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July 24, 2012

“Shaken, not stirred”

by Penny BroJacquie

It’s summer, it’s hot, it’s time for Greek frappĆ© coffee!

For Greek people frappĆ© coffee is not just another kind of a cold beverage; it’s an all season passion. FrappĆ© coffee is very popular in Greece and Cyprus especially in the summertime. It’s beenĀ part of the daily Greek culture.

Although the word frappĆ© is french, FrappĆ© coffee (or CafĆ© frappĆ©) was invented by a Greekman. Myth has it that during the 1957 International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki a Greek tradesman called Yannis Dritsas was exhibiting a NestlĆ© chocolate beverage. It was new to the market,Ā it was being mixed by milk and it was shaked. During a coffee break one of the employees, Dimitris Vakondios, was looking for a way to have his usual instant coffee made but he couldn’t find any hot water. So he mixed instantĀ coffeeĀ grains with cold water and ice cubes in a shaker and got them shaken.

A cold beverage with a thick frothy layer at the top was created and soon after became the national coffee drink of Greece!

FrappĆ© coffee may also be served with evaporated or fresh milk rroducing the highly acclaimed frapĆ³galo as it’s called in Greek slang.

So… FrappĆ© anyone?

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