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Hillary Clinton: What is a Greek “Frappe”?

I wouldn’t post about it but every Greek media, incl. websites and the state TV NET, apparently thought that the question of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is worth reporting, so I just follow the trend 🙂 The query came when Ms Clinton entered the conference room at the headquarters of main opposition party Nea Dimokratia. She saw several gentlemen sitting around the oval table. One of the men had a  glass with some dark liquid in it. When she asked “What’s that?”  somebody answered “A Frappe”. An ice cold coffee, Greek style. Hillary Clinton politely denied the offer to taste the favorite coffee of millions of Greek men and women, saying “I’m used to drink warm coffee”.

 H. Clinton left – Glass with Frappe right

Greek Frappe is the typical cold coffee drink in Greece since decades. A Frappe is Greek man’s best friend, preferably of the civil servants working at customer service. A plastic cup with melted ice cubes, ‘seated’ and dried out foam and a pale yellow straw is the typical accessories at the desk of a public servant who respects himself. Also a dirty and half full ash tray used to stand next to Frappe, but things changes after smoking was officially banned in the public administration. Now the ash tray is hidden under the desk.

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After the coffee issue was solved, Clinton sat opposite to ND leader, Antonis Samaras, and crosswise to the Frappe glass and talked about the debts of the two countries. Samaras, an adamant opponent of the loan agreements, told Clinton that Nea Dimokratia is against the participation of the private sector in a second bailout for Greece and against a ‘selective default’. Odd enough I didn’t read anywhere what H. Clinton told the conservative men. Most likely she quietly drank her warm coffee and left for India to reveal the secrets of a good, ice-cold Lashi.

Thank God! Just an eye contact…

On Sunday she met the President, the Prime Minister  and the Finance Minister, who she invited to the United States in autumn. She visited the new Acropolis Museum where she admired the upper parts of classic Greek sculptures.

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3 comments

  1. Actually, it’s not “warm coffee. But rather hot coffee. Don’t take offense by her comment. In the USA, her generation (and my parents) would never drink a cold coffee. For them it would be disgusting. Even in the most hottest period of summer, hot coffee is the rule in the USA. BUT, I will say that the new generation of younger Americans do enjoy a Frappuccino drink (which is cold) and became famous at Starbucks. I’m sure that Greek Frappe had something to do with this new trend.

    So, you’ll have to wait another 40 years or so to get foreign minister (Secretary of State) to drink a Greek frappe when they grow up…

  2. keeptalkinggreece

    until a generation of US Secretary of State is growing up with cold coffee, Greeks will not be able to offer a frappe due to economic collapse. Thanks for clearing the matter though 🙂