 kilo of ice or ice cubes.
  • Half a litre of whipping cream.
  • 200 grams of icing sugar.
  • Chocolate and cocoa nibs for sprinkling (this is optional, but we like it).

How to make the frappe coffee with condensed milk

Whip the cream and make sure it is very, very cold. Add the icing sugar just before the cream is whipped (and keep whisking vigorously so that it doesn’t run down). When it is ready, put it in the fridge and set aside. This is best done in a piping bag, to save time later.

Now mix the coffee, condensed milk and ice. You can do this with a blender or with the Thermomix. The aim is for the ice to reach a slushy texture.

And now that you have the two parts… it’s time to take out your glasses and serve it. First the coffee with the ice and the condensed milk, and then the whipped cream on top (the amount is up to each person’s taste).

Finally, we can decorate the frappe coffee with condensed milk with the chocolate chips or cocoa powder that we mentioned in the ingredients list, although you can also use chocolate shavings or anything else you can think of.