I absolutely love this machine. I had a few problems in the beginning with the strength of the coffee, i have used costa roast and ground coffee strength 3 and lavazza qualita rossa roast and ground coffee so far. In the instructions of the ninja it will tell you to use 8 scoops for a full carafe, 4 scoops for half a carafe and 3 scoops for cappuccinos and lattes, i followed these instructions, but i was getting very severe headaches. When i read the instructions on the coffee packets it stated 1 tablespoon per cup, so i tried 4 scoops for a full carafe, 2 for half a carafe and 1 for cappuccinos and lattes, this was a bit too weak for my liking, but the headaches were better. I have found my perfect strength now, by experimenting around, and the headaches are cured. I am using 5 scoops for a full carafe, 3 scoops for a half carafe and 1 3/4 scoops for cappuccinos and lattes. Another problem i was having was the clean light kept coming on after just one use. This problem was resolved with just one email sent to shark, who sent me clear instructions on how to resolve the issue. No more clean light coming on after just one use. The frother is amazingly good and much better than i thought it would be, it really froths the milk up nicely but i have problems with my shoulders so i found it hard work if i had to make more than one cup, so i bought an electric one instead but if you are fit and able i would say the ninja one does it better. I very nearly sent my machine back with the problems i was having in the beginning, but boy am i glad i didn’t now, get the strength of the coffee right to the way you like it and yes it does make amazingly tasty coffee, either as a filter coffee or as cappuccino. I haven’t tried the ice option as yet, but i am sure i will when the summer arrives.
Ditching the tassimo has been long overdue but couldn’t find an alternative i liked, bean to cup being way too expensive and refillable pod machines only available in the usa and again very expensive. It galled me every time i used that plastic pod, not to mention the limits on trying different coffees. Didn’t really want another filter machine as i rarely ever make more than one cup at a time. Reviews from other ex tassimo users clinched it for me along with the flexibility of half caraffe, mug etc. So thought i would give it a go. I have not been dissapointed but of course only time will tell on durability. Only got a cheap ground italian coffee from aldi to tide me over. Tried it on rich and classic so far and yes it does make a big difference.Rich blew my socks off, probably not the best to try with a strong blend.
At last, tasty consistent coffee. I haven’t tried all of the recipes yet but i love just the plain black coffee. I don’t usually take milk in my coffee but did froth a little to see how effective the frother is; it works well. Some of the recipes contain flavoured syrups – up to 3 tablespoons in a mug (perhaps this is a typo).I find a teaspoon to be more than enough for sweetness, so perhaps start with a small amount and work up to what works for you. Here are the specifications for the Ninja Coffee Bar Auto-iQ Brewer:
- Ninja Coffee Bar with Thermal Carafe
- Automatically brew the perfect cup, travel mug or carafe
- Includes Microfrother for milk, plus Permanent Gold Filter
- Enjoy serving drinks in 2 Thermal Insulated Cups
- Includes inspiring ‘Hot, Cold and Bold’ Recipe Guide
Very simply a marvellous product that makes excellent coffee with grounds of your choice. I am really pleased with how easy it is to use and to keep clean. Most operations it does itself a long as you press the right buttons. Usually anything mechanical that i touch either falls apart or refuses to operate. My ninja coffee bar makes me trhink i’ve had a positive brain operation over christmas.
Easy to use, great to experiment with. I was used to nespresso machines but wanted to be more environmentally friendly (no pods). Very easy to set up; i like basic black coffee so only use the classic or bold settings, but best to play around with measures of coffee. So far so good, and the house smells of great coffee.
Reviews from purchasers :
- So long pods! A great reasonably priced alternative for great tasting coffee!
- I absolutely love this machine
- Excellent coffee maker
Very pleased with this, coffee tastes really good, and it’s great being able to make different strengths to suit everyone. Carafe keeps coffee hot especially if i warm it first. Far better than filter machines we’ve had before. Milk frother works well and easy to clean.
Beat and most convenient coffee machine i have ever owned. Once you get the right coffee and the measure right you are away, the thermal jug is a god send, keeping the coffee hot without that horrible ‘burnt’ taste.
Easy to use easy to clean, makes a good cup of coffee and the thermal caraf keeps the coffee warm enough to drink for at least 1. Great being able to select the amount of coffee you want made each time from 1 cup to a mug to a caraf great buy as the last make we bought wouldn’t even heat the coffee to a decent temperature.
I got this as a quick replacement for my old machine (rip old bean to cup, you served me well) and although i read the descriptions didn’t really think much of the different settings or anything. Then it arrived and i made my first cup. I don’t know what magic they did to this machine but all the coffee i used to have in my old machine has been elevated by this one to a whole new level.All the settings do taste distinctly different, the milk frothier works a treat (get some m&s sticky toffee sauce to sprinkle on top, you will thank me later) and the cups a great little touch. If you are expecting a barista style coffee you wont find it here, then again do you really want the barista style clean up after?. No neither do i so this is an amazing alternative.
We previously had a bosch tassimo, but the coffees available were very limited. This machine makes superb coffee. The best part is that it can measure the exact amount of water to discharge for the various coffee size selections available. Most makers, you have to measure the water into the reservoir.
