Coffee Maker Review: Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer System

If you are a coffee lover with a busy schedule, then you probably have a keen interest in having a high-quality machine at in your kitchen at home that doesn’t take up a lot of room on your counter and can deliver a great cup of coffee reliably in time for you to make your morning commute.

Sure, a lot of people are going to want to go for the high ticket coffee makers which will brew café style coffee drinks and espresso. But for those of us who are willing to invest a bit more, but don’t want to break the bank, there’s a viable alternative.

Overview of the Ninja Coffee Bar

The Good

A versatile brewer with pretty much everything you’d need from a home coffee brewer. One of the top-ranked coffee machines at Freshpresso for 2017.

The Bad

While it makes for a perfect fit as a home brewer, it is definitely not suitable for more commercial settings as a coffee shop. We’d recommend the Breville BES980XL; if you’re looking for a commercial brewer.

The Bottomline

Overall, it is an excellent choice as a mid price range coffee maker. It has plenty of interesting options for brewing that will keep most coffee drinkers happy for the life of the appliance.

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The Ninja kitchen appliance company has produced blenders and other food processing devices over the years and made it’s first foray into the area of coffee makers with their Ninja Coffee Bar device a few years ago.

This device has set the standard for the brand and has had its competitors within the middle price range running to keep up ever since.

The Ninja small kitchen appliance company produces products with a consistent black and chrome appearance so that if you like the brand you can have a running theme in your small kitchen appliance motif. That’s a big plus for those who prefer to have a nice looking kitchen area to prepare and enjoy food in.

The ninja company’s Coffee Bar is a bit of a standout item and makes a lot of big promises for what is it at heart- a simple drip coffee maker with an array of added tricks. The Ninja Coffee Bar promises to deliver café quality coffee drinks including an espresso.

Three Brew Settings

The Ninja brewer is versatile. It has three brewing settings. One setting handles single cup brewing with a special platform that folds down where the carafe normally stands. Another setting is for normal drip brewing for a full pot of regular coffee.

This second setting features the standard hot plate that you expect with a drip brewer to keep your coffee nice and hot- as well as the requisite safety shutoff timer. The third setting, which is billeted as an espresso setting, doesn’t quite hit the mark.

This is because it does not force feed the water through the grounds- which is required to make a proper cup of espresso. It does, however, deliver a strong and smaller serving coffee drink that is a nice approximation of an espresso.

Specialty Brew

The speciality brew setting comes with a companion hand creamer. This is used to whip your milk or crème into a frothy base for your espresso approximation drinks.

This is the signature feature of the Ninja Coffee Bar, and while it does not manage to create what an espresso aficionado would accept as a genuine rendering of the famous Italian pick me up- it does manage to create a strong caffeinated beverage of a new kind. It is a large, creamy coffee drink that your guests will probably never have had before.

This, while possibly an accidental near hit, is actually an interesting perk for the “Coffee Bar” and it represents a very nice change of pace for anyone who drinks coffee on a regular basis.

Self Cleaning

The Ninja Coffee Bar also comes apart very nicely for ease of cleaning. It also has a self-cleaning feature that helps it to keep from getting clogged up with coffee grounds- which is a major problem for most less expensive coffee makers. But you will still need to take it apart and clean it manually on occasion.

Since releasing the Coffee Bar, the Ninja small kitchen appliance company has expanded on its line of coffee makers with a number of products that are more advanced, better made, and- of course, more pricey. But, if you’re just in the market for an upgrade on the ordinary drip coffee system that is ubiquitous in the average kitchen, then the Ninja Coffee Bar fits the bill very neatly.

But, if you’re just in the market for an upgrade on the ordinary drip coffee system that is ubiquitous in the average kitchen, then the Ninja Coffee Bar fits the bill very neatly.

Ninja Coffee Brewer Vs Popular Coffee Brewers Reviewed

Coffee BrewerDesignBrewing ControlPrice RangeRating
Ninja Coffee Bar Brewing System
4.9/54.9/5Premium4.9/5
Breville BES870BSXL4.5/54.5/5Premium4.5/5
Cuisinart SS-15 Coffee Maker4.0/54.0/5Premium4.0/5
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker4.5/54.0/5Budget4.2/5

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10 comments
Leon M. Ohara says April 12, 2017

Is it better to drink espresso with cow milk or canned evaporated milk?

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    Tulja Sharma says April 12, 2017

    None, I’d recommend to go with cream if you really want to add something to it.

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Ralph S. Mowers says April 12, 2017

What are some ways to visually differentiate between the Arabica and Robusta coffee bean?

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Alexander D. Dubois says April 12, 2017

How do I make cold coffee at home without a coffee maker (espresso)? What are the pros and cons of drinking cold coffee?

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Ignacio S. Hayes says April 12, 2017

Is it possible to pull a “God Shot” of espresso using the Breville Oracle?

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    Tulja Sharma says April 12, 2017

    It’s possible but it will take up a lot of time in testing. Breville BES980XL is a very consistent machine and can definitely help you get the results you’re seeking.

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Dan Stearns says July 25, 2017

Worst customer care I’ve EVER dealt with. They offered to replace my defective machine for a ‘special’ offer. $170. It’s less than a year old and that’s more than I originally paid for it. Stay away from this one. Get something that’s backed by a decent company.

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    FP Staff says July 25, 2017

    Sorry you had to deal with that Dan. Thanks for sharing your experience. Did you end up purchasing another brand?

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    Jim says August 8, 2017

    I also got rid of this one. I bought the CF091.. great coffee maker until it wasn’t…. at just 40 days old the clean light came on.. After following the instructions provided, it was still on.. stated to clean again.. did that, made one cup, then the clean light back on and wouldn’t go off. After several emails to Ninja, they sent me several pdf’s on how to clean.. the same ones that came in the instructions, finally they said call in for warranty options.. well my only option offered was pay $20 for shipping of another base unit, not even the whole set up….. Really after 40 days?? Sent it back and went back to my Kuerig.. never again will I buy.. customer support and “warranty” Suck big time

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