Two similar sounding coffees that most people talk about are frappuccinos and cappuccinos. So in this post, let’s compare frappuccinos and cappuccinos.
Frappuccino vs Cappuccino
Even though both frappuccinos and cappuccinos are “ppuccino” drinks, they could not be more different in terms of their origins and what they actually are.
In the interest of coffee authenticity, let us first talk about cappuccinos.
Cappuccinos are a traditional Italian way of preparing coffee. Essentially, a cappuccino is an espresso shot with steamed and foamed milk added to it.
To be exact, it’s 1 part espresso shot, 1 part steamed milk, and 1 part foamed milk. As you can imagine, it’s not a very big serving of coffee. Most cappuccinos are usually 5 to 6 ounces in size.
Cappuccinos are one of my favorite coffee preparations because I feel they are the perfect combination of espresso intensity and the taming effect that frothed milk has.
It’s intense yet velvety smooth at the same time. Cappuccinos are my preferred morning coffee!
They’re also really easy to make, as most espresso machines have a cappuccino function built in.
As far as caffeine goes, cappuccinos have the same amount of caffeine as an espresso shot, and slightly less than a cup of brewed coffee. This is largely because the shot of espresso you put in cappuccino is just 1.5 ounces whereas a full cup of brewed coffee is 6-8 ounces.
Espresso(and by extension cappuccino) is more intense but since it’s less actual liquid you get less overall caffeine. If you were to drink 8 ounces of espresso, the story would be very different…
Frappuccino, on the other hand, is a trademarked drink made by the Starbucks coffee chain. In other words, you can’t technically get a frappuccino anywhere other than a Starbucks.
Anything else is an imitation or a homemade concoction(which can still be very tasty, as you’ll see at the end of this post).
Frappuccino actually denotes an entire line of blended, iced coffee drinks that are made by Starbucks.
It does indeed have a coffee base, but with lots of added ingredients: milk, flavorings, syrups, ice, and cream. Many coffee purists say that Frappuccinos only contain coffee, but they have far too many additives to actually be considered coffee.
The word Frappuccino originates from a combination of the word “frappe” which originally meant a milkshake with ice cream, and “cappuccino”, which you already know.
Starbucks eventually trademarked the term Frappuccino so only they can legally use it for their drinks.
Originally, the Frappuccino was made by a cafe called “The Coffee Connection” which was eventually bought out by and incorporated into Starbucks.
There are quite a few varieties of Frappuccinos available at Starbucks. Some have even been adapted to have no coffee at all!
- Decaf frappuccinos are available and made using shots of decaf espresso
- Creme frappuccinos don’t use espresso as their base, and instead use chocolate, strawberries, or vanilla
- Non dairy frappuccinos use soy milk instead of regular milk
- You can also have Starbucks really customize your frappuccinos in any way you wish
As you can see, the frappuccino is more of a consumer-focused sugary drink rather than actual coffee. Still, some people like it, and to each their own! Who am I to judge?
Homemade frappuccino recipe
I did a bit of scouring over the interwebs to see some really good homemade frappuccino recipes.
While I strongly feel that frappuccinos are not coffee, they do make for some really fantastic desserts! Since we’re talking about frappuccinos here, let me share some of my favorite frappuccino recipes for an indulgent dessert:
- Make a Frappuccino for $0.32
- Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino by Bigger Bolder Baking
- Frappuccino recipe from Add a Pinch
- Starbucks Frappuccino by Eugenie’s Kitchen
- Homemade Frappuccino by Divas can Cook