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In the battle of Grind and Brew coffee makers, two exceptionally good coffee makers stand from the crowd: The Breville Grind Control and Cuisinart Grind and Brew.

How do you choose between different models of Grind and Brew coffee makers? Here are some pointers:

  • Your budget will most likely be the first thing to dictate which coffee maker to choose. Although it sounds like these machines perform the same task, they actually vary in price (for different reasons we will be listing in our comparison).
  • Know exactly what you need. Don’t go for the fancy features if you’re not going to use them.
  • Newer isn’t necessarily better. Don’t be afraid to go for an old model if it has everything you need. Although we do not recommend you go for a discontinued model since it will make it difficult to find parts or support for it when needed.

In the beginning, let’s talk about the features of each of these coffee makers before we compare them to each other.

Features of the Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker:

  • Coffee maker with built-in conical burr grinder.
  • Brew into a single cup, a travel mug or up to 12-cup carafe.
  • Choose from 8 strength settings.
  • Adjustable grind size.
  • You can choose to brew pre-ground coffee.
  • Calibration function allows to adjust the grind to suit different type of beans.
  • Steep and Release function ensures the best tasting cup.
  • Pre-brew temperature control ensures your water is the at optimal temperature for brewing.
  • Bean hopper capacity: 0.5 lbs.
  • LCD display shows you water level, grind size, strength settings, grinding time, brew time and other selected settings.
  • Auto-start program.
  • Includes a thermal carafe and a gold-tone reusable filter.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Grind Control, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Features of the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee Maker:

 

  • Coffee maker with built-in burr grinder.
  • 8 oz bean hopper capacity.
  • Choose from three coffee strength settings: Strong, Medium and Mild.
  • Grind control program allows you to set the best setting for the amount of coffee you’re brewing.
  • Choose from 2 cups and up to 12 cups.
  • Brew-pause filter allows you to pause the brewing process to enjoy coffee before the full brewing process is finished.
  • Grind-off option, you can use pre-ground coffee.
  • 24hr programmability. Auto-start option.
  • Includes a thermal carafe and gold-tone filter.

Click here to learn more about the Cuisinart Grind and Brew, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville Grind Control vs. Cuisinart Grind and Brew – What’s The Difference?

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TitleBreville BGC650BSS Grind Control, SilverCuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Stainless/Black
FeatureAdjust between 6 different grind settings for lighter or darker roast coffee beans
Pre-brew temperature control
Brew a single serving or full carafe
Programmable Auto-Start to brew coffee at your selected time
LCD display: Carafe/Single Serve, Water Level, Count Down Timer
24-hour fully programmable coffeemaker with auto shutoff, brew-pause feature, and Grind off function
Double-wall insulated stainless steel thermal carafe with comfort grip handle holds up to 12 cups of coffee
Built-in automatic burr grinder and 8-ounce bean hopper holds a half pound of beans. Strength selector and grind control fine-tune intensity and volume
Includes: Charcoal water filter and permanent gold tone filter that ensures only the freshest coffee flavor flows through. Measuring scoop. Instruction book
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Similarities:

  • Both coffee makers have built-in stainless steel burr grinders.
  • Both can brew up to 12-cup carafe.
  • Both include a thermal carafe and gold-tone reusable filters.
  • Auto-start function.

Differences:

  • Breville’s Grind Control gives you the option to brew a single-cup, travel mug or different quantities up to 12-cup carafe. Cuisinart’s Grind and Brew can brew a minimum of 2 cups and up to 12-cups.
  • The adjustments on the Breville Grind Control are more advanced. For example: you can choose from 8 strength settings, 6 grind settings and you can calibrate your grind to match the type of roast you’re brewing. On the Grind and Brew, you can choose from 3 strength options, and the grind setting is tied to the amount of cups you’re brewing.
  • The Breville Grind Control has an LCD display that makes programming the coffee maker a breeze. It gives you instant feedback on the water level, grind and strength settings, grind time and more. The Grind and Brew by Cuisinart has a simple clock display, and everything else is programmed by buttons on the front panel of the machine.

