When you hear the name Nespresso, you’ll always think of delicious coffee and convenience without compromising the high quality. Now imagine adding that to the power of a brand like Breville, which creates beautiful coffee machines that are both powerful and sleek yet affordable and easy to use for the home user.

And that’s exactly what Creatista is. A line of espresso machines by Breville, powered by Nespresso’s single-serve brewing technology, housed in a beautiful sleek design by Breville.

What Is Nespresso Creatista By Breville and What Does It Do?

Creatista takes your single serve brewer to the highest level, brining it closer to a traditional espresso machine’s experience, but without the mess or the learning curve required for you to get your drink right. Using an espresso machine like the Creatista, you’ll create any espresso drink just right from the first try.

Using other Nespresso OriginalLine machines, you’ll typically use an Aeroccino (or any electric milk frother) as part of preparing your latte or cappuccino. This is where the Creatista shines, instead of an electric frother, it uses a steam wand, which is usually only available on a traditional espresso maker. The steam wand allows you to professionally texture milk (as opposed to just foaming it up), which is more in line with what a cafe would serve you, and can be used to do professional latte art.

Sounds complicated? It really isn’t at all, just keep reading to find out how easily this works.

There are three models in the Creatista line:

  • Nespresso Creatista
  • Nespresso Creatista Plus
  • and, Nespresso Creatista Uno.

Below, I’ll list the features of all these machines and how they compare to each other.

Nespresso Creatista Features and Specs:

  • Pre-set coffee options: Ristretto, espresso, lungo, caffe latte, cappuccino and latte macchiato.
  • Three programmable cup sizes: 0.84, 1.35 and 3.72 oz
  • Select your drink from a colored digital display.
  • Customize easy preset with your own choice of milk texture and temperature.
  • Choose from 4 milk texture levels and 5 milk temperatures 55-76°C / 133-169°F.
  • Steam wand with automatic auto-purge cleans itself after each use.
  • ThermoJet heating element with fast 3 second heat up time.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 50 oz
  • Used capsule drawer capacity: 12
  • Housing Material: Stainless steel with premium non-metal finish.
  • Included accessories: Stainless steel milk just and a box of Nespresso capsules sample.

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

Nespresso Creatista Plus Features and Specs:

  • Preset coffee drinks: Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo, Caffe Latte, Cappuccino and Latte Macchiato.
  • Three programmable sizes: 0.84, 1.35 and 3.72 oz
  • Colored display for controlling machine and customizing drinks.
  • Choose from 8 milk texture levels and 11 milk temperatures.
  • Programmable water hardness.
  • Steam wand with auto-purge.
  • ThermoJet heating with 3 seconds heat up time.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 50 oz
  • Used capsule drawer capacity: 12
  • Housing: full stainless steel housing and finish.
  • Included accessories: stainless steel Milk Jug and sample Nespresso capsules.

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

Features and Specs of Nespresso Creatista Uno:

  • Three programmable sizes: 0.84, 1.35 oz and 3.72 oz.
  • Manual button control panel (no digital display).
  • Steam wand with auto purge.
  • Choose from three milk textures and three milk temperatures.
  • Heat up time of 3 seconds.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 50 oz.
  • Used capsule drawer: 12 capsules.
  • Housing: plastic with some metal finishes.
  • Includes a box of Nespresso capsules samples and a stainless steel jug.

Click here to learn more about the Creatista UNO, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Nespresso Creatista vs. Creatista Plus vs. Creatista UNO, How Are They Different?

