How to Make Greek Summer Coffee at Home

Wednesday, 15 April 2020
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Greek people love drinking coffee. Every celebration begins and ends over a cup or glass of coffee. First dates often take place at cafés and in the summer months everyone is either strolling by the beachfront with a takeaway cup in hand or lying on the beach with a refreshing coffee beverage. During the winter, the intense and mellow flavor of traditional Greek coffee soothes their hearts.

To get ready for your vacation in Greece and surprise your friends with your knowledge in Greek coffee culture, here are 3 Greek Summer Coffee recipes for you!

 

Frappé

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To make authentic Greek frappé, you only need instant coffee, an electric hand frother or shaker and ice. Optionally, you can also add milk or sugar. Oh, and don’t forget the straw!

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 2-3 tsp instant coffee
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • water
  • 1-3 tsp caster sugar (optional)
  • 1-5 tbsp milk (optional)

Method:

Grab a glass or shaker and add instant coffee, (sugar) and 2 tbsp water.

If you’re using a shaker, start shaking for about 1 or 2 minutes or until a thick foam forms. If you’re preparing your frappé in a glass, shake with the hand frother for about 15 seconds.

Now, you’re ready to add the ice! You can add as much as you like, but bear in mind, the more you add the less intense the coffee will end up being. 2-3 ice cubes are usually enough.

Finally, add the milk and fill up the glass with cold water.

Put in the straw, let the drink sit for a minute, stir using the straw and enjoy!

 

Freddo Espresso

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Freddo espresso is without doubt the modern favorite. Most Greeks drink freddo when visiting a café as it is a bit more tricky to make than a frappé, but we’re sure you’ll succeed!

To make a freddo espresso, you need espresso coffee prepared either in a mocha or espresso machine, lots of ice, a shaker strainer, a hand frother, and again milk and sugar if that’s how you take your coffee.

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 4-6 tsp ground espresso or 1-2 espresso capsules
  • Water
  • 10-12 ice cubes
  • 1-3 tsp caster sugar (optional)
  • 1-5 tbsp milk (optional)

Method:

Prepare your regular espresso using either a mocha or an espresso machine. Add sugar if you like your coffee sweet and let it cool for a few minutes.

In the meantime, take a large glass and fill it up with ice. Once the glass gets cold, pour in the espresso and start stirring for 1 minute max. Using the strainer, pour the coffee into a second serving glass without the ice.

Add 3-4 ice cubes and, using a hand frother, start shaking until a nice thick foam forms.

You can now add the milk and taste the deep refreshing flavors!

 

Freddo Cappuccino

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After you’ve mastered the art of freddo espresso, freddo cappuccino will be a piece of cake.

Tip: It does go really well with a piece of chocolate cake.

You just follow the same steps as with the freddo espresso with a plot twist. Instead of adding the milk in the drink, you make a nice frothy cream using milk and a strong mixer... or really strong hands.

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 4-6 tsp ground espresso or 1-2 espresso capsules
  • ½ cup full-fat milk
  • Water
  • 10-12 ice cubes
  • 1-3 tsp caster sugar (optional)

Method:

Prepare a regular espresso using either a mocha or an espresso machine. Let it cool for a few minutes and optionally add sugar.

In the meantime, take a large glass and fill it up with ice. Once the glass gets cold, pour in the espresso and start stirring for 1 minute max. Using the strainer, pour the coffee into a second serving glass without the ice.

Add 3-4 ice cubes and, using a hand frother, start shaking until a nice thick foam forms.

The final step includes shaking the milk using a strong mixer until it looks like whipped cream. It better works using a metal container and full-fat milk. Some people also use heavy cream instead.

Pour the foam into the glass and impress your loved ones!


If you want to find out more about the art of coffee making and all the secret tips and techniques Greeks use, we are looking forward to welcoming you to a private villa in Mykonos, Santorini, Paros or Crete.

Our team members will treat you like kings and queens, take you to the best coffee spots in the islands and share their coffee secrets with you!

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