A few days ago I posted a news item regarding the mr coffee frappe maker. I mentioned that our family and so i are enslaved by the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, therefore we spend a lot of money upon them in the cafe from the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our drinks using the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should let us save a lot of cash, and we should certainly customize our flavors. We spent a bit of time Saturday (after one last drink on the Starbucks in the B&N) in search of the Mr. Coffee maker. We finally found one at Target, got a bit of flavored syrups at Walmart, and anxiously raced home to try it out. In case the drinks don’t taste good, all our efforts can have been wasted.
Inside the box is a black plastic brewing stand, a plastic pitcher, Quick Start guide, manual, as well as a recipe book. However, there were a number of recipes to pick from, we followed the essential recipe and added our very own touches.
Basically, the Mr. Coffee machine brews a small amount of strong coffee in to the pitcher. The pitcher comes with blender blades to crush ice and blend the ingredients together right into a frozen drink. You add 3 tablespoons of ground coffee on the brewing basket and add ½ cup water on 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 in to 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. 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 while to totally blend the drink. Press the Blend button for additional blending time in the event the drink consistency isn’t for your taste.
The drink is quite frosty and thick at first – 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 compared to the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There was clearly still a lot of ice left inside my last sip. I would believe that Starbucks uses some type of thickening agent to help theirs stay thicker longer. And That I should note that this recipe made enough drink to completely fill a 16 oz red plastic cup with a little left. Starbuck’s says this is 2 servings, but it’s about the size of the grande drink I get at Starbucks.
While I previously mentioned, I’m diabetic, and so i used a sugar-free Torani chocolate syrup and Splenda (rather than sugar) in mine. My daughter had one with Hershey’s chocolate syrup and sugar, and my hubby had one with caramel ice cream syrup and sugar in their. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup seemed to be a little bit more watery to start out than were the other two drinks.
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So, just how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and i also all agreed – these folks were delicious! Most of us tasted each other’s drinks, and that we all agreed that they were all equally tasty. The drinks enjoyed a distinct coffee taste, plus they didn’t seem as bitter as the ones we buy on the coffeehouse.
Just one visit to Starbucks costs about $14 once we all 3 have drinks, therefore the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker will cover itself in six visits – or three weekends. It is going to use quite of little coffee, but even an economical coffee (just like the one we useful for this experiment) tastes great and can reduce our continuing costs.