Ninja - Coffee Bar 1-Cup Coffee Maker - Black/Stainless

Brew delicious coffee your way with this single-serve Ninja Coffee Bar system. It uses any ground coffee while bringing out the best flavor with advanced thermal flavor extraction technology. This versatile Ninja Coffee Bar system has a built-in frother that lets you brew, froth and drink out of one mug.

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What's Included


  • 40-recipe book
  • Ninja Coffee Bar 1-Cup Coffee Maker
  • Ninja smart scoop
  • Owner's manual
  • Reusable permanent filter

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (252 out of 268)

Features


Single-serve coffee machine

Quickly and easily make your favorite beverage.

Milk hot/cold frother

Helps create your favorite specialty drink.

Removable transparent water tank

Allows you to see how much water is left and refill easily.

Brew strength control

Offers the choice of regular or bold flavors to suit your taste.

Drip stop system

Interrupts coffee brewing whenever you want to pour yourself a cup.

Thermal Flavor Extraction technology

Blends precision water delivery with automated controls for calibrated temperature, pre-infusion, coffee saturation, and flavor richness.

Auto-iQ One Touch Intelligence technology

Delivers the perfect amount of water just at the right time for the size and brew type you select. No need to measure the water or to refill after every single-serve brew.

Clean function

Illuminates when your Ninja Coffee Bar senses that there is hard water calcium buildup in your brewer which can affect the flavor of your coffee.

Reusable filter

Preserves the natural coffee oils and small coffee particles to provide a robust flavor.

Audible ready signal

Informs that your coffee is ready.


Customer rating

4.6
95%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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    InsaneDiego
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    The Ninja Coffee Bar System is a cool coffee maker. The beauty of the system is that it makes a single cup of coffee vs. a whole pot. Now every cup is hot and fresh. Or maybe not! That's because it can also be ice cold as well. The system is very easy to operate. Thankfully they have ditched the expensive single serve pods in favor of the less expensive actual ground coffee. You can choose whether to use paper filters or the built-in permanent filter. The system is a miser when it comes to energy use also. It runs at 1,350 watts for about 2 minutes, the time that it takes to make a cup of coffee. You can then turn the unit off and it uses less than a watt if you keep it plugged in. When you are ready to make a cup of coffee you can turn it on and go or preheat it for maximum hotness. The preheating takes less than 3 minutes and most of the process uses under 10 watts of power. It's basically heating the coils, not the water. The water never enters the system until you are ready to use it. Let's talk about the equipment. It makes a single cup of coffee but the cups can vary in size. From your standard small cup to a giant tumbler. There are 4 sizes the system understands. It will fill the cup with a set amount of liquid based on the setting you choose. In general you can go from a cup size of 12oz to 20oz. It can be short or tall. They built in a nice little pull down shelf to put your cup on when you choose the shorter cup. You can fit a tall cup in the maker too, up to 8". As I indicated earlier, you can use a #2 Cone paper filter or their permanent filter to put your grounds into. They have attached a nice coffee scoop on the side of the machine so you never have to wonder how to measure. The machine only has 5 buttons (plus the on/off) so it's not complex. Whatever you do though, make sure your cup holds AT LEAST 12oz of water because that is the minimum amount that it will expel. And last but not least they have a frothing tool that acts like a small blender to whip milk. Making a cup of coffee is simple. Choose your cup size, put in the grounds, put the cup under the dispenser and push one of 5 buttons. Regular, Rich, Over-Ice, Specialty, or Café Forte. Modes: Regular is regular which means selecting the 12oz cup size will give you almost 12oz of coffee. Rich gives you a little more kick. It will dispense a couple of ounces less liquid but with all the caffeine. Over-Ice gives you about 1/2 the amount of coffee in your cup but the rest is filled with ice so you actually come back to exactly the same amount of liquid. And the cool thing about the Over-Ice is, you fill the cup totally full with ice and let the coffee drip over it. It's amazing but it works! Specialty gives you super concentrated coffee. It will pour only 4 oz of coffee into a cup. Café Forte gives you twice as much coffee as Specialty, 8oz., and is supposed to unlock the true flavor of the coffee. All I can say is that I had one cup in the morning and it met my daily requirements of caffeine! I had to go for a bike ride to calm myself down. It was intense. Everything about the system is pretty slick with one exception. The selection dial. It shows a picture of the cup size and even says what kind of cup it is but it doesn't show the ounces. The system comes with a sticker attached to the dial that you pull off before using. The sticker shows the same thing AND it shows the ounces of each cup. My wife cut out the ounces part of the sticker and put it under the picture of each one so you don't have to guess the size (see image). It's a small thing and it was important to her. The only other thing I found confusing is the cup size. They say that the minimum cup size is 12oz but that the small cup setting will make 9.5oz of liquid. I've found that it makes 11.5oz of liquid which is the setting for the next cup size up. It don't know if my system is miscalibrated or my grounds don't soak up more water. It does mean though that you don't dare put a cup under the dispenser less than 12oz! Otherwise you'll have a cleanup on aisle counter!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great coffee maker for brewing individual cups

