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If you love coffee as much as I do Ninja Coffee Bar System may be one of the best kitchen appliances to have. I recently received my Ninja Coffee Bar System and I as I expected this unit is phenomenal. If you have the regular Ninja Coffee Brewer then you will know it only has three brew settings such as classic, rich and over ice. Ninja Coffee Bar stepped it up a couple notches and added specialty brew and cafe forte. I will get into what those brews are shortly.
Here is the beautiful unit in its entirety. Enclosed with your coffee bar is a recipe booklet that contains 20 scrumptious irresistible coffeehouse-style recipes. From classic brews to cocktails there is something to appease everyone. Lots of people enjoy going to their favorite coffee shop to get their favorite cappuccino or latte but with the Ninja Coffee Bar System in the house you can make all your favorite coffee drinks and ones you cannot get right in the comfort of your own home. Let’s get down to business and show you what this beast is all about.
Brew Types (custom brews)
Classic- Smooth balanced flavor from your favorite coffee
Rich – More intense favor than classic to stand up to milk
Over ice- Richer concentrate designed to brew hot over ice. (my personal favorite)
Ninja Signature Brews
Specialty – Super-rich concentrate for coffeehouse-style drinks
Cafe Forte – Full bodied flavors best served black or with a touch of frothed milk
Ninja’s patent-pending brewing technology is designed to deliver great tasting coffee with variable richness levels that are never bitter. The Ninja Coffee Bar has advanced thermal flavor extraction, which brings out the full flavor of your coffee using automated controls for temperature calibration, pre-infusion and optimal coffee saturation time.
The Ninja Coffee Bar comes equipped with a swinging brew basket and permanent filter which in turn preserves the natural coffee oils and small coffee particles to bring you a robust flavor. In addition, you can use paper filters instead of the permanent filter provided. Another nice feature that comes with the Ninja Coffee Bar System is the double-sided scoop that allows you to accurately measure your coffee each and every time. The double-sided scoop attaches nicely on the side of the unit ensuring you will never lose your scoop. I cannot tell you how many scoops I have lost over the years (Thank you Ninja for this feature).
After you fill up your water compartment, put coffee in your basket you are ready to turn your unit on and make some coffee. Turn the dial to select the size you want which will light up as you can see in the picture above. Once you select the size you can choose the brewing type below. I love the variety of sizes available that this machine has.
Another great feature that this machine has is the integrated frother. Trying to make cappuccino at home without a frother is impossible. Now you can make all kinds of specialty drinks using hot or cold milk.
I am always looking for a great coffee recipe this time of year. I was very excited to try the frother so I wanted to find a recipe that called for that. Last night I decided to try Pumpkin Spice Latte which called for the specialty brew and warm milk to froth. When using the frother you push the button down for 20-35 seconds and then you have nicely frothed milk to complete your coffee.
My favorite way to enjoy coffee is iced coffee. What I have always loved about making iced coffee in the Ninja is that when you brew over ice it never waters the coffee down. I know it always makes people skeptical thinking it would water it down and believe me I was just as skeptical but let me insure you that it will never ever be watered down and you will love it! If you know someone who loves coffee, or if you are a coffee lover pick it up this holiday season.