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Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 07:02 AM
Does anybody use a good blender to make cold coffee drinks?
If so what brand and model? Any suggestions?
I have tried to blend ice and coffee together with poor results in the past.
Now that my espresso machine is on the way I would like to try this again with a cold brew base and espresso shots added to the finished product.

I am a fan of Starbucks Frappacino, if I could blend it at home I would never have to go to Starbucks again. Any suggestions?

I have been using an Oster blender like this one with bad results:
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSIyAO1cfKaX4i7tOnr_1bPvF-4m6SfHY4MJ07_325R17C1ll3vQ9UTsZIUPQ

Mattso3000
07-18-2012, 07:08 AM
Magic bullet actually does a decent job. Fairly cheap, too.

emopunker2004
07-18-2012, 07:15 AM
I've actually seen some smoothie places use these
http://www.ninjakitchen.com/Ninja-NJ600-Professional-Blender.shtml

Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 07:25 AM
Magic bullet actually does a decent job. Fairly cheap, too.

That is what I read but I hear they fail rather frequently.

I actaully just found a recipe for imitating Starbucks Frap, they recommend using chocolate pudding mix to replace starbucks "Secret Base". I can't wait to try this! Consistency is the issue I have been dealing with and the pudding is supposed to make it the same consistency as Starbucks. It may not have been a blender problem after all! :tu

Mattso3000
07-18-2012, 07:36 AM
That is what I read but I hear they fail rather frequently.


Can't argue that. On my second one, first lasted about a year and a half. Mostly use it for fruit smoothies and the occasional frozen cocktail for the wife but it does well with blended coffee.

smitty81
07-18-2012, 07:37 AM
I have that same blender Shane. Surprisingly, it has worked (lasted) for about 6 years or so. I have come to the conclusion about 5 or 6 years ago that you honestly get what you pay for with blenders and mixers.

I have burnt up a handful of both mixers and blenders. I don't remember how much I paid for the Oyster I have now, probably $30-$50 but its been working good so far.

To be honest though, I have never tried to make what your trying to make in it although I have made smoothies with ice in it a handful of times with good results.

Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 07:41 AM
I have that same blender Shane. Surprisingly, it has worked (lasted) for about 6 years or so. I have come to the conclusion about 5 or 6 years ago that you honestly get what you pay for with blenders and mixers.

I have burnt up a handful of both mixers and blenders. I don't remember how much I paid for the Oyster I have now, probably $30-$50 but its been working good so far.

To be honest though, I have never tried to make what your trying to make in it although I have made smoothies with ice in it a handful of times with good results.

Yah I think the issue lies with the ingredients used and not the blender itself.
And yes the Osters are reviewed as the best blenders under $50.00

I've actually seen some smoothie places use these
http://www.ninjakitchen.com/Ninja-NJ600-Professional-Blender.shtml

Yah I saw those recommended. I think if the Jello pudding mix doesn't solve my issue I may go that route! :tu

363
07-18-2012, 08:22 AM
Oh man, Shane where is this frap recipe! share please!
I got a bullet at home and this sounds wonderful!

Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 08:42 AM
Oh man, Shane where is this frap recipe! share please!
I got a bullet at home and this sounds wonderful!

Not sure if I can find it again. It was simply coffee, ice, milk, & choc pudding powder. Let me know if you try it!

363
07-18-2012, 08:44 AM
I will it sounds like a good tonight try! If I get some chocolate pudding mix on my way home which I might for fear of how hot it is outside today/tonight

Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 08:46 AM
I will it sounds like a good tonight try! If I get some chocolate pudding mix on my way home which I might for fear of how hot it is outside today/tonight

I think I will get some pudding mix tonight as well but prolly wont be able to try it for a couple of days. Need to make some more cold brew or use espresso if my machine shows up tomorrow!

363
07-18-2012, 08:56 AM
ahh, good point I don't have any cold brew made yet. I got that french press and have made some of that Zombie coffee, I enjoy it a lot. But I guess I will have to make cold press coffee first.

Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 09:07 AM
ahh, good point I don't have any cold brew made yet. I got that french press and have made some of that Zombie coffee, I enjoy it a lot. But I guess I will have to make cold press coffee first.

You can use hot coffee and put it in the fridge but I prefer cold brew.
Plus cold brew stays fresh longer.

