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Ninja - Coffee Bar 10-Cup Coffee Maker - Black/Stainless-Angle_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It does so much

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    Maclemoor
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    I’m a big coffee drinker. So much so that I’m a gold member at Starbucks, 3 years running. That’s a lot of coffee, cappuccino and Frappuccino, latte’s cold brew. My hubby doesn’t like coffee, so the carafe probably won’t be used much. With that being said, I wanted a machine that gave me all of these options without spending too much money and not have to leave my house. Ninja has figured it out. I now have a barista in my kitchen. Con: I have a small kitchen and this little guy isn’t so little. So be prepared to make some space and try not to move it once you’ve planted it. Not as easy to relocate as a regular coffee maker. I read the instructions and watched YouTube videos for the previous model and others like it. Seemed easy, so I gave it a go only to realize I didn’t have all the ingredients I wanted. So I ran to HEB and spent $25, ouch. (caramel, marshmallow crème, whip crème, almond milk, vanilla syrup, baileys liquor) What I didn’t have to buy was a coffee scooper because it comes with a smart scoop. Makes adding coffee grinds to the filter super easy and its hides away on the system. Don’t forget to clean it after each use. The permanent filter will save $. Can you imagine making 20, 30, 100 cups of coffee (not pots) and how many replaceable filters it would take? Ninja actually thought about us when they gave us this filter that you clean and reuse. Back to the first drink…… Cappuccino. I was more excited about frothing the milk than anything. And I did……immediately pulled the cup from the frother and its was beautiful (up and down motion is suggested). You can do hot or cold milk. Con: after you froth milk, keep the cup under the frother until you are ready to wipe it off, otherwise, frothed milk will be splattered all over your counter and old milk is gross if not cleaned quickly. Suggestion, buy a frother cup that has a pouring spout. This will allow you to do a smooth pour and possible design of some sort. Or if you want to cheat the system, you can buy cappuccino stencils (99cents on eBay). Ninja, ya might consider adding all these accessories in the kit. Moving on, be patient. You will have to read through the instructions a few times before you memorize your favorite drink. Key, keep the recipe’s close by. One tip I’ve noted is for cappuccino, you will want to preheat the cup. Hot drinks should go in a hot cup and cold drinks should go in a cold cup. (best tip yet) Con: if you make one single cup after the other, be careful when you pull out the filter, it may have hot coffee grains in it and some liquid may spill out as well. So caution, clean thoroughly after using, just common sense really. Oh and the drip stop lever comes in handy when not in use as well. It will beep at you if you try to make a cup and the drip stop is on (rain drop with a line through it) just switch and keep it moving. After all was said and done, I made a decent cup of Cappuccino. There are some things I will try differently but overall I made a product that I would normally pay $3-5 in a café for but I’m in my pajamas. Win Win. Ask me, would I recommend this to others………. Hhhhheeeeccckkk yeah (if you love coffee) Hope you enjoyed my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST drip bewer I've ever owned... 1-yr+

