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The VertuoPlus is one of Nespresso’s VertuoLine machines that make both espresso and coffee drinks, using Nespresso Vertuo capsules. We’re here to talk about the features of VertuoPlus, and how it’s different from VertuoLine and Evoluo machines.

Features of VertuoPlus Espresso and Coffee Maker:

  • Totally redesigned machine with slightly taller and sleeker design.
  • The 40 oz water tank is moveable and can be positioned at the back or on either side of the machine to suit your counter top space best.
  • Motorized head opens up slowly with a push of a button, and closes down puncturing the capsule automatically (no need to force the lid down to puncture the capsules).
  • Brewing parameters are adjusted automatically by the machine. The machine reads the bar code on each capsule with automatic recognition.
  • Brews two cup sizes: 8 oz coffee or 1.35 oz espresso. Each cup size uses its own type of Nespresso capsule.
  • Cup holder with adjustable height.
  • Includes a used capsule container with automatic used capsule ejection.

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

Nespresso VertuoPlus vs. VertuoPlus Deluxe, What’s The Difference?

The Deluxe version of the VertuoPlus has these extra features:

  • a bigger 60 oz water reservoir. Also moveable.
  • It has Chome accents in its design, like in cup holder tray and the brew head button.

Apart from that, it’s the same as the VertuoPlus.

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

Nespresso VertuoPlus vs. Evoluo vs. VertuoLine, What’s The Difference?

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TitleBreville BNV450BLK1BUC1 Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Machine, BlackNespresso GCA1-US-CH-NE VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker, ChromeNespresso A+GCC1-US-BK-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee & Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother, Black
FeatureSimple and convenient 1 button operaton
Fast heat up time: 15-20 sec
Descaling alert
Automatic OFF mode after 9 min of non-use
Different cup sizes
New revolutionary Centrifusion technology to gently brew both Coffee and Espresso with one touch of a button
Capsule recognition and code reading technology for blend-specific parametric brewing; Two capsule sizes, large for Coffee and small for Espresso
Easy insertion and ejection of capsules; For use with Nespresso VertuoLine capsules only; Not compatible with Nespresso Original Line capsules
Fast heat up 15 seconds; Removable 40 oz. water tank; Removable used capsule container holds 13-20 used capsules
Integrated drip tray and movable cup support accommodates tall recipe glasses; Automatic off mode after 9 minutes of inactivity
Includes Aeroccino Plus milk frother: rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth. Items sold separately valued at $348
New revolutionary Centrifusion technology to gently brew both Coffee and Espresso with one touch of a button
Capsule recognition and code reading technology for blend-specific parametric brewing. Two capsule sizes, large for Coffee and small for Espresso
Easy insertion and ejection of capsules. For use with Nespresso VertuoLine capsules only. Not compatible with Nespresso Original Line capsules
Removable used capsule container holds 17 used capsules. Automatic off mode after 9 minutes of inactivity. Removable 54 oz. water tank
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The biggest difference between each machine is the design:

  • The VertuoPlus has the motorized brew head and the re positionable water reservoir, which none of the other VertuoLine machines have.
  • The deluxe version of the Evoluo has a water tank capacity of 56 oz, where the deluxe VertuoPlus has 60 oz capacity, so it’s truly bigger.
  • Both the Evoluo and VertuoPlus have a water tank capacity og 40 oz.
  • All VertuoLine machines use Nespresso’s Centrifusion technology, where the capsule spins at 7,000 spins per minute to brew the coffee. Only on the VertuoPlus the Centrifusion operation is ultra-quiet, where as with the other machines, it can get a little noisy.

Who Should Buy Nespresso VertuoPlus?

If this is going to be your first Nespresso VertuoLine machine, then it’s absolutely worth it to go for the VertuoPlus. You’ll be getting the best design yet, while enjoying the same delicious coffee quality. But if you already have a Vertuoline or Evoluo, we don’t think it’s worth it to upgrade. All these machines brew the same VertuoLine Nespresso pods and only have the design features we listed above.