Which Should You Buy? Breville Grind Control or Cuisinart Grind and Brew?

The best question to ask yourself here is, what is your brewing habit?

Do you brew full carafe daily? Do you prefer to brew a single cup instead?

If you brew different amount of coffee each time, you’ll appreciate Breville’s Grind Control ability to brew various cup sizes: single, travel mug, or up to 12 cups carafe, without compromise to the taste. And you’ll be happy to not waste any coffee because you’ll brew just what you need!

Another thing to consider the Breville for is if you enjoy different type of coffee roasts. No other coffee maker can calibrate its settings based on coffee bean type! This, in addition to 8 strength adjustable settings will ensure you have a cup of coffee that never fails you.

If you’re not interested in all the advanced features of the Breville, then you’ll find the Cuisinart Grind and Brew to be very functional, although it doesn’t make a cup as customized as the Breville.

Breville Grind Control vs. Bonavita BV1900, What’s The Difference?

The Bonavita is a a popular choice for a high-quality coffee maker, but it is not comparable to the Breville Grind Control in anyway.

The Bonavita is a coffee maker that brews coffee in a way similar to the pour-over coffee method, but in an automatic way. There are no settings or special programs on the Bonativa, and most importantly, it doesn’t have a built-in grinder like the Grind Control does. With the Bonavita, brewing is a simple as switching on the power button.

What makes the Bonavita special is:

  • Its flat bottom filter and showerhead that saturates the coffee ground with water before brewing (pre-infusion) and while brewing. So even bit of coffee ground is evenly extracted.
  • It brews coffee at optimal water temperature of 195F to 205F.

The Bonavita is a great coffee maker, but it’s entirely different than the Breville Grind Control. If you want to learn more about it, you can read our post on it here.

Cuisinart Grind and Brew vs. Capresso CoffeeTeam TS, What’s The Difference?

Capresso CoffeeTeam coffee maker with Built-in grinder makes a valid competitor to the Cuisinart Grind and Brew. Here are its features:

  • It makes up to 10 cups of coffee.
  • Available with a thermal carafe or glass carafe.
  • Built-in burr grinder.
  • Fully programmable.
  • Choose from 5 grind settings, 5 cup sizes, and 3 coffee strength.
  • It has a 6 oz coffee bean hopper.
  • Can be used with the grinder off.

So the Capresso is fairly neck to neck with the Cuisinart Grind and Brew. The differences are:

  • It brews less coffee – 10 cups vs. 12-cups for the Cuisinart.
  • It has a smaller bean hopper.
  • On the other hand:
  • It has 5 grind settings (fine to coarse)
  • It is available with the option of a glass carafe and warming plate.

You can read our review of the Capresso CoffeeTeam here.

Common Questions:

Do I Have to Use the Built-In Grinder?

No, with both models, there is a grinder-off option that allows you to brew pre-ground coffee. This comes in handy when you want to brew coffee that’s different than the one in the hopper.

Do I Have To Use the Included Gold-Tone Filter?

No, that’s not necessary. You can use any store-bought paper filter too.

Do These Coffee Makers Have Warming Plates?

No, because in this case, a warming plate isn’t required. They include a thermal carafe that will keep your coffee hot for a long time. Having no warming plate also saves on electric usage.

With the Breville Grind Control, Can I Brew Directly Into a Mug or Travel Mug?

Yes, if you’re brewing a single cup or travel mug, you don’t have to use the carafe. The machine can accommodate a tall travel mug or a cup in its tray.

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Starbucks Verismo V:

Verismo V is a single serve brewer by Starbucks that makes coffee, espresso and latte right at home. It uses pods made exclusively by Starbucks that are available in their famous blends. The Verismo is a system that was first introduced back in 2012, and the Verismo V is the new and totally redesigned machine that promises to brew a better cup than its previous model.