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    WhiskeyTango
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    2nd gen Ninja Coffee Bar system One year into ownership & active use, I can defimitively say this 2nd-gen 10 cup Ninja Coffee Bar is the BEST drip brewer of all that I've owned over the course of 40+ years. Better and more versatile and ecomomical than all of the prestige, legacy name brand players, at any price. First, be very clear that the NCB system is NOT an "espresso" machine. It is an atmospheric pressure drip brewer, capable of making anywhere from variously sized single cups to 10 cups per single brew cycle. Second, it can brew strong to very strong drip coffee, without burning the oils in the coffee grounds. Very smooth, strong brews, rivaling "Clover" machine brews and perfectly suited for making iced and other mixed coffee concoctions. All brews result from strict 205°F drip temperature and variable drip flow control. As for some of the reports of operational malfunctions, the only time I overflowed a 12 oz cup was when I inattentively & accidentally dialed for an 18oz cup, instead. The free spinning brew-size selector should ALWAYS be double-checked for correctness before walking away from a brew. The NCB system uses a lot of hidden contact micro-switches. If those switches are DoA, the unit will have problems with safety and interrupting brews in progress. Fully test all features of the unit (while you are running your first two out-of-the-box water cleaning passes) to detect defective internal contact switches. If interrupted brews fail to hold the drip, if brewing can be started before the brew basket is fully seated & in place, then you have a LEMON to exchange. Also check for reservoir seal leaks. Any foreign object, like stray styrofoam packing particles, in the reservoir receiver can result in leaks, even with good rubber seals. Also, be aware that too finely ground coffee can cause brew basket overflow problems, that will not occur with standard drip grinds available in retail. If you opt to very finely grind your beans, then you must be prepared to experiment with how, much LESS you should fill the brew basket. Espresso-ground coffee can also compact at the bottom of the brew basket to the point of stopping the normal outflow. STANDARD DRIP GRIND is what the NCB system is designed to work with. Never had a single brew basket overflow using standard drip grind, and the recommended scoops, or when pausing a brew in-progress. I wash the basket (& carafe, if used) after each major round of brews (several cups in a row or a 1/2 or full carafe), simply by soaking them in a non-toxic restaurant coffee brewer cleaning solution (bought in bulk at steep discount, properly soak-diluted with hot tap water) for 20 minutes, rinsing thoroughly & drip drying. No coffee staining even under UV light, which means no burned coffee residue build-up over time. Try keeping one of those "x-cup" brewing machines as clean one year down the road. Decalcification, using the same solution, whenever the NCB signals for it, is also very important maintenance. The NCB will prompt for this long before you notice any reduction in drip flow/rate, but taking all the guess work out of needed decalcifying. You may also use white vinegar for cleaning/decalcifying(, but I personally dislike the in-process aroma.) I really like NCB Strong Brewed cups of Sumatra & Verona dark roasted beans. As I said, these rival filterless "Clover" brewed cups. I also use Japanese-sourced brown paper filters that impart no foreign flavors/aromas, are sustainably made and reasonably priced. (Do you really believe no plastic residues are imparted to the coffee using "x-cups," even if you don't taste/smell them?) I prefer the glass carafe for ease of cleaning. When I brew a full carafe for later use, I pour it into an air-tight glass mason jar & store at room temp. This is vastly superior to holding over heat and/or in a steel thermal carafe for taste over time. (Steel carafes are harder to keep pristinely clean over time, too.) But, I find that I'm typically brewing more cups (in series) than carafes with the NCB. I also own an espresso machine, which is why I can say that the NCB DOES NOT MAKE ESPRESSO. When I make espresso, I drink it neat, or with lemon or orange zest, akin to Japanese tea ceremony, bamboo-brush-whisked Matcha green tea. There are no true espresso shots coming from the NCB. Nevertheless, NCB Specialty & Cafe Forte brews are well-suited to replace espresso shots in iced and mixed coffee drinks. In those situations, the coffee flavor is deliberately taking a backseat and there is no resulting loss in the final presentation. At one year, plus, I am not looking for anything better than the 2nd gen Ninja Coffee Bar system. If/when this unit finally putzes, I will be looking for another NCB. Perhaps, gen 3?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    "Bartender" coffee making

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    StephenS
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    I've been slogging along with an old coffee maker for years. It was functional but I was actually a little embarrassed to get it out for coffee when we had company. My old coffee maker was boring and frankly just didn't make a very good cup of coffee. I had been entertaining the idea of a new coffee maker for quite a while then when I came across the Ninja CF091 Coffee Bar. Holy Smokes! A few days later I'm a coffee-bartender making great looking frothed-topped coffees and specialty drinks like a pro and I can't wait to have people over who want coffee! First though, when you first set it up, you are supposed to run it through two cleaning cycles before you put anything through it you actually drink. Heads-up -- each cleaning cycle takes about an hour. The Quick Start guide mentions running an initial clean cycle, but doesn't mention how long it will take. Neither does it mention or explain the "flush" cycle that follows. For those specifics you'll have to read the cleaning section of the full manual. None of it's hard to do, but I do wish the Quick Start had even mentioned the 2nd-stage flush cycle and how long the initial clean was going to take because I was eager to make coffee and thought at first that I was doing something wrong because "it was just sitting there". No marks down for this, the end result is worth the wait, but it's worth noting if your idea of "clean" was to run a few coffee pot cycles of just water with maybe some white vinegar the first time through. Initial setup aside, the final product was an enormous improvement over my previous coffee maker. I bought several types of coffee grounds -- Colombian, Kona, Sumatra, etc -- to try it out on. The Classic button did indeed make a pretty classic tasting cup of coffee, but I quickly became a fan of the Rich Brew button. It makes the same amount of coffee overall as Classic but takes a little longer. The manual says Rich Brew "... flavor that stands up to milk, cream, or flavoring." and I completely concur. I have a pretty standard Orange/Mocha drink that I really love (and used to pay $5 a cup for before I could make it myself with my Ninja Coffee Bar) and I can easily taste the coffee flavor coming through when I make it using Rich Brew vs Classic Brew. Make no mistake, I think both Classic and Rich produce an excellent cup of coffee, it's just a matter of taste, but if you want some more punch from the exact same amount of grounds, Rich Brew might just be the coffee drinking buddy you've been looking for. The frother attachment is simple, easy to clean, and way more fun than I thought it would be! I'm an experimenter though and like to "wing it" so the first time I used it I ended up with about 6 inches of froth on top of what was supposed to be a basic Cafe Au Lait! I quickly learned to use just enough milk/cream to get the desired result though, but it's fun to experiment and I encourage you to have fun with it! The reusable filter is adequate and nice in principal but I found that a small amount of grounds got through and into every cup of coffee I've made using pre-ground beans. If you grind your own or just use coarser grounds though I think that might not even be an issue. There are many more options, but suffice to say that I'm happy... my wife is happy... my kids are happy. This thing is flexible coffee-fun and definitely NOT something I'm embarrassed to serve guests with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Be Your Own Barista!!

