A few days ago I posted a news item regarding the frappe maker. I mentioned that our kids and that i are addicted to the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, therefore we spend a ton of money on them from the cafe in the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our drinks utilizing the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should allow us to save a ton of money, and that we must be able to customize our flavors. We spent a little while Saturday (after a final drink at the Starbucks within the B&N) looking for the Mr. Coffee machine. We finally found one at Target, got a bit of flavored syrups at Walmart, and anxiously raced the location of try it out. If the drinks don’t taste good, all of our efforts could have been wasted.
Within the box is actually 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 basic recipe and added our very own touches.
Basically, the Mr. Coffee machine brews a small amount of strong coffee into the pitcher. The pitcher is equipped with blender blades to crush ice and blend the ingredients together in a frozen drink. You add 3 tablespoons of ground coffee on the brewing basket and add ½ cup of water on the reservoir. Add 2 servings 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 get started on the procedure.
The coffee brews into the pitcher; this process 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 several pulses, the blender runs for quite a while to fully blend the drink. Press the Blend button for extra blending time in case the drink consistency isn’t to the taste.
The drink is incredibly frosty and thick at the beginning – rather similar to a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t have a single big slice of ice during my drink. The drink does melt faster compared to the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There was clearly still a lot of ice left within my last sip. I would suppose that Starbucks uses some kind of thickening agent to aid theirs stay thicker longer. And So I should note that this recipe made enough drink to totally fill a 16 oz red plastic cup with a little left over. Starbuck’s says this can be 2 servings, but it’s about how big the grande drink I have at Starbucks.
While I previously mentioned, I’m diabetic, therefore i used a sugar-free Torani chocolate syrup and Splenda (as opposed to the sugar) in mine. My daughter had one with Hershey’s chocolate syrup and sugar, and my husband had one with caramel frozen treats syrup and sugar in his. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup appeared to be a little more watery to get started on than were other two drinks.
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So how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and I all agreed – these folks were delicious! We all tasted each other’s drinks, and that we all agreed that they were all equally tasty. The drinks experienced a distinct coffee taste, and so they didn’t seem as bitter because the ones we buy with the coffee shop.
An individual journey to Starbucks costs about $14 if we all 3 have drinks, hence the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker will pay for itself in six visits – or three weekends. It will use quite of little coffee, but even an inexpensive coffee (like the one we used for this experiment) tastes great and can reduce our continuing costs.