The Real Difference Between A Frappe And A Frappuccino

Nothing beats that magic moment during a hot summer day when you enjoy your favorite iced beverage, especially if it's with caffeine or from your favorite coffee spot. This might be a daily habit for avid coffee drinkers, while for other sporadic Starbucks goers, a treat worth the money and time. But, any type of coffee drinker may understand that the coffee world has its own mistakes, or at least they think so. For example, not only does your name gets spelled wrong when ordering coffee, but sometimes you don't get the drink you ordered.

Whenever asking for iced coffee, names are key. Your barista has memorized all the types of coffee, and maybe you are the one that's mixing letters and names. Probably you were craving a swirled coffee that is just like a milkshake but instead got a frothy thing that doesn't feel as sweet.

Don't worry; this mistake is completely normal and happens a lot if you are traveling. Although frappe and frappuccino are very popular iced coffee drinks and start with the same two letters, they are different coffee drink types.

Frappe is made with instant coffee; frappuccino uses brewed coffee

The main difference between a frappe and a frappuccino is the type of coffee each drink has and how much actual coffee is in it (via Coffee and Tea Corner). Frappe is made with instant coffee, sugar, ice, and cold water, and milk is optional. Its mostly prepared in a shaker, which creates foamy and frothy results, Above Average Coffee explains. It was invented purely by accident at a coffee trade fair back in 1957 in Greece, later advertised by Nescafé; this is why you would probably see more people ordering and drinking frappes in Europe than in the U.S.

On the other hand, Starbucks invented and popularized the frappuccino back in the 90s, which stayed on the menu to conquer hearts all over America. Some call it a coffee milkshake because its texture is just like one, but a coffee frappuccino is made with brewed coffee, ice, milk, sugar, and a flavored syrup mixed in a blender, Coffee and Tea Corner notes. For example, the caramel frappuccino is a crowd favorite. Usually, this drink is topped with whipped cream; therefore, definitely sweeter than a frappe.

Trends and time allow people to adapt both drinks, making it possible to order both with oat milk or unsweetened syrup. Although its core preparation remains different, the magic touch of enlightening a hot day is the same for both.