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    k1zit
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    I've been using the Ninja Coffee Bar for a little over 2 weeks now and it has brewed some of the best coffee I've ever had. As someone who works the overnight shift and drinks a lot of coffee, this machine has yet to disappoint me. When using fresh ground coffee, the coffee brewed by this machine is smooth with no bitter after taste. This is without adding milk, sugar, or sweeteners. Just plain black coffee tastes great! However, specialty drinks is where this machine shines. Being an iced vanilla latte addict, I have become a regular at Starbucks. I was very curious to see if I could concoct a worthy iced vanilla latte with the Ninja Coffee Bar. The answer? Yes!! Get yourself some Torani vanilla syrup, some ice, some of your favorite ground coffee, and you are in for a treat! My iced vanilla lattes were as good, if not better, than what I've grown accustomed to at Starbucks. Some of the features that I found to be very convenient and useful with this coffee bar is the flexibility to either use a 10 cup carafe or use the single serve pull-down platform. I also loved that Ninja chose to go with a glass carafe! From my personal experience, stainless steel has had a tendency of affecting the taste of my coffee. By using glass, I can also see how much coffee is left in the carafe. I really like how simple the machine is to use and operate. You simply select your serving size with the adjustable turn knob, put your ground coffee in the filter, and select "Classic" brew for standard coffee, "Rich"brew for richer espresso style drinks, or "over ice brew" for cold drinks and that's it! A really nice addition was the labeled and premeasured scoop included with the coffee bar. Depending on the servize size you want, the scoops are already measured for you. You simply put the coffee in the included permanent mesh filter. You also have the option of using a paper cone style filter instead for easier cleanup. The attached milk frother is also a great addition to this Ninja coffee bar system. I love that, unlike other coffee bar solutions, you don't have to power the milk frother individually. Nor is it a separate component. The milk frother is attached to the machine and neatly tucks away behind the machine when not in use. It whisks some of the frothiest milk! Another great bonus was the the coffeehouse style recipe book included with the machine which has recipes for 20 drinks. I have made some of the best caramel macchiatos using Ghirardelli caramel syrup. Lastly, I just wanted to talk about the cleanup feature. Upon initial setup, plan to set aside at least 2 hours before you brew your first cup of coffee. This is due to each cleaning cycle taking about an hour and Ninja recommending 2 full cleaning cycles before brewing coffee.I do love that this coffee bar alerts you when the machine is "dirty" and needs a clean cycle. I also love that the cleanup cycle is not burdensome and complicated. Once the "clean" button lights up indicating the machine needs a clean cycle, simply fill the water reservoir with clean water to the max fill line, place the carafe in place, and press the "clean" button. After some time, the machine will beep as part of the "flush" stage in the clean cycle. You will want to wash the reservoir, fill it with water again, place the carafe in place, and press the "clean" button again. And that's it! As previously mentioned, this whole process takes about an hour so make sure you have time set aside for it. I know it's lengthy but I feel it's a small trade off to ensure that the machine is as clean as possible. For the price at which this product sells, it will be really difficult to find a similar machine that houses this many features and brews such a high quality cup of coffee.I know this sounds kind of silly but owning this machine not only piqued my interest in making and tasting all kinds of new coffehouse style drinks, it also got me to take coffee a little bit more seriously. I can see how some people consider coffee making an art! Now that I've had some time to test the Ninja Coffee Bar system, I am also looking at coffee grinders and french presses so that I can grind my own coffee beans (since this is a podless machine). The Ninja Coffee Bar has truly upped my coffee game!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great coffee brewer

