A couple of days ago I posted a news item regarding the mr coffee frappe maker. I mentioned that our kids and i also are addicted to the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, so we spend a ton of money on them within the cafe in 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 money, and we must be able to customize our flavors. We spent a while Saturday (after one further drink on the Starbucks within the B&N) looking for 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. In the event the drinks don’t taste good, all of our efforts will have been wasted.
Inside of the box can be a black plastic brewing stand, a plastic pitcher, Quick Start guide, manual, along with a recipe book. Though there were a number of recipes from which to choose, we followed the fundamental recipe and added our personal touches.
Basically, the Mr. Coffee maker brews a tiny amount of strong coffee into the pitcher. The pitcher is equipped with blender blades to crush ice and blend the constituents together right into a frozen drink. You add 3 tablespoons of ground coffee on the brewing basket and add ½ cup of water for 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 to the pitcher; this procedure takes about 1.5-2 minutes. Following the brewing process is complete, the blender 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 few pulses, the blender runs for a time to totally blend the drink. Press the Blend button for added blending time when the drink consistency isn’t to the taste.
The drink is very frosty and thick at first – rather like a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t have got a single big slice of ice during my drink. The drink does melt faster in comparison to the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There was still plenty of ice left in my last sip. I might suppose that Starbucks uses some type of thickening agent to help you theirs stay thicker longer. And I should be aware that this recipe made enough drink to fully fill a 16 oz red plastic cup with a bit of leftover. Starbuck’s says this is 2 servings, but it’s about the size of the grande drink I get at Starbucks.
When I discussed earlier, I’m diabetic, and so 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 ice cream syrup and sugar in his. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup seemed to be much more watery to begin than were another two drinks.
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So how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and I all agreed – these were delicious! Many of us tasted each other’s drinks, and 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 at the coffeehouse.
A single visit to Starbucks costs about $14 whenever we these three have drinks, hence the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker covers itself in six visits – or three weekends. It would use quite of bit of coffee, but even an affordable coffee (such as the one we useful for this experiment) tastes great and can reduce our continuing costs.