Update: The glass carafe version of the Ninja Hot & Cold Brewed System is currently available for $ 99 (50 percent off) from Amazon and Walmart. That's the cheapest price we've ever seen. Grab as long as you can. The Thermo Carafe version is available at Amazon for $ 168, a discount of 27 percent.
For people who only want a cup of Joe to get out the door in the morning, there are the French presses, Chemexes, Aeropresses, Moka cans and other special devices that coffee lovers swear to be more overwhelming than appealing. The same goes for the fancy cappuccino machines in the local cafes. That's where Ninja's new Hot & Cold Brewed system comes in. It's designed to give coffee addicts a variety of options with minimal effort and minimal equipment. And it also makes tea!
"Coffeehouses are known for their endless choice, but the current breweries at home did not offer users the wide choice that we thought possible, and certainly not all in one product," said Mark Rosenzweig, CEO of SharkNinja said in a press release, "The Ninja Hot & Cold Brewed System completely changes the category. This innovative system is more than just a machine that you use in the morning. It's your all-day brew partner.
The Hot & Cold Brewed System comes with two baskets: one for coffee and one for tea. It knows what you are doing based on the basket you have entered, and the options available for this basket light up. With the machine, the user can prepare six different sizes of coffee or tea, from a cup to a full 1
And of course, as the name suggests, the system can make both hot and frozen drinks. There are five brewing options available for coffee: classic, rich, over ice, cold and specialty (a concentrated brew for milky drinks like cappuccino). When making tea, you can choose between hot and cold broths that are optimized for herbal, black, oolong, white or green tea.
If you select an over-draft or cold-brew, the machine will automatically double the strength of your brew beverage so it will not be over-diluted by the ice cubes in the decanter. Even better, the ninja can brew cold in just 10 to 15 minutes, while other systems and methods usually take hours. (Hot coffee is brewed at 205 ° F while the cold coffee is brewed at 101 ° F.) The system has a hot and cold nozzle that flips to the side, so you can also make a barista bar.
These bells and whistles sound impressive on paper, but how do they work in real life? Ninja sent me the Hot & Cold Brewed System to test it myself.
Ease of Use
Although it looks like it was designed by NASA, the Hot & Cold Brewed System is designed to work well with a knob and a knob. The push of a button, and it delivers. From loading it with the system's "Smart Scoop" for the right amount of reasons, to selecting the desired brewing method, it's easy enough to use even in the morning with dim eyes. It's also easy to schedule a delayed release so you can do the rest of your morning routine while your coffee is brewing. (The only downside I can think of this machine is that if it starts to brew it's loud enough to make my cats jump, it's not a deal breaker, but if you live in a small apartment and plan to have coffee brewing To be ready to wake up, you may need to consider something.)
The system even tells you when it needs to be descaled. The "Clean" button lights up. Then simply fill the water tank with descaling solution and water and press the "Clean" button. A countdown indicates how long the cleaning cycle will take.
Taste and Aroma
I replaced an old, cheap coffee machine with the Hot & Cold Brewed System, and the difference was immediately noticeable. Hot or cold, H & CBS coffee was a better, smoother cup of Joe. That's because Ninja has named the automatic brewing technology Thermal Flavor Extraction, which, according to a press release, "knows the exact temperatures, the correct flowering times, and the right level of saturation for every possible beverage combination to ensure a great taste every time. "
Whatever technology they use, it works. The coffee I cook in this machine is consistently delicious. The Rich Brew setting works the same way as described in the ad and offers a richer, stronger flavor than the classic brew.
Features and Accessories
The best thing about H & CBS is that waste is significantly reduced. Unlike other machines, no plastic containers or paper filters are needed. Instead, two permanent filters are included, one for coffee and one for tea.
And the cold brew function is a game change if you prefer iced coffee before hot. Not only is it quickly scalded, it also eliminates the tedious cleaning associated with making cold brews yourself.
The Hot & Cold Brewed System typically costs $ 230 for the thermal coffe version (or $ 200 for the glass carafe) more expensive than a simpler filter coffee machine. But if you're a cold bastard who wants to do something good, it's worth it. Consider using the slightly more expensive model of the thermal carafe, which keeps your Java warm or cold for hours. (I left ice in it overnight and found dice the next morning.)
You can get the Hot & Cold Brewed System from Amazon, Walmart, Macy's, or directly from the Ninja website starting at $ 160.