A couple of days ago I posted a news item concerning the frappe maker. I mentioned that our family and that i are enslaved by the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, and we spend lots of money on them in the coffeehouse inside the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our own drinks utilizing the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should permit us to save a lot of cash, and that we should certainly customize our flavors. We spent a little while Saturday (after one last drink in the Starbucks inside the B&N) in search of the Mr. Coffee machine. We finally found one at Target, got some flavored syrups at Walmart, and anxiously raced house to give it a try. If the drinks don’t taste good, all our efforts will have been wasted.
Inside the box is really a black plastic brewing stand, a plastic pitcher, Quick Start guide, manual, and a recipe book. Even though there were many different recipes to select from, we followed the essential recipe and added our touches.
Basically, the Mr. Coffee machine brews a tiny amount of strong coffee into the pitcher. The pitcher comes with blender blades to crush ice and blend the ingredients together into a frozen drink. You add 3 tablespoons of ground coffee towards the brewing basket and add ½ cup water for the reservoir. Add 2 servings of ice, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of flavored syrup, and ¼ cup of milk for the pitcher. Lock the pitcher to the brewing stand and press the Frappe button to start the process.
The coffee brews into the pitcher; this process takes about 1.5-2 minutes. Following the brewing process is complete, the blender actually starts to pulse to crush the ice. The first time this happened, we were all very startled because it’s quite loud. After a few pulses, the blender runs for a while to totally blend the drink. Press the Blend button for extra blending time when the drink consistency isn’t to your taste.
The drink is very frosty and thick at the beginning – rather such as a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t have a single big chunk of ice within my drink. The drink does melt faster than the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There seemed to be still plenty of ice left in my last sip. I would suppose that Starbucks uses some form of thickening agent to help theirs stay thicker longer. And I Also should remember that this recipe made enough drink to completely fill a 16 oz red plastic cup with some remaining. Starbuck’s says this really is 2 servings, but it’s about the actual size of the grande drink I recieve 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 spouse had one with caramel ice cream syrup and sugar in their. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup seemed to be a little more watery to start than were the 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, and we all agreed that they were all equally tasty. The drinks had a distinct coffee taste, plus they didn’t seem as bitter as the ones we buy with the coffee shop.
Just one trip to Starbucks costs about $14 when we all 3 have drinks, and so the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker will cover itself in six visits – or three weekends. It will use quite of little bit of coffee, but even an inexpensive coffee (such as the one we used for this experiment) tastes great and may reduce our continuing costs.