I absolutely love my ninja coffee bar. I already have the nutri ninja and when this came out i wanted it immediately. It is very well made and of high quality. I purchased the stainless steel cafetiere instead of the glass one so that the coffee would stay hot for longer. It is very easy to use it has a removable coffee filter which is easy to clean. The water tank is also easy to remove it just clips on and you can fill it without removal. It makes really great black coffee in which you can select the strength. The coffee bar also has a timer so you can load up the coffee in the evening and set it to go off in the morning. I absolutely love this as it phil’s the house with a coffee aroma which makes me want to get up.Very handyjust remember that this coffee machine only makes black coffee and it’s up to you to make speciality coffees.
Took me awhile to get into this coffee machine, experimenting with different coffee strengths etc. Got it sussed now and love the versatility of this machine. Husband and i love the classic brew, whereas our son likes a stronger coffee so prefers the rich brew. I chose the thermal carafe, looks stylish on the dinner table too.
Love the stylish shape with its practical design , removable water tank with flip lid makes filling a breeze no guess work involved for water quantities just fill it to the top, water tank sits on side of machine and twist locks on. The machine does the work and only uses the water required based on your selection of drink. I love the slide out coffee filter with option to use the permanaent filter or paper. I use paper ones no mess just remove permanant filter and replace it with a size 4 filter paper fill it with coffee and away you go, when finished brewing just lift out and pop in the bin or use in compost bin. I like the slide out coffee filler as it allows the machine to sit neatly under kitchen cabinets without having to drag the machine forward to put coffee in, as opposed to others that have a lift up lid , water tank is located on side so no need to move machine to fill either , it has a built in clock very easy to set even for me hour and minutes just press hour then minute and machine beeps to tell you its set , want early morning coffee ready when you get up or any specific time you like , after you have set clock on machine, you can then press delay brew button and clock flashes press hour and minute to time required and wait for beep,thats it set , press type of coffee required i. E classic, rich, turn knob to full carafe , or half carafe cup etc and make sure you have filled water and put your coffee in job done , you have the option to make cappuchinos and other coffees which require milk , but you do need to warm the milk in the microwave using the frother jar which has the milk measurements on for each type of coffee this is supplied with the machine because the machine doesnt provide this option via the water tank or other method , but not such a hardship as you then stand warm milk on the flip down cup stand and press your required coffee and it makes it that way i personally think its cleaner no extra tanks to clean overall machine build feels very solid , buttons are clear and easy to read and as a pour over / multi drink maker i think at the price i paid 64. 00 a very good purchase compared with bean to cup machines and other filter coffee machines it has a clean button that will alert you when machine needs cleaning , and you need to run this twice before using the machine fill water tank press clean and let it run through , double end scoop supplied to measure coffee and although it does tell you how many scoops of coffee to use per type of drink you are making personally i followed this advice, but then adjusted it next time accordingly as i found my coffee was a bit too strong for my liking but i think it all depends on the brand of coffee you use strength etc every coffee brand is different try it and see what works for you overall delighted.
At last i can make just one mug of decent coffee. I bought filter papers making cleaning easier. No coffee ground to clear up in the sink. The machine is easy to use, easy to clean and doesn’t take up too much space. The milk frother is a bonus and whilst the coffee is brewing i heat the milk in the microwave in the frother and it’s perfect. For the price of this machine i think you’d be hard pressed to find better value.
I brought this for my partner for christmas and it’s a wonderful coffee machine. The options are easy to work, lots of different variations however after only using it since christmas day it’s ability to calculate variations of size have completely gone out of loop and it doesn’t dispense the right amounts on the options causing us to waste coffee and considering we have only had it for 3 months is very disappointing. If you do buy this, buy it where you have a warranty.
It really does make coffee like a coffee shop. Yes it looks a bit intimidating at first but it really is not. Simple instructions, easy to use and the separate milk frother is so easy to clean, unlike integrated ones. The easy read recipe book is just great. Highly recommend this machine.
Having always had a pump coffee machine this was a venture into a new realm. The ninja is very well made the instruction book is perfect, giving detailed instructions in perfect english and detailed diagrams. I am still on quite a steep learning curve but it is becoming ever more versatile. The only downside is the milk foamer. I am going to replace with an electric version which i have always had previously.
This has replaced my old filter coffee machine. Don’t know how it does it but the same coffee tastes better when made with the ninja.
Best coffee machine i’ve ever used. I’d been on the lookout for a machine that i could use that was more versatile than the dolce gusto and tassimo machines- both of which i’ve owned. I’d always wanted a machine that would make life easier for me to find the perfect strength of coffee. And this ninja is that machine. I told her that i could make her the best flat white she’s ever had. She loved the result that came from the machine. One downside i’ve found is that you get a lot of water dripping from the machine when you pull out the filter chamber. But that’s something that is likely to be hard to avoid anyway, due to the design of the machine.
I was looking for an alternative to a pod machine as i am the only coffee drinker in my house but hate the waste from pods. Being able to preset for the morning and be able to make a single cup at a time is fab.
This is a solid, well-designed brew coffee maker. However, the marketing campaign for the ninja coffee bar tries to sell it as something more. But what it does well is that it makes great coffee. One stand-out feature on the design is the water reservoir – you can twist it off and fill it up very conveniently under a faucet and twist if back on again. A second stand out feature is being able to make a single cup of coffee keurig-style using your own ground coffee.