This is such a delicious and simple coffee drink. I think most commenters are WAY overthinking this whole thing. Just enjoy some caffeine and get on with your day. :-)
Greek Iced Coffee
From EatingWell: Summer 2004
This frothy delight is a great summer treat when the summer heat makes hot coffee less appealing.
27 Reviews for Greek Iced Coffee
The recipe forgets one key ingredient. The way instant coffee is brewed is different here in the USA and you cannot use just any instant coffee. Look for the Nescafe Greek Instant Coffee in your local Mediterranean grocer or even over on Amazon.com (but watch the prices, some are way too expensive.) And yes the right instant coffee WILL froth up so thick you can barely pour it in less than 30 seconds.
Frappe is a foam covered iced coffee drink usually made with spray-dried instant coffee and evap milk.
Its invention dates back to the 1957 International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki. A representative of the Nestlé company, Yannis Dritsas, was exhibiting a new product for children, a chocolate beverage produced instantly by mixing it with milk and shaking it in a shaker. Dritsas' employee Dimitris Vakondios was looking for a way to have his usual instant coffee during his break but he could not find any hot water, so he mixed the coffee with cold water in a shaker. This improvised drink has been called the national coffee of Greece, and is available at virtually all Greek cafés.
I've been in love with these since I spent a summer in Cyprus. My variation is slightly different though. I use the same amount of sugar/coffee, but only use a couple tbsp of water; just enough to cover the sugar & coffee. As another reviewer suggested I mix it with a drink mixer, I really think this is essential. I can't see shaking it producing the same amount of foam, and I bet it's way harder. I usually fill the rest of the glass with ice/milk. So fast, easy and delicious