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    Chuck
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    I really like this unit; the ability to easily brew one cup or a whole carafe makes it an excellent choice for coffee lovers, in my opinion. When I first unpacked the Ninja, I was surprised at how little it weighted; I was expecting something heavier. On top of that, there was virtually no 'assembly'; other than the frothing tool that attaches to a pivoting arm at the back of the brewer. 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. Setting the machine up took under 10 minutes, but the two cleaning cycles took quite while; there's a built-in timer for the cleaning cycle, so that whole process took a few hours. To compare with my current pod system, I bought a few bags of ground coffee for which I also have pods. 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 for a single cup is comparable to the pod system. The unit doesn't have an overly large footprint; it's a bit larger than my pod system. 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. Another nice 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/carafe. The carafe sits on a 'smart' warming plate that you can turn on to keep the coffee in the carafe warm. Another nice feature is the delayed brewing ability; you simply put your coffee in the unit, press a button, set the delay time and it will start brewing at that time. 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, but it'd be great if they could run steam to the froth tool. 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 (less if you use paper filters), but the difference in taste is worth those extra 4-5 minutes, if you have them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Coffee Lovers Rejoice

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    Trobadour
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    The setup for Ninja - Coffee Bar 10-cup Coffeemaker - Black/stainless was a breeze. When I took it out of the box, and even from the commercials and advertisings, it looked intimidating, to be honest. However, once it’s in your home, taking everything out seems pretty self explanatory. I still read the manual just to double check I didn’t do anything wrong, but I hadn’t. The key feature of this coffee bar is the ability to make 10 cups of coffee in one go, or a carafe. The manual suggests using purified water, and I didn’t intend on using anything but that. It took 3 12 oz. bottles of water to fill up the reservoir. I was able to make a full carafe in about 10 minutes, from the moment you turn it on (takes 3 minutes to heat up the water) to the moment it stops dripping into the pot. You can schedule a timer to automatically make a single cup, all the way to the full carafe at any time of day that you want. As a bonus, a frother is included with the machine. Now, the frother won’t heat up your milk, but it will definitely froth cold milk. It is suggested that if you want hot frothed milk, you can heat up your milk in the microwave. That is actually easier that using a separate frothing machine, which I own and will be putting that away permanently. The performance of this Ninja Coffee bar is up to par with my other Ninja products. It doesn’t use the coffee pods like its biggest competitor. Instead, it has a permanent reusable metal filter where you can put grounded coffee. A scoop is provided on the side of the machine that gives you suggestions as to how much to put into the filter to make the specific quantity of coffee you want. The filter is easy to use and clean. If you prefer using paper filters, you can do that too. The ability to schedule a timer for the machine to make coffee and the hotplate where the carafe stands make it ideal for anyone to have coffee, whether on a rush on at your own pace. The Ninja Coffee Bar meets my expectations. It is easy to make coffee for a large group and the aroma that emits from the machine is reminiscent of your favorite local coffee shop. The only thing I can say against it applies to people with big hands. The water receptacle is a little tight for whoever may end up washing it. Just a side note to keep in mind. The price for coffee bar offers a lot of value for the person who constantly buys coffee on the go. With this machine, if you make and froth your own coffee at home, the savings from buying coffee on the go will add up and it will pay for itself soon enough. I highly recommend this to coffee lovers and coffee connoisseurs. Having the ability to choose what you want to brew, the quantity, and the added bonus of frothing cold or hot milk will make you the favorite person to visit anytime.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Coffee Maker Out Right Now

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    RinTinTin
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    I have been using a single cup coffee maker for awhile. I just don't drink a pot a day or have company over enough to do that. But I love my coffee. My ninja bar came with a milk frother, a 50 oz carafe, removable water tank and measuring spoon. permanent filter, quick start guide, instructions and a recipe book. Its lightweight and doesn't take up as much room as I thought. The ninja coffee bar give me the option to have either a single cup, XL cup, travel mug, half a pot or full pot with ease. I don't have to mess with single cups or figuring out math for the measurements to make the coffee just right. It takes away the confuse and does the math for you with the double sided measuring spoon. I love that they thought of that. The maker has a water reservoir attached to it to help to avoid the constant carrying of water to and from and helps to avoid spills. If you are doing jus the single cups it will last you awhile versus the half or full pot. It detaches from the machine and you can carry it over to sink or fridge to fill with water close the lid then attach back to the machine. Its very simple to attach and detach. The measuring spoon and frother attach to the left side of the machine its all self containing. If you remove the carafe there's a flip down plate were you can put ur cup for a single serve or if you need more space you can flip it back up and place your travel mug. Where you set the carafe or travel mug is also a built in hot plate. The hotplate will read to see how much coffee is in the carafe and will adjust the temp accordingly to avoid the coffee from getting that burnt taste. The bar has a cleaner option that you should run twice before using the first time and as you need to . There is also a dial where you can select the cup, xl cup, travel mug, half carafe or full carafe. It lights up so you can easily tell which one is selected. below it has the setting to tell that the drip stop is either off or on. It will not start the brew and will give a beep warning if you select to start the coffee and the drip stop is on. It has a preheat option to allow the coffee to warm up. A clock, and a delay setting to allow you set a time for the coffee to brew at another time. The permanent filter makes it super easy for set up and clean up but you can also choose to use a paper filter. I prefer the permanent filter for easy use and saves money. You can remove the filter or the container with the drip stop and filter to carry it over and help to throw out the grinds. The bar can do classic brew, rich brew, ice brew, or specialty. The brew time is pretty fast and you have the option to stop the brew by flipping the drip stop option. The coffee that the bar produces is great, I can tell the difference between other coffee makers. I am super happy with the coffee bar.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lives up to the hype

