A couple of days ago I posted a news item regarding the mr coffee frappe maker. I mentioned that my family and i also are enslaved by the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, and we spend lots of money to them in the coffee shop in the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our very own drinks while using Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should allow us to save a lot of money, 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) searching for the Mr. Coffee maker. We finally found one at Target, got a bit of flavored syrups at Walmart, and anxiously raced house to give it a try. When the drinks don’t taste good, all of our efforts will 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. Although there were many different recipes to select from, we followed the basic recipe and added our touches.
Basically, the Mr. Coffee maker brews a modest amount of strong coffee in the pitcher. The pitcher is equipped with blender blades to crush ice and blend the components together right into a frozen drink. You add 3 tablespoons of ground coffee on the brewing basket and add ½ cup water towards 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 in the brewing stand and press the Frappe button to start the method.
The coffee brews into the pitcher; this procedure takes about 1.5-2 minutes. Right after the brewing process is complete, 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 some time to fully blend the drink. Press the Blend button for further blending time in the event the drink consistency isn’t to the taste.
The drink is very frosty and thick in the beginning – rather similar to a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t have a single big chunk of ice in my drink. The drink does melt faster in comparison to the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There was clearly still plenty of ice left within my last sip. I would personally imagine that Starbucks uses some type of thickening agent to assist theirs stay thicker longer. And I Also should be aware that this recipe made enough drink to totally fill a 16 oz red plastic cup with some leftover. Starbuck’s says this is certainly 2 servings, but it’s about the actual size of the grande drink I have at Starbucks.
While I mentioned before, I’m diabetic, 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 frozen goodies syrup and sugar within his. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup seemed to be a little bit more watery to start out than were one other two drinks.
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So, just how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and that i all agreed – they were delicious! All of us tasted each other’s drinks, and that we all agreed they were all equally tasty. The drinks had a distinct coffee taste, and so they didn’t seem as bitter as being the ones we buy at the coffee house.
Just one journey to Starbucks costs about $14 when we all three have drinks, hence the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker will pay for itself in six visits – or three weekends. It would use quite of amount of coffee, but even an economical coffee (much like the one we used for this experiment) tastes great and may reduce our continuing costs.