Why Are VertuoPlus Machines Listed Under Different Brand Names?

One thing you’ll notice about the VertuoPlus espresso and coffee maker is that some models are labeled with the DeLonghi brand and others are branded with Breville brand name. Is there a real difference between them?

No, there is no difference at all. Nespresso has partnered with these trusted brand names to help them in the distribution. They’re all still the same Nespresso machines. And this isn’t the first time: Nespresso has partnered with DeLonghi for their Lattissima espresso machines and with Breville for the Creatista espresso machine.

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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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Before you drink or eat anything, it is certainly important to know the ingredients of what you’re about to consume. When it comes to coffee capsules and pods, we often wonder what’s really inside them. We’ve already answered the often asked question, “is K-Cup Instant Coffee?” in a previous post. Today, the question is about Nespresso: What’s inside the Nespresso capsule, does it contain any sugar or milk content?

What’s Inside a Nespresso Capsule?

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When you insert a Nespresso capsule into a Nespresso machine, with one press, you get a nice shot of espresso in under a minute. This may confuse some people into thinking that the capsule contains instant coffee for example, which is why it comes out so quickly. That’s not the case, though.

A Nespresso capsule contains 100% ground coffee. It is NOT instant, and it does NOT contain any kind of additives, no sugar, no milk. Just pure coffee.

Nespresso Inissia

Looking at the shot of espresso pictured above, you see a think layer on top of that espresso. If you’re new to the world of Espresso, you might think this is foamy milk, but it isn’t. This layer is called Crema, it is produced due to the water forced through the coffee ground, which is basically how Espresso is made.

Click here to learn more about the Nespresso Inissia pictured above.

Making Milk Based Drinks – Cappuccino/Latte…

Nespresso Cappuccino

Now let’s say you want to make a creamy cup of Cappuccino or Latte using your Nespresso machine, how do you do it? The Nespresso coffee capsule only makes you the espresso, which is the base of the drink you want. In order to make a Cappuccino or a Latte (or any coffee drink), you’ll have to add the milk yourself, as well as any other additives or flavors you want.

Using a milk frother (an Aeroccino is recommended, although any frother will do), you’ll froth your milk to your desired consistency then add it to the espresso. Here’s a video explaining how to do it:

Nespresso also has some machines that automate this whole process, so the machine is able to brew the coffee, froth the milk and add it to the cup all automatically. The Nespresso Lattissima Pro is one of these awesome machines. Click here to learn more about the Nespresso Lattissima Pro.

Here’s Why We Prefer Nespresso To Other Capsule Coffee Systems:

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If you like Espresso as well as other coffee drinks like Cappuccino, Latte or Macchiato, you’ll probably find lots of options to choose from, Dolce Gusto being one for example. But here’s why we think Nespresso is a better option:

  • Nespresso’s capsule contains pure coffee and nothing else. This makes it a healthier option for you, you can control what you add to your coffee and make it how you like.
  • If we compare Nespresso to Dolce Gusto for example, when making a Cappuccino, Dolce Gusto packs the coffee in a capsule and milk in another capsule, you’ll get the convenience of a single-serve but the ingredients you’ll be using are not fresh. Where with Nespresso, you’ll be using Fresh milk and pure coffee.
  • Same thing goes to K-Cups (specifically flavored, milk-based coffee drinks), a K-Cup packs everything in it including the milk, flavors and coffee, so what you’ll be drinking is an artificial, powdered drink. (This does not apply to black coffee K-Cups, which contain coffee ground only).

If you want the best tasting coffee, then you’ll have to make sure what you’re using is fresh. This goes to the coffee as well as the milk. Some people might choose to add artificial flavorings to their coffee, but at least you’ll be in control of what you add and how much of it you add.

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With its VertuoLine release, Nespresso has finally made its coffee loving customers happy by making a machine that makes both Espresso and Coffee. The VertuoLine is a completely redesigned espresso and coffee maker, that even uses different capsules than other Nespresso machines (known as OriginalLine). Nespresso has also released the Evoluo machine, which is another espresso and coffee maker just like the Vertuoline.

