The coffee culture in Greece is very important and it is an essential part of the social life. And since the social part of life is fundamental in Greece you can understand why coffee is such a praised beverage.
Coffee is so much more than just a beverage to the greeks. It is part of the social glue and could to an outsider been observed as a highly developed artform if compared to how coffee is consumed in other places around the world.
Because of the important status of coffee in the greek society there is an abundance of coffee offering locations wherever you turn. You will find café after café and if you are lucky you might also stumble over one or two kafenio (καφενεíο) - the classic coffee shop of the old days.
This greek art of coffee has sprung numerous variations of the black gold liquid on the menus. Sometimes concepts have been borrowed from other countries coffee culture and been re-imagined to something unique.
Frappé is by far the most known and are by many considered as the national coffee of Greece. This foam-covered ice-coffee is extremely popular, especially during the scorching hot summer months.
The frappé is said to have been invented by accident at the International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki in 1957 by Nestlé representatives Yannis Dritsas and Dimitris Vakondios, whom in the lack of warm water used cold water and ice for their coffee.
Frappé is commonly ordered with various degrees of sweetness; glykós (γλυκός, ɣliˈkos, "sweet"); métrios (μέτριος, "medium"); and skétos (σκέτος, "plain", i.e. without sugar).
Furthermore you can order the frappé with milk, (με γάλα [me ˈɣala]), which makes it a bit lighter. The coffee powder used to make frappé is very strong and not to be mistaken for the normal instant coffee found in other European countries.