May 02, 2013

Review: My Mr. Coffee Frappe Machine - I honestly use it almost every day

I love hot, strong coffee but I also love delicious iced coffee drinks.  However, purchasing small appliances isn't something I have extra money to spend on, nor do I have room in my kitchen to store them.  Luckily, last year I won a Mr. Coffee Frappe Maker - which I hadn't even known existed.  Since then, I've used it almost every day and at least 2-3 times a week so this morning as I logged into my site I decided to post something other than a recipe.  I decided to tell you about this machine that has a permanent place on my kitchen counter.   (This is not a sponsored post or review, it's just me telling you about something I really do own and use.)

I will put the product description below for anyone who likes to read the fluffy version.  This part is going to be me talking.  At first I was intimidated!  I make good coffee drinks using my blender and leftover brewed coffee, but this was a machine that brews your espresso shot and blends your iced drink all in one push of a button.

You place about 1/2 cup of water in the top, use a small 4 inch coffee filter and fill with your coffee grounds.  Shut the top.  In the blender portion you place your milk (liquid), ice up to the line, sweeteners or flavorings you wish to use and then you place the top on, click it into place on the base and push a button.

The green button lights up and the coffee in the top half starts to brew, hot and fresh.

You can see the espresso shots (strong brewed coffee) going into the blender container. 

When the green light starts to flash (about a minute later) it is warning you it's about to start blending.   It does all it's own blending - pulsing to let the ice settle for a second or two and then pulsing again.  After a few pulses the green light goes out and you are ready to remove the blender and pour your drink into 2 (or 3) serving glasses.

They give you a book of recipes with the frappe maker, but I only used it and measured ingredients the first time I made it.  After that it became a 'trial and error' to find my own favorite drink.   I like to use sugar free vanilla or peppermint flavor, with almond milk, a dash of half and half and I top it off with a swirl of whipped cream and a thick straw.

I also found one of my favorite drinks is a peppermint 'smoothie' without coffee.  I skip the brewing step and add the ingredients (peppermint, vanilla, ice, almond milk and half and half and some splenda) to the blender portion and use the blend button to pulse and mix my drink myself.  It's amazing at crushing the ice smooth.  This drink (with whipped cream and sprinkles) is a favorite of my daughter's as well as she doesn't like the taste of coffee in her drinks and prefers a plain vanilla frappe or plain peppermint.

Their product description from Amazon;

The Mr. Coffee Frappe Maker is an all-in-one appliance that allows you to create frosty frappes in the comfort of your own home. A cross between a coffee machine and a blender, this easy-to-use frappe maker brews and blends delicious chilled concoctions all at the touch of a button.

Along with freshly brewed coffee and ice, you can add in any favorite extras, including milk, whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate-milk powder, and more. The unit's "pulse" blending button offers ultimate control over the consistency, while its sleek jar supplies a generous handle for easy serving. To top it off, garnish the beverage with whipped cream, nutmeg, cinnamon, or chocolate shavings, and enjoy. Whether for yourself or to entertain guests, you can now make a delicious frappe from home. Even better, the unit's small footprint takes up minimal space on the counter for easy, everyday access.
A Quick and Easy Process
You'll never have to hassle with the inconvenience of having to use two or more machines to create the perfect frappe again. The Mr. Coffee Frappe Maker brews and blends in just three minutes, ensuring you get the same great results every time. The dishwasher-safe blending jar and brew basket make clean up easy. To get a delicious frappe, simply follow these three easy steps:
  1. Add your favorite coffee or espresso and water to the top of the machine and your favorite ingredients in the blending jar
  2. Press the Frappe button to start the process
  3. Enjoy your delicious drink
Make a Variety of Beverages
Frappes beveragesThe recipe book has more than 20 delicious recipes featuring a wide variety of easy-to-make drinks that are easily customized to your specific taste. From coffee- and tea-based drinks to adult alcohol-based frosty frappes, you are sure to find the perfect recipes to make the whole family happy. You can also avoid the fattening ingredients used by many coffeehouses by using sugar-free substitutes and fresh ingredients to truly make each recipe your own.
You can create endless varieties of icy, blended coffee drinks in the comfort of your own home with this one machine. It lets you eliminate costly trips to the coffeehouse and put dollars back into your pocket. The Mr. Coffee Cafe Frappe provides a quick, easy, and affordable solution for frappe lovers.

Features and Specifications

  • Brews and blends at the touch of a button
  • Removable brew basket
  • 20-ounce dishwasher-safe blending jar
  • Pulse button to control consistency
  • Three minute blend-and-brew cycle
  • Includes book with 20 recipes

Available in retail stores or on Amazon:

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