A couple of days ago I posted a news item concerning the frappe maker. I mentioned that my family and so i are addicted to the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, and that we spend a lot of money to them within the coffee shop in the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our own drinks making use of the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should permit us to save lots of money, and we should be able to customize our flavors. We spent some time Saturday (after one further drink at the Starbucks from the B&N) looking for the Mr. Coffee machine. We finally found one at Target, got some flavored syrups at Walmart, and anxiously raced house to give it a try. When the drinks don’t taste good, all our efforts will have been wasted.

Inside of the box is actually a black plastic brewing stand, a plastic pitcher, Quick Start guide, manual, as well as a recipe book. Although there were various recipes to select from, we followed the fundamental recipe and added our very own touches.

Basically, the Mr. Coffee maker brews a tiny bit 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 towards the brewing basket and add ½ cup of water towards the reservoir. Add 2 servings of ice, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of flavored syrup, and ¼ cup of milk towards the pitcher. Lock the pitcher in to the brewing stand and press the Frappe button to begin the procedure.

The coffee brews in to the pitcher; this method takes about 1.5-2 minutes. Right after the brewing process is complete, the blender begins to pulse to crush the ice. The first time this happened, we had been all very startled because it’s quite loud. After a number of pulses, the blender runs for some time to fully blend the drink. Press the Blend button for additional blending time if the drink consistency isn’t to the taste.

The drink is very frosty and thick at the beginning – rather like a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t use a single big slice of ice in my drink. The drink does melt faster compared to the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There was clearly still a great deal of ice left within my last sip. I might imagine that Starbucks uses some form of thickening agent to aid theirs stay thicker longer. And That I should remember that this recipe made enough drink to fully fill a 16 oz red plastic cup with a little left. Starbuck’s says this can be 2 servings, but it’s about how big the grande drink I have at Starbucks.

While 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 partner had one with caramel frozen treats syrup and sugar in the. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup appeared to be a bit more watery to start out than were another two drinks.

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So, just how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and I all agreed – these folks were delicious! All of us tasted each other’s drinks, and that we all agreed that they were all equally tasty. The drinks experienced a distinct coffee taste, and they didn’t seem as bitter because the ones we buy on the coffeehouse.

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