While there has been some good news of late, Coffee shops and Tea houses - at least for now - remain closed. We miss them - and you probably do, too.

The waiting game can be frustrating, which is why, recently, we’ve shown you How to Make a Cappuccino at Home. Next comes how to make a frappe at home, a topic covered in the following article.

Would you like some more good news? Many of the ingredients needed to create a homemade frappe are available here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company.

We take pride in packing every Loose Tea and Fresh Coffee to order, ensuring not only quality but also consistency. You first need to know how to make a frappe at home, however, which you can discover below.

What is it

What is a Frappe?

A frappe (pronounced “frap-pay”) is usually, but not always, a type of Iced Coffee. It has been shaken and blended to create a flavoursome, foamy and refreshing drink.

Baristas, as you’d expect, serve it cold, typically with whipped cream and other toppings. They can add ice before or after beating the Fresh Coffee beans and accompaniments such as sugar, milk, caramel, vanilla or sweet sauces.

Some people use Loose Tea - particularly Matcha Tea - or hot chocolate instead of Coffee, which works just as well. There are indeed many different variations, with each one as delicious as the last.

The word “frappe” originates from the French word, “frapper,” translated to mean slap, knock or beat. The concept appears to date back to at least the 19th century.

Yet it was in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1957 that the frappe was seemingly popularised. This was when a worker for a food and drink company showcased a product for children: a beverage made instantly by blending chocolate with milk and shaking it.

During his break, he decided to try the method with Coffee and ice cubes. It worked, becoming what we today know as a frappe.

is a Coffee Frappe healthy

Coffee Frappe Calories

We’re afraid we have to return to bad news for just a moment. A frappe recipe, almost always regardless of which one you choose to make, should not be for the faint-hearted - literally and figuratively.

This is because it is an unmistakably calorific beverage that, in our opinion, would be better served as a treat than an everyday cuppa. In other words, it isn’t going to go down as the healthiest option in the world.

Whether you have a caramel frappe or a vanilla frappe, one made from chocolate or Chai Tea ingredients, you can expect hundreds of calories per serving.

Some varieties, unfortunately, account for a quarter of your daily recommended intake. But don’t let that put you off too much. After all, you’re allowed to indulge every now and again, so here is how to make a frappe at home.

How to Make a Frappe

How to Make a Frappe

A “regular” iced frappe is one of the easiest things in the world to make. A barista might do it as if it was an art form - and you should respect them for it - but it truly requires little work.

You’ll first need to get your hands on strong, fresh Coffee from us. We recommend 200ml of Italian Roast Coffee or Continental Coffee. Then you’ll need to choose between 50ml of whole milk or a Milk Alternative for Coffee.

Next comes 1-3 tsp of sugar syrup, which we’ll show you how to make as part of the below frappe recipe. Ice cubes are essential, too, while ice cream or whipped cream for serving are optional but worthwhile if you have a sweet tooth.

That’s it. Once you have these ingredients, you can learn how to make a frappe at home by following the instructions here:

1. Make the Sugar Syrup.

You can do this by adding water and sugar to a saucepan and quickly stirring it together.

Heat the water to medium-high and wait until the sugar fully dissolves.

Remove the saucepan once it has boiled and allow the syrup time to cool before transferring it to a jar.

2. Brew Coffee for the Frappe.

Prepare a cuppa as you normally would, be it via an Espresso Machine, Filter Machine or a Cafetiere (you can learn How to Use a Cafetiere here).

3. Combine the Ingredients.

Pour the Coffee into a blender along with the milk of your choice and 2-3 handfuls of ice cubes.

Add as much sugar syrup as you wish, beginning with a small amount (remember that you can always stir more in at the end for extra sweetness).

4. Blend Until it Reaches the Right Consistency.

Put the blender on and keep it on until the ice has broken into an icy slush and is foamy. You can then pour the entire mixture into a glass ready to be served.