Features of Starbucks Verismo V:

  • Single serve brewer with dual pressure that allows it to extract espresso at high pressure or coffee at lower power.
  • Coffee cup size: 10 oz.
  • Quick start up time of 15 seconds.
  • With the use of the Verismo milk frother (sold separately), you can easily make your favorite coffee drinks like latte or cappuccino.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 77.7 oz.

Click here to learn more about Starbucks Verismo V, read the customer reviews and buy it

Starbucks Verismo V Pods:

Verismo can only brew pods made by Starbucks for Verismo. The pods are available in a wide range of Starbucks blends, either for coffee or espresso. Each box contains 12 pods. There are also milk pods available that you can brew directly into your cup. However, these pods won’t make you an authentic cup of Cappuccino or Latte. For that, it is recommended that you pair your brewer with an electric frother, either Verismo’s or any other brand that you’d prefer.

There are no refillable pods available for Verismo. Also, as of the time of writing this post, there are no other brands that make pods compatible for Verismo. So, then buying a Verismo brewer, you’re committing to drinking Starbucks pods only.


Who Should Buy the Verismo V?

If you’re a Starbucks fan, this is a must-have for you, without a doubt. You will be saving a lot of money by investing in this system and brewing your own coffee at home. When brewing a Starbucks at home, your cost should be around $1 per cup. That’s about half the price of what you would pay at the shop.

Click here to learn more about Starbucks Verismo V, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig 2.0 Coffee Brewer:

Keurig is probably the most popular single-serve brewer right now. Keurig’s brewer can make you a variety of drinks like coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more. Keurig uses K-Cup pod only, however, K-Cup pods are made by so many different brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Folgers, and so many well known coffee brands.

Features of Keurig 2.0 Brewer:

There are 3 models available for Keurig 2.0 brewers, usually the difference between them is in the size of the water reservoir, touchscreen display and cup sizes. But here are some general features you’ll find in all models:

  • Single serve brewer for making coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more.
  • Can brew a variety of cup sizes (4 to 10 oz cup) (12 oz to 18 oz travel mug) as well as a full carafe (up to 30 oz).
  • Automatic K-Cup pod recognition automatically optimizes the settings for you (you can reprogram it).
  • Easy to use touchscreen display for programming your machine.
  • Strength control setting allows you to make a bolder cup of coffee.
  • Auto on/off option.

Click here to learn more about Keurig 2.0, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Pods:

Keurig 2.0 brewers use K-Cup pods different than the old K-Cups. The new K-Cups have a special labeling on the rim of the pod that allows the machine to read what pod you’ve inserted. Like we’ve already mentioned, these pods are available for many large coffee companies, so you’re more than likely to find your favorite coffee in the form of a K-Cup. And if you can’t find it, you have to option of using a refillable pod filter that not only allows you to use your favorite ground, but also save on K-Cup purchases.


Who Should Buy a Keurig 2.0 Brewer?

If you’re looking for a brewer with the most variety of drinks, then Keurig is your answer. Unlike other single serve brewers that force you to stick to their brand of coffee, Keurig brings so brand to the table. You’ll find pods from brands like Green Mountain, Folgers, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Caribou. You’ll also be able to brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate, flavored coffee, hot apple cider and more. The large sizes a Keurig can brew is also a very big advantage over other brewers.

Read our comparison between Keurig 2.0 brewers by clicking here.

Click here to learn more about Keurig 2.0, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Espresso and Coffee Maker:

For this post, we’re adding Nespresso’s VertuoLine to the comparison rather than OriginalLine Nespresso makers, to make the comparison fair.