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    Chuck
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    I love coffee, but actually brewing one or two cups is often too much trouble, especially if it's a spur of the moment thing, so a few years ago I bought a pod brewing system. The Ninja Coffee Bar - Single Serve is changing that. When I first unpacked the Ninja, I was surprised at how little it weighted; I was expecting something heavier, since it appeared to be slightly bigger than the pod machine I have. There was also virtually no 'assembly'; other than the frothing tool that attaches to a pivoting arm at the back of the brewer, the only 'assembly' required was the removal of some tape that kept various parts from shifting during shipping. After reading through the quick start guide, I filled the reservoir with water, ran the brewer thru two cleaning cycles, and then brewed my first cup. That whole process (unpacking to brewing) took about 15 minutes... and the coffee was great! To compare, I bought a few bags of ground coffee for which I also have pods. As you would expect, the ground coffee had much more flavor, but the brewing options on the Ninja give you even more control over flavor and body, and the brewing time is comparable to the pod system. The unit doesn't have an overly large footprint, it's a bit larger than my pod system, and it has a very stylish appearance that looks great with my stainless steel appliances. One of the things I liked from the start was how easy the reservoir was to grab and remove; there's a built-in 'handle', making it very easy to remove/replace the reservoir with one hand. In comparison, the reservoir on my pod system is a bit harder to remove/replace... I'm not even sure I could do it using one hand. Another nice Ninja feature is the folding platform used to hold normal sized mugs; it can be folded up and out of the way if you're brewing an oversize/travel mug. My pod system (granted it's several years old) has a removable stand, which is kind of a pain at times because it's just sitting on the counter, beside the unit. It's also nice that there's a two-sized scoop that hides nicely on the side of the unit; almost everything you need is right at your fingertips. With regard to the frothing tool, I haven't used it that much, but it does work, and if you want froth on your drink, then I'm sure you'll like it. The only thing I didn't like about it is that you have to microwave the milk separately if you want it hot. Not a huge deal (at least for me), but it'd be great if they could run steam to the froth tool so the unit could be 'self-sufficient'. The only other thing that bugged me is that the cup-size selector is 'soft', meaning you can turn the selector infinitely in one direction or the other... it simply selects the last option. There are 'stops' that you can feel, as you turn the knob, and the current selection is lit up, so it's not like it's a free spinning knob, but it just bugs me that the switch is allowed to go past the end positions... call it a pet peeve. The unit has a reusable filter (what I've been using), but you can use paper filters, which would result in a quicker cleanup, but even with the reusable filter, cleanup is only about 2-3 minutes. All of the things I've mentioned above, coupled with the fact that bagged coffee is probably 3-4 times cheaper than the same coffee in pods, makes a compelling case for buying this brewing system. Yes, it takes a few minutes to scoop the coffee into the filter, and yes, cleanup takes a few minutes, but the difference in taste is worth those extra 4-5 minutes, if you have them. As for now, I'm using both the Ninja and my pod system, but with time, my pod system might start collecting dust.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great coffee, No Pods

