Wednesday, 12 April 2017

How to Make Iced Coffee & Frappés

Making iced coffees and frappés is so simple, that I just assumed that everybody and their dog knew how to make them. But when I asked on Twitter, it turns out a lot of people don't, and were in favour of me posting a tutorial! Another thing a lot of people probably don't know, is that I am actually a fully trained Barista! 

Whilst I was in sixth form I worked at a big chain coffee shop (naming no names, just in case I'm giving out some kind of trade marked secret recipe or something, you never know with these big corporations!) 
I'll start with the difference between iced coffees and frappés. An iced coffee is literally coffee over ice, not blended. Whereas a frappe is coffee and milk blended with ice. The beauty of making these drinks at home is that you have a lot more flexibility, the strength of the coffee, how milky you like it, how sweet, syrups etc.  Now onto the recipes! 

(I'm not giving quantities of ingredients because, like I said, strength etc is all flexible. It's only really the method and ratios that are important) 

Iced Coffee 

You will need: 
Ice | Milk | Espresso (strong instant coffee grounds with just a little boiling water will work, albeit not as well) | Sugar/Sweetener (optional, but recommended - most coffee shops sweeten the espresso as standard for iced coffee) | Flavoured syrup (optional) 
1) Take a cup (I prefer a glass, iced coffee just looks so much better in a glass). Fill it 3/4 with ice. 
2) Fill with milk to the same level as ice. 
3) Take a shot of espresso - as many as you want depending on how strong you like your coffee. The general ratio I used whilst working as a Barista was 1 shot for small size (around 250ml), 2 shots for medium (330ml) and 3 shots for large (500ml).
4) Whilst the espresso is still hot (I do it whilst it's dispensing from the machine, so that the pouring motion acts like a stirrer) add any sweeteners or flavour syrups you'd like, and stir to dissolve it. 
5) To make it like an authentic latte, add the shot of espresso over the top of the milk and ice quickly, in one swift flick of the wrist. (This way, the espresso sits on top of the milk and filters through it slowly, to keep the texture smooth. I find this works best for iced coffee. P.s this is also true for hot drinks!) 
6) Stir, and enjoy.

Frappés 
You will need: 
Ice | Milk | Espresso (strong instant coffee grounds with just a little boiling water will work, albeit not as well) | Sugar/Sweetener (optional, but recommended - most coffee shops sweeten the espresso as standard for iced coffee) | Flavoured syrup (optional)  | Blender | Whipped Cream (optional)
1) Start with the cup you're going to be drinking out of. Put the ingredients into it, rather than straight into the blender, so you know that the finished product will fill the cup. 
2) Fill your cup with ice to the top. 
3) Fill your cup with 3/4 milk. Then add to blender. 
4) Take a shot of espresso - as many as you want depending on how strong you like your coffee. The general ratio I used whilst working as a Barista was 1 shot for small size (around 250ml), 2 shots for medium (330ml) and 3 shots for large (500ml). 
4) Whilst the espresso is still hot (I do it whilst it's dispensing from the machine, so that the pouring motion acts like a stirrer) add any sweeteners or flavour syrups you'd like, and stir to dissolve it. 
5) Add the espresso to the the blender. 
6) Blend until it's got a slushy consistency. 
7) If the ice is not blending well, add more milk. Likewise, if it's too watery, add more ice. After all, it's how you like it.
8) Pour into cup and add whipped cream if you choose to! The trick to whipped cream is to apply it in a zig-zag formation. 
8) Enjoy!
Side note: If you want to make an iced cappuccino, the process is exactly the same but: use full fat milk at least for the foam - I hate to admit it but it does froth better than skimmed.  Use an extra shot of espresso than you would normally (cappuccinos are stronger than lattes), and you will need some way to steam (froth) the milk. Use just a little milk in the steamer/frother, and once it's foamed, scrape it out with a spoon and dollop it on top of the otherwise finished iced drink. 