Nespresso has always been known for its high quality espresso and espresso drinks. But with the introduction of their VertuoLine machines, Nespresso can now make espresso as well as coffee. VertuoLine brews Nespresso capsules only, that are even different than Nespresso’s OriginalLine capsules. VertuoLine capsules are available for espresso and coffee in a number of blends and strengths.

Features of Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo:

  • Brews espresso and coffee drinks.
  • Automatic capsule recognition for blend-specific brewing optimization.
  • Uses patented Centrifusion technology for brewing instead of pump pressure. The machine spins the capsules rapidly while blending the coffee ground with water to produce the perfect crema.
  • Brews two up sizes: espresso (1.35 oz) and coffee (8 oz).
  • Used capsule drawer holds up to 12 capsules before needed to discard them.
  • Can be bundled with Nespresso Aeroccino to create delicious espresso based drinks (cappuccino/latte).
  • Available in different colors.
  • Read our comparison between the Nespresso Evoluo vs. VertuoLine machines.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Evoluo, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nespresso VertuoLine Capsules:

As we’ve just mentioned, Nespresso VertuoLine uses capsules that are entirely different than Nespresso OrignalLine’s. They’ve been fully redesigned to be used with the new Centrifusion brewing technology. VertuoLine’s capsule include over 12 varieties with the occasional release of limited edition capsules.


Who Should Buy Nespresso VertuoLine Evoluo?

If you’ve ever tried Nespresso’s coffee, then you know it is really as high quality as they say. Especially when it comes to espresso drinks. If you like your Cappuccino and Latte, you’ll love the cup a Nespresso machine can produce. The coffee on the other hand, while it is good, it is different than a traditional cup of coffee and a totally new experience. Due to Centrifusion technology, where the capsule spins at 7,000 rotations per minute while blending the coffee ground with water, the coffee comes out quite foamy and different in taste than a traditional cup of drip coffee.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Evoluo, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Although we usually write about the best coffee gear for home use, we wouldn’t be way off writing about the best coffee machine for office use. After all, the office is pretty much your second home and where you spend the majority of your day, therefore, having the best coffee in the office is a must, too!

What Kind of Coffee Maker Should You Use at the Office?

There are a lot of coffee makers to choose from, so to pick the right one, you need to decide how you’ll be using your coffee maker:

  • Are you buying a coffee maker for personal use at the office? Or are you going to share it with a group of people?
  • Do you want it to make coffee only? Or are you more of a Cappuccino/Latte type of person?

In this post, we’re going to cover a number of coffee makers that are best suited for the office use, either for multiple people or a single user.

The Best Coffee Maker For The Office For Multiple Users: 

BUNN VPR-2GD 12-Cup Pour Over Coffee Brewer:

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  • This commercial grade coffee maker from BUNN is able to brew up to 14 liters of coffee per hour.
  • It includes two glass carafes and is equipped with 2 heating elements that you can operate separately.
  • No plumbing required. Just fill in the coffee maker with cold water.
  • The machine is portable and can operate anywhere where there’s a plug.
  • Brewing process starts immediately after you fill it with water, no switch or programming required.
  • Two switches for manually operating the heating plates.
  • SplashGuard funnel protects user from burns from splashing.

Click here to learn more about the BUNN VPR-2GD 12-Cup Pour Over Coffee Brewer, read the customer reviews and buy it. 

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Keurig K155 Commercial Brewing System: 

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  • Single-serve coffee brewing system powered by Keurig.
  • Uses K-Cups to brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a variety of coffee drinks.
  • 90 ounce water reservoir, with the ability to attach a direct water line plumb kit (sold separately).
  • Color touch screen allows you to choose your cup size and program coffee strength.
  • Brew size options of 4, 6, 8, and 10 ounces.
  • Adjustable temperature.
  • Heats and brews in under a minute.
  • Compatible with some refillable K-Cups, which allows you to use your own coffee ground.
  • Can’t be used to brew a carafe, only single cups.