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    Chadwick
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    After 15 years of dedicated service, my beloved old coffee maker finally bit the dust, forcing me to find a replacement. I tried two or three, including the updated model of my old one, and was displeased with them all. Enter the Ninja Coffee Bar. From the unboxing to the first pot to several weeks of use, I continue to be impressed. Here's my impressions: Initial setup is easy and intuitive. The instructions recommend you run two complete cleaning cycles before brewing the first pot of coffee. The cleaning cycle is automatic, requiring only the touch of a button. It does take over an hour to run, so be sure to allot for that if you are in a hurry for a cup of Joe. (This isn't explained in the instructions very well.) After cleaning, just fill the removable water tank, swing out the basket, use the included and attached scoop to measure your desired amount of grounds (it only took a couple of trial pots to get the strength and flavor I like), press a button and wait a few short minutes for coffee-house style bliss. Unlike every coffee maker I've ever owned, the Ninja made a great cup from the very first pot. Most have a weak flavor or off-taste until they get seasoned. Not so with the Ninja. It just makes good coffee. I have only tried a couple of specialty coffees and it's quite obvious I'm not cut out to be a barista like Sofia Vergara is in the commercials. The flavor was excellent, but the presentation was a bit lacking. I attribute this totally to user error/impatience as I had a friend come over and made the best looking layered drink I'd ever seen from a home brewer. The built-in frother is easy to use, easy to clean and quickly stores away. The ability to brew directly into a cup is a great feature. No pods, special filters or attachment changes required. A simple and intuitive turn of a knob and/or press of a button changes the brew size anywhere from espresso to full carafe. Super easy to use, the buttons and knob are decently sized and well-marked. The Ninja's design aesthetic is bold and edgy without being over-the-top. (The unit is tall but it fits under a standard wall cabinet. The water tank requires very little space to remove and replace, but consider this if space is at a premium in your kitchen.) It is simple to use, as a coffee maker should be, belying it's advanced abilities. All in all, I've been quite impressed and would definitely recommend. Even if you don't do specialty coffees, layered beverages, etc., the Ninja Coffee Bar is still worth a look because it just makes a great cup of coffee. Give it a try and I'm confident you won't be disappointed. Note: This coffee maker uses cone filters instead of the basket-type, so if you don't already have them, be sure to pick some up. (It does come with a permanent filter if you like that sort of thing, but I have personally never enjoyed using them.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Makes a great cup, but takes forever to set up

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    RandallFlagg
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    Opening the box and unpacking the unit was a breeze. Everything has a place, ie the scoop on the side of the unit. You remove quite a few pieces of tape and warning stickers and plug the unit in. I trimmed one warning sticker and placed it on top of the unit. The steam can be scalding and the warning is stamped in the black plastic making it blend in. The sticker will hopefully stop anyone from placing their hand on top of the hot unit. So not reading the manual, I figured run a pot of clear water through the unit since it was new. As it was brewing, I read the instructions which said to run 2 clean cycles before brewing the first pot. Okay, when this brew is over, I can do that. Nope, you need to start with a cool unit so I wait for it to cool down and then fire up the clean setting. I then see that it takes 1 hour for the clean function to complete. Then another 8 minutes for the flush to finish with another full tank of water. Let cool and repeat. In my case, the 2nd one was done the next day...so much for trying out a cup. Which brings me to the present. I finished the second cleaning and flush. With the unit finally ready for brewing, I set out to make a flat white. Seems easy enough from the recipe book...and it was. I put down the mug tray, which folds down when not using the carafe and on specialty setting it brewed 4oz. I thought it wasn't going to work at first, but it kicked in about 30-45 seconds after I hit the button. I microwaved a 1/2 cup of milk and whipped it with the attachment (which locks with a quarter turn, making for easy cleanup) and combined the two. I added the whip and although not part of the recipe, a spoonful of creamer. This is the first cup of coffee in my life that I've drank without any sweetener. It was so good, I thought about another cup, but I think I'll just savor the first experience. Now on to try the other recipes...I'm going to need to make a store run for ingredients. This probably won't take the place of my mini Keurig, but it's not really a daily coffee maker. It's something much more enjoyable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Coffee Machine for Anyone