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    emiliosic
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    I've been looking at several single-serve coffee makers, and I'm keeping the Ninja Coffee Bar. It's very simple to use, and no pods to dispose of. Ground coffee is a lot cheaper than pods. Cleaning the permanent filter (included) is very easy. The filter receptacle can be removed with the filter and is very simple to clean. It has a spring that stops leaks when removed from the machine. If cleaning a permanent filter is too much effort, it also takes #2 cone filters, which are fairly inexpensive. It brews espresso in 4 oz and 8 oz, small and large cups, 12 oz and 16 oz traveller mugs. It also has different brew intensities (Normal and strong, plus the espresso buttons). On the left side there is a frother that slides out of the back of the machine, and the water tank, which holds about 32 oz is on the right. On top of the machine there is a steam vent that produces a lot of steam when brewing so I need to slide the brewer far from cabinets, so the underside doesn't get hit with hot steam. This seems to be the case with most coffee makers although pod machines don't seem to produce as much steam. Over the base of the machine there's a pull-down cup holder so it takes either a cup or a mug. Brewing: It takes a bit over 5 minutes to warm up when turned on. When brewing, it starts with a small amount of water, then it stops for a few seconds, and then it brews quicker. This seems to lock and extract as much flavor from the beans as possible. For testing, tried brewing a small cup afterwards with the same coffee and it was extremely watery, so it shows how well it brews. It takes sightly longer to warm up than a Keurig. Once the machine is warm, there is no delay. The water container takes 32 oz, so it needs to be re-filled often. The container is removable and easy to rinse The machine doesn't seem to turn itself off. I left it for about 2 hours with our realizing it was still on, so I don't think it has a timed shut-off. There is also no clock. This is likely the same as in other single-serve machines, so just be aware to turn it off. The frother can be used even with the machine off and works very well, it's removable and it's rated as dishwasher safe, although it's simple enough to rinse, I wouldn't put it in the dishwasher. It doesn't warm up the milk, so there is no extra container to clean. To make a cappuccino, Simply put the cup in the microwave for 30 seconds or so, froth it and then brew either 4 oz or 8 oz. Other machines that steamed the milk that I used in the past were a pain to clean. Not this. It comes with a double-sided measuring cup, that's labeled and simple to understand. Very simple to use and other than rinsing the permanent filter, mess free. So although it takes a bit more effort than pods, coffee tastes very good (depending on the beans used of course), offers better combinations of drinks and it's a lot cheaper to use in the long term. Plus there is no plastic pod to dispose of. The coffee maker also comes with a coffee 'recipe book' that is nice. I plan on trying some more unusual combinations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Make many kinds of coffee easily with the Ninja