363
07-18-2012, 09:18 AM
Ill give it a try and let you know

Mr B
07-18-2012, 11:25 AM
Shane, did it mention "Instant Pudding" or the "Cook & Cool" style?

Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 11:30 AM
Shane, did it mention "Instant Pudding" or the "Cook & Cool" style?

I think it just said Jello chocolate pudding mix, I was assuming instant.

Found it!!! (http://moneysavingmom.com/2011/05/homemade-frappuccino-recipe.html)
It says instant!

Homemade Frappuccino Recipe
■ Ice
■ 1/2 package of Jell-O Instant Pudding, any flavor
■ 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee (For a little more of a Starbucks flavor, add one package of Via instant coffee instead of liquid coffee.)
■ Milk (any kind — almond, soy, whole, non-fat)

Fill Magic Bullet tall cup with ice and add half a package (approximately 2 1/2 tablespoons) of your chosen pudding. Add coffee and top with milk (it should reach brim of cup).

Place the Magic Bullet cross blade lid on cup, put onto Magic Bullet base and blend to desired consistency (until you don’t hear the ice crushing anymore).

Top with whipped cream if desired, and enjoy! If it looks too thick, there should be room for a little bit more milk. Stir and pack down what you have now, and add milk to the brim of cup. Blend for five seconds more.

363
07-18-2012, 11:38 AM
:l

Remo
07-18-2012, 11:43 AM
Sorry...you lost me at "blended coffee drinks" :sl

Mr B
07-18-2012, 11:57 AM
Thanks Shane. My wife and daughter love these. I will give it a try.

Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 11:57 AM
Thanks Shane. My wife and daughter love these. I will give it a try.

Let me know how it works out! :tu

Remo
07-18-2012, 11:59 AM
Thanks Shane. My wife and daughter love these. I will give it a try.

That's a clue Shane :r

Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 12:00 PM
That's a clue Shane :r

I have no shame in my coffee game brother! :tu

Remo
07-18-2012, 12:02 PM
I have no shame in my coffee game brother! :tu

:tu Funny story, when I was working undercover one of the guys I worked with was totally dirted out, the guy is big and just looked like a dirtbag, we would go into Starbucks and he would order some White Mocha Frappacinno or some sh!t and I would just laugh and wonder what people thought.

Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 12:07 PM
:tu Funny story, when I was working undercover one of the guys I worked with was totally dirted out, the guy is big and just looked like a dirtbag, we would go into Starbucks and he would order some White Mocha Frappacinno or some sh!t and I would just laugh and wonder what people thought.

Good story Mike, I particularly enjoyed the middle section but the preface was interesting. After I finished reading it I felt fulfilled and satisfied, two sensations I had been longing for. Thank you.

363
07-18-2012, 12:58 PM
Good story Mike, I particularly enjoyed the middle section but the preface was interesting. After I finished reading it I felt fulfilled and satisfied, two sensations I had been longing for. Thank you.

:r:r

Mr B
07-18-2012, 01:13 PM
Hey, on a hot day, I love a nice Blended Ice Frapp made with my Home Roast. I just dont/wont do the Starbucks thing.

Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 01:18 PM
Hey, on a hot day, I love a nice Blended Ice Frapp made with my Home Roast. I just dont/wont do the Starbucks thing.

That's my goal here, leave the green mermaid to her devices and make my own!

Mr B
07-18-2012, 02:17 PM
That's my goal here, leave the green mermaid to her devices and make my own!



I'm right there with ya brother

Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 02:37 PM
I found another recipe:

Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino (http://starbucks-secretrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/05/starbucks-mocha-frappuccino-recipe.html)

Ingredients
•1/2 cup fresh espresso
•2 1/2 cups low fat milk (2 percent)
•1/4 cup granulated sugar
•1 tablespoon dry pectin

No idea where to find dry pectin, I assume it will do the same as the instant pudding.

Remo
07-18-2012, 03:12 PM
Good story Mike, I particularly enjoyed the middle section but the preface was interesting. After I finished reading it I felt fulfilled and satisfied, two sensations I had been longing for. Thank you.

I wrote an alternate ending for you Shane, goes like this.......:gary

Blak Smyth
07-18-2012, 03:14 PM
I wrote an alternate ending for you Shane, goes like this.......:gary

Once again, a real edge of the seat thriller. That was well written and unpredictable! Really excited to read the prequel!

