October 7 marks yet another coffee derived holiday, National Frappé Day. Frappé coffee is a greek foam-covered iced coffee drink made from instant coffee. The frappé dates back to the 1957 International Trade Fair where the representative of Nestlé, Yannis Dritsas, was showcasing an instant chocolate beverage product. One of Dritsas’ employees, Dimitris Vakondios was on his break and was looking for a way to have his usual instant coffee. He couldn’t find any hot water, so he decided to mix the coffee with cold water and a shaker. This marked the beginning of the greek drink many of us have fallen in love with.
Ironically, my first trip to Starbucks wasn’t until my freshman year of college. I hadn’t really tried coffee before and never really intended to. For the next two or three years of my college career I ordered the Tazo Chai Tea Latte, which is obviously a tea instead of a coffee. I’m pretty sometime during my junior year I finally worked up the kahunas to finally order a cup of coffee, I’m pretty sure it was probably a Caramel Macchiato. This began my love affair for coffee, something that I have a hard time living without these days.
Today was a pretty non-stop day for me, I started my day out of the office and was out until about 11am. Once back in the office I had a few things to do before attending a quarterly meeting. I picked up some lunch with a few of my co-workers and to my disappointment Roti had gotten rid of their iced coffee machine (yes I said iced coffee machine.) This was a huge let down for me since I am a firm believer that Roti has the best iced coffee out there. I was able to get a cup of ice and pour some hot coffee over it, something by Grandfather would always do. This was my first cup of the day and things were finally starting to feel normal again. After going back to the office and eating I wanted to wrap some things up before our meeting in the afternoon. I was completely on track to forgetting about today’s holiday until one of my co-workers asked if I wanted Starbucks. “Oh yeah! It’s National Frappe Day!” I replied. To make a long story short a few minutes before our big meeting we made the trip to Starbucks. I wasn’t quite sure what to get so I asked Fedor, our office barista, what she’d recommend. I settled with the drink I had fallen in love with a few days back on National Coffee Day, the Salted Caramel Mocha, only this time I got the frappuccino version of the drink instead. It was probably even better than the hot version.
Tomorrow is Britt’s turn to cook! She will finally get to celebrate some of her Eastern European heritage. It’s National Pierogie Day.