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    Drj5j
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    First, about me. I would not call myself a coffee snob. I generally drink one 10 oz. mug of coffee in the morning, black. I do strongly prefer dark, rich roasts, and for many years I subscribed to Gevalia until the worldwide coffee shortage meant I could not depend on my favorites being delivered. I am the only one in my family who drinks coffee, so I have gotten by all my life with a small, Mr. Coffee-type brewer, where half a pot gave me my 10-oz. cup. Although my opinion has always been (and still is) that the excellence of a cup of coffee depends mainly on the coffee itself, I had read that the machine that makes the coffee matters, too. Specifically, I had heard that ordinary home coffee makers could not heat water as hot as commercial coffee makers, and this is why coffee made at a restaurant is better than coffee made at home. So in the back of my mind I've wondered whether a coffee maker more expensive than a Mr. Coffee might make a better cup of coffee. Another reason I decided to try a higher-end coffee maker is the inconvenience of measuring water each time I made a single cup of coffee. Some of my previous coffee makers had detachable reservoirs, which made the process of measuring out exactly the right amount of water for one cup a little easier, but most did not. A better machine like the Ninja Coffee Bar holds a tank of water and dispenses exactly the amount you need, depending on the size of your serving and the type of coffee you are making. On setting up and reading about the Ninja Coffee Bar, I was delighted to discover the convenience of choosing different styles of coffee and different volumes by turning a knob and pushing a button. At first the number of choices was a bit bewildering to a simple coffee drinker like myself, but I quickly caught on. There is a knob with four different settings: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, and XL Multi-Serve. The volume of coffee made depends on which setting you choose and then which of three buttons you push: Classic, Rich, or Over Ice. For example, the Cup setting makes 9.5 oz. with the Classic button and 8.7 oz. with the Rich button. The XL Cup gives you 11.5 oz. with the Classic button and 10.3 oz. with the Rich button. I tried all of these combinations and was very happy with all of the results. The Rich setting definitely made a richer cup of coffee, but I would not say that the Classic was just a watered-down version of the Rich. It was, as promised by the instruction booklet, smooth and balanced. The Rich choice is recommended if you are adding milk, cream, or flavoring, but I enjoyed it black. In addition to the four-settings x Classic/Rich/Iced choices, there are also two buttons that function independently of the four settings: a specialty button and a café forte button. The former always dispenses 4 oz of extra-rich, concentrated coffee for special recipes, and the latter always dispenses 8 oz. of robust, full-bodied coffee, drinkable black or au lait. I found the café forte choice to produce a very nice cup of black coffee indeed, with nuances I never tasted with my old Mr. Coffee. This morning I tried the specialty option, using a recipe for pumpkin spice latte from the very interesting 40-coffeehouse-style recipe booklet that came with the Ninja. I chose this recipe because (1) I like pumpkin spice coffee, and (2) it allowed me to try out the Ninja's built-in frother. The frother produced an awesome frothy mix for the latte. The result was tasty, but incredibly stronger than the pumpkin spice lattes you'll find in coffee shops. As interesting as the recipe book is, a shortcoming is that it does not recommend what kind of coffee to use with rare exceptions such as blueberry coffee for the Blueberries & Cream Iced Coffee recipe. So you'll need to use your own knowledge of roast types to use the recipe booklet. I also had difficulty finding a recommendation about a recommended coarseness of grind, There is one line in the instruction booklet that suggests a "medium grind." I suppose that term refers to the "auto-drip" setting on the grinder I use in the store where I buy coffee. It certainly worked well with both the permanent filter and paper filters, although the store grinder suggested a finer grind for paper filters. A couple of more details about the coffee-making process. There's a double-sided scoop for measuring small or large scoops of coffee, and it clips conveniently to the side of the coffee maker. The Ninja comes with a permanent filter, although you can use a #2 paper cone filter if you like. I tried both and found no difference in the quality of the coffee. A lever on the filter holder can be switched from left to right to prevent dripping when removing the filter holder for cleaning. I discovered by accident that if you push a brew button after failing to return the lever to the left, the machine gives you a warning beep. Nice feature. The base of the Ninja contains a cup platform for holding ordinary mugs. It can be raised like a drawbridge if you are using extra-tall cups. The frother swings forward or back, out of the way as needed, and can be removed easily for cleaning. In fact, all of the movable parts of the Ninja worked very well, moving or separating as they should, but also being steady and sturdy while in place. Before pressing one of the brew buttons you must turn on the Ninja by pressing a button labeled "Pre-Heating." The preheating of water takes about three minutes; when the light goes out you are ready to brew. Once you press a brewing button, a small amount of hot water is delivered to "infuse" the coffee. Then there is a pause before the process continues to completion. It does not take long to brew a cup. There is no heater of any sort for your mug, so it is recommended that you warm up your mug with hot water for a few minutes before brewing. The quick-start guide contains sufficient information to brew all of the available types of coffee, while the owner's guide gives you some more details and the recipe book some ideas for special coffeehouse recipes. I know I will continue to enjoy the Ninja Coffee Bar, and I think you will, too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I can love coffee again

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    Reddog
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    Ninja Coffee Bar- Single Serve (CF111) I have a long drive to go a short distance each morning. So I get up early and have a cup of coffee. My older 12 cup was put out of service long ago as it's too much of a hassle to make one cup. So although I love good black coffee in the morning, I have been getting by with instant coffee but not anymore. The Ninja Coffee Bar (CF111) solves all of the problems I had as a coffee drinker. The coffee maker is 9 ½” W x 8 ½ L x 14 ½ H, so be sure you have the counter space. The controls on the front are dead simple to use. Set the size of the cup, put water in the easy to read level markings on the water container, add the correct coffee from the attached measuring spoons of almost any kind to the lifetime filter, put your cup on the correct base, you hit start and within a few minutes you have a great cup of coffee. The unit itself is perfect for the modern stainless steel appliance kitchen. Its very easy to clean and making my black coffee is only one way it can save you from stopping on the way to work. It can do Over Ice coffee, Cafe Forte and Specialty varieties along with its built in hot and cold frother. It can use regular size cups, XL cups, travel and XL Multi Server mugs. What makes this different from many of the other Ninja Coffee Bars is your are limited to one cup or container at at time. For me that's’ perfect and since it is so fast I am sure it is perfect for many others too. Finally the product is packed with one of the simplest guides for using all of the features I have seen. Clear instructions on a very colorful manual is sure to make me try some new ways of having coffee that I just wouldn’t have thought about before. This is a great product that I would recommend for almost any coffee drinker unless your brewing needs are for a full pot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent choice for a single serve coffeemaker

