A few days ago I posted a news item concerning the mr coffee frappe maker. I mentioned that my loved ones and i also are enslaved by the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, and that we spend a lot of money upon them in the coffeehouse from the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our personal drinks while using Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should allow us to save a lot of money, and that we should be able to customize our flavors. We spent a bit of time Saturday (after one final drink in the Starbucks within the B&N) searching for the Mr. Coffee machine. 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 of our efforts could have been wasted.
Within the box is really a black plastic brewing stand, a plastic pitcher, Quick Start guide, manual, along with a recipe book. Even though there were a number of recipes from which to choose, we followed the essential recipe and added our touches.
Basically, the Mr. Coffee maker brews a small amount 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 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 towards the pitcher. Lock the pitcher to the brewing stand and press the Frappe button to get started on this process.
The coffee brews in the pitcher; this process takes about 1.5-2 minutes. After the brewing process is finished, the blender begins to pulse to crush the ice. The 1st 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 in the event the drink consistency isn’t to your taste.
The drink is quite frosty and thick in the beginning – rather such as a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t use a single big chunk of ice during my drink. The drink does melt faster compared to the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There was still a great deal of ice left in my last sip. I would personally imagine that Starbucks uses some form of thickening agent to help you theirs stay thicker longer. And I Also should remember that this recipe made enough drink to fully fill a 16 oz red plastic cup with a little left over. Starbuck’s says this is certainly 2 servings, but it’s about the size of the grande drink I become at Starbucks.
While I discussed earlier, I’m diabetic, thus i used a sugar-free Torani chocolate syrup and Splenda (instead of 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 within his. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup appeared to be a little bit more watery to start than were another two drinks.
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So, just how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and that i all agreed – these people were delicious! We all tasted each other’s drinks, and we all agreed they were all equally tasty. The drinks had a distinct coffee taste, plus they didn’t seem as bitter because the ones we buy at the coffee shop.
A single visit to Starbucks costs about $14 when we these three have drinks, and so the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker covers itself in six visits – or three weekends. It is going to use quite of amount of coffee, but even a cheap coffee (just like the one we employed for this experiment) tastes great and will reduce our continuing costs.