Ninja Coffee Bar CF085

Last updated date: December 20, 2018

DWYM Score
8.1

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We looked at the top 1 Coffee Makers and dug through the reviews from 3 of the most popular review sites including Consumer Reports, Digital Trends, CNET and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Coffee Maker you should buy.

Overall Take

Having this coffee maker is like having a personal barista in your kitchen. It allows you to customize your beverage exactly how you like it. In our analysis of 95 expert reviews, the Ninja Ninja Coffee Bar CF094 placed 4th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Coffee Maker for a detailed review of all the top coffee makers.

Expert Summarized Score
7.7
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
1,066 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Highs: Met recommended guidelines for brew performance and duration. - Fairly convenient to use, based on our judgments of setup, operation, and cleanup.
- Consumer Reports
For starters, the rig lets users choose not only between brewing a single cup or carafe of coffee but also gives the option of producing a travel mug’s worth of java, or even just a half carafe. Additionally, the machine allows for a pre-programmed brew up to 24 hours in advance, boasts an easily removable water reservoir, and features a drip stop slider that makes it easy to stop the flow of coffee with one swipe.
- Digital Trends
December 18, 2018 | Full review
The Ninja Coffee Bar offers multiple brewing modes designed to suit your personal tastes and the style of beverage you prefer. For instance hitting a "classic brew" button tells the machine to create a drink with, "smooth and balanced flavor" or in other words basic drip.
- CNET
August 27, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Lows: In a challenging test of coffee makers, we also brewed a full pot using a filter filled nearly to the top, as some consumers might. In this test, this model sometimes overflowed.
- Consumer Reports
Concerning the included set of accessories — i.e. the Ninja brand scoop and integrated coffee filter — the machine doesn’t come with any storage options. If you choose not to leave these lying on the counter, you’ll be stuck stashing them in a nearby drawer. Though the scoop would fit easily into any small space, the permanent filter is awkwardly shaped and would require a little more storage space.
- Digital Trends
December 18, 2018 | Full review
Of course the Ninja Coffee Bar isn't flawless. Its lightweight plastic design feels cheap, and the brewer tends to overextract its grounds. That said, the sheer number of capabilities the Coffee Bar brings to the table goes a long way to offset its shortcomings.
- CNET
August 27, 2015 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The best coffeehouse in town is on your countertop with the Ninja Coffee Bar brewer. Ninja's patent-pending brewing technology is designed to deliver better, richer- tasting coffee with variable richness levels that are never bitter. Only the Ninja Coffee Bar brewer has Thermal Flavor Extraction, which truly unlocks the full flavor potential of your coffee. Only Ninja Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence allows you to choose a size and choose a brew. The 43 oz. Stainless Steel Carafe is perfect for entertaining. Drip stop stops the flow of coffee from the brew basket, allowing you to pour a cup mid-brew24-hour programmable delay brew: program your Ninja Coffee Bar brewer for a delayed brew of any size or brew type up to 24 hours in advance.Easy-to-fill brew basket, slides out for quick and easy filling and removes completely for easy cleaningNinja Easy Frother: perfect for making frothed milk to go in classic specialty drinks like a flat white or latte20-recipe coffee book: learn how to make a flat white, iced vanilla latte, mochaccino and moreDimensions: 12 inches x 11 inches x 15 inches.

Overall Product Rankings

1. OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Cuisinart DCC-3200
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
3. Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205)
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
4. Ninja Coffee Bar CF085
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Bonavita Metropolitan
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Cuisinart DCC-1200
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Bonavita 1900
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Bunn Heat N’ Brew 10-Cup Programmable coffee maker
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 7
10. Pour-Over Coffee Brewer
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
11. Breville Precision Brewer
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 5
12. Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker (KF7150BK)
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Breville The Grind Control
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 5
14. Bonavita BV1901TS Connoisseur
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 5
15. Black + Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker (CM2035B)
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 6
16. Motif Elements
Overall Score: 6.3
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Coffee Makers

When you rely on a daily cup of coffee (or more!) to get your day off to a good start, a great home coffee maker is essential. While you can certainly still use a French press or even an old-school stovetop coffee maker, these days, most people rely on an automatic drip coffee maker for their day-to-day coffee needs. An automatic coffee maker uses ground beans and filters.

