Frappuccino is absolutely one of my favorite coffee drinks that I order when I go to fancy coffee shops.
Of course, I don’t get to those place very often, even though just this past year, two really popular coffee shops came to our town. One opened in the hospital lobby and the other with a more convenient drive thru.
To be honest though, I only visited the one at the hospital while I was there visiting my Grandmother, but wouldn’t make a special trip to search for a parking space to then go inside and buy a frappuccino, even though I love theirs more I can even begin to fathom.
But, guess what? I made this in about two minutes at home.
I drank in about the same amount of time, too.
Here’s my Frappuccino recipe that rivals any that you can find anywhere else. Promise.
- 2 cups crushed ice
- 1 cup espresso (or very strong coffee)
- ¾ cup half and half, or your preferred milk, soy, or almond
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, or sugar substitute
- whipped cream (optional)
- chocolate syrup (optional)
- Blend together crushed ice, espresso, half and half, and sugar until well-blended. Pour into glass and top with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup, if desired.
- Serve immediately.
My husband and I both love coffee drinks, but can’t stand the hassle of having to go buy them, nor do we like the price. Five bucks for a frappuccino? If I did that on a daily basis, I’d seriously have to rethink my love for them.
But thankfully, the best of both worlds has opened up to us.
We were sent a Phillips Saeco Focus Espresso Maker to test, review, and give our honest opinion about. Ever since I unpacked the box, that baby has been put through it’s paces.
Here are a few of the major things I noted:
- Espresso and long coffee (espresso with additional water added) tastes amazing. Exactly like coffee house espresso and coffee, in my opinion.
- Fresh ground espresso and long coffee has an amazing aroma and flavor.
- Does not require pods or packs of coffee. You use whatever whole bean coffee you prefer.
- Once you’ve read through the manual, the electronic indicators make sense and become intuitive.
- Let’s just get it over with. The price is a bit steep, but if you regularly pay $5 for drinks at a coffee house, you’ll have this paid for in a few months.
- Setup of the machine takes more than a few minutes, so be prepared. Since the machine is as advanced as it is, this could easily be a pro as well.
- Purging of the water line when the machine automatically turns off after non-use makes sense, but can be annoying.
The Saeco Focus Espresso Machine is definitely a dream. I would recommend purchasing one in a heartbeat to friends who regularly drink coffee house coffees or drinks.