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Frappe Icy Coffee Beverage

Frappe Icy Coffee Beverage

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Definition: A frappe is an iced beverage that has been shaken, blended or beaten to produce a tasty foam and refreshing blended drink which is served cold, often with whipped cream and toppings. You can add ice before or after beating the coffee and custom additives such as sugar, milk, vanilla and sweet sauces. It really depends on what you are shaking or blending it in - a shaker, frappe maker or blender. An ice-crushing blender is better than a shaker for blending a frappe.

Though a frappe has been traditionally made with coffee, you can make other flavorful frappe drinks with teas, juices or hot chocolate - possibilities are endless. There are many different variations of this popular blended icy drink that was first inspired in Europe, decades ago. The word Frappe comes from the French word Frapper - which means to slap, knock or beat.

How does a frappe differ from a smoothie, iced coffee or iced cappuccino? A frappe is blended longer, till a substantial foam has been created and ice is well blended. If a frappe is shaken in a cocktail shaker, crushed ice can be added with the coffee, or whole ice after shaking. Smoothies or iced cappuccinos are blended to the preferred ice consistency, regardless of foam. Iced coffee is often not beaten, but served as strong coffee served on ice. Since the blending process is similar for an iced cappuccino or frappe cappuccino, it's often difficult to see or know the difference.

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Pronunciation: frappe
Also Known As: frappé
Alternate Spellings: frappé
Common Misspellings: frappé, frap, frapp
Gourmet coffee shops offer lots of variety for icy coffee drinks including a frappe.

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