5. Consider Additions.

Most people would argue that a homemade frappe latte isn’t complete until you add a scoop of whipped cream or even ice cream. The choice is yours.

As a side note, when people talk about how to make Greek frappe, what they’re really discussing is how to make “traditional” frappe.

Traditional frappe is what we’ve covered here. A Greek Coffee frappe, in other words, is what you’ve just read.

There is one more way you can adhere to a truly Greek frappe recipe, though, and that’s to buy our Greek Coffee before getting started.

How to Make a Caramel Frappe

How to Make a Caramel Frappe

There you have it: a Coffee frappe recipe as straightforward as they come. However, we’re just getting started as there are many other varieties available.

The good news (yes, we’re back to good news) is that the above instructions apply to most - with, of course, a few additions. Here we’re going to explain how to make a caramel frappe recipe using much of the same information above.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, you’ll first need Coffee, milk, sugar syrup, ice cubes and, optionally, whipped cream or ice cream.

Additionally, and indeed even less surprisingly, you’ll want to have to hand caramel sauce.

This you put into the mixture when you’re about to turn on the blender. If you’re wondering how to make a vanilla bean frappe, simply replace caramel sauce with vanilla extract. 

How to Make a Mocha Frappe

How to Make a Mocha Frappe

The term “mocha frappe” refers to a frappe made with chocolate syrup. It is not, contrary to popular belief, a type of Mocha Coffee, which is a medium-roasted Ethiopian Coffee we stock here at our Kent-based factory.

However, you could certainly use Mocha Coffee to make a mocha frappe. We couldn’t think of a better choice, in truth, so why not do just that?

Are you hoping to find out how to make a chocolate frappe? Spoiler alert: similar to the above iced frappe recipes, it requires little effort on your part.

Your best bet is to add chocolate syrup like you would caramel or vanilla extract. Alternatively, if you’re up for a little more work, you could include melted chocolate for a truly indulgent delight.

How to Make Matcha Green Tea Frappe

How to Make Matcha Green Tea Frappe

Now we’re heading into wholly different territory, doing away with Coffee and instead opting for Matcha Green Tea Powder. What makes this particular type of Tea distinctive is the fact that it has been ground into a fine powder.

Such an extraordinary processing method has a significant influence on the taste and texture of Matcha, as well as its Matcha Tea benefits.

Yet the business of making a Matcha frappe - in fear of sounding boring - isn’t unique from the other methods with Coffee. All you’re doing, really, is replacing the latter with the former when you throw the ingredients into a blender.

You don’t need to worry about How to Make Matcha Tea - kettle, cups and all - because you’re not making an average brew. The powder merely goes in with the rest of the components.

Frappe Ingredients

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This article began by exploring, “What’s an iced frappe?” and, “How many calories does a frappe have?”

We then provided you with a frappe recipe guide, detailing how to make a frappe at home.

Now that you know the facts, it’s time to try for yourself. The finest Fresh Coffee, as well as Matcha Tea, is available here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company.

Author: Richard Smith

Partner at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company

Richard Smith is a Tea expert, entrepreneur, and owner of The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Part of a family of renowned Tea planters dating back four generations, he was born in Calcutta (Kolkata), India, where he spent his childhood between Tea Estates in Assam and Darjeeling.

In the late 1970s, having accumulated years of knowledge in the industry, Mr Smith and his mother, Janet Smith, moved to Kent, South East England, to establish a Tea business in the village of Pluckley. Their early days of packing Tea Bags by hand from chests of 10,000 prompted the creation of the company’s flagship infusion known as Pluckley Tea. It remains our most popular product today.

Mr Smith, who studied economics at London Polytechnic, has since specialised in over 1,000 types of Loose Leaf Tea - in addition to around 70 varieties of Roast Coffee - from around the world. These are now available at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, where everything is still packed by hand and fresh to order, not only to honour tradition but to ensure the utmost quality and consistency.