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Mr. Coffee 20 Oz. Frappe Maker
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- A hybrid coffee machine and blender, this frappe maker brews and blends at the touch of a button
- Removable brew basket
- "Pulse" button for control over consistency
- 20-ounce, dishwasher safe blending jar
- Uses 4-cup basket coffee filters (not included)
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The Mr. Coffee 20 oz. Frappe Maker is the all-in-one appliance that allows you to create frosty beverages in the comfort of your own home. A cross between a coffee machine and a blender, this easy-to-use frappe machine brews and blends delicious chilled concoctions with the touch of a button. Along with freshly brewed coffee and ice, you can also add in your 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.
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I bought it because the nearest location I can buy a Frappe is 25 miles from home ...
I also bought it because I like coffee in the afternoon, and I could use decaf ...
And then there's the fact that I'm diabetic and need low carb choices ...
So for me, it not only saves money, but it makes the impossible possible.
I've been using the Gevalia Dark Chocolate Truffle Ground Coffee, Decaffeinated, 8-Ounce Packages (Pack of 3), with 1/2 cup water in the top. Then in the blender I add 2 cups of ice, 3 TBS low Carb chocolate syrup, Equal, and 1/4 cup nonfat milk.
Three minutes later I have a scrumptious frappe, fully approved by my doctor! Because of the low calorie count and the lack of caffeine, I can have as many of these as I want at any time of day. Right now I'm whipping one up for breakfast and another one in the evening as a low calorie substitute for ice cream.
Everything on this is easy to use and easy to clean. It made no more noise than the blender I was using to try to make my own (unsuccessfully), and not a drop leaked anywhere. Everything locks tightly for a safe and mess-free experience.
I love the recipe book included (which even has some alcoholic options), but the best part for me is being able to substitute what I like to make my very own perfect frappe. I like mine light (like McDonalds), but if you want a heavier coffee flavor, you simply add more grounds to make it your way.
I've put my coffee maker away for the summer (maybe forever), and moved the blender back under the counter. Since this is smaller than my blender, it hardly takes any counter space.
Fortunately, I opened the box before I brought it home and realized it needed the 4 cup basket filters, so I was able to grab them while I was still at the store. I bought the 2-4 cup size which fit perfectly. But other than wishing the information on the filters was included in the details on the outside of the package, it was a wonderful purchase for me.
I bought this locally on sale, and as a result this will more than pay for itself in about two weeks ...
*** NOTE *** The video is "real time" so you can see exactly how long it takes to go from beginning to end. It actually took me longer to upload the video to Amazon than to make the Frappe - and in the time it takes you to watch the video, you could be sipping yours!
Mr. Coffee has recently come out with a latte maker Mr. Coffee BVMC-EL1 Cafe Latte. If you are looking for something similar to use for your winter drinks, it is nearly as awesome as the frappe maker. I have posted a video there as well, and now rotate between them based on season.
*** Edited Review *** I purchased a second Frappe machine for my daughter which we used about 5 times a day for a week. She is using ice cubes from her freezer, and even though we were sure her lid was secure, one of the ice cubes caught the lid wrong (or is it right) and loosened it, causing the "kitchen mess" others have reported occurred. This happened once in about 35 times of use.
I am using smaller crushed ice and ice from an ice machine (small and round) and have not had it happen on my machine yet, even though I have made more than 70 frappes in my machine - but I have removed a star, Mr Coffee really does need to make sure the lid is secure and locks.
****Second Edit**** This morning (about 10 months after I purchased the Cafe Frappe, my unit would not power up. :'( However, I called customer support and they were able to walk me though a quick fix. I'm back up and running. Since customer support is important to me, I wanted to add this to my review.
*** Updated Dec 2012. The Frappe maker survived the move to a more civilized location, in easy driving distance, but the ice maker that keeps it supplied did not! After looking at the price of Frappes, I am continuing to make my own.
*** Updated May 2013. It started getting warm again, and I pulled out my Frappe Maker once again. It works just as good as ever! You should know that I am now on my third ice making machine to supply ice to this, my favorite appliance. If it ever gives up the ghost for real, I won't have to even consider whether it is worth replacing, I will buy a new one, with overnight shipping - since I have prime, it costs less to ship overnight than to buy even one frappe.
*Be careful not to try using this if you have sleeping babies or children because it's really-really loud.
*Towards the end of running the automatic frappe cycle, the machine starts to get an unpleasant burning smell. I'm not sure if this is just mine?
*The only difference between these frappuccinos and the Starbucks frappuccinos is the texture. The texture from this is a little more like a slurpee texture compared to Starbucks.
Overall, this is amazing! I'm pretty much planning on NEVER going to Starbucks again except to purchase more Frappuccino Tumblers to hold my homemade frappes(; Save yourself so much money and just buy this.
I love Starbucks' caramel frappuccinos. You can find Starbucks copycat recipes on Pinterest and even tweek them a little bit to your liking. I use
2 tablespoons medium coffee
1/2 cup water
2 cups ice (fill ice to the "MAX ICE" line)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup caramel syrup
The whole process literally takes 5 minutes to make. And you can even put your homemade frappe in a Starbucks Frappuccino Cold Cup Tumbler!
To those worried about the complaints of the pitcher lid being extremely hard to remove or the frappe flying all over your kitchen...I may have found the problem. The pitcher lid twists into 2 large grooves that lock it into place. While the lid will fit on the pitcher 2 ways, only one direction is correct. There is a small arrow on the lid that shows you which way is correct. I didn't see it when I used it the 1st time and guess what? Even though the lid was "locked" it was backward and when the blend cycle started, the lid camp up and Frappe flew all over. I didn't know why, so I just tightened it back into place and again it came open and frappe flew all over. I laughed at my error when I figured out I had the lid on backward. It cannot work properly if the lid is on backward as it bumps into the coffee make and unscrews itself when the blending begins. It also makes the lid VERY hard to remove.
The bottom of the pitcher easily twists into the base securely. There is a little picture of a lock to show you that it's locked in correctly.
If you are on the fence about buying this, DO IT. You will be impressed with how well it works and the price for a frappe is a small percentage of what you'll pay at a coffee house.