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  1. #1
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    Which blended ice drink do you use?

    Big Train? Caffe D'Amore? Cappuccine? What do you use and how popular is it? Do you use a wide variety of flavors or just a couple? What do you pay for bulk wholesale? What is your retail price? Thanks for any responses.

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    While I look forward to trying a number of these at Coffee Fest in Vegas this weekend, I'm wondering how many of you hacve experience with the Island Oasis product and their equipment program. Do any other suppliers offer an equipment program? While I'd love to own the hardware out-right, cash is a little tight and a good equipment program would be a nice thing.

    Bob DeLano

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    Frozen Mocha

    I just use left over espresso which I keep in the frig along with a couple pumps of chocolate and some mild, blend with ice and top with whipped cream. Works great and is ALLOT cheaper than Big Train. As I make it I explain to people that I'm making their drink with REAL espresso. Everyone seems to love it.
    Espresso911

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    Different Choices

    Dark mocha blended - Mocafe Wild Tribe Moka
    White mocha blended - Cappucine White Symphany

    We have many fans, these are the two most popular and also run me 41 to 42% cost of product...if I raise prices I'm over market as I'm next to a baskin robins, a yogurt places and 3 starbucks....

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    Quote Originally Posted by editorbob
    While I look forward to trying a number of these at Coffee Fest in Vegas this weekend, I'm wondering how many of you hacve experience with the Island Oasis product and their equipment program. Do any other suppliers offer an equipment program? While I'd love to own the hardware out-right, cash is a little tight and a good equipment program would be a nice thing.

    Bob DeLano
    I use Island Oasis smoothie mixes and frozen yogurt. Their own R2D2 looking blender is not bad, but I think Blendtec Smoother, which I think Island Oasis can get, produces a smoothie that is silkier in texture. Having said that, I must admit customers are more impress with the big bad R2D2 blender. I don't know if there is a minimum volume you need to meet before they let you use one of their blenders, but I do know if they want your business bad enough, they will wave the delivery and set up charge ($400???).
    You want cream and sugar?
    NO COFFEE FOR YOU! NEXT!

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    Sorry about that.

    In my description of a blended mocha I said "mild". It should have been "milk".

    The recipe is:

    Add Ice to the blender. I use 16 or 20 oz.
    a shot or two of left over espresso kept in the frig.
    2 pumps of chocolate
    some MILK

    Blend until smooth and top with whipped cream.

    For a blended white mocha, I substitute with a full scoop of Ghiradelli White Chocolate

    Sorry about the mistake.
    Espresso911

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    Less then Sweet as a Frap

    911 what you described I have on my menu as well, and I offer it at a lower price and a kids version with out the espresso. But its not overly popular compared to the more expensive "frap" type drinks supported by products like Mocafe, Cappucine, Big Train, Gheradelli (sp), etc....I use only the first two so I don't know much about the later ones. My biggest problem is the expense...I'm running 41 to 43% on these drinks and its killing me...but if I raise my prices on them I'm way over market compared to baskin robins, yogurt shops and the 3 starbucks that have me surrounded....I should rename my place the Alamo

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    Re: Less then Sweet as a Frap

    Quote Originally Posted by celement
    ...I'm running 41 to 43% on these drinks and its killing me...
    ... I am amazed that you can figure your cost that close. Maybe if I could figure that I would not use big train vanilla latte (4 oz), double shot, milk, shot of choc. And ice. Give me a hint as how you do it !!!

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    Get a Calculator

    Jammin...take a few minutes and figure out;

    1) How many ounces in the container of Big Train you buy?
    2) How many ounces you put into the drink
    3) How much it is per ounce - thats easy;
    4) How many ounces of milk, do you buy milk by the gallon I think that is 128 ounces if I'm not mistaken...divide your gallong of milk cost by 128 multiply by the ounces you add to the drink
    5) My espresso costs me about 11 cents a shot...
    6) Cup and Lid

    Takes time, but I've done it on every drink....why do you think I promote Lattes so much

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    yes !

    Let me know if you would like to try some free sample packs!
    yes please send me one ton !

 

 
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