Friday, December 25, 2015

The Ninja Coffee Bar - Review

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
Back in May I had the opportunity to review the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ.  I have it at work and can't tell you the number of times we've made smoothies in it.  It's the best blender I've come across and that's why I was excited to try a coffee brewer from the same brand. This particular coffee bar uses the latest technology and comes with several extra accessories. Included with the brewer is a
permanent filter, 5 paper filters, 40-recipe cookbook, coffee scoop, glass carafe, milk frother, and insulated tumbler.

The Ninja Coffee Bar with glass carafe
What sets The Ninja Coffee Bar apart from the rest is the Multi-Serve Dial that lets you choose a size for a cup, travel mug, half carafe, or carafe.  There's also the Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology that allows you to dial up the flavor richness level and choose a brew: Classic, Rich, Over Ice, or Specialty.  Auto-iQ One Touch Intelligence draws just the right amount of water needed from the reservoir based on the brew size and brew type you select
permanent filter inside brew basket
I don't consider myself a coffee virtuoso.  Rarely do I purchase from a specialty coffee shop and I prefer to brew at home.  The Ninja Coffee Bar gives me the opportunity to make exactly the kind of coffee I'm in the mood for at any given time.
An instruction booklet and guide are included for The Ninja Coffee Bar.  I do recommend that you read them before use because there's a fair amount to learn.  It's not hard to use the machine once you've worked with it a couple of times.  The water reservoir is 43-oz. and the carafe is an 8-cup stainless steel unit.
The Ninja Coffee Bar works by filling the water reservoir to the indicated carafe line.  You can either slide the brew basket out and fill it with the desired amount of coffee or you can use a paper cone filter if desired.  A plastic scoop is included that allows you to measure how much coffee is needed to fill a carafe or a single-serve cup.  For a single cup, you need to remove the carafe and place a mug on the cup platform.  The same is for a travel mug.  If you choose a full carafe of coffee, you just need to place it on the base of the coffee bar. 
insulated tumbler with straw, and milk frother
As mentioned before, there are four brew selections to choose from.  Classic Brew gives you smooth, balanced flavor from your coffee.  Rich Brew makes the coffee richer and more intense.  Over Ice Brew is specially designed to brew hot over ice.  This works by filling your vessel with ice before brewing.  Specialty Brew is designed to create milk-based and coffeehouse-style drinks.  The one I usually go with is Classic Brew. 
recipe book
Some functions on The Ninja Coffee Bar is a programmable digital clock, a stay warm button, a drip stop indicator, and an Intelligent Clean Cycle indicator.  The Programmable Delay Brew button lets you set the brewer to automatically brew the following morning or at a desired time.  You can stop the flow of coffee and pour a cup mid-brew, but you must first flip the Drip Stop switch.  It will not automatically stop on its own.  A warming plate keeps your coffee hot for two hours, then it will automatically shut off. 
 As for the glass carafe, it can be somewhat hard to clean.  I use a soft scrub brush to get all the way down in to it for cleaning.  The tumbler is very durable and keeps coffee hot for a long time.  I haven't used the recipes in the recipe book yet but have looked through it and there's several coffee variations, some that I will be trying in the near future.  Overall, I'm impressed with The Ninja Coffee Bar and how it brews great coffee.


An Apel a Day said...

I'd love to try this! Our coffee pot is getting so old!

mail4rosey said...

You sold me at the frother. :) I love Ninja products too.

Maryann D. said...

I would not have minded getting the The Ninja Coffee Bar for Christmas. I like the different setting and it looks fun to try. I do have mother Ninja products.
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