The 82nd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), set to open its doors on Saturday, September 9, is mostly known for hosting state officials and entrepreneurs from Greece and Southeastern Europe. This year however the fair is extending its range of events to culture and gastronomy, by opening the very first “Frappé Museum powered by Nescafé”, dedicated to the so-called “frappé” instant iced coffee.
Founded by Nestlé Hellas and the fair’s organizers TIF-Helexpo, the museum will present the history of frappé, which is said to have been invented 60 years ago by Nestlé employee Dimitris Vakondios, during the 22nd Thessaloniki International Fair. It will also include information on its production, its “myths and truths”, the organizers said in an announcement.
Frappé coffee is a foam-covered iced coffee drink made from instant coffee, sugar, ice cubes and water. It is considered to be among Greeks’ favorite coffee drinks, especially during the summer months.
According to TIF-Helexpo, back during the 22nd TIF, Vakondios tried to make a Nescafé coffee but he couldn’t find any hot water and decided to improvise by putting two spoons of Nescafé in a shaker and mixed it with cold water, thus created the Nescafé Frappé.
The “Frappé Museum” will operate on pavilion 11 within the TIF-Helexpo premises in Thessaloniki. A bar will also open its doors on the museum’s rooftop, where visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the authentic experience of a Nescafé Frappé, in a scenery inspired by the Greek summer.