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Classic Coffee Frappuccino Starbucks

Who doesn’t love an iced cold Frappuccino on a warm day? An iced coffee is always refreshing, tasty, and a fantastic caffeine hit when you need a boost. Frappuccinos are becoming increasingly popular all year round with people who don’t like hot drinks or just find that a chilled treat gives them a better energy boost.
Published November 15, 2021
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What is a Coffee Frappuccino?

Starbucks and most other popular coffee houses offer two different kinds of Frappuccino, those that are coffee-based, and those that are cream-based. Of course, there can be some overlap. Many coffee frappes are topped with whipped cream, and many cream-based are upgraded with a shot of espresso.

A Starbucks coffee Frappuccino recipe is, as the name suggests, coffee based. It’s the original, and some would say the best. The chilled coffee drink that kick-started our obsession with Frappuccinos has led to an ever-growing range of flavours and variations.

A classic coffee Frappuccino recipe is a blended iced coffee that keeps things simple with just ice, coffee, milk, and sugar all blended until the ice is crushed.

How Strong is a Coffee Frappe?

Typically, a Starbucks coffee Frappuccino copycat recipe would contain 1-2 shots of espresso, the same as your average coffee house latte or cappuccino. Strong enough for a great coffee flavour, but not so strong that you’ll be bouncing off the walls.

The best thing about making an espresso Frappuccino recipe is that you can change things up. If you prefer a milder flavour stick to one shot or increase the amount of milk. If you like a stronger drink or need a bigger caffeine hit, go for three.

Can You Add Syrups to an Espresso Frappuccino?

If you are looking at how to make a coffee frappe like Starbucks, then you might also be tempted to try some other copycat frappe recipes.

Starting with a basic coffee frappucino is a great idea. But you can, of course, add different syrups, such as chocolate or caramel for some sweeter more decadent treats.

Another option is adding vanilla bean ice cream to your frappe, for a thicker, creamier drink with a sweeter flavour. 


Chandra Melo

The Coffee Lab

@ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil




About the Author

Chandra Melo

Marketing as job, barista as passion. An authentic coffee lover, looking for the next fantastic cup of coffee that I will fall in love with. Coffee, for me, is more than a beverage. It's about community and connection - how can all the world consume the same fruit? And differently? How can we have so many different tastes? I also don't know. And because of this, I feel in love each day more for this world. Happy to share and make a change in the coffee community.


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