Whether you want a basic model that will simply brew and pour, or something more elaborate like the Ninja Coffee Bar CF094 (capable of making specialty beverages, such as flat whites, lattes and mochaccinos), there’s a coffee maker for every type of drinker out there.

Some other features you may be interested in are the ability to program your maker (essential for those who can’t do a thing before their first cup of coffee in the morning), brew time and adjust the strength of your brew. Many makers also have convenience features. For example, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 has an adjustable keep-warm temperature-control function, while the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffeemaker, has an automatic shut-off feature.

Other models are designed to perfect the taste of your coffee, like the OXO 9-Cup Coffee Maker, which has an automatic pre-infusion cycle. This feature pre-wets the coffee before it begins to brew, which improves the extraction process. The extraction process determines how smooth or bitter the coffee will taste.

Another factor to keep in mind is the size of your maker. Since it will likely have a permanent spot on your kitchen countertop, you want to be sure it will easily fit and match the aesthetic of your space. Many machines these days have a sleek and stylish look that will seamlessly fit in with a variety of styles.

A higher price tag does not always mean a better product when it comes to coffee makers. But like any appliance, quality will determine how long it will serve you. Be sure to check out the warranty options available and factor in how much use you plan to give your maker while deciding how much you’re willing to invest in the right coffee maker.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first drip coffee maker was invented by Melitta Bentz in 1908. However, people have been enjoying bean juice for way longer than that. The Turks were brewing coffee all the way back in 575 AD.

These days, people still love their java. Americans drink an average of three cups of joe a day. About 66 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the United States per year. While it may seem like everyone heads to their local coffee shop for their morning beverage, a study commissioned by the National Coffee Association found that 79 percent of Americans said they had a cup of coffee at home the previous day. Meanwhile, only 36 percent got their caffeine fix outside the home. Score one for the coffee makers!

The Coffee Maker Buying Guide

  • For the best brew, start with quality beans. A lot of people prefer to grind their own rather than buy already ground coffee.
  • To keep those beans super fresh, be sure to store them properly. That means using a sealed container with a one-way valve or a good, old-fashioned mason jar.
  • You could also roast your own beans. There are a number of methods you can use, like roasting them in an oven or a pan or grill.
  • While it may be tempting to wing it, measuring your coffee will give you better control over its strength and flavor. Try a ratio of about one part coffee to 20 parts water.
  • Speaking of water, the quality of your H20 matters. Try lightly filtered water from the refrigerator or a pitcher with a filtering device.
  • Are you the type to heat up your leftover coffee from the morning when the afternoon slump hits? Although old coffee is unlikely to make you sick, it probably won’t taste that great. That’s because coffee starts to lose its flavor just 30 minutes after it’s brewed. Within about four hours, the oils begin to go bad, which will further compromise the coffee’s taste. Your best bet is to brew a fresh pot.
  • Keeping your coffee maker clean is a key component of maintaining its functionality. Wash removable parts after every use, by hand or in the dishwasher. Your carafe should be cleaned daily as well. On a monthly basis, you should “brew” a solution of vinegar and water to break down mineral buildup.
  • Depending on the quality, the frequency of use and its overall maintenance, a coffee maker can last anywhere from a few years to a few decades. If the water is not getting hot enough, or it’s taking way too long to brew, it may be time to replace your coffee maker.
  • If you want that coffeehouse taste at home, you don’t need a bunch of syrups or a super fancy coffee maker. Instead, you can actually use your traditional drip coffee maker and some common spices that you probably have on hand, such as ground cinnamon or nutmeg. Stirring in a few pieces of chocolate makes for an indulgent treat, too.