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    JoeBlow25
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    I am not much of a regular coffee drinker, but I enjoy the specialty beverages like flavored lattes and blended ice drinks (i.e. Frappuccino) from time to time. I didn't think it would be economical to buy a machine (or multiple machines) that would be able to make these high end drinks at home. However, the Ninja Coffee bar is great and makes all this possible for a reasonable price! The key is it's "Specialty Brew" option. With 4 tablespoons of ground coffee, the machine can brew 4 oz of concentrated coffee that can be mixed/layered with milk, frothed milk, ice, or blended with ice and what every flavor you like. The included recipe book and website have a bunch of recipes that are great on their own, but you can modify them to your taste as well. The included frother works great as well. One tip is to make sure you milk is very hot before frothing, as the frothing process will cool it significantly as air is incorporated into the milk. So far I have made a mocha latte and a pumpkin spice latte. Both have been equivalent to what I have received in cafes, but at a fraction of the cost. I will try to do a blended mocha drink next - my own homemade mocha Frappuccino. I am looking forward to trying many new recipes over the next few weeks, but my initial impressions leave me confident that I will be enjoying many more delicious drinks in the future thanks to this machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good at making coffee!

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    jago
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    This is a pretty good coffee maker. I love the design of it and it fits perfectly in my kitch as a modern sort of retro design. It uses a #4 cone filter if you wish or it has an included wire filter that you can use and reuse. I found myself using paper filters to keep the grounds out of my sink. You can easily take the filter out with the bracket that it sits in so it makes clean up very easy. The frother on the side is a very neat addition for a coffee maker. It has a little wire loop circle that basically just vibrates around and turns your milk/creamer into a foamy substance. I found myself doing this with my coffee/creamer combo and it is a nice change for my regular coffee. This coffee maker also comes with a two sided measuring spoon to help guide you on how much grounds to use, a very welcome feature in my mind since I can never remember the correct ratio of water/coffee. However, the biggest feature that I love about this is the ability to remove the water tank and fill it away from the coffee maker. It makes it so easy now and I don't find myself trying to pour water into a little inlet that my old coffee maker had. I am really looking forward to my next cup of coffee as I write this right before bed. I have never had a coffee maker make me that excited about coffee before and it may just do the same for you. My only complaint is that the carafe only holds 10 cups, but it is super easy to make an additional pot that it really hasn't bothered me much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Coffee House on your countertop

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    Mikegyver
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    Before getting my Ninja Coffee bar, I read a couple of reviews and a few people stated it was cheap plastic. WELL, I'm happy to say that in my honest opinion, I think it is pretty well built and looks great on my countertop! Doesn't take up much space either. It does have steam that comes out from the top so it's probably a good idea to pull it out on your counter a little while brewing if it normally sits directly beneath a cabinet/cupboard since over time, the steam may affect your cabinet....But that shouldn't be any problem for anyone at all. Just like most coffee systems, it has a delay brew setting to set your programmed time to start so you can wake up to the aroma of fresh brewed coffee. But it also has many other unique functions/settings. I'm impressed with them all. You can make regular cups, XL cups, travel mug and XL travel mug sizes or even a 1/2 carafe or Full carafe with a simple selection! You can even choose the strength and type of your brew with the other simple touch settings such as: Classic, Rich, concentrated specialty and even ICED & Cafe Forte!! It has a convenient "on-board" measuring scoop stored for all your measuring needs (stored on the side) and what I call "A Bonus", a milk frother that you swing out and is attached to the side(which by the way really works super!) Now I can start experimenting with a bunch of specialty brews which I really like but hate to pay the high prices for at a coffee house (plus driving there) I was using K-Cups or going out for my specialties BUT NO MORE! The K-Cup brewer is now unplugged and I've bought myself a few bags of ground coffee and Im now enjoying all types of brews and specialties in the comfort of my home on demand. A recipe book was included with 20 specialties. No more driving and waiting! Plus I'm now saving a ton of $$ to boot! I love both Hot & Iced coffee and I guarantee this Ninja system will be making me a more serious coffee connoisseur for sure! I believe that as long as the internal parts are of high quality and it is used properly and taken care of, this machine should last a good long time

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Am I ready to ditch my Keurig?