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TitleNespresso Creatista Plus Espresso and Coffee Beverages Maker with Milk Frother by Breville, SilverBreville Nespresso Creatista Single Serve Espresso Machine with Milk Auto Steam Wand, ChampagneNespresso Creatista Uno by Breville, Black Sesame
FeatureSINGLE SERVE COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MACHINE: The Nespresso Creatista Plus offers freshly brewed coffee as well as delicious authentic espresso. The Creatista plus can turn into your personal latte maker with the attached milk frother, allowing you to create top quality latte art in your kitchen. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks.
BARISTA GRADE: Brew different single serve coffee and espresso beverage options at the touch of a button depending on your coffee needs - Ristretto (0.5 oz.), Espresso (1.35 oz.), Lungo (5 oz.). The Creatista allows you to take a step further and create more complex coffee drinks such as flat whites, cappuccinos, and latte macchiatos. There are settings that allow you to adjust coffee volume, milk temperature and mixture with a fast 3 second heat up time
SMART COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MAKER: Brew a perfect single serve coffee or espresso cup time after time with an easy TFT LCD display that assists you on all preparation, setting and maintenance aspects thanks to a high resolution display
INTEGRATED MILK FROTHER: Automatic built-in milk frother with 8 texture levels and 11 different milk temperature settings (11 settings, 55-76°C / 133-169°F) helps you create your favorite single serve coffee and espresso beverages. COMPLIMENTARY GIFT: Each machine includes a Nespresso Original capsule welcome kit with a range of 16 capsules with unique aroma profiles
FEATURES AND WARRANTY: Nespresso Creatista Plus includes a 1.5L removable water tank, an auto-purge steam wand, 19 bars of pressure, a fast automatic cleaning process, a stainless milk jug and a 2 year warranty. Heats up in less than 3 seconds with an automatic off mode after 9 minutes. Update bullets on detail page
SINGLE SERVE COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MACHINE: The Nespresso Creatista Plus offers freshly brewed coffee as well as delicious authentic espresso. The Creatista plus can turn into your personal latte maker with the attached frother, allowing you to create top quality latte art in your kitchen. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks.
BARISTA GRADE: Brew different single serve coffee and espresso beverage options at the touch of a button depending on your coffee needs - Ristretto (0.5 oz.), Rspresso (1.35 oz.), Lungo (5 oz.). The Creatista allows you to take a step further and create more complex coffee drinks such as flat whites, cappuccinos, and latte macchiatos. There are settings that allow you to adjust coffee volume, milk temperature and mixture with a fast 3 second heat up time.
SMART COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MAKER: Brew a perfect single serve coffee or espresso cup time after time with an easy TFT LCD display that assists you on all preparation, setting and maintenance aspects thanks to a high resolution display.
INTEGRATED MILK FROTHER: Automatic built-in milk frother with 8 texture levels and 11 different milk temperature settings (11 settings, 55-76°C / 133-169°F) helps you create your favorite single serve coffee and espresso beverages. COMPLIMENTARY GIFT: Each machine includes a Nespresso Original capsule welcome kit with a range of capsules with unique aroma profiles.
FEATURES AND WARRANTY: Nespresso Creatista Plus includes a 1.5L removable water tank, an auto-purge steam wand, 19 bars of pressure, a fast automatic cleaning process, a stainless milk jug and a 2 year warranty. Heats up in less than 3 seconds with an automatic off mode after 9 minutes.
Included Components: Creatista Coffee Machine
Tasting Box of Nespresso Capsules
Milk Jug
Nespresso Welcome Brochure
User Manual
1 Water Hardness Test Strip
CREATE CAFE QUALITY MICRO-FOAM: Featuring a fully-automatic steam wand, the machine offers 3 levels of milk temperature and fast adjustments to create café quality coffee as well as beautiful latte art creations.
CONVENIENCE WITHOUT COMPROMISE: All the convenience of a Nespresso portioned coffee machine paired with Breville's advanced micro foam milk technology. A technology brought for the first time to a portioned coffee machine.
CREATE YOUR FAVORITE RECIPES: Whether you have a passion for black coffee or a coffee with perfectly texturised milk. The Creatista Uno provides a simple user interface for coffee preparation, settings and machine maintenance.
AUTO CLEAN FUNCTION: The automatic steam wand purges itself ensuring minimal clean up and more time to enjoy your favorite coffee.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Auto piercing & brewing of capsules; Construction Materials: Premium Non-Metal Finish.
CAPACITY: 20.3 oz Removable Water Tank, 6 used capsules container capacity.
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So now we’ve seen the features of each of these Creatista models, how do you choose the right one for you?

Here’s the good news, whichever model you choose, you’ll still get the steam wand, which is the major selling point in the Creatista. How are they different, then?

The main points in where they differ is:

  • the selection of milk texture and milk temperature.
  • Programmed coffee recipes
  • The finishing material of the product
  • and capacity.

Let’s start with the nearly identical Creatista and Creatista Plus, how are they different?

