Frappe vs latte

Frappe vs Latte: 5 Major Differences to Know

Henry Muller

Have you ever wondered which one to brew Frappe or Latte for your caffeine cravings? Trust me! It happens to me every single time. There is no doubt that they are the two most consumed coffee drinks and choosing between them is a tough decision especially when you have equal love for both.

Both these drinks have their own unique characteristics and flavors that serve coffee lovers with different preferences.

Today in this article, I will share with you complete details about these two flavorful drinks and will help you decide on which one to choose for a refreshing and comforting pick-me-up!

Plus I will also share with you how you can make both these cafe-style drinks at home in no time. So let's get started.

Frappe Overview

What is Frappe?

A Frappe is a thick, chilled coffee drink. It is made by combining espresso or instant coffee with ice, milk, and sweeteners. It is a perfect refreshing and creamy drink for warm days.

Origin of Frappe

Did you know Frappe was invented accidentally which eventually turned out so good? Frappe originated in Greece in the 1950s. It was born when the Nescafe representative Dimitris Vakondios, during the International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki in 1957 combined instant coffee with water. As a result, a frothy and refreshing frappe was made.

How to Make Frappe?


  • 300 ml evaporated milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon coffee powder
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 200 ml chilled water
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 scoops whipped cream


Step 1: Prepare coffee base

Take a cup and add coffee powder and sugar to it. Once done, pour around 2 teaspoons of water. Start beating to mix the ingredients well. Keep beating till the mixture turns white and creamy. Once done, transfer it to a bowl.

Step 2: Add milk and water to it

Once done, add the milk and water to the bowl containing the creamy coffee mixture. Start beating it with an electric beater, and beat the coffee mixture until it's foamy. You can also use the same electric beater that I used, I have mentioned the link below.

Step 3: Serve

Now take a large glass and pour this prepared coffee into it. Lastly, top it off with ice cubes and whipped cream.

Step 4: Top it with some flavorings

You can even drizzle some maple syrup on it.

Latte Overview

What is Latte?

A latte is a warm and comforting espresso-based drink. It is made simply by mixing steamed milk with a thin layer of milk foam. The 1:3 ratio of espresso to milk is followed for this flavorful drink. originated in Italy.

Origin of Latte

The Latte's originated in Italy. It was earlier called "Caffe Latte" which also means milk coffee. During the 1980's it became famous in the United States and since then it has become a common drink to consume in coffee shops around the world.

How to Make Latte?


2 cups of milk
1 ⅓ cups freshly brewed espresso coffee

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1: Let your milk warm

Take milk in a saucepan and put it over medium-low heat. Whisk it gently with a whisker to create foam.

Step 2: Pull an espresso shot

Pull an espresso shot using your favorite espresso machine. Once done, add milk to it while holding foam from passing into the cup.

Step 3: Serve

Shift it to a mug and enjoy it.

Frappe vs Latte: Quick Differentiating Points

The main difference between a latte and a frappe is that A latte, known for its creamy texture, is made with steamed milk and foam that offers a smooth taste. In contrast, a Frappe is made by blending ice and milk which results in a thick, slushy texture. 

Additionally, lattes are generally less sweet than Frappuccinos which makes them a preferred choice for those who prefer a milder sweetness in their coffee.

1) Ingredients

A frappe consists of instant coffee, sugar, water, and ice, blended together to create a frothy, chilled beverage. It often includes milk or cream as well.

On the other hand, a latte is made with a shot of espresso and steamed milk, topped with a small amount of milk foam. It can be customized with syrups or flavorings.

2) Texture

When it comes to texture, Frappe is a thick and frothy texture as it's blended with ice. On the other hand, Latte has a smooth and creamy texture.

3) Temperature

Frappe is cold and consumed when you want a refreshing drink after a tiring day. While Latte is served hot and mostly consumed in the morning to give a good start to your day.

4) Caffeine content

Though it depends on one's taste preferences, Frappe comparatively has less caffeine than Latte.

5) Presentation

Frappes are often served in a tall glass with whipped cream on top and may be garnished with chocolate shavings or syrup. On the other hand, a latte is served in a shorter, wider cup and may be decorated with latte art on top.

Latte or Frappe: Which One to Choose?

The decision to choose a Latte or a Frappe narrows down one's personal preference.

If you want a cold and refreshing drink with a frothy addition, Frappe is ideal for you.

On the other hand, if you enjoy a creamy and flavorful drink with good caffeine than Latte is the perfect choice.

Wrapping up

Frappe and Latte both are delightful coffee drinks, each with its unique characteristics and origins.

Frappe, originating in Greece, provides a refreshing and creamy experience with its chilled and frothy texture, perfect for warm days.

On the other hand, the Latte, originating in Italy, provides a warm and comforting experience with its smooth and creamy texture, ideal for starting your day on a cozy note.

That's all for this blog.

I hope now you can make a better decision and choose the right coffee drink based on your preferences. I would suggest you try both and then make the right choice.


Henry Muller

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I am a barista by profession hailing from NC. My journey began in my late teens when I started working as a barista in a local coffee shop. My passion for coffee quickly became evident as I immersed myself in the art of espresso extraction, latte art ...