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    Snarltoof
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    I couldn't wait to get this set up at home and run it through its paces! However, I followed the instructions and ran it through two cleaning cycles before using it. Cleaning cycles, wow! Very impressive. And it takes an hour to run through cleaning. I am kinda eager to see how effective cleaning is after I've had a chance to muck it up with hard water. So -- one major advantage I noticed right away compared to my Keurig -- hot water!!! I can simply remove the filter and make a cup of hot water for tea or whatever. Also -- I can make a whole pot of coffee! This produces way less waste than the Keurig does; no more of those environmentally-irresponsible pods to deal with. Now if only someone would come up with single-serve filter packets, like what you get in hotel rooms, that would be awesome. It would be great to be able to brew a cup of coffee and just toss the pod in your compost bin. Single-cup brewing -- it is much slower than the Keurig and then I have to deal with cleaning up the grounds, but eventually I think I'll switch to it. I'm relieved that the machine fits on my counter below the wall cabinets. The Keurig fits there, but there's not enough clearance to load a pod. It would be awesome if the water reservoir pulled off sideways instead of up so that it wouldn't have any low clearance issues. The real bonus with this rig is the frother! Wow, now I can make my own lattes and cappuccinos. It's easy to use, and it removes for easy cleaning. I'm very happy with this! When there is a really quick and easy way to do single-cups, or if I just get a bit less lazy, that Keurig will be history.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The BEST drip coffee maker

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    Hayley
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    Hurry up and ditch your old, worn out auto drip coffee maker and get a Ninja Coffee Bar. We have had this coffee maker for a couple of months and I LOVE it. Our old machine was so bad I entirely gave up on using it. My boyfriend likes extremely strong coffee, which I cannot drink, so he sets up the maker at night on delayed brew. This coffee maker is so fast that I can go ahead and brew using the "classic" settings in the morning while I get ready for work. Or, on the weekends I can take some extra time to make a latte or play around with other drink recipes. The instructions that come with the machine are fantastic, they tell you exactly what to do for each brewing size. I love the coffee scoop that attaches to the side of the machine and the frother which flips out of the way when you don't want to use it. In our experience, the reusable filter is only good to use if you buy or grind your own coffee on a course setting. Regular coffee tends to run through, a paper filter easily solves this problem. I can't say enough how much I love the Ninja Coffee Bar. I haven't tried brewing iced coffee yet, but with summer coming soon I hope to try it out. With the Ninja gone are the days of having company over and wondering what type and what strength coffee will be most pleasing for all of your guests. Everyone can have exactly what they want and it won't take hours to achieve. There are two things to watch out for. First, as others have said, you need to run a couple of cleaning cycles before you use it for the first time. This takes a couple of hours so don't plan on making coffee immediately. Second, the machine does tend to drip for a while after it has beeped to tell you it is done brewing. If you have time I recommend leaving your cup/carafe in position for a few minutes. If not, I just put a rag or paper towel under the drip so I don't have to constantly clean off the heating pad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Multi-Funtional Coffee Maker

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    Txstatesal
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    I received this Ninja Coffee maker about a week ago and have used it frequently to try the different settings that it comes with! When I received it my favorite part is the cold brew feature which is how I love my coffee. I'm from Texas and I already have to deal with heat so I like my coffee cold for the most part. It was an easy set up and nothing fussy like pod coffee makers, nor did it have a bunch of pieces or parts to put together. So if you're like me and usually just need to brew a cup or two for yourself you'll love this Ninja coffee maker because it can brew coffee for one of my travel mugs or if I have family over I can brew a whole pot. All without having to remove or add parts. The frother that comes with it was just a plus and I like that unlike other machines I didn't have to spend money to get the frother it just came with it. Super huge thumbs up to Ninja for delivering a nice coffee maker that you can also set a timer so that when you wake up the coffee is brewed and... it keeps it at the perfect warm temperature based on the strength of coffee you are brewing! Oh and you get a small recipe book for different beverages in case you're a beginner with coffee. This machine came just in time for the holidays and all my family members are trying to get their hands on one when they head back home!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Home Coffee Brewer

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    The34Car
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    I am so in love with this Ninja Coffee Bar! It brews the best cup of coffee I've ever had at home. The coffee drinks that I've made are just a smidge less perfect than the ones I get at coffee shops, even better than some coffee shops actually. The machine looks good and everything has been well thought out as far as functionality and ease of use. You can choose between different sizes of drinks, from a single serve cup all the way up to a full carafe (carafe is included). It takes about as long to brew a single cup as it does with one of the pod machines, but you don't have to deal with the pods and you get to use whichever coffee you choose. There are also different brew modes, including Classic brew, Rich brew, and Over Ice brew. Classic is like a regular cup of coffee that you would get from just about any home coffee brewer. Rich has a noticeably deeper flavor, more like what you'd find in a coffee shop. I haven't tried Over Ice because I'm not a fan of cold coffee. My favorite feature is the frother. I love my lattes, and this machine makes them so easily! Frothing milk only takes a few seconds and the frother is removable to give it a quick rinse after use. I highly recommend this machine to anyone who wants to have a great cup of coffee at home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Goodbye Keurig..Hello Ninja Coffee Bar

