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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Frappés Hit the Big Time

While pursing the fluffier side of the New York Times I came across an article on summertime drinks from around the world. Our humble little neighborhood drink made a stunning appearance:

Cafe Kolonaki, in Astoria, is one of New York's most authentic Greek cafes and a destination for lovers of the frappé, Greece's addictive national drink.

"Greeks drink frappés all day and all night when it's hot outside," said Stefanos Lintzeris, an owner of the cafe, which stocks special shakers and a kind of Nescafé instant coffee that is made just for the frappé.

Made from cold water, instant coffee and sugar, a frappé is distinguished by the thick mocha-colored foam at the top of the drink, produced by violent shaking. There is no milk in it, but a creamy foam is the mark of a well-made frappé. (The word is French, pronounced frap-PAY, even though the drink was invented in Greece in the 1950's.)

"I drink them all day," said Fernanda DaSilva, a Cafe Kolonaki waitress in a "Brasil" tank top on the first day of World Cup play. "By the afternoon I am running up and down the stairs and bouncing off the walls."

No Milk! Color us shocked. Normally we cannot stomach coffee in anywhere near it's black form but I guess once its been freeze dried and saturated with sugar coffee approaches edible even without dairy.


  • At 3:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually often people in Greece put milk in frappe

  • At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    think frappe = coffee

    you can have it with milk or without; with 3 sugars or 2 or none.

  • At 4:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    being greek and regular frappe drinker i can tell you that 2 out of 3 drink it with 3 sugars and milk

  • At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OUT OF BUSINESS...stick to the diner's cause the real coffee shop greeks will sit at a table all day on a two dollar drink.


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