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Old 07-18-2012, 07:02 AM   #1
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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:
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:08 AM   #2
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Magic bullet actually does a decent job. Fairly cheap, too.
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I've actually seen some smoothie places use these
http://www.ninjakitchen.com/Ninja-NJ...-Blender.shtml
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:25 AM   #4
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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!
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:36 AM   #5
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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.
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Default Re: Blended Coffee Drinks

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.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:41 AM   #7
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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

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I've actually seen some smoothie places use these
http://www.ninjakitchen.com/Ninja-NJ...-Blender.shtml
Yah I saw those recommended. I think if the Jello pudding mix doesn't solve my issue I may go that route!
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Oh man, Shane where is this frap recipe! share please!
I got a bullet at home and this sounds wonderful!
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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!
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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
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Ill give it a try and let you know
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Shane, did it mention "Instant Pudding" or the "Cook & Cool" style?
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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!!!
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.
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Sorry...you lost me at "blended coffee drinks"
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Thanks Shane. My wife and daughter love these. I will give it a try.
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Thanks Shane. My wife and daughter love these. I will give it a try.
Let me know how it works out!
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