A couple of days ago I posted a news item in regards to the frappe maker. I mentioned that our kids and I are enslaved by the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, so we spend a lot of cash to them in the coffee shop within the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our very own drinks using the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should permit us to save a lot of cash, and we should be able to customize our flavors. We spent some time Saturday (after a final drink with the Starbucks in the B&N) in search of 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. When the drinks don’t taste good, all our efforts may have been wasted.

Inside the box is actually a black plastic brewing stand, a plastic pitcher, Quick Start guide, manual, along with a recipe book. Although there were a number of recipes to pick from, we followed the basic recipe and added our personal touches.

Basically, the Mr. Coffee machine brews a modest amount of strong coffee 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 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 in the brewing stand and press the Frappe button to get started on the procedure.

The coffee brews in the pitcher; this technique takes about 1.5-2 minutes. Once the brewing process is finished, the blender actually starts to pulse to crush the ice. The first time this happened, we had been all very startled because it’s quite loud. After a few pulses, the blender runs for some time to completely blend the drink. Press the Blend button for further blending time in the event the drink consistency isn’t to your taste.

The drink is incredibly frosty and thick at first – rather just like 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 clearly still plenty of ice left inside my last sip. I might believe that Starbucks uses some kind of thickening agent to aid theirs stay thicker longer. And I Also should note that this recipe made enough drink to totally fill a 16 oz red plastic cup after some left over. Starbuck’s says this is 2 servings, but it’s about how big the grande drink I become at Starbucks.

As I discussed earlier, I’m diabetic, therefore 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 in the. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup appeared to be a little bit more watery to start out than were other two drinks.

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Now how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and I all agreed – they were delicious! Many of us tasted each other’s drinks, and that we all agreed they were all equally tasty. The drinks experienced a distinct coffee taste, and they didn’t seem as bitter because the ones we buy in the cafe.

A single escape to Starbucks costs about $14 whenever we the 3 have drinks, and so the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker will cover itself in six visits – or three weekends. It is going to use quite of little bit of coffee, but even an inexpensive coffee (much like the one we utilized for this experiment) tastes great and definately will reduce our continuing costs.