Today, we’ll look at the difference between these two machines to help you decide which is the best choice for you.

Features of Nespresso Evoluo:

Nespresso A+GCC1-US-GR-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Coffee & Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother

  • Uses Centrifusion technology to spin the coffee/espresso capsule rapidly to brew. (does not rely on pump pressure like other espresso makers).
  • Automatic coffee pod recognition, equipped with a laser bar code reader that reads the type of capsules you’ve inserted automatically.
  • Automatically adjusts settings to fit the type of pod and blend you’re brewing.
  • Brews two cup sizes: espresso and coffee. Both are reprogrammable to your taste.
  • Used capsule drawer holds up to 17 capsules before needing to discard.
  • Fast heat-up time of 15 seconds.
  • Compatible with VertuoLine capsules only.

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

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Available Models – Evoluo vs. Evoluo Deluxe:

Nespresso Evoluo is available in two models: Evoluo and Evoluo Deluxe.

What’s the difference between them?

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TitleNespresso GCC1-US-RE-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Coffee and Espresso Maker, RedNespresso A+GCC1-US-BK-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee & Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother, Black
FeatureCentrifusion technology to gently brew both Coffee and Espresso with one touch of a button
Capsule recognition and code reading technology for blend-specific parametric brewing. Two capsule sizes, large for Coffee and small for Espresso
Easy insertion and ejection of capsules. For use with Nespresso VertuoLine capsules only. Not compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine capsules
Fast heat up 15 seconds Removable 40 oz. water tank Removable used capsule container holds 13-20 used capsules
Integrated drip tray and movable cup support accommodates tall recipe glasses. Automatic off mode after 9 minutes of inactivity
Includes Aeroccino Plus milk frother: rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth. Items sold separately valued at $348
New revolutionary Centrifusion technology to gently brew both Coffee and Espresso with one touch of a button
Capsule recognition and code reading technology for blend-specific parametric brewing. Two capsule sizes, large for Coffee and small for Espresso
Easy insertion and ejection of capsules. For use with Nespresso VertuoLine capsules only. Not compatible with Nespresso Original Line capsules
Removable used capsule container holds 17 used capsules. Automatic off mode after 9 minutes of inactivity. Removable 54 oz. water tank
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  • Evoluo Deluxe is larger in size when it comes to the water tank capacity (54 oz vs. 40 oz for the Evoluo) and used capsule drawer.
  • Both are identical in looks and both are available in Red or Grey.

What Is The Difference Between Nespresso Evoluo and Nespresso VertuoLine?

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TitleNespresso VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother, BlackNespresso A+GCC1-US-GR-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Coffee & Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother, Grey
FeatureIncludes Aeroccino Plus milk frother: rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth
New revolutionary Centrifusion technology to gently brew both Coffee and Espresso with one touch of a button
Capsule recognition and code reading technology for blend-specific parametric brewing; Two capsule sizes, large for Coffee and small for Espresso
Easy insertion and ejection of capsules; Removable used capsule container holds 13-20 used capsules; Automatic off mode after 9 minutes of inactivity
Fast heat up time 15 seconds; Removable 40 oz.; water tank; Integrated drip tray and movable cup support accommodates tall recipe glasses
Includes Aeroccino Plus milk frother: rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth. Items sold separately valued at $298
New revolutionary Centrifusion technology to gently brew both Coffee and Espresso with one touch of a button
Capsule recognition and code reading technology for blend-specific parametric brewing. Two capsule sizes, large for Coffee and small for Espresso
Easy insertion and ejection of capsules. For use with Nespresso VertuoLine capsules only. Not compatible with Nespresso OriginalLine capsules.
Removable used capsule container holds 13-20 used capsules. Automatic off mode after 9 minutes of inactivity. Fast heat up time 15 seconds
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  • The easiest way to explain the difference between them is to call the Evoluo the next generation or the upgraded version of the Vertuoline.
  • Both machines are basically the same. Both use the same brewing technology and both are able to brew espresso as well as coffee.
  • However, Nespresso took all the complaints about the VertuoLine and fixed them with the Evoluo.
  • The Evoluo is able to brew hotter coffee than the VertuoLine.
  • The Evoluo’s redesign allows it to fit more cup sizes with its foldable and removable drip tray.

