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Coffee and Hot chocolates,
This review is from: Blendtec Total Blender, FourSide Jar, Black (Kitchen)
In addition to great smoothies and soups, here are a few things for those wondering about hot chocolate and coffee capabilities.
It can make very good hot chocolates. I put some chocolate chips (toffee, white chocolate, dark chocolate, etc...) in there along with milk and use the soup mode. A lot of luscious foam is created (better than steamed milk from an expresso machine).
For coffee, I found that it can actually grind the coffee nicely. I just pulse the beans until they are evenly ground. The spinning blades cause a vortex in there that I wasn't expecting and this makes it so that the beans are all ground up properly. Put the grinds in a french press and you have some good coffee.
For awesome mochas, add the coffee to the hot chocolate from above. Using the soup button 3 times is what I do to get the milk and foam extra hot. Better than starbucks and the powdered cocoa.
Head to head against an expresso machine for taste, I think it still goes to the expresso machine that can do it all (grind, making expresso shots, and steaming the milk). Using a coffee press is nice but the coffee taste is not concentrated like what you'd get with an expresso machine. The coffee is still good but it's not as strong. You could reduce the coffee in a sauce pan :) Timewise, I think the amount of time to make a mocha goes toward the Blendtec. There is no heat up time and the clean up is very fast. Long term maintenance is also a breeze. A good exprsso machine that can do all three functions is nice but will cost you close to a grand for a good one, and good luck getting it reapaired if it ever breaks.
The only down is the noise so it is 4.5 stars.