Being a coffee lover the Ninja Coffee Bar CF112 is an excellent investment for the palate and pocket. Although I’m willing to invest a fair amount enjoying a steamy cup of my favorite brew every day; the speciality coffee houses increase; the feeling of being able to make your coffee every morning and flood your kitchen with coffee aroma is irreplaceable for any macchiato passionate.
- Pod-free single serve with the Ninja XL hot & cold Multi-Serve tumbler
- Built-in frother to brew, froth and drink-all in your favorite mug
- Custom brews: classic, rich, or over ice; or signature brews: specialty and Cafe forte
- Custom brew sizes: cup, XL cup, Travel mug and XL Multi-Serve
- Advanced thermal flavor extraction technology and Auto-iQ one-touch Intelligence
This model has the advantage of having a Built-In Frother that guarantees an excellent foaminess in every zip of Joe, as well as a practical detachable scoop that measures the exact quantity for by each one of the 4 cup sizes varieties the Ninja provides.
It is interesting because when it comes to my first cup of coffee, one of the needs I have to start the day is a regularity. The Ninja, though it follows “sort” of a more traditional process, that respects the grain quality and the aroma achievable by grinding coffee at home, you can get taste consistency, superior to any specialty coffee shop these days.
Although it doesn’t prepare Espressos, I’ve tried the more than 30 recipes that come in the recipe book, fully illustrated with pictures and a step by step, which includes buttons to press so you won’t miss a detail in achieving delicious, eye-catching results at home.
Using a Ninja machine can save you a big chunk of your savings if you ask me, at home, you can prepare a decent coffee for $ 0.75 each cup, compare it against the 7 to 8 $ store charges you for each cup, and you’ll be terrified with the results. At least I did it. This investment will help me save enough to fulfill my dream of traveling to Europe next year, fingers crossed everyone!
You could also invest the savings on equipping your kitchen to achieve all the comforts of a regular barista: excellent quality milk, almonds if you prefer, a personal coffee grinder, handpicked coffee beans from Central America or Colombia. Even adding some extra flavor to your mixed, by throwing a hint of real vanilla in the filter, or a cinnamon stick. Trust me, the smell of real cinnamon-scented coffee is a life-changing experience.
You can also experiment with the five brewing temperatures, designed to help you extract different levels of coffee flavor. While the Classic Brew can be considered a traditional American type coffee with velvety taste, the Classic Brew allows you to achieve a concentration of flavor that persists in the presence of creamers or whole milk, the best to make good foam with the frother.
Another advantage I discovered on the way is that it is possibly the most professional and eco-friendly home coffee maker. Though I’m disappointed to inform you that the frother does not warm the milk (and that’s a shame). The Ninja Coffee Bar CF112 does not require paper filters, they are entirely optional, and it doesn’t work with Coffee Pods. When I read that a pod takes up to 500 years to decompose and that I contributed daily with the 20 million thrown in the trash each year I was in shock. Personally, I prefer to take the time to measure the amount of coffee I need, rather than keep destroying the environment with each of the several cups of coffee I drink daily.
About cleaning, I am quite satisfied. Remove the filter after each use, no biggie just throw the coffee residue in the trash and put the metal filter in the dishwasher. It has a light that alerts you when an internal cleaning is required to remove Sulphates concentration. The water dispenser can also go to the dishwasher.
To add it all up, I am quite happy with the Ninja Coffee Bar CF112; it’s versatile, compact, it gives you numerous possibilities to experiment at home, even with Foam art. If you are a coffee lover you will be thrilled to experience all the functions combinations, having the chance to prepare Over Ice /Cold Coffee drinks or Coffee Frappe following some simple steps, is inspiring. Overall a good purchase.