Which One Should You Buy?

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You’re definitely better off buying the Nespresso Evoluo. You get everything the VertuoLine has to offer, but with the first VertuoLine, there was a lot of complaints that the coffee wasn’t hot enough, and the Evoluo fixes that.

If you’d like to make milk based coffee drinks like Cappuccio or Latte, we highly recommend that you bundle up your machine with the Aeroccino milk frother.

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

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What Is The Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer?

Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer

Ninja Coffee Bar is an all-in-one brewer that allows you to brew a full carafe, half carafe, single cup or travel mug, without affecting the taste or richness of the coffee.

Ninja Coffee Bar gives you 4 coffee brewing options:

  • Classic Coffee: a smooth and balanced brew.
  • Rich Coffee: a more intense flavor for times when you prefer a stronger brew or want to add milk or cream to your cup without toning down the richness of the coffee.
  • Over Ice: for all your iced coffee cravings, this option ups the richness of coffee x2 for a concentrated drink that won’t taste watered down.
  • Specialty Drinks: Cappuccino or Latte, anyone? This option gives you an even more concentrated brew of coffee, that’s almost as strong as espresso, for a frothy cup of specialty coffee drink.

Ninja Coffee Bar uses Auto-iQ technology, an intelligent features that draws the right amount of water from the reservoir, depending on your selected brew type and size, for a brew that always tastes good.

Thermal Flavor Extraction, a patent-pending technology by Ninja, automates controls of temperature, pre-infusion, coffee saturation and flavor richness to unlock the true potential of your favorite coffee beans.

Features of Ninja Coffee Bar:

  • Choose from one cup, travel mug, half carafe or full carafe sizes.
  • Choose brew type: classic, rich, over ice or concentrated.
  • Programmable LCD clock with Auto start settings.
  • Removable water reservoir.
  • Drip stop feature.
  • Permanent filter.
  • 43 oz carafe capacity.
  • Available in glass carafe or stainless steel.

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

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Ninja Coffee Bars Model Difference: CF085Z vs. CF080Z:

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TitleNinja Coffee Bar BrewerNinja Coffee Bar, Stainless Steel CarafeNinja Coffee Bar Brewer with Stainless Steel Carafe with extras
FeatureIncludes permanent filter, 5 paper filters, 40 recipe cookbook, coffee scoop, glass 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
Ninja Hot & Cold 18 oz. Insulated Tumbler: Tritan double wall tumbler with a stainless steel accented lid, that's perfect for iced and hot coffee
Includes 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
Includes Coffee Bar brewer, 43-oz double-wall stainless steel thermal carafe
Easy Frother
reusable permanent filter
40-recipe coffee book
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The only difference between these models is one has a glass carafe and the other has a thermal carafe.

Common Questions About The Ninja Coffee Bar:

Can The Ninja Coffee Bar Make Tea?

No, it’s made specifically to brew coffee and specialty coffee drinks. If you’re looking for a brewer that makes tea as well as coffee, have a look at Keurig 2.0 brewers.

Does The Ninja Coffee Bar Use Pods (K-Pods)?

No, it’s not a single-serve brewer. It uses coffee ground. However, it has the ability to brew a single-cup only.

Does The Ninja Coffee Bar Grind Beans?

No, it doesn’t have a built-in grinder.

What Coffee Filter Size Does the Ninja Coffee Bar Use?

It uses filter #4.

Does The Ninja Coffee Bar Make Espresso?

Well, it is advertised that it makes “specialty coffee”.  What the Coffee Bar makes basically is a shot of 3x concentrated coffee, where traditionally, an espresso is made using pressure. So you shouldn’t expect a traditional cup of espresso from the Ninja Coffee Bar.

Does The Ninja Coffee Bar Grind Coffee Beans?

