A couple of days ago I posted a news item in regards to the frappe maker. I mentioned that our family and i also are hooked on the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, therefore we spend lots of money upon them in the coffee house in the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our own drinks using the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should permit us to save a ton of money, and that we must be able to customize our flavors. We spent a bit of time Saturday (after a final drink on the Starbucks in the B&N) trying to find the Mr. Coffee machine. We finally found one at Target, got a bit of flavored syrups at Walmart, and anxiously raced house to try it out. If the drinks don’t taste good, all our efforts could 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 to choose from, we followed the basic recipe and added our touches.

Basically, the Mr. Coffee machine brews a tiny amount of strong coffee in the pitcher. The pitcher comes with blender blades to crush ice and blend the constituents together in a frozen drink. You add 3 tablespoons of ground coffee to the brewing basket and add ½ cup of 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 to the brewing stand and press the Frappe button to get started on the procedure.

The coffee brews to the pitcher; this procedure takes about 1.5-2 minutes. Right 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 couple of pulses, the blender runs for a while to completely blend the drink. Press the Blend button for additional blending time in case the drink consistency isn’t in your taste.

The drink is very frosty and thick at the beginning – rather such as a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t have got a single big chunk of ice within my drink. The drink does melt faster compared to Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There was still a lot of ice left inside my last sip. I would imagine that Starbucks uses some kind of thickening agent to aid theirs stay thicker longer. And So I should note that this recipe made enough drink to totally fill a 16 oz red plastic cup with some left. Starbuck’s says this is 2 servings, but it’s about the actual size of the grande drink I have at Starbucks.

As I previously mentioned, I’m diabetic, therefore 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 within his. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup appeared to be a little more watery to start out than were one other two drinks.

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So how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and i also all agreed – these folks 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 they also didn’t seem as bitter as the ones we buy on the coffee shop.

An individual journey to Starbucks costs about $14 if we the 3 have drinks, hence the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker covers itself in six visits – or three weekends. It can use quite of amount of coffee, but even an affordable coffee (such as the one we utilized for this experiment) tastes great and will reduce our continuing costs.