Click here to learn more about the Keurig K155 Commercial Brewing System, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Best Coffee Makers For The Office for Personal Use:

Keurig K15 Coffee Maker:

Keurig K15 Coffee Maker

  • Very compact coffee maker for personal use.
  • Makes a single cup at a time, using K-Cups.
  • Can use refillable K-Cups too.
  • Brew sizes: 6, 8 and 10 ounce.
  • No reservoir – just fill it up with fresh water for each cup you brew.
  • Available in 4 colors.

Click here to learn more about the Keurig K15, read the customer reviews and buy it. 

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BUNN MCU Single Cup Coffee Brewer:

BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer

  • Brews a single cup of coffee using K-Cups or ground coffee.
  • Simple one-touch brew process.
  • Brews from 4 oz up to 14 oz.
  • Brews a full cup in under a minute.
  • Works as a hot water dispenser.
  • Includes 4 Interchangeable Drawers: Cup Drawer, Ground Coffee Drawer, Pod Drawer, Hot Water Drawer

Click here to learn more about the BUNN MCU Coffee Brewer, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker: 

Nespresso Inissia

  • For lovers of gourmet coffee drinks like Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato and more.
  • Compact single serve espresso makers.
  • Uses Nespresso capsules as well as Nespresso-compatible capsules
  • Can be used to brew your own coffee ground using a refillable pod (non-official, sold separately).
  • 24 oz water reservoir.
  • Used capsule drawer holds up to 11 used capsules.
  • Fast pre-heat time: 25 seconds.
  • Two reprogrammable buttons for espresso and lungo.
  • Choose from a standalone machine or bundled with Aeroccino milk frother, which automatically prepares frothy milk for coffee drinks.
  • Available in 5 colors.
  • Read our Nespresso machine comparisons here.

Click here to learn more about the Nespresso Inissia, read the customer reviews and buy it. 

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We have previous looked at the amazing features of the Ninja Coffee Bar, which gives you a full coffee house experience at the comfort of your own home. In this post, we’re happy to look at the features of a new system, the Ninja Coffee Bar System, which includes many upgraded features to give you an even better experience.

What Is Ninja Coffee Bar System?

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Ninja Coffee Bar System in the next generation Ninja Coffee Bar. The original coffee system has been upgraded to include more features that will suit many people’s need. Do you need a single-serve that doesn’t use pods? a combination of a pod-free single serve and carafe coffee machine? Something that doesn’t specialty coffee, too? the Ninja Coffee Bar System has it all.

First thing you’ll notice is that the machine has been redesigned and looks different than the first gen. machine. It works the same way though.

The Ninja Coffee Bar System is available in two models:

  • The Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System (models:CF110, CF111, CF112) : Which brews single cups of coffee (no pods required)
  • Ninja Coffee Bar System which brews single cups as well as a carafe size. This system is available in two types:
    • Ninja Coffee Bar System Glass, models: CF090A, CF090CO, CF091, CF092, CF092W
    • Ninja Coffee Bar System Thermal, models: CF097, CF097W

We understand how confusing it can be where there’s way to many models for the same appliance. We tried to make this as simple as possible to help you understand the difference between each model and easily pick the right one for you.

 

Features of Ninja Coffee Bar Single Serve System:

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  • Brew a single cup of travel mug of coffee.
  • Brew type: Classic, Rich, Over-Ice, Specialty, Cafe Forte
  • Brew Sizes: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL-Multi-serve (volume varies on type of brew).
  • No pods required, use your favorite coffee ground.
  • Use paper or permanent filter.
  • Removable water reservoir with auto-metering.
  • Built-in milk frother with cold or hot froth options.
  • Easy to use dial control and push button for customizing your coffee.
  • Drip stop eliminates coffee mess.
  • Includes a double-sided scoop and permanent filter.

Click here to learn more about the Ninja Coffee Bar Single Serve System, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Ninja Coffee Bar Single Serve System CF110 vs. CF111 vs. CF112, What’s The Difference?

