A couple of days ago I posted a news item about the frappe maker. I mentioned that my family and I are dependent on the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, and that we spend a lot of money about them from the coffee house from the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our very own drinks making use of the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should permit us to save a lot of cash, and that we should be able to customize our flavors. We spent a little while Saturday (after one final drink in the Starbucks in 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 home to give it a try. If the drinks don’t taste good, all of our efforts will have been wasted.
In the box is actually a black plastic brewing stand, a plastic pitcher, Quick Start guide, manual, as well as a recipe book. Even though there were various recipes from which to choose, we followed the fundamental recipe and added our very own touches.
Basically, the Mr. Coffee maker brews a small amount of strong coffee into the pitcher. The pitcher comes with blender blades to crush ice and blend the ingredients together in to a frozen drink. You add 3 tablespoons of ground coffee towards the brewing basket and add ½ cup water to the reservoir. Add 2 servings of ice, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of flavored syrup, and ¼ cup of milk on the pitcher. Lock the pitcher in the brewing stand and press the Frappe button to start out the process.
The coffee brews into the pitcher; this method takes about 1.5-2 minutes. Following the brewing process is finished, the blender actually starts 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 number of pulses, the blender runs for a while to completely blend the drink. Press the Blend button for extra blending time in the event the drink consistency isn’t to the taste.
The drink is very frosty and thick in the beginning – rather like a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t use a single big chunk of ice within my drink. The drink does melt faster in comparison to the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There was still lots of ice left inside my last sip. I would personally imagine that Starbucks uses some type of thickening agent to assist theirs stay thicker longer. And So I should be aware that this recipe made enough drink to fully fill a 16 oz red plastic cup after some leftover. Starbuck’s says this really is 2 servings, but it’s about the dimensions of the grande drink I recieve at Starbucks.
As I mentioned before, I’m diabetic, thus 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 husband had one with caramel ice cream syrup and sugar within his. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup appeared to be much more watery to start out than were the other two drinks.
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Now how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and i also all agreed – these people were delicious! All of us tasted each other’s drinks, and we all agreed they were all equally tasty. The drinks enjoyed a distinct coffee taste, and so they didn’t seem as bitter as being the ones we buy with the cafe.
A single journey to Starbucks costs about $14 if we all 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 (much like the one we used for this experiment) tastes great and will reduce our continuing costs.