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    Steve62305
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    We’ve had the new Ninja Coffee Bar for about a week now and my family is very pleased with it, especially my oldest daughter who is a bit of a coffee connoisseur. So I let her lead the way in reviewing our newest coffee making appliance. What follows is her expert assessment: First, I need to tell you that our home has a high-end Reverse Osmosis water filtration system equipped with a re-mineralizer filter that adds back certain minerals needed for perfectly pH balanced drinking water. The water flavor is so astoundingly good that guests comment on it. So of course my testing of the Ninja Coffee Bar system was based on using this re-mineralized RO water. Your mileage may vary, as they say. The Ninja Coffee Bar is an extremely versatile, countertop, coffee making system that saves time and money without comprising taste. It features a patented technology called Thermal Flavor Extraction, which claims to unlock the full flavor potential of the coffee by blending precision water delivery with temperature calibration, pre-infusion, and saturation. I found that this brewing technology does yield a surprisingly satisfying flavor from regular ground coffee beans, allowing you to make yourself coffee-house type drinks at home for a fraction of the cost. The Ninja also has a wide variety of options for strength, size, brew type, etc. In my testing, I had a very good to excellent cup of coffee every time. Unboxing and setting up The Ninja Coffee Bar was quick and simple. The box contained the brewer machine, flip-top removable water reservoir and lid, premium permanent filter, brew basket, removable filter holder, frother wisk, measuring scoop, recipe book, and instruction manuals. Assembly was as simple as removing packaging tape from the moveable parts of the machine and plugging it in. When the machine was fully assembled, it fit nicely on the counter in a space the size of an everyday coffee maker. The Ninja Coffee Bar has five different brew strengths: Classic, Rich, Over Ice, Specialty, and Cafe Forte and four different sizes: Cup (9.5 oz), XL Cup (11.5 oz), Travel mug (14 oz), and Multi Serve (18 oz). After cleaning and assembly, I filled the water reservoir with RO water and tested each of the brew strength settings using 2 small scoops of medium ground, Eight O-Clock brand coffee that you can pick up at most any grocer. The weakest brew strength setting is the Classic Brew setting and it yielded a cup of coffee that was full flavored and well balanced. I was very surprised at the amount of flavor extracted from just 2 small scoops of coffee grounds. The next setting I tested was Rich Brew and it made a strong and rich cup of coffee without any bitterness. The Over Ice setting was only slightly stronger than the Rich Brew setting, and it seemed to taste a little watered down when brewed over the ice. As with any coffee maker you can vary the quantity of grounds to suit your taste. The Specialty Brew setting was rich and strong. The flavor was similar to espresso, but it lacked the velvety texture and complexity. However, when I added frothed milk to the specialty brew it did have the flavor of a coffee-house drink. The brew strength of the Cafe Forte brew setting was similar to the Specialty Brew setting. Once again, the brew strength can be intensified by adding extra grounds before choosing the brew strength setting. Next, I tried the milk frother wand. The wand was easy to attach, but it's performance was lack-luster. The wand was weak causing it to take twice as long as instructed to froth the milk. Ninja engineers might want to redesign the frother wand so that its quality and performance matches the rest of the machine. The Ninja Coffee Bar has several design features that I love. The reusable filter, basket, wand, and scoop were all easily rinsed clean after they were used. There is a recessed area and a peg on the side of the machine for storing the measuring scoop. I love this feature because it keeps the scoop clean and from being lost in overfilled kitchen drawers. I also like that the water tank has pre-measured lines for each cup size, allowing me the option to measure out the exact amount of water I need. The machine also has a convenient no-drip switch and fold down cup platform. It preheats in 3 minutes and brews quickly without sacrificing flavor. Overall this machine makes a surprisingly unexpected coffee-house type drink from a small amount of simple ground coffee. I highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Versatile Coffee Maker