No, it doesn’t. If you’re looking for a coffee maker with a built-in grinder, click here for some recommendations. You can also see our recommendations for conical burr grinders here.

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Ninja Coffee Bar vs. Keurig 2.0 – Which Is Best?

Keurig K550 2.0 Brewer

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Keurig 2.0 and Ninja are totally different systems. Keurig 2.0, which we’ve written about in details, is a single-server coffee maker that uses K-Cups (coffee pods) to brew coffee, and now it is able to brew a full carafe as well.

In a Keurig 2.0 Brewer, you can select your cup size (including a travel mug – depending on the model) or a full carafe which brews 4 cups at a time. For your cup sizes, you’ll use a K-Cup and for a carafe you’ll use a K-Carafe, which holds a larger amount of coffee in it.

A Keurig also gives you the option to adjust the strength of your coffee, so you can tone the boldness of the brew, just like the Ninja Coffee Bar, but not as precisely.

When brewing with a Keurig 2.0, you have the option of using K-Cups or a refillable K-Cup filter, which allows you to use your own coffee ground and cut on your coffee pod expenses. And in addition to coffee, Keurig can brew a variety of drinks like tea, Iced tea, hot chocolate, speciality drinks and more, however for these drinks you’ll have to buy the K-Cups.

So should you go for a Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer or a Keurig 2.0?

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TitleNinja Coffee Bar BrewerKeurig K550 2.0 Brewer
FeatureIncludes permanent filter, 5 paper filters, 40 recipe cookbook, coffee scoop, glass 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
Ninja Hot & Cold 18 oz. Insulated Tumbler: Tritan double wall tumbler with a stainless steel accented lid, that's perfect for iced and hot coffee
Gray and black housing
Illuminated 80 ounce water reservoir with easy-fill flip-top lid
XL color touch display
Automatically reads K-Cup pack and K-Carafe pack labels
Brews the perfect beverage every time with Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology
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Here’s the edge that a Ninja Coffee Bar has that the Keurig 2.0 doesn’t have:

Ninja’s brewing options are more diverse and give you a more personalized coffee experience than Keurig 2.0. You select the size you want and the type of brew you want (Classic, Rich, Over Ice or Specialty). These options don’t only customize the strength (i.e. longer steep time in Keurig), but the concentration of the coffee brew itself.

Also, the Ninja Coffee Brew with its more traditional design, gives you a classic glass carafe with a hot plate that keeps your coffee warm, or a stainless steel carafe, if you opt for that model. You also get auto start timer, if you’d like to wake up to coffee ready for you to enjoy.

Ninja Coffee Bar vs. Nespresso, Which Is Best?

Nespresso Machines

Like Keurig, Nespresso is a single-serve machine that uses pods to brew coffee. However, Nespresso’s specialty is espresso and espresso only. With a Nespresso, you’ll be able to brew a shot of espresso that you can drink on its own or make it as a specialty drink like a Cappuccino, Latte or Macchiato. a Nespresso machine doesn’t brew a regular cup of coffee, the closest thing you’ll get to a coffee is an Americano, which is a shot or two of espresso with hot water added to it.

Nespresso uses its own espresso capsules exclusively, which are available in a wide range of blends. There are also other options like Nespresso-compatible pods or refillable pods.

What’s the difference between Nespresso and Ninja Coffee Bar then?

