A Latte, Cappuccino, Americano, Espresso, Arabica all names to do with coffee culture. Frappuccinos join that list with their popularity rising as a trendy Starbucks beverage.
With so many flavours from mango crème, American Cherry Pie, to Sunshine Mandarin Mango Frapps the question for anti-caffeine regulars like me is “Do Frappuccinos have coffee?”
Some Frappuccinos do have and are actually made with coffee whilst some do not contain any coffee at all. The answer to the question can only be adequately given based on the flavour of the Frappuccino.
What is a Frappuccino?
A frappaccino is a trademarked cappuccino which is first iced and then fused/blended together with different flavours and milkshakes.
Yes, there is another type of drink included in the definition of Frappuccino but to simplify it easier to just describe it as a trademarked coffee or beverage.
The whole line of variations of the drink is all trademarked under Starbucks Corporation.The whole idea of the beverage emerged around 1993 when Starbucks employees noticed the demand for ice blended drinks; the beverage was then trademarked in 1995 with the name Frappuccino which caught the essence of coffee (cappuccino) and a cold frappe.
The drink’s base is made of a mixture of sugar,caffeine (optional), a thickening agent, potassium sorbate and of course flavouring (artificial and/or natural).
The add-ons now then depend on the flavour of your choice. What can be often alarming is the amount of sugar and calories that one cup contains and this is often due to the generous amount of cream that is served on top amongst other added toppings.
The combinations as mentioned determine the content, whether its coffee free or both coffee and caffeine free. The reason behind why the question of whether a Frappuccino contains coffee is usually a derivative of two different sides of coffee culture.
One side of the story is that coffee is a great cup of antioxidants and the other side of the story highlights the addictive and bad effects of caffeine.
Therefore it can be a major concern to a selective individual. The wonderful news is that if you are a major fan of the viral Unicorn Frappuccino flavour, and you just so happen not to like coffee added to your Frapp then the Starbucks maiden is in your favour.
The viral 2017 Frappuccino is based on blended crème and therefore contains no coffee, it is a crème based Frappuccino which will be explained shortly.
This viral flavour however serves a good example of a caffeine and coffee free Frappuccino which may at the same time contain loads of calories.
Flavours with and without coffee
For a coffee and caffeine free your beverage needs to be a crème based Frappuccino. These beverages are often very similar to milkshakes and if I might warn very heavy in terms of calories, examples of these are the Vanilla Bean crème Frappuccino, and Strawberry and Cream Frappuccino.
The contents of a crème based Frappuccino are whole milk, ice, a crème base, and flavouring. What makes crème based Frapps so heavy in calories is the crème base that can only use sweetened sugar.
On the other hand for lovers of that bitter touch of the coffee bean your beverage will need to be coffee based. So all various flavours of Frappuccinos will be available in different combos according to what you like.
For those who are into alternative of conventional flavours Starbucks also offers exotic flavours like the Tazo Chai Crème and the Tazo Green Tea Crème the latter being caffeinated.
And for the caffeine adrenaline junkies there are a variety of high caffeine Frapps like Java Chip Frappuccino, Mocha Frappuccino(P.S any mocha inclusive Frapp will usually be high in caffeine content), and Caramel Light Frappuccino amongst others.
Topping of the list as the most highly caffeinated Frappuccino according to delish news is the Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino, its combination of caramel and mocha topping and toffee nut syrup packs an amazing 90mg buzz worth of caffeine.
Honourable mentions for those who are perhaps vegan but still want to have the luxury of a Frapp. If you are vegan you will need to avoid the dairy milk, the caramel as well as the Frappuccino chips.
Replace these with suitable ingredients like almond milk and other toppings for vegans available at Starbucks.All the classics will be available with the vegan adjustments.
Want to make your own?
Maybe for whatever reason a Frappuccino without coffee is not available in your area, or you just want one with your own twists without bothering the barista. Can you actually make a Frappuccino at home?
Yes, all you need is milk, vanilla extract, instant coffee or crème, salt and a sweetener of your choice. Make itby whisking the ingredients and then freezing them, then taking the frozen block, blending the mix and finally adding toppings and flavours.
So there we have it Frappuccinos can contain or not contain coffee depending on flavour and base, a Frappe is not a Frapp although similar to one. And the good news is that during this whole pandemic you can make your own caffeinated or non-caffeinated Frappuccino in the comfort of your own home.