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TitleNinja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System (CF112)Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System (CF110)Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System (CF111)
FeaturePod-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
Pod-free single serve
Built-In frother to brew, froth and drink-all in your favorite mug
Custom Brew Sizes: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug and XL Multi-Serve
Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology and Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence
Pod-free single serve
Built-In frother to brew, froth and drink-all in your favorite mug
Custom Brew Sizes: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug and XL Multi-Serve
Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology and Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence
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CF110:

  • Built-In Frother
  • 20-Recipe Inspiration Guide
  • Ninja Smart™ Scoop
  • Permanent Reusable Filter
  • Removable Water Reservoir

CF111:

  • Built-In Frother
  • 40-Recipe Inspiration Guide
  • Ninja Smart™ Scoop
  • Permanent Reusable Filter
  • Removable Water Reservoir

CF112:

  • Ninja XL™ Hot & Cold Multi-Serve Tumbler
  • Built-In Frother
  • 40-Recipe Inspiration Guide
  • Ninja Smart™ Scoop
  • Permanent Reusable Filter
  • Removable Water Reservoir

So between CF110 and CF111 there isn’t much difference other than the recipe book. The CF112 includes a Ninja hot and cold tumbler which is worth it if you need a to-go tumbler mug.

Click here to learn more about the Ninja Coffee Bar Single Serve System, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Features of Ninja Coffee Bar System:

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  • Pod-free single serve coffee system with 10-cup carafe and XL hot/cold tumbler.
  • Programmable clock with brew delay time of up to 24 hours.
  • Brew type: Classic, Rich, Over-Ice, Specialty, Cafe Forte
  • Brew Sizes: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL-Multi-serv, Half Carafe and Full Carafe.
  • Built in milk frother makes hot or cold froth for specialty drinks.
  • Easy to use dial control and push button for customizing your coffee.
  • Drip stop eliminates coffee mess.
  • Includes a double-sided scoop and permanent filter.

Click here to learn more about the Ninja Coffee Bar System, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Ninja Coffee Bar System is available in two main models:

  • Ninja Coffee Bar System with Glass Carafe, model numbers: CF090A, CF090CO, CF091, CF092, CF092W
  • Ninja Coffee Bar System with Thermal Carafe, model numbers: CF097, CF097W

Ninja Coffee Bar System with Glass Carafe Comparisons:

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TitleNinja Coffee Bar Glass Carafe System (CF092)Ninja Coffee Bar Glass Carafe System (CF091)
FeaturePod-free single serve and carafe coffee system with Ninja XL Hot & Cold Multi-Serve Tumbler
Custom Brews: Classic, Rich, or Over Ice; or Signature Brews: Specialty and Cafe Forte
Custom Brew Sizes: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Multi-Serve, Half Carafe, and Full Carafe
Built-In frother to brew, froth and drink-all in your favorite mug
Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology and Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence
Pod free single serve and carafe coffee system
Custom Brews: Classic, Rich, or Over Ice; or Signature Brews: Specialty and Cafe Forte
Custom Brew Sizes: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Multi-Serve, Half Carafe, and Full Carafe
Built-In frother to brew, froth and drink-all in your favorite mug
Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology and Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence
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CF090A:

  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Glass Carafe
  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Ninja Over Ice™ Carafe
  • Built-In Frother
  • 20-Recipe Inspiration Guide
  • Ninja Smart™ Scoop
  • Permanent Reusable Filter
  • Removable Water Reservoir

CF090CO:

  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Glass Carafe
  • Ninja XL™ Hot & Cold Multi-Serve Tumbler
  • Built-In Frother
  • 20-Recipe Inspiration Guide
  • Ninja Smart™ Scoop
  • Permanent Reusable Filter
  • Removable Water Reservoir

CF091:

