Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System with Glass Carafe (CF092)
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- Includes recipe cookbook & 22 oz. double walled tumbler
- Pod-free single serve and carafe coffee system with Ninja XL Hot & Cold Multi-Serve Tumbler
- Custom Brews: Classic, Rich, or Over Ice; or Signature Brews: Specialty and Cafe Forte
- Custom Brew Sizes: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Multi-Serve, Half Carafe, and Full Carafe
- Built-In frother to brew, froth and drink-all in your favorite mug
- Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology and Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence
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From the manufacturer
Bringing out the Barista in Everyone.
Better than a coffeehouse experience, at home. Go fully pod-free with 5 brew types, including Cafe Forte, a built-in frother, and 6 different brew sizes.
Cafe Forte amplifies every nuance of your coffee for a more full-bodied, complex flavor from brew.
Transform your milk to a silky microfoam, perfect for specialty brews like lattes, and great for adding a tasty touch to your morning coffee, hot or cold.
6 Brew Sizes
Whether it’s a morning coffee or enough for friends and family, there’s a way to brew it. From single serve to a carafe setting, there are 6 different brew sizes—so take your pick.
Classic and Rich Brew
Classic is all about balanced flavor, while Rich provides a more intense taste. Either style makes a perfect start to your morning.
Designed to brew fresh and hot over ice, leaving you with a refreshingly cold coffee that’s never watered down.
Lively, complex flavors that allow your coffee to be the best version of itself. Serve black or Au Lait (with 1–3 ounces of frothed milk).
Super-rich coffee concentrate you can use to create a variety of indulgent hot and cold, layered or frozen-blended coffeehouse-style drinks.
|Brew Types||(4) Classic, Rich, Over-Ice, Specialty||(4) Classic, Rich, Over-Ice, Specialty||(5) Classic, Rich, Over-Ice, Specialty, Cafe Forte||(5) Classic, Rich, Over-Ice, Specialty, Cafe Forte||(5) Classic, Rich, Over-Ice, Specialty, Cafe Forte|
|Serving Size||Cup, Travel, Half Carafe, Full Carafe||Cup, Travel, Half Carafe, Full Carafe||Cup, XL Cup, Travel, XL Multi-Serve, Half Carafe, Full Carafe||Cup, XL Cup, Travel, XL Multi-Serve, Half Carafe, Full Carafe||Cup, XL Cup, Travel, XL Multi-Serve|
|Integrated Scoop w/ Brewer Storage||✔||✔||✔|
|Frother||Ninja Easy Frother||Ninja Easy Frother||Built-In Hot & Cold Frother||Built-In Hot & Cold Frother||Built-In Hot & Cold Frother|
|What's Included||5 Paper Filters, Measuring Scoop, Ninja Easy Frother, 18oz. Ninja To-Go Tumbler w/ Lid, 40 Recipe Book||5 Paper Filters, Measuring Scoop, Nina Easy Frother, 18oz. Ninja To-Go Tumbler w/ Lid, (40) Recipe Book||Measuring Scoop, Built-In Frother (20) Recipe Book||Measuring Scoop, Built-In Frother (20) Recipe Book, 50 oz. Coffee Ice Pitcher w/ Lid||Measuring Scoop, Built-In Frother, 22oz. Ninja To-Go Tumbler w/ Lid, (40) Recipe Book|
|Type of Carafe||Glass with warming plate||Thermal||Glass with warming plate||Thermal||None|
The next-generation Ninja Coffee Bar is a single serve and glass carafe coffee system-complete with a built-in frother with hot and cold frothing capabilities, a host of delicious coffee recipes you can create and enjoy, all from the comfort of home and it comes with the Ninja XL Hot & Cold Multi-Serve Tumbler for hot or iced coffee-big enough for you, or brew for two. Pod-free single serve and carafe brewing allows you to achieve unlimited variety and personal customization of your coffee drinks. Ninja's Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction technology allows you to unlock the full flavor potential of your favorite ground coffee and enjoy a hot, great-tasting brew with variable levels of richness. Ninja's Custom brews include Classic, Rich & Over Ice Brew. Ninja's Signature Brews, Cafe Forte and Specialty, take coffee to the next level. Cafe Forte is a full-bodied cup of coffee that amplifies your coffee's unique nuances down to the last sip. Specialty Brew is a super-rich concentrate that can be combined with frothed milk to create bold, decadent coffeehouse-style drinks-hot or cold, layered or blended.
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I am in awe of the thought that went into the design and features of this coffee maker. Flexibility and versatility for anything you wish to do, resides in this incredible machine. Although all exterior parts are plastic, the unit appears to be well built, and it is certainly attractive enough to enhance kitchen decor, sitting on the countertop. Actually it is quite an eye catcher. There are so many features, that it is hard to decide where to start.