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TitleNinja Coffee Bar BrewerNespresso Inissia Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother, BlackNespresso Pixie Espresso Maker, Electric TitanNespresso A+GCC1-US-BK-NE VertuoLine Evoluo Deluxe Coffee & Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother, Black
FeatureIncludes permanent filter, 5 paper filters, 40 recipe cookbook, coffee scoop, glass 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
Ninja Hot & Cold 18 oz. Insulated Tumbler: Tritan double wall tumbler with a stainless steel accented lid, that's perfect for iced and hot coffee
Includes Aeroccino Plus milk frother: rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth; Items sold separately valued at 199
Easy insertion and ejection of capsules; For use with Espresso coffee capsules only
Compact brewing unit technology; Fast preheating time: 25 seconds; 19 Bar high pressure pump
Removable 24 ounce water tank; Folding cup tray accommodates tall recipe glasses; Used capsule container holds 9-11 used capsules
2 Programmable buttons for Espresso and lungo preparation; Energy efficient; A Class energy rating; Automatic power off after 9 minutes of inactivity
Programmable buttons for espresso and lungo, folding drip tray for larger cups and recipes, brew ready in 25-30 seconds
Backlight indicators, water level detection, auto power-off, used capsule container, convenient power cord storage
12.83-Inch length by 4.33-Inch width by 9-1/4-Inch height
24-Ounce water tank
Includes Aeroccino Plus milk frother: rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth. Items sold separately valued at $348
New revolutionary Centrifusion technology to gently brew both Coffee and Espresso with one touch of a button
Capsule recognition and code reading technology for blend-specific parametric brewing. Two capsule sizes, large for Coffee and small for Espresso
Easy insertion and ejection of capsules. For use with Nespresso VertuoLine capsules only. Not compatible with Nespresso Original Line capsules
Removable used capsule container holds 17 used capsules. Automatic off mode after 9 minutes of inactivity. Removable 54 oz. water tank
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  • Nespresso is for espresso and espresso-based drinks (Cappuccino, Latte… etc.), it uses high pressure to brew a shot of espresso, which you can customize in size or volume.
  • Ninja Coffee Bar is a coffee maker, much like any other drip coffee maker, with upgraded features that get you more out of your favorite beans. While Ninja Coffee Bar claims to be able to make specialty drinks, truth is, it doesn’t make espresso in the traditional sense. Instead, it makes highly concentrated coffee that can be used like espresso.

The choice between these two isn’t very hard as both are different things:

  • If you want espresso, cappuccino, latte, macchiato… a Nespresso machine is for you.
  • If you’re a traditional coffee type of person, you’ll love the diversity Ninja Coffee Bar will give you.

Learn more about Nespresso machines here:

Note: Nespresso has the VertuoLine machine which is able to brew espresso as well as coffee, but this system uses its own coffee pods, it doesn’t have refillable pods and it doesn’t have compatible pods from other brands.

Ninja Coffee Brew vs. Bonavita Coffee Maker:

Bonavita BV1900TS 8 Cup Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe

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The Bonavita is SCAA-certified (Specialty Coffee Association of America) coffee maker that is guaranteed to make you the right brew at the exact right temperature. The process in which is brews coffee replicates the pour-over method, it has a showerhead water system that pre-infuses the coffee ground to fully saturate it for an even brew.

But here’s where the Bonavita is different than the Ninja Coffee Bar:

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TitleNinja Coffee Bar BrewerBonavita BV1900TS 8 Cup Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe
FeatureIncludes permanent filter, 5 paper filters, 40 recipe cookbook, coffee scoop, glass 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
Ninja Hot & Cold 18 oz. Insulated Tumbler: Tritan double wall tumbler with a stainless steel accented lid, that's perfect for iced and hot coffee
Lined with stainless steel instead of glass
The double walled design of the carafe helps to maintain the temperature of your coffee for a longer duration while the steel lining is now shatterproof.
Brewer is the optional pre-infusion function. When switched on the machine will pre-soak your coffee prior to brewing allowing your grounds to de-gas
The showerhead, filter basket, and carafe lid are all dishwasher safe and all plastic is BPA-free.
The flat bottomed filter basket and large showerhead ensure even wetting of your grounds to ensure proper extraction.
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  • It doesn’t have any brew size options. You can only brew a full pot of 8-cups.
  • There are no options to change the concentration of richness of the coffee like the Ninja Coffee Bar has.
  • It is not programmable, however, it is very quick to brew a full pot in about 5 to 6 minutes.

In other words, the Bonavita is a traditional type of coffee maker, but it makes a better cup thanks to its pour-over brewing method. While the Ninja Coffee Bar is able to give you more sizes and more brewing options.

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