  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Glass Carafe
  • Built-In Frother
  • 20-Recipe Inspiration Guide
  • Ninja Smart™ Scoop
  • Permanent Reusable Filter
  • Removable Water Reservoir

CF092:

  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Glass Carafe
  • Ninja XL™ Hot & Cold Multi-Serve Tumbler
  • Built-In Frother
  • 20-Recipe Inspiration Guide
  • Ninja Smart™ Scoop
  • Permanent Reusable Filter
  • Removable Water Reservoir

CF092W:

  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Glass Carafe
  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Ninja Over Ice™ Carafe
  • Ninja XL™ Hot & Cold Multi-Serve Tumbler
  • Built-In Frother
  • 20-Recipe Inspiration Guide
  • Ninja Smart™ Scoop
  • Permanent Reusable Filter
  • Removable Water Reservoir

As you can see, the difference here is in the accessories included with the coffee system. If you want all the accessories,  model CF092W is the one to buy, if you don’t care about the extra accessories (tumbler or over ice carafe), then get the CF091 which only includes the default glass carafe.

Click here to learn more about the Ninja Coffee Bar System, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Ninja Coffee Bar System with Thermal Carafe Comparisons:

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TitleNinja Coffee Bar Thermal Carafe System (CF097)
FeaturePod-free single serve and carafe coffee system with Hot and Over Ice Carafe
Custom Brews: Classic, Rich, or Over Ice; or Signature Brews: Specialty and Cafe Forte
Custom Brew Sizes: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Multi-Serve, Half Carafe, and Full Carafe
Built-In frother to brew, froth and drink-all in your favorite mug
Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology and Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence
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CF097:

  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Thermal Carafe
  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Ninja Over Ice™ Carafe
  • Built-In Frother
  • 20-Recipe Inspiration Guide
  • Ninja Smart™ Scoop
  • Permanent Reusable Filter
  • Removable Water Reservoir

CF097W:

  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Thermal Carafe
  • 10-Cup (50 oz.) Ninja Over Ice™ Carafe
  • Ninja XL™ Hot & Cold Multi-Serve Tumbler
  • Ninja XL™ Thermal Tumbler
  • Built-In Frother
  • 100-Recipe Inspiration Guide
  • Ninja Smart™ Stainless Steel Scoop
  • Permanent Reusable Filter
  • Removable Water Reservoir

The CF097W packs a lot of accessories, this time with two tumblers (one plastic and one thermal), as well as an over ice carafe and a guide with 100 recipes. While the CF097 only has the over ice carafe as an extra.

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What’s The Difference Between the Ninja Coffee Bar and Ninja Coffee Bar System?

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TitleNinja Coffee Bar, Stainless Steel CarafeNinja Coffee Bar Thermal Carafe System (CF097)
FeatureIncludes permanent filter, 5 paper filter starter kit, 40 recipe cookbook, coffee scoop, stainless steel carafe, milk frother, and tumbler
Multi-Serve Dial lets you choose a size for a cup, travel mug, half carafe, or carafe
Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology allows you to dial up the flavor richness level and choose a brew: Classic, Rich, Over Ice, or Specialty
Auto-iQ One Touch Intelligence draws just the right amount of water needed from the reservoir based on the brew size and brew type you select
43 oz. Double Wall Stainless Steel Carafe: Beautifully designed stainless steel vacuum insulated to keep coffee hot for up to 2 hours, perfect for entertaining
Pod-free single serve and carafe coffee system with Hot and Over Ice Carafe
Custom Brews: Classic, Rich, or Over Ice; or Signature Brews: Specialty and Cafe Forte
Custom Brew Sizes: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Multi-Serve, Half Carafe, and Full Carafe
Built-In frother to brew, froth and drink-all in your favorite mug
Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction Technology and Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence
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The Ninja Coffee Bar System is the second generation of the Ninja Coffee Bar:

  • It has been updated in looks.
  • It has a built-in electric milk frother instead of a manual one.
  • It has the new Cafe Forte brew type which gives you a robust and full-bodied cup of coffee.
  • It has XL Cup and XL Multi-serve cup sizes which are for 16 oz and 18 oz travel mugs/cups.
  • Some models now have the Over Ice Carafe for a full carafe of iced coffee.
  • It includes the double-side smart scoop.

