Late getting ready for work and need your wake-up-juice quick? Pop your tumbler under the spout and thank the coffee gods for their blessing because you’ll be good to go.
If you’re in a rush, any caffeination might do. But why settle for average when you can have a latte or caramel macchiato waiting for you in a travel mug, ready to go once you’ve slapped a lid on top?
With the Ninja Coffee Bar, you can treat yourself every morning to coffee you’d usually have to hit a café for.
Ninja Coffee Bar Review: What Makes It a Dream Machine?
The Ninja Coffee Bar is an amazing coffee maker packed full of coffee options for all different kinds of caffeine-lovers. Especially when it comes to a home machine, the Ninja Coffee Bar really delivers when it comes to specialty coffee.
With this coffee maker, you’ll basically have a whole café menu at your fingertips.
It’ll brew you up to 10 cups of rich morning perfection and can brew single-serve cups without coffee pods. The glass carafe sits atop a warming plate that’ll keep your coffee at the perfect temperature until you’re ready for it – it’ll shut off automatically after 2 hours.
So, morning’s rolling around and your alarm has woken you up physically – now you’re ready for your mental alarm clock.
First, you have to select the amount of coffee you want – there are options for a full carafe, half carafe, travel mug size, multi-serve (XL travel mug) size, an XL cup, or just an average-sized cup of joe. The water reservoir will take it from there – it knows how much water to release for each brew size.
Next, you’ll pick your brew style: classic, rich, over ice, specialty, or café forte.
The classic brew style will give you a smooth, balanced cup of coffee. The rich brew is a bit stronger than the classic and works best for people who like to add splashes of milk or cream in their coffee. The over ice brew optimizes your coffee to taste best as a cold refreshing beverage without being watered down.
- Includes: 18oz. Hot and Cold Tumbler, Glass Ninja Easy Milk Frother, 40 recipe cookbook, permanent filter, 5 paper...
- Multi-Serve Dial lets you choose a size for a cup, travel mug, half carafe, or carafe
- Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology allows you to dial up the flavor richness level and choose a brew: Classic, Rich,...
The specialty brew option produces an even richer and more concentrated coffee ideal for making your hot, cold, or frozen café favorites. The café forte brew will give you a full-bodied and complex flavor, maximizing the nuances of your selected bean.
A recipe book comes with the Ninja Coffee Bar for specialty coffee ideas. Here’s one of their recipes for a caramel macchiato to sate your curiosity.
The Ninja Coffee Bar even comes with a built-in frother to whip your milk (hot or cold) into a rich, silky foam you can pair with any of your coffee brews.
Need a cup of coffee right now even though your pot isn’t fully done? Sneak a cup by closing drip stop and pouring yourself an emergency caffeine dose. The brewing will stop automatically until you re-open the drip stop – then the Ninja will finish off brewing the rest of your pot.
You can use the Ninja’s permanent filter or a traditional paper filter. The included Ninja Smart Scoop makes measuring out your coffee grounds for each size easy.
You can set up your ideal cup to automatically brew for you the next morning up to 24 hours in advance, so you don’t have to make your decision with fingers clumsy from sleep.
It’s also SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) certified, meaning it was approved by a community working to foster a sustainable and nurturing environment in the coffee industry.
Have you fallen in love with this machine yet? Prepare to hand over between $140 and $200 to make it yours (there are other Ninja models with fewer size and brew options which run more around $100 to $130 if you can live without café forte and the XL cup and travel mug options). Might be a little pricey, but honestly, it’s worth it for everything it’s capable of making.
How It Compares
The Ninja Coffee Bar is great, but it’s not the only coffee maker out there. Other models may suit your specific household caffeine purposes better, so here are a few alternatives to the Ninja:
- Digital clock with programmable brew start time for Coffee that s ready when you are each morning
- Brews 10 perfect cups in about 10 minutes when not using the programmable start feature
- Auto warmer plate turns on during brewing and off after 2 hours.Wattage Output: 1300 watts
The Bunn Heat N’ Brew is an SCA-certified 10-cup programmable coffee maker with a drip-free carafe and 3-year warranty for your convenience.
The Bunn HB has a digital thermometer to keep the water temperature just where you need it – between 197.6 and 204.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
This coffee maker waits until the water reaches the ideal temperature before spraying your coffee grounds with its 6-stream spray-head. This maximizes the interaction of hot water and coffee grounds for proper extraction and a kick-butt flavor.
You can set the Bunn Coffee Maker to auto-start whenever you need it to and your coffee will be ready and waiting within 10 minutes. Don’t need to brew a full pot? You can just make yourself enough coffee to fill a travel mug (20 ounces) and be on your way to work.
The Bunn Heat N’ Brew’s Drip-Free Carafe helps keep your kitchen and your pants coffee stain-free with its specific lid and spout design that arcs the coffee into your mug and make sure the rest stays safely in the carafe.