And there you have it! That's how we made iced coffees and frappés at a well loved high street coffee shop (that isn't Starbucks, FYI. I will never accept that a macchiato is anything but two shots of espresso with foam.... #BaristaRantOver) 

I really was shocked that less people knew how to make these, as you've seen it's super easy! I got great responses when I asked on Twitter about making this post, so please let me know if there's any other coffee/frappé making queries you have that I might be able to answer! Perhaps I'll make a little series called Barista Wisdom ;-)
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49 comments

  1. These are great recipes!!! Here in Cyprus we make our frappe completely different, we mix a little water with 2 spoons of instant coffee, shake it to become a thick foam and then add ice, milk and water. Perfect for hot summer days!!! x

    Yiota
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    1. Where I used to work, they tried to introduce "shaken" iced drinks (not frappes though) but they never took off... I find it tastes a little more bitter when it's shaken rather than adding espresso smoothly & quickly! x

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    2. Will be trying this recipe

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  2. OMG I love coffee!!! Capuccino!! :D

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  3. My daughter loves these, I prefer a large hot latte! :)

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  4. I've never made my own frappe, maybe it's time I gave it a go

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  5. I actually bought one of those blenders to make ice cocktails in the summer but it never even crossed my mind to make iced coffee or even better a frappé. I definitely will be using this recipe over the summer. I'm really loving iced tea at the minute though - if you could give any tips for that and where to buy syrups from etc I would really love to read them x x

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  6. I had my first coffee iced drink in Germany when I was 16 and I loved it and ever since then I've made it myself at home its absolutely yummy :D

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  7. This is great, thank you!

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  8. This sounds so easy and is a wonderful beverage!

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  9. yummy yummy yummy! Showed this to my 16 year old so we can make together - maybe save a few £££'s too! Thank you x

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  10. I worked as a barista one summer, too! I've never made one at home though. Great idea

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  11. I love coffee never tried one of these in my life it's about time I did

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  12. Omg I'm a coffee freak ! With a 20 month old who has never slept through this will be fab in the summer when I tend to drink less hot drinks , I'll still be able to have my caffeine fix ! So grateful ! Xx

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  13. Look good,yummy,i need to try this me e to

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  14. Yum, I'll be making these with soya milk this summer :)

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  15. Thanks for the post!
    Great idea!
    Thanks for sharing !
    Enjoy your week !
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  16. Fab and Mouthwatering start to the day x

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  17. I've never actually thought of making these at home ! My husband loves them too wherever we go he looks for a Starbucks so he can get one ! I think I'll make him one as a surprise

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  18. Not really a fan of coffee, but this is a good idea for when I have guests

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  19. I tried the frappé with my friend this afternoon it was perfect 👌

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  20. Love coffee , cappuccino and latte only ever had them hot though .Don't think I'd like cold but iced could be nice and refreshing.

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  21. I've never tried a Frappe, looks good x

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  22. I've never been a big fan of these types of coffees and I'm the biggest coffee snob but these look delicious. I love how they're made at home and you can add whatever you like and you know what's in it

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  23. Yum! defo going to try in the summer!

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  24. I love coffee but I've never tried it iced before. I might give it a try this summer

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  25. Fab for the summer, if it ever comes.

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  26. I love both iced coffee and frappes so I might give these a try

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  27. I am a huge coffee lover, so I will have to give this a go. Thank you.x

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  28. These look so good! I love the flower on the glass

    Tasha x

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  29. I make everything same as you except I don't use coffee machine & I make classic turkish coffee and pour it still hot ;)

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  30. I adore your presentation of these: so beautiful! This is a really helpful breakdown of the terms and process, thank you :).

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  31. Okay, they look amazing!

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  32. Sound just perfect for this warmer weather!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  33. Looks delicious! Perfect for Summer!

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  34. Brilliant article, i genuinely had no idea what the difference between an Iced coffee & a frappe!

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  35. Not a fan of iced coffee unfortunately

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