 

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Cold Brew Latte

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There’s a good chance that you’ve been to a coffee shop somewhere and saw both Iced Coffee and Cold Brew offered on the menu. You’re wondering, both are cold coffee drinks, why are they named differently?

Actually, there’s quite a difference between Iced Coffee and Cold Brew. They’re prepared in a different way, and therefore, have different taste.

  • Cold Brew is coffee brewed using cold water.
  • Iced Coffee is regularly brewed coffee (with hot water) with ice added to it.

How Cold Brew Is Made:

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Cold Brew is referred to that way not only because it is served cold, but in fact because it is brewed with cold water and not boiling water like your regular cup of coffee.

To make a cold brew, you add room temperature or cold water to your coffee ground and let it steep for at least 12 hours. Some people let it sit for up to 24 hours. After the steeping time is up, remove the coffee ground from the coffee. At this point, what you’ll have is a coffee concentrate. You can create your coffee drink by adding cold water, milk or cream in your preferred ratio. And guess what? you can even add hot water to the concentrate to make a hot cup of coffee!

What’s So Special About Cold Brew, Anyway?

Cold Brew

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So why go through all this hassle to make cold brew? Well, it’s not really a hassle, but it just takes sometime to be ready. And if it wasn’t worth it then you wouldn’t have seen it grow this much in popularity.

In Cold Brewing, the interaction between the cold water and the coffee ground is different than hot water. Using cold water results in a flavorful yet mellow and acid-free coffee. It brings out a lot of different flavors that you’re missing out on with hot water brewing (provided you’re using quality coffee in the first place!)

Another, very important, difference is the fact that with cold brew, your drink is never diluted with melted ice, even when you actually add ice to it. This is because you’re starting with very concentrated coffee. So whether you add water or ice to it, it’s never diluted the same way iced coffee gets when the ice melts.

Cold Brew concentrate can last in your fridge for up to 3 weeks.

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home:

Making Cold Brew is fairly simple. If you’re not into buying any special tools for it, then you can simply make it this way:

  • Bring a large jug, add coffee ground and cold water.
  • Cover the jug and let it cool in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
  • Filter out the coffee ground and save the cold brew concentrate in a well sealed bottle or jug.

Your other option would be to buy one of these simple and inexpensive Cold Brew filter/pitcher:

Hario Cold Brew Bottle:

Hario Water Brew Coffee Pot

From the leaders of manual coffee brewing, this Hario bottle is simple to use, store and clean. It has a built-in filter that makes filtering the coffee as easy as pulling out the filter and putting on the lid to seal the coffee.

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Toddy Cold Brew System:

Toddy T2N Cold Brew System

The Toddy system is popular, although I personally believe it to be a little messy in comparison to Hario’s bottle. Toddy can make you a larger batch, though.

With Toddy’s system, you add the coffee ground and water to the large bucket-like container. This container needs replaceable filters (another reason I don’t like it) to use. Leaving the coffee to brew for up to 12-24 hours, it starts slowly dripping to the bottle placed under the container.

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Osaka 4-cup Cold Brew Dripper:

Osaka 4 Cup (20oz_600ml) Cold Brew Coffee Dripper

the Osaka Cold Brew Dripper has a great drip style design, which is very similar to the large and expensive traditional old brew drippers. With the Osaka dripper, you get the top dripper and the carafe. The add ice and water to the top compartment and it will start dripping over the middle compartment which has the coffee ground, which will then start dripping coffee to the carafe. One of the best features about the Osaka dripper is the ability to adjust the flow speed, which gives you control over the strength of the coffee.

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