A few days ago I posted a news item concerning the mr coffee frappe maker. I mentioned that our kids and that i are addicted to the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, and we spend a ton of money on them from the coffee house from the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our personal drinks using the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should allow us to save lots of money, so we will be able to customize our flavors. We spent a little while Saturday (after one final drink with the Starbucks from the B&N) trying to find the Mr. Coffee maker. We finally found one at Target, got a bit of flavored syrups at Walmart, and anxiously raced the place to find give it a try. When the drinks don’t taste good, all of our efforts may have been wasted.
Within the box is really a black plastic brewing stand, a plastic pitcher, Quick Start guide, manual, and a recipe book. Even though there were various recipes to select from, we followed the standard recipe and added our own touches.
Basically, the Mr. Coffee machine brews a tiny bit of strong coffee in the pitcher. The pitcher comes with blender blades to crush ice and blend the constituents together in to a frozen drink. You add 3 tablespoons of ground coffee to 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 towards the pitcher. Lock the pitcher in the brewing stand and press the Frappe button to start the procedure.
The coffee brews to the pitcher; this technique takes about 1.5-2 minutes. Following the brewing process is finished, the blender begins to pulse to crush the ice. At the first try this happened, we had been all very startled because it’s quite loud. After a few pulses, the blender runs for some time to completely blend the drink. Press the Blend button for extra blending time when the drink consistency isn’t to the taste.
The drink is extremely frosty and thick at first – rather such as a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t use a single big slice of ice inside my drink. The drink does melt faster compared to the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There was clearly still lots of ice left during my last sip. I would personally suppose that Starbucks uses some form of thickening agent to help 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 left over. Starbuck’s says this is 2 servings, but it’s about the actual size of the grande drink I have at Starbucks.
As I discussed earlier, I’m diabetic, and so 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 husband had one with caramel frozen goodies syrup and sugar in the. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup seemed to be a little bit more watery to start than were another two drinks.
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So how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and that i all agreed – these folks were delicious! Many of us tasted each other’s drinks, and we all agreed that they were all equally tasty. The drinks experienced a distinct coffee taste, and so they didn’t seem as bitter as the ones we buy with the coffeehouse.
A single escape to Starbucks costs about $14 when we the 3 have drinks, therefore the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker covers itself in six visits – or three weekends. It can use quite of bit of coffee, but even a cheap coffee (just like the one we useful for this experiment) tastes great and will reduce our continuing costs.