A few days ago I posted a news item regarding the frappe maker. I mentioned that our family and so i are hooked on the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, and that we spend a ton of money about them from the cafe in the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our very own drinks utilizing the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should allow us to save a lot of cash, so we must be able to customize our flavors. We spent a bit of time Saturday (after a final drink at the Starbucks from the B&N) searching for the Mr. Coffee machine. We finally found one at Target, got some flavored syrups at Walmart, and anxiously raced home to try it out. In case the drinks don’t taste good, all of our efforts may have been wasted.
Within the box can be a black plastic brewing stand, a plastic pitcher, Quick Start guide, manual, along with a recipe book. However, there were a number of recipes to choose from, we followed the fundamental recipe and added our own touches.
Basically, the Mr. Coffee machine brews a small amount of strong coffee in the pitcher. The pitcher is equipped with blender blades to crush ice and blend the components together into a frozen drink. You add 3 tablespoons of ground coffee for the brewing basket and add ½ cup of water on the reservoir. Add 2 cups of ice, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of flavored syrup, and ¼ cup of milk to the pitcher. Lock the pitcher to the brewing stand and press the Frappe button to start out the process.
The coffee brews in to the pitcher; this method takes about 1.5-2 minutes. After the brewing process is finished, the blender actually starts to pulse to crush the ice. The very first time this happened, we were all very startled because it’s quite loud. After several pulses, the blender runs for a time to fully blend the drink. Press the Blend button for further blending time when the drink consistency isn’t in your taste.
The drink is incredibly frosty and thick in the beginning – rather similar to a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t have got a single big slice of ice in my drink. The drink does melt faster in comparison to the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There seemed to be still plenty of ice left in my last sip. I would personally imagine that Starbucks uses some form of thickening agent to aid theirs stay thicker longer. And I should be aware that this recipe made enough drink to completely fill a 16 oz red plastic cup with some leftover. Starbuck’s says this can be 2 servings, but it’s about how big the grande drink I recieve at Starbucks.
Because I mentioned before, I’m diabetic, thus i used a sugar-free Torani chocolate syrup and Splenda (rather than the sugar) in mine. My daughter had one with Hershey’s chocolate syrup and sugar, and my spouse had one with caramel soft ice cream syrup and sugar in his. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup seemed to be a bit more watery to start than were one other two drinks.
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So how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and I all agreed – they were delicious! All of us tasted each other’s drinks, therefore we all agreed that they were all equally tasty. The drinks possessed a distinct coffee taste, and so they didn’t seem as bitter since the ones we buy at the coffeehouse.
A single visit to Starbucks costs about $14 when we all three have drinks, and so the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker will pay for itself in six visits – or three weekends. It would use quite of bit of coffee, but even an affordable coffee (such as the one we used for this experiment) tastes great and can reduce our continuing costs.