A couple of days ago I posted a news item regarding the mr coffee frappe maker. I mentioned that my family and that i are hooked on the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, and that we spend a ton of money about them inside the coffeehouse within the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our personal drinks while using Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should allow us to save a ton of money, so we should be able to customize our flavors. We spent a while Saturday (after a final drink at the Starbucks in the B&N) looking for the Mr. Coffee maker. We finally found one at Target, got some flavored syrups at Walmart, and anxiously raced house to try it out. In case the drinks don’t taste good, all of our efforts could have been wasted.
In the box can be a black plastic brewing stand, a plastic pitcher, Quick Start guide, manual, plus a recipe book. Although there were a variety of recipes to select from, we followed the essential recipe and added our personal touches.
Basically, the Mr. Coffee machine brews a tiny amount of strong coffee in to the pitcher. The pitcher is equipped with blender blades to crush ice and blend the constituents together into a frozen drink. You add 3 tablespoons of ground coffee towards 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 to the pitcher. Lock the pitcher in to the brewing stand and press the Frappe button to start the process.
The coffee brews in to the pitcher; this procedure takes about 1.5-2 minutes. Once the brewing process is complete, the blender begins to pulse to crush the ice. The first time this happened, we were 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 added blending time in the event the drink consistency isn’t to your taste.
The drink is incredibly frosty and thick at first – rather such as a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t use 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 seemed to be still a lot of ice left during my last sip. I would imagine that Starbucks uses some form of thickening agent to help you theirs stay thicker longer. And I should note that this recipe made enough drink to completely fill a 16 oz red plastic cup with some remaining. Starbuck’s says this can be 2 servings, but it’s about the size of the grande drink I become at Starbucks.
Because I mentioned before, I’m diabetic, thus i used a sugar-free Torani chocolate syrup and Splenda (rather than the sugar) in mine. My daughter had one with Hershey’s chocolate syrup and sugar, and my spouse had one with caramel soft ice cream syrup and sugar in his. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup appeared to be much more watery to start 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! Most of us tasted each other’s drinks, and that we all agreed that they were all equally tasty. The drinks possessed a distinct coffee taste, and they also didn’t seem as bitter as the ones we buy with the cafe.
A single trip to Starbucks costs about $14 when we the 3 have drinks, therefore the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker covers itself in six visits – or three weekends. It would use quite of little coffee, but even an affordable coffee (such as the one we useful for this experiment) tastes great and can reduce our continuing costs.