But first I want to say that the difference between this latest version of the Ninja and its predecessor, is the predecessor used a hand held agitator, to manually plunge an agitator up and down in a dedicated vessel for its "frothing" action. This machine improves on "frothing" by integrating a powered mixer arm and whisk (like a milk shake mixer), which swings out from the body of the new Ninja, to accept the frothing attachment, which attaches and detaches, with a twist of the stem.
First of all, the machine has what Ninja says is smart technology built into it, so there is no guessing on your part, on how to get the best cup or carafe of perfect coffee, whether your tastes run from a basic (classic cup or carafe) to a more stout and robust brew which can stand up to added ingredients such as cream, milk, sugar and liquid flavorings, without tasting diluted with those additions. The forethought that went into this machine, matches the perfect balance of quantity of coffee grounds, to the amount of hot water which will be delivered, for the type of specialty drink you wish to brew.
There is one crucial design feature, which I believe is the key to Ninja being able to yield a richer and more full bodied flavor in the brew. With most coffee makers, the water heats up to brewing temperature and then immediately flows, in a single stream, into your coffee grounds. However, that leaves quite a bit of flavor behind, since the grounds are hurried in their effusion process (kind of like warming up and stretching before a race or a workout).
With the Ninja, the machine first drips just enough hot water evenly, over the grounds, to saturate them really well before starting the brewing cycle (this dripping starts fairly quickly and continues for about 15 seconds to fully saturate the grounds). This delivery of hot water to the grounds is evenly spread out above the filter and the grounds, through 12 evenly spaced holes in a circular pattern, above the filter basket and grounds, in both the saturation phase and the subsequent brewing cycle. After saturating the grounds, the machine pauses momentarily before entering the full brew cycle. This helps to insure that all of the grounds are thoroughly saturated, to coax the maximum flavor and richness out of them. The entire brewing cycle lasts about 6.5 minutes. Thus, I believe that the real magic in this machine is this very smart pre-infusion design feature. Also, when first turned on, there is a 3 minute pre-heat cycle, with a pre-heat light indicator, which goes out when Ninja is ready to brew.
What is included with this system is the machine itself, the frothing stem/whisk attachment, a 6 cup stainless steel, double walled, insulated carafe (not dishwasher safe) which can keep your coffee hot for about 6 hours (without having to be on a hot plate, which deteriorates coffee quality over time), and a 6 cup clear plastic, double walled, insulated "over ice" carafe (to be used only for brewing over ice, and which is dishwasher safe). There are no single serve cups or travel mugs included. You will have to purchase those separately or use some, of appropriate size, which you likely already have in your cabinet. Be sure to read all instructions to determine which parts are not dishwasher safe, versus those which are, and those which are only top rack safe.
Flexibility is KING in this machine, which blends the best of both worlds... giving you the dual capabilities of both a traditional, "full pot of coffee" machine as well as Keurig style single cup machines. Now you can have both in one.
Following are the features (control panel buttons) which give you a vast range of options in one machine.
I love that fact that you can simply fill the water reservoir to its maximum fill level and then forget about measuring water for subsequent brewing cycles, until it exhausts its supply. But do keep an eye on the water level, in relation to the sizes of vessels to be brewed, because you can't let the Ninja run out of water, during any brewing cycle. The machine calculates and delivers precisely the right amount of water for whichever brewing option you choose (explained below), with dials on the front which you turn to select the desired size of vessel.
You can pick from the following sizes of containers, by rotating the top dial which illuminates each choice, as it is selected:
a) Regular cup brews 9.5 oz.
b) XL cup brews 11.5 oz.
c) Travel mug brews 14 oz.
d) Large travel mug brews 18 oz.
e) Half carafe brews 28 oz.
f) Full carafe brews 43 oz.
After selecting the size that you want to brew, you then pick from 5 options below, for different kinds of drinks and different intensities of flavor. Note: You must always use a container which is several ounces larger than the selection, to avoid overflow.
a) "Classic Brew", which equates to a traditional cup of coffee, flavor-wise.
b) "Rich Brew", which delivers slightly less water to the grounds, to create a bit more robust and flavorful blend. The main use for this, is when you want to add milk, cream, or liquid flavorings, without diluting the coffee flavor with the additions. Or if you simply like your coffee stronger. I found the Rich Brew to be extremely good, especially when using very high quality beans or grounds (which are recommended to be "medium grind"). It is surprising how much better your favorite coffee tastes, when brewed in this machine, versus traditional drip coffee makers, such as my Black and Decker. I think it is due to the pre-soak of the grounds, along with the way the machine's brewing cycle and temperatures work.
