Frappuccinos (or Café Frappes) are available – at a cost – in Starbucks, McDonald’s and other cafés. However, they cost a pretty penny, and there isn’t always one close to your house. Making frappes at home wasn’t something I even considered doing – it looked like too much of a hassle – plus I was afraid to test my relatively brittle blender with crushing ice.
Mr Coffee BVMC-FM1 Café Frappe Maker (which I’ll call frappe maker for short) has changed that. The Frappe Maker is definitely special – no other products can do what it does. It brews hot coffee over the ice cubes, milk, and other ingredients you put in the pitcher, and then proceeds to automatically blend it to Frapperfection (feeling a bit cheesy today). It’s very quick (3 minutes) and all too easy to use (just a press of a single button).
When I did my research before buying it, the reviews were very positive. However some missed a few points, so I thought I’d create this site and write my own extensive frappe maker review.
- Hmmm, delicious frappes…
- Very cheap frappes compared to Starbucks bought ones – $0.5 instead of $4
- Super simple to use, literally one button does it all
- Quick – 3 minutes
- Control – you can make a frappe with stronger coffee, soy milk or even sugar free
- Fun to use, great for hosting
- Great little recipe book – how to make classic, vanilla, mocha etc. Tea and Alcoholic frappes too
- Blending (ice crushing) can be loud
- Overfilling the jug can make some drops escape it while blending
- Doesn’t come with coffee filters (make sure you have some at home, or buy separately)
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I got into drinking Frappes when I used to work around the corner from a Starbucks. Now I usually get them at the Starbucks when I go shopping, once or twice a week. At around $4, they’re an expensive treat!
Anyway, when I saw a TV ad for the Frappe Maker, I went online, found the best price for it (free shipping!) and ordered it. The package came in the mail a few days later and I wanted to use it right away… I wanted to see whether a Frappuccino from a frappe maker would taste as good as the real McCoy!
I don’t have a lot of room to spare on my kitchen counter, but I’m happy to report the frappe maker has a small footprint. It’s narrow and tall – a cross between a coffee machine and a blender.
The quick start guide and a recipe book were a bit of good help here. I would suggest you make sure you have some coffee filters at home as they don’t come with the device.
Either way, using The Frappe Maker is very easy. Some ground coffee in the top basket and some milk, ice and whatever my mind desires to have in the pitcher. A short button press away and the Frappe Maker brews the coffee, pours it into the pitcher and after about a minute it starts blending it. The transition from brewing to blending can be a bit loud; you’ll know what I mean when you get it. You do get used to it – but it did make me jump the first time. To make the ice crush better, use smaller (or moon shaped) ice cubes.
After a few pulses and blends (all automatic), the frappe maker stops and your frappe is ready… The ice consistency is perfect – like shaved ice. If you want to blend it further to achieve a finer consistency of ice, the Frappe Maker has a “blend” button – however I found it unnecessary.
I’ve got to say a good word about the recipe book that came with the Frappe Maker – it’s really awesome. I guess I was worried I’d get bored with the Frappe Maker if I keep making the same few coffee drinks. I could use a hand with creativity in the kitchen – especially when making concoctions I haven’t had too much experience with.
The recipe book really helped with that. It has a lot of recipes, divided to “Everyday Drinks” and “Holiday Drinks”. There are a lot more than the regular McDonald’s or Starbucks variety. Alongside the regular Mocha, Vanilla and Green Tea Frappe you can find awesome concoctions like the Banana Split Mocha, Black Russian, Tiramisu and Raspberry Truffle Frappes. There’s even one there called “Death By Chocolate Frappe” that I didn’t dare make yet. The pictures in the book are mouth watering which really motivates me to try and make them all. After a while I started getting more confident and even made my own Frappe Maker recipe for Lemon and Ginger Tea Frappuccino!
The Frappe Maker seems blunder proof so far – after making 60+ frappes I haven’t had one that tasted bad yet. My kids, husband and the numerous guests who tried the Frappe Maker Frappuccinos gave the same verdict – yummy!
Are frappes calorie bombs? Not necessarily. If you use regular ingredients, the answer is yes. I still make regular frappes every once in a while, but these days I tend to use my Frappe Maker with decaffeinated coffee to avoid the jitters, and Stevia (natural sweetener) and low fat milk to reduce the calories.
These healthy frappes come out very yummy still, so I don’t feel like I’ve lost out on a lot. It’s almost like getting the best of both worlds – delicious frappes, still healthy. You can’t get that at Starbucks!
I found the price for the frappe maker to be reasonable (I bought through Amazon.com and got a great price plus free shipping!).
The value I get for the price is that it allows me to enjoy my favorite treat a lot more. The Frappe Maker definitely saves a lot of money in the long run too. Seeing that the frappes are really cheap now, it’s become much less of a dollar burner. I’ve made over 60 by now, so it’s well earnt its price!
Functionality – you can probably do everything the frappe maker does by yourself, if you have a blender and a coffee machine – but I know I never did though (lazy old me). The Frappe Maker just makes the frappe creation process fun and easy! If you’re like me and you like buying appliances that inspire you to whip up stuff you wouldn’t otherwise consider making – the Mr Coffee Café Frappe Maker is for you.