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    cusedice
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    The Ninja came nicely packaged and was easy to unpack and set up. The last time I owned a coffee maker it was one of the older ones that filled up a 12 cup glass carafe. I've used the "K" machines and the nice thing about the Ninja is that it doesn't require you to go out and buy little plastic cups of coffee. You can use any ground coffee that you enjoy and use more or less depending on how strong you would like the brew to be. The Ninja also has multiple settings (see pictures) for the size cup you're looking to fill; the strength of the blend or Iced Coffee if you prefer that. Since we primarily drink Iced Coffee in our house, this feature is a big money saver. We haven't had a chance to make a "Ninjaccino" yet but it does have that feature available and we'll try it out at some point. Another common complaint with these types of machines is that the water line can develop mold. This one has a nice feature button for CLEAN which runs through a cycle of 22oz of water to flush out the lines. If this sits for any amount of time I would recommend running it to make sure you've got fresh water, just set it to Cup so you're not wasting a lot of water. Before you use it the first time out of the box you'll need to run 2 clean cycles on the XL Travel Mug size to really flush it out. There is no glass carafe that comes with this unit. It's designed for you to use with your own mugs. It will fit XL travel mugs all the way down to a regular coffee cup. Depending on the size of the cup, it has a fold down tray to hold the smaller cups up closer to the drip mechanism or fold it up for larger travel mugs. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who needs a solution for flexibility between producing large amounts of coffee or just a single serving without breaking the bank on refill cartridges.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ninja Coffee Bar 2.0

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    aarondr
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    Earlier this year my wife and I had a discussion about our k-cup machine. We recognized how expensive per cup it was, while also realizing that it produced ~ok~ coffee. This especially became important when she started drinking coffee. We tried a couple coffee machines, until we found the Ninja Coffee Bar. We bought it with the metal carafe, and couldn't be happier. That was until we received the new fancier version. What's different comparatively? Well, let's start with what hasn't changed. Compared to the original Coffee Bar, they both feature the 'Thermal Flavor Extraction' technology, they both can brew a single cup, and larger amounts of coffee. They both have removable water tanks, and accept wedge style filters. You can froth milk with both and brew cappuccino style beverages from normal coffee grounds. They both come with excellent service, and a book full of recipes to try. The coffee is flavorful and tastes great, probably better than many brewers in this price category. Where they differ is really how you use/drink coffee. The original begs you to use the carafe. The metal carafe version is excellent, keeping coffee warm for hours. While you can brew a single cup, I found the best balance brewing a pot. This version brews a single cup as fast as you'd expect from a k-cup maker. I found I went back to it to brew more coffee, and took more 'creative' liberties than I did with the old model. The brewer also comes with a reusable coffee filter, which is a nice addition to the package. Oh, and unlike many single cup brewers, you'll fit almost any coffee mug underneath. As for specialty drinks - they're pretty dang good! Are they exactly like coffee house drinks? No, but they are close considering you're using normal coffee grounds. I brewed on the Cafe Forte setting with about 4oz of milk and was impressed how close it tasted to a coffee house style beverage - and this was bargain basement original Folger grounds. The included milk frother is motorized and easy to use and clean - removing my complaint from the original version (which included a manual frother that was less convenient). The frother portion detaches for easy cleaning. I found myself more willing to play with making specialty brews with frothed milk. I think this highlights what Ninja was trying to do with the original model, and it's clear they're really pressing the capabilities here to show its value. The build quality of course is excellent, just like the original. The materials are solid, the design is thoughtful, and even the coffee scooper has a snap attachment to the side of the unit. The frother folds away when not in use which is super. If you're looking to replace the old k-cup maker to reduce cost and get more flavorful coffee, this is a great model to explore. I was a huge fan of the original Ninja Coffee Bar, and this just highlights the original's strengths. Brewing single cups of any size with standard coffee supplies is a lot cheaper than the cups and produces a lot less waste. This maker has a ton of flexibility and produces pretty compelling coffee house style beverages. This is a great improvement on the original concept with the only limitation being brewing coffee for larger groups. Still, the fact it brews so quickly from startup is a pretty good argument even against this limitation.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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