Remo
07-18-2012, 03:16 PM
Once again, a real edge of the seat thriller. That was well written and unpredictable! Really excited to read the prequel!

It left me satisfied :tu

Mikes
07-18-2012, 04:54 PM
Vitamix 1hp blender will be the last one you ever buy.

Mr B
07-18-2012, 05:20 PM
Vitamix 1hp blender will be the last one you ever buy.



Thats what I use too. Works awesome.

OLS
07-19-2012, 12:58 PM
Does anybody use a good blender to make cold coffee drinks?
If so what brand and model? Any suggestions?
I have tried to blend ice and coffee together with poor results in the past.

I ain't gonna save you any money or nothing, but the blender is a deceptive whore. What YOU
NEED is a combination blender/ice shaver. It might be pricey, but MAN DOES IT RULE!!!!

http://www.margaritavillecargo.com/product.aspx?pid=1375

http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae23/JAMpromotionsMKTG/jimmyandfriends-1.jpg

OLS
07-19-2012, 01:29 PM
Blending itself is a terrible way to break down ice into crystals, and what's more, it creates unwanted
heat which ruins the effect. A Jimmy Buffet Frozen Concoction Machine shaves the ice into the blender
and THEN combines-chops up the other ingredients and I ain't ashamed to say it, it kicks A55. There is
nothing worse in a blended drink than little ice chips. Say good bye to both ice chips and 2oo bucks. :)

Blak Smyth
07-19-2012, 01:40 PM
Sounds like a nice machine Brad!

area51
07-19-2012, 01:45 PM
My mouth is watering over here.
Fun Tip for Iced Coffee drinkers.
Instead of using water ice cubes which will dilute your coffee, put cool coffee in the ice tray and let it freeze. It seems so obvious but yeah.

area51
07-19-2012, 01:46 PM
Same can go with blended drinks as well I suppose.

OLS
07-20-2012, 01:09 PM
I think I am going to cold brew some STRONG coffee this weekend and strain it into a container and
make myself some frozen java drinks. I am not a coffee drinker, but on the weekends I am game for anything.
During the week, I needs my beauty sleep. My mother and father both could and usually DID drink a cup of
coffee before bedtime....weird.

Look at the puffy little lilt on the top of that banana daiquiri, though....Doesn't it ALMOST make you wanna
spend 200 bucks on a freaking blender? Almost, anyway.

Blak Smyth
07-20-2012, 01:21 PM
I think I am going to cold brew some STRONG coffee this weekend and strain it into a container and
make myself some frozen java drinks. I am not a coffee drinker, but on the weekends I am game for anything.
During the week, I needs my beauty sleep. My mother and father both could and usually DID drink a cup of
coffee before bedtime....weird.

Look at the puffy little lilt on the top of that banana daiquiri, though....Doesn't it ALMOST make you wanna
spend 200 bucks on a freaking blender? Almost, anyway.

You should take some pics of your experimant Brad! Good luck, I may too try something this weekend.

N2 GOLD
07-20-2012, 01:24 PM
Magic bullet actually does a decent job. Fairly cheap, too.


Agree, that's what I have use atleast 5 times a week... :tu

OLS
08-04-2012, 11:38 AM
I made up 2 liters of concentrated coffee using the overnight dump 1/2 pound of coffee into a large container method.
Got the pudding at the store this morning, gonna add a few shots of Hershey's syrup, too.

Blak Smyth
08-29-2012, 07:46 AM
I did try to make a frap with choco instant pudding but didnt think it was close to starbucks.

htown
08-29-2012, 10:02 AM
I made up 2 liters of concentrated coffee using the overnight dump 1/2 pound of coffee into a large container method.
Got the pudding at the store this morning, gonna add a few shots of Hershey's syrup, too.

If you are willing to dump $200 on a blender- you might as well shell out a little more for this:

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=coffee+toddy&tag=mh0b-20&index=garden&hvadid=152585042&ref=pd_sl_36ltqkgr5k_e

area51
08-29-2012, 10:05 AM
I've been using a french press lately for all my coffee needs. I like it.

terrytid
09-11-2012, 06:34 AM
I haven't tried much variety of coffee but I will it sounds like a good tonight try! If I get some chocolate pudding mix on my way home which I might for fear of how hot it is outside today/tonight