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    jpatterson34
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    I have had a Keurig individual pod system for the past 3-4 years. It has served its purpose - but the two things that bothered me the most were the price of the individual pods and that I could only make one cup at a time (not cool when you have company). Well, the Ninja Coffee bar can do everything that my Keurig could do (cheaper) plus so much more. The Ninja Coffee Bar is able to make a cup, a travel mug or a carafe of coffee. It has it's own coffee scoop that attaches to the side of the machine so you don't have to dig in the coffee grinds to get it. You can set the carafe on a warning plate to keep the coffee warm. You can set it to brew a 4 ounce specialty drink or an 8 ounce cafe forte. You can also brew your coffee over ice! It also has a built in frother to do hot or cold frothing (really couldn't get easier). Pros: -Clean and nice design -Easy to clean up -So many different brewing options -Very quick brew. Just as quick or quicker than my Keurig. -No pods to buy! -Can use any coffee grounds. -Built in filter -No more trips to Starbucks! Cons -It recommends running (2) clean cycles before your first use - each clean cycle is 1 hour long. That's a long time to wait when you are excited for a cup of coffee from your new machine. -Haven't found any recipes for anything other than coffee. My kid liked to use the Keurig for hot chocolate or tea. I am loving my new Ninja Coffee Bar and I can't wait to show it off over the holidays! There are so many delicious recipes included with the machine - I look forward to trying the all!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple and Easy to get the perfect cup of coffee

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    HarvickFan
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    I was able to unbox, setup, and brew my first carafe of coffee in less than 15 mins! The setup is super easy, as the machine is basically ready to brew right out of the box. I simply added my coffee, selected the brew style that I wanted, and away it went. Full carafe of great tasting coffee in less than 10 mins. I even frothed the milk with the built in frothing device. and the auto warmer kept the carafe nice and warm/hot until it was gone. the flip down single cup tray is perfect for when you only want a single cup, and clean up is super easy and quick. I have family that use the K-cup machines, and I honestly think that this machine overall is easier to use, and brews better tasting coffee. You can brew hot or cold, regular, rich and even "specialty" which gives you that espresso/french press boldness, and sizes from small cups, large travel mugs and half or full carafe. I just can't get over how simple the Ninja machine is to use. Just add your favorite coffee and push the button. Done! This might be my new favorite kitchen appliance in the house!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Coffee System

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    acamden
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    I did quite a bit of research prior to purchasing the Ninja Coffee Bar. I couldn't be happier with this product. I have had the Ninja Coffee Bar for about 2 months now and from the very beginning it has provided great tasting coffee. Right out of the box it was easy to set up and start brewing. Being able to adjust the brew strength to match your taste is a great feature because some days I prefer a stronger cup of coffee. I read other reviews that mentioned a problem with the temperature of the coffee..I have NOT had any issues with that. The coffee or water that I have brewed with the system has always been piping hot. Probably one of my favorite features is the many sizes of brew that can be selected. I can make a whole pot or I can make just enough to fit in my travel mug. The recommended amount of coffee to add for each size has been spot on for me. The water reservoir is very easy to fill and the frother works as intended. All of the components have been easy to clean and maintain. If I had one recommendation it would be to reduce the length of the measuring scoop. Although it can be stored nicely on the side of the brewer I tend to leave it in my coffee container. I haven't made all the possible coffee drinks that this system allows you to make but to date everything has tasted great, worked as intended and this product has exceeded my expectations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Coffee Maker Ever

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    PeboQuattro
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    Ninja knocked it out of the park with this coffee maker! I have used a Keurig for years and have become accustom to the ease of use. However, I didn't realize I was sacrificing quality for convenience. Enter the Ninja Coffee Bar. The Ninja uses traditional ground coffee instead of pods or k-cups, but it isn't an ordinary coffee maker. The Auto-IQ feature adjusts brew time, temperature, and flow of the water to make every coffee beverage imaginable. My first drink was a flat white with cheap coffee grounds and 2 percent milk. Surprisingly, it was as good as one from a Coffee shop! I like how you can make as little as a single cup or as much as a full carafe. I can't wait to buy some quality coffee and try more of the recipes included with the coffeemaker! If I could find something negative to say, it would be the size. It is too tall to fit under my cabinets at 15" high. I still highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a better cup of coffee or more variety than a Keurig can offer.

    I would recommend this to a friend