c) "Over Ice Brew", in which you use the 6 cup clear carafe, filled to two different "marked" option levels with ice. The Ninja then delivers a much more concentrated brew which is designed to be the perfect level of undiluted flavor, in combination with the melted ice. Very clever and functional indeed. You also have the option to do the "Over Ice Brew", with the other sizes of containers, and not just the full carafe. It is critical in all of these options, to fill your appropriate sized cup or mug with ice, close to the top, before placing it under the brewing basket.
d) "Specialty Concentrated Brew", which is the one which you will use when making iced blended coffee drinks or milk blended (frothed) coffee drinks. And no matter what size of vessel you select, this setting only delivers 4 oz of concentrated brew, to be blended into mochas, lattes, flat whites, or cappuccinos.
e) "Cafe Forte", which is basically the same as the above with the exception that it will deliver 8 oz of concentrated brew.
To use the frothing feature and attachment, you swing the frothing arm out from the body of the Ninja and attach the frothing whisk. You will pour cold milk, or hot milk (microwaved for 45-60 seconds), about 1/3 full (more or less, according to taste preference) and then submerge the whisk to just below the surface of the milk and hold down the "start" button on top of the frothing arm, to whip the milk into a "froth" by introducing air into it. After which you will add your brewed coffee, in a mix ratio that you prefer, being sure that your "combining" vessel is large enough to accommodate both the frothed milk and the brewed coffee. You will then see 3 layers, with the bottom being un-whipped milk, followed by the middle layer of coffee, and the top layer of frothed milk. Next, insert a spoon and stir lightly for a perfect "flat white" blend.
a) Removable water reservoir and lid, which are dishwasher safe.
b) Permanent micro-filter basket which does not require a paper filter (biggie for me), which is removable for cleaning. If you do use a paper filter, you first remove the permanent micro-filter basket.
c) A swing down platform for cups/mugs (larger vessels and carafes simply rest on the floor of the Ninja).
d) Programmable brewing cycles for delayed start
e) A cleaning cycle
f) A "two sizes" scoop which stores handily in a recess on the side of the Ninja.
g) Drip stop lever, which you slide, to shut off the flow, in order to interrupt a brewing cycle to extract a cup of coffee before the larger vessel cycle is finished. Doing this, you have to momentarily remove the vessel that is being used. And after you get your quick cup of coffee, you re-insert whichever sized vessel you were filling and then slide the lever back to the open position.
h) I love this one...a wonderful Menu/Recipe book which features 20 different recipes (see attached picture), allowing you to be your own Barista, creating your own Starbucks coffee at home. There are 11 hot coffee recipes and 9 cold. The book tells you exactly what to add to the mix for wonderful specialty drinks to shatter the boredom of the "same old, same old". And after viewing these recipes, you can quickly imagine all sorts of variations and flavors which you can concoct by letting your imagination run wild, along with a trip to the flavorings aisle in the grocery store.
This machine is a real game changer, when you want to quit paying 6 bucks for a specialty cup of coffee. And if you have well insulated metal containers, you can fill a "big bad boy" to the brim and take it to the office for hours, of hot or cold enjoyment. HINT....The best affordable metal insulated containers on the planet are less than 10 bucks at WalMart..."Ozark Trails" brand in a 32 oz and a 20 oz size (think Yeti 30 to 40 dollar containers, for a fraction of the cost with the same performance). You will find them in the sporting goods section at WM. So with the Ninja and the Ozark Trails, you just slashed the cost of your favorite coffee drinks, to take on the road and good for all day long. From my experience, all summer long, at poolside and at the lake, in 100 degree heat, the Ozark Trails can keep iced drinks undiluted for hours, without any noticeable ice melt. I even resorted to abandoning koozies, in favor of simply pouring 2 cold beers into the 32 oz. Ozark Trails. Same is true with the Ozark Trails in the winter, for hot drinks or soups, which will stay piping hot for hours.
You will not regret the purchase of this very impressive machine.
It works as exactly as advertised; everything fits together seamlessly, the quality is truly impressive, and it's far quicker to make a cup (or "pot") than I expected.
I watched some of the videos to get an idea of the timing - ours is an office unit and I was concerned about how long it would take to get the cups out, but I'm very happy. Granted, we don't really delve into the more adventurous flavors, which would undoubtedly take a bit longer to put together, but what we do use is fast and tastes great.
I'm not a fan of the 'rich brew' (it's not an espresso replacement, in my opinion), but others in the office are, it's all a matter of personal preference. And the milk frother is quick and effective - it's very popular. It's also a pleasure to clean.
Given the price, I'd highly recommend this unit.