Taste Atlas: 3 Greek coffees among the best in the world!

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The list of top coffees naturally has a large representation from Italy, but Greek coffees also feature on the Taste Atlas list.

The seventh place in the list of the best coffees was occupied by Thessaloniki-born Frappe, with Freddo Espresso and Freddo Cappuccino also having a place in the Word Taste Atlas list.

What World Atlas said of Frappe (#7):

FrappéAlthough the word frappe first appeared in the 19th century, this Greek coffee variety was invented in 1957. It is made by combining instant coffee with water and ice. The combination is usually prepared in a shaker or a hand mixer, so when the drink is poured in a glass, a frothy foam should appear on top.

The variations may include milk or evaporated milk—when it is often referred to as frapógalo—and the drink can be sweetened according to taste. Traditionally, this coffee is served in a tall glass, and three degrees of sweetness are available.

These include glykós (classified as sweet and typically consisting of four teaspoons of sugar), métrios (medium sweetness with approximately two teaspoons of sugar), or skétos (no sugar). Other specialty versions may also include creamy liqueurs or ice cream, while sometimes the combination can also be mixed with a spoon.

The invention of frappé coffee is usually associated with a former Nescafé employer Dimitris Vakondios. He created the drink by accident at the International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki when he wanted to make instant coffee, but hot water was not available.

Frappé coffee is a Greek staple, but it is also popular in Cyprus. The drink was initially promoted by Nescafé.

What World Atlas said of Freddo cappuccino (#28):

freddo cappuccino

Freddo cappuccino is a chilled coffee variety that originates from Greece. It is made with espresso; usually a double shot, which is first blended with ice, strained, and then poured over ice. The drink is then topped with well-chilled milk that is shaken or blended until it achieves a light, frothy consistency.

Freddo cappuccino is a traditionally served in tall glasses. Similar variety, without milk, is known as espresso freddo. Both drinks are commonly found in Greece, and they are mostly enjoyed as refreshing summer drinks.

What World Atlas said of Freddo espresso (#32):

freddo espresso

Espresso freddo is a simple Greek coffee that combines espresso and ice. Unlike similar ice coffee varieties that merely serve coffee over ice, this Greek version primarily blends the two ingredients until the coffee is slightly chilled, smooth, and creamy.

Slightly chilled coffee is then strained and poured over ice. The drink is sweetened according to preference, which should be done before it is blended. Espresso freddo became popular in the 1990s, and nowadays, it is a staple throughout the country.

It is traditionally served in glasses.

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