A couple of days ago I posted a news item regarding the frappe maker. I mentioned that my loved ones and so i are enslaved by the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, so we spend a lot of money upon them from the coffee shop inside the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our very own drinks utilizing the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should let us save a lot of money, therefore we should be able to customize our flavors. We spent some time Saturday (after a final drink with the Starbucks within 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 give it a try. In the event the drinks don’t taste good, all our efforts may have been wasted.

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

Basically, the Mr. Coffee maker brews a tiny amount of strong coffee into the pitcher. The pitcher comes with blender blades to crush ice and blend the components together in to a frozen drink. You add 3 tablespoons of ground coffee towards the brewing basket and add ½ cup of water for the reservoir. Add 2 cups 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 begin this process.

The coffee brews in to the pitcher; this process takes about 1.5-2 minutes. Right after the brewing process is done, the blender actually starts to pulse to crush the ice. The very first time this happened, we had been all very startled because it’s quite loud. After several pulses, the blender runs for a time 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 like a Slurpee. The ice was the consistency of perfectly shaved ice. I didn’t have a single big slice of ice during my drink. The drink does melt faster compared to the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There seemed to be still lots of ice left in my last sip. I would believe that Starbucks uses some form of thickening agent to help theirs stay thicker longer. And That I should be aware that this recipe made enough drink to totally fill a 16 oz red plastic cup with a little leftover. Starbuck’s says this can be 2 servings, but it’s about how big the grande drink I have at Starbucks.

When I mentioned before, 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 frozen treats syrup and sugar in his. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup seemed to be a little more watery to start than were one other two drinks.

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Just how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and i also all agreed – these people were delicious! Most of us tasted each other’s drinks, therefore we all agreed that they were all equally tasty. The drinks had a distinct coffee taste, and so they didn’t seem as bitter since the ones we buy with the coffeehouse.

One particular visit to Starbucks costs about $14 when we the 3 have drinks, therefore the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker will cover itself in six visits – or three weekends. It will use quite of bit of coffee, but even an inexpensive coffee (just like the one we used for this experiment) tastes great and definately will reduce our continuing costs.