A couple of days ago I posted a news item in regards to the frappe maker. I mentioned that my loved ones and so i are enslaved by the Starbucks’ frozen Frappuccino™ coffee drinks, so we spend lots of money about them in the coffeehouse within the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Making our drinks while using Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker should let us save a ton of money, therefore we should be able to customize our flavors. We spent a bit of time Saturday (after one further drink on the Starbucks within the B&N) in search of the Mr. Coffee maker. We finally found one at Target, got some flavored syrups at Walmart, and anxiously raced the location of try it out. When the drinks don’t taste good, all our efforts will have been wasted.
Within the box is really a black plastic brewing stand, a plastic pitcher, Quick Start guide, manual, along with a recipe book. Though there were a number of recipes to choose from, we followed the fundamental recipe and added our personal touches.
Basically, the Mr. Coffee maker brews a small amount of strong coffee to 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 towards the reservoir. Add 2 cups of ice, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of flavored syrup, and ¼ cup of milk towards the pitcher. Lock the pitcher in the brewing stand and press the Frappe button to begin the process.
The coffee brews into the pitcher; this process takes about 1.5-2 minutes. After the brewing process is finished, 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 couple of pulses, the blender runs for some time to totally blend the drink. Press the Blend button for added blending time in the event 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 within my drink. The drink does melt faster compared to the Starbucks’ version. Mine didn’t completely melt, though. There was still a great deal of ice left during my last sip. I would personally imagine that Starbucks uses some sort of thickening agent to help you theirs stay thicker longer. And That I should note that this recipe made enough drink to completely fill a 16 oz red plastic cup after some left over. Starbuck’s says this really is 2 servings, but it’s about the actual size of the grande drink I become at Starbucks.
Because I discussed earlier, I’m diabetic, and so 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 partner had one with caramel ice cream syrup and sugar in their. Rachel’s drink with Hershey’s syrup appeared to be much more watery to get started on than were other two drinks.
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So how did they taste? Butch, Rachel, and that i all agreed – these were delicious! All of us tasted each other’s drinks, and we all agreed that they were all equally tasty. The drinks experienced a distinct coffee taste, and they didn’t seem as bitter as being the ones we buy on the coffee shop.
One particular trip to Starbucks costs about $14 if we these three have drinks, so the Mr. Coffee Café Frappe Maker will cover itself in six visits – or three weekends. It will use quite of amount of coffee, but even an inexpensive coffee (much like the one we useful for this experiment) tastes great and definately will reduce our continuing costs.