- Two EXTRA WIDE slots to hold all shapes and sizes of bread -- BAGEL, frozen & gluten-free settings
- Six shade settings & reheat function for precise browning
- High-lift lever provides easier access to smaller breads such as English muffins
If you’re on the hunt for a quality value buy, that’s what you’ll be getting with the convenient Bella Ultimate Elite Coffee Maker. It’s more than half as cheap as the other reviewed selections, while still producing a quality pot of caffeinated goodness.
The Bella is a 12-cup coffee maker with a 24-hour programmable timer, so you can have your coffee waiting for you to stumble on over to it and gulp it down each morning.
Don’t need a full 12-cup carafe every time you brew? No problem – there’s a setting to brew just 1 to 4 cups for your personal use as well.
This coffee maker heats your coffee between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit with its 1000-watt brewing system, brews a pot in about 9 minutes and will automatically shut off after 2 hours.
There’s no need for paper coffee filters with the Bella – it has a sustainable, reusable, and easy to clean filter basket for your grounds.
Impatient? The pause and serve feature gives you the chance to sneak a cup before the whole 12-cup pot is done brewing when you’re in immediate need of your coffee fix.
Whether you like your coffee normal or bold, the Bella has a brew strength selector to customize your pot. The Bella will also tell you the time since the coffee was brewed so you know exactly how fresh your liquid breakfast is.
- Capacity: 1.2 liter, 40oz, 8 5oz cups. Temperature control: set brewing temperature from 190f-210f (88c-99c)
- Note-scalding may occur if the cover is opened during the brewing cycles. Be careful around the steam. Product height is...
- Programmable brew start time: wake up to Coffee with timed brew setting
If you want absolute control over your brew, the Behmor Brazen Plus Coffee Maker is for you.
It gives you the brewing control of professionals in your own home.
The Brazen Plus has excellent temperature control that you can set between 190 and 210 degrees Fahrenheit with accuracy to within 1 degree. It’s even calibrated to adjust the temperature for your current altitude for a hot cup no matter how far you are above sea level.
The oversized shower head and pulsed flow completely saturate your coffee grounds with hot water for fantastic flavor extraction. There’s also an option to pre-soak your grounds so the coffee has a chance to bloom prior to brewing.
The maximum length of brew time falls around 11 to 12 minutes depending on the length you select to pre-soak (15 seconds to 4 minutes).
The Brazen Plus comes with a permanent filter, but you can also use paper filters with it if you prefer.
The Brazen Plus is able to brew through openings in the lid of the thermal carafe to keep the coffee collecting in the pot nice and hot as it fills. While convenient, reviewers say this carafe doesn’t hold heat in as long as other comparable coffee pots do.
Wake up with your coffee all ready to go with the programmable timer you can set to start brewing after your alarm clock runs through its second snooze.
The coffee maker has an 8-cup capacity, a 2-year warranty, and is SCA-certified.
Behmor suggests a 4 to 1 water to coffee grounds ratio for top-quality coffee brewing.
- Performance coffee brewer makes an 8-cup carafe in about 6 minutes
- Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains an optimal brewing temperature between 195°-205°F
- Optional pre-infusion mode mimics the artisan pour-over brewing method by pausing the water flow allowing the coffee...
The Bonavita Connoisseur Coffee Maker can make you up to 8 cups of coffee in about 6 minutes.
A 1500-watt heater keeps the temperature in the prime range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit throughout brewing.
It’s incredibly easy to operate – just push one button and your coffee is on its way. Holding down the button’s switch activates or deactivates the pre-soak function of the coffee maker.
The Connoisseur will even make a little noise to let you know when it’s done brewing.
Want to up your coffee game by boosting your flavor like a pro? The Connoisseur has a pre-soak mode like the Brazen Plus that mimics the artisan pour-over brewing method – the coffee grounds are given time to bloom (dispel excess gases gathered in the beans that may disturb coffee flavors) for optimal flavor.
Don’t need a full pot of 8 cups to wake yourself up every morning? No problem, you can brew just enough coffee for your personal mug too under the handy suspended slide-out filter basket. The flat-bottomed basket works with the Connoisseur’s hot water showerhead to saturate the grounds and extract knock-out uniform flavors that’ll make your morning belly happy as well as awake.
The pouring lip on the included carafe tends to spill, but the carafe as a whole is fantastic at keeping the heat in – you’ll still have a hot pot of coffee up to the 3 hours and 30 minutes mark.
Final Thoughts on the Ninja Coffee Bar Review
Ninja Coffee Bar reviews are quite complimentary – the price isn’t that much to pay for a machine that makes a good chunk of Starbucks’ menu in your own home.
Some reviewers in particular talked about how the high price upfront was worth it compared to how much they were used to spending on disposable coffee pods for their single-serve Keurigs.
Many people like the option of becoming their own baristas and learning how to whip up their own fancy drinks – it no doubt impresses their friends and family too.
Overall, if you’re a lover of a wide variety of coffee types and the idea of crafting specialty coffee masterpieces excites you, you should definitely invest in the Ninja Coffee Bar.