Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer with Glass Carafe: The best coffeehouse in town is on your countertop with the Ninja Coffee Bar brewer. Ninja's patent-pending brewing technology is designed to deliver delicious coffee with variable richness levels and without bitterness. The Ninja Coffee Bar brewer has Thermal Flavor Extraction, which truly unlocked the full flavor potential of your coffee using automated controls for temperature calibration, pre-infusion and coffee saturation.
A good little versatile machine.
Posted by: Irish1mi from: on
A good little versatile machine.
The foot print is a little smaller than my
Cuisinart coffee maker, which is a plus, but
makes up for it in height.
For filling the water reservoir, it can be removed and
brought to the sink or your refrigerator water dispenser. It the locks back in place easily. No more slow pouring from the carafe or spillage into the basket. Thank you.
A full pot is 43oz. Which is just under 9 cups
compared to my Cuisinart coffee maker.
But, let's face it, it's the one cup brew that's most intriguing.
I don't care for the kcups, I think they taste stale and nasty. I want to use fresh ground coffee without the mess of a single serve filter. That is what's great about the Ninja Coffee Bar.
You can use the permanent filter or paper filters your choice, with three brew settings. Classic, Rich and Specialty.
The classic brew is a little too quick and yields less flavor from the grounds. but gives a smooth flavor to the coffee.
Rich brew uses a little less water, but gets a better saturation. It yields a little bitterness, but just enough to remind you why you drink coffee. I would equate it to a French press brew. Close, but not quite.
I haven't tried the specialty brew. I assume if you like to add a half a cup of milk or cream to your coffee it will taste good no matter what.
It's a smart machine with easy to read display and control panel. A better choice over some other single serve machines.
27 out of 27 found this review helpful.
This is a new category for coffee makers
Posted by: jasonw754 from: The Woodlands, TX on
First let me say that I drink a lot of coffee, and I hate the Keurig. It's convenient, and it's very popular right now, which makes me wonder if most people just like weak, carelessly jet-blast brewed coffee in small quantities these days. (Starbucks and good coffee from fast food places is also very popular, so maybe people are just resigned to enjoy easy mediocre coffee until they get out the door).
For years we found the best of both worlds by sticking to regular drip-brewed coffee from a coffee maker that could brew both a pot of coffee or a single cup, but there were still the drawbacks of burnt coffee from sitting on the warming plate or poorly measured water. Drip brewed coffee is just a slower version of the Keurig process anyway, so the coffee is a lot better, but not perfect.
We finally achieved the best cup of coffee we've had at home by switching to a whole new brewing process. Heat the water to a precise temperature, soak the coffee grinds for a while before brewing the coffee through lab-grade filter paper and then serve before it cools down. (Using products from Chemex, which is not an electronic coffee maker. You would find this at World Market instead of Best Buy). This was the best cup of coffee, but quite a bit of work to do first thing in the morning.
When I saw this Ninja coffee maker featured on BestBuy.com as a new product, I immediately recognized the laborious brewing process. They call it 'Auto-IQ' but it essentially is automating what we were doing by hand. A regular coffee maker will draw water from the reservoir through a one way valve and then boil it so that it rises up to where the coffee is and then drips down through to the pot. There's no control over anything until the water runs out. The Ninja draws the precise amount of water from the reservoir (like a Keurig) heats it to the right temperature (maybe like a Keurig), and then follows the process of wetting the grounds, waiting a while, and then brewing at just the right speed to get the coffee how you've selected it (most definitely not like a Keurig, like a Chemex). The filter basket on this Ninja has a more sophisticated drip stop than a normal coffee maker, and it's able to detect when you've closed the drip stop (so no spills, no overflowing), but I suspect that maybe it's able to control this itself to achieve higher concentrations of coffee for the special brew mode.
The ninja also comes with a permanent coffee filter, and milk foamer. That's just pure additional value and with the included recipe book you can create some pretty fancy drinks with just a little extra effort and maybe a trip to the grocery store. That makes it more fun than just a simple pot or cup of good coffee.
So did Ninja rip off Chemex? I don't know, this is just the most scientifically perfect way of brewing a good cup of coffee. The Chemex is a beautifully designed product which still stands proudly on our kitchen counter, but this Ninja brewer is quite a bit easier to get that first pot of coffee going on a busy weekday morning.
How reliable is this coffee maker going to be? I can't say at this point. It's made us some good coffee, but it's only been a few days. We already own a Ninja blender and we trust the brand as being in the super-premium category of kitchen devices, but I didn't hesitate to purchase a Geek Squad extended warranty for this brand new product.
164 out of 200 found this review helpful.
Works as advertised
Posted by: drpaulh65 from: on
After having used the Ninja for approximately one month, I can say that I am satisfied with the unit's performance, how it brews the coffee, and the usefulness of the different features of the coffee system. The glass carafe is very difficult to wash, though, and that is somewhat annoying.
16 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Alex from: on
This coffee station was an upgrade from a standard percolator type of coffee maker. Coffee tastes bolder and smoother when made with this coffee station. I can only compare the difference as tasting wine with and without decanter. Precise water measurement makes it easier to have consistently good quality coffee. Design is compact and controls are clear. Hope it lasts a long time.
13 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Great coffee maker
Posted by: keyco1537 from: on
It makes the best cup or mug of coffee I have ever had. I have the more expensive coffee maker that uses those k-cups and it is sitting on a shelf in the garage. I would not trade the Ninja coffee maker for no other coffee maker.
10 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Great product, does exactly what it says it will
Posted by: Clay from: on
I had a 5 year old Keurig that I needed to replace and I wanted to go to something that took ground coffee easier and could make a carafe. This was the best thing I could find in my price range. It has a good brew to it and a lot of cool features like a removable water reservoir that can be turned different directions based on placement of the coffee maker. I also like the delay brew feature which is nice so I can set it all up at night and it will be ready for me when I wake up. It also has a brew over ice feature. Overall I am completely happy with the purchase. I highly recommend it
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Kimiko from: on
This has everything and more. Upgraded from a decent stainless black and decker coffee maker to this. The no drip button, the mug flap that pulls down, the permanent coffee filter and the milk froth extra... Little things that make a big difference!!! The coffee always comes out smooth and I can make all sorts of things for a reeeeeeaaally good price. Love it!
16 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Better than expected
Posted by: Narissa from: on
I love this machine. I've used Keurig coffee makers for 5 years, and thought it might be time for a change. After reading the reviews, I thought that it couldn't be that good, but decided to give it a try. We've only had it for 2 days and have used it a few times, and each time we live it more.
It does take longer than a Keurig would, but the coffee is amazing!!
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Jooy from: on
I used at a friends house and loved it, it might be my coffee beans but the coffee is coming out with too much residue in the bottom of the carafe.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Posted by: BlackBimmer from: on
The coffe tastes really good. I have 2 issues with the Ninja Coffee Maker. 1) the carafe has a plastic ring that makes it hard to empty & clean. Unlike other carafes that are glass with a plastic ring on the outside, the Ninja carafe has a plastic neck that allows old coffee/water to remain inside. 2) the anti drip mechanism is just a lever that blocks the flow of coffee. Other coffee makers have a spring loaded mechanism that stops the flow once the carafe is removed. When you're used to just pulling the carafe out without coffee spilling everywhere it's hard to get used to moving a lever.