Saturday, 26 August 2017
Frapé - iced coffee
Frapé was invented by a greek rep for Nescafe in 1957 and soon became the most popular summer drink in cafeterias all over Greece. After the small demitasse cup of gritty Greek coffee this has to be the most well known coffee concoction and this is where coffee culture started. With a frapé in front of you the table in the cafeteria is yours for the day.
It is made either in a shaker or with a hand held mini-mixer.
This is the old style shaker we used for making iced coffee. It has a hole in the top for a straw and can be closed tightly and taken aboard a small boat or in the car. If you haven't got a shaker then a small glass jar with a tight lid will do.
This is the way we make our iced coffee
all on a summer's day
Put about an inch of cold water in the bottom of the shaker. Add 1-2 tsps instant nescafe or espresso powder. Now is the time to add sugar if desired. Put the top on the shaker. Shake like mad till the sugar has dissolved and it has an inch of froth on the top. Pour into your glass , add cold water, milk and iced cubes.
Use a newfangled electric gadget.
Put the gadget straight into your glass with a little water, nescafe and sugar. Flip the switch and the little rotor blade will make a loud buzzing noise, mix the coffee, water and sugar and give it a nice frothy head. The photo above is the coffee after mixing.
Fill up with iced water, milk if you want it, 2 or 3 ice cubes, a straw and enjoy a cool coffee.
When home in NZ I can't drink my coffee fast enough. My kiwi friends order the coffee, sit down, drink it and leave. I'm still on my first sip. At least the hot coffee down under is piping hot and cold coffee is cold.
On the other hand, here in Greece, I drink it too fast. I'm almost at the bottom of my glass, slurping up the dregs and my greek 'parea' (company) will only just now be taking their first breath after a long 'discussion' and be picking up their glass or cup and contemplating whether or not to wet their tongues with coffee or have a glass of water instead.
In Greece hot coffee is luke-warm and iced coffee icy in a glass full of ice cubes. Luke-warm coffee is annoying. I want my coffee piping hot, even if I have to wait five minutes for it to cool down!