  • The Creatista PLUS has 8 milk texture settings, 11 milk temperature settings while the Creatista has 4 milk texture settings and 5 milk temperature settings.
  • Material wise, the Creatista PLUS has a full stainless steel construction while the Creatista mixes stainless steel with other premium non-metal materials.
  • Otherwise, both models have the same coffee recipes programmed and ready to enjoy. Also both have the same colored display for easy control and customization of your drink. They capacity on both machines is 50 oz for the water reservoir and 12 for the used capsule drawer.

Now let’s get to the Creatista UNO, which is the entry level machine in this series and where you have to let go of few of the nice features in exchange of a more affordable price:

  • The Creatista UNO doesn’t have programmed coffee recipes, instead you build your own recipe manually.
  • It uses button controls instead of the colored display.
  • Customization wise, you can select from 3 milk textures and 3 milk temperatures.
  • The material of the Creatista UNO is non-metal.
  • The capacity of the water reservoir and used capsule drawer is the same as other models: 50 oz and 12 capsules.

So the Creatista UNO is somewhat similar to the Creatista and Creatista Plus, but it lacks the premium feel and experience of them. With less premium finishing and less automation, you lose some of the luxury experience the Creatista Plus and Creatista offer, yet you can still achieve the same delicious coffee drinks.

Creatista Plus vs. Lattissima Pro, Are The Different?

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TitleDe'Longhi America EN750MB Nespresso Lattissima Pro MachineNespresso Creatista Plus Espresso and Coffee Beverages Maker with Milk Frother by Breville, Silver
FeaturePatented De'Longhi automatic cappuccino Latte Crema System
Patented Nespresso capsule system
Sensor touch display
Premium finishes and Italian design
Choose among 6 pre-programmed drinks (ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte, hot milk and hot water function for tea
SINGLE SERVE COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MACHINE: The Nespresso Creatista Plus offers freshly brewed coffee as well as delicious authentic espresso. The Creatista plus can turn into your personal latte maker with the attached milk frother, allowing you to create top quality latte art in your kitchen. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks.
BARISTA GRADE: Brew different single serve coffee and espresso beverage options at the touch of a button depending on your coffee needs - Ristretto (0.5 oz.), Espresso (1.35 oz.), Lungo (5 oz.). The Creatista allows you to take a step further and create more complex coffee drinks such as flat whites, cappuccinos, and latte macchiatos. There are settings that allow you to adjust coffee volume, milk temperature and mixture with a fast 3 second heat up time
SMART COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MAKER: Brew a perfect single serve coffee or espresso cup time after time with an easy TFT LCD display that assists you on all preparation, setting and maintenance aspects thanks to a high resolution display
INTEGRATED MILK FROTHER: Automatic built-in milk frother with 8 texture levels and 11 different milk temperature settings (11 settings, 55-76°C / 133-169°F) helps you create your favorite single serve coffee and espresso beverages. COMPLIMENTARY GIFT: Each machine includes a Nespresso Original capsule welcome kit with a range of 16 capsules with unique aroma profiles
FEATURES AND WARRANTY: Nespresso Creatista Plus includes a 1.5L removable water tank, an auto-purge steam wand, 19 bars of pressure, a fast automatic cleaning process, a stainless milk jug and a 2 year warranty. Heats up in less than 3 seconds with an automatic off mode after 9 minutes. Update bullets on detail page
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The Lattissima Pro, which is made in collaboration with DeLonghi, has been the choice for automatic coffee preparation for a long time. With its bulit-in milk frother and touch screen display featuring pre-sets of many coffee drinks, it’s easy to think of it as competition to the Creatista model, but it’s not that close to it in features as you might think.

The first difference is the milk frother vs. the steam wand. On the Lattissima Pro, you have a milk frother that simply whisks and froths the milk then automatically adds it into the cup. On the other hand, the Creatista has a steam wand that’s more in line with what the professional espresso machines have. Steaming milk creates micro-foam texture which is what professional baristas do at coffee shops to create beautiful latte art.

The only customization option the Lattissima Pro offers is programing the coffee volume to adjust the milk to coffee ratio. Many customers have complained that the milk can be not hot enough to their taste. However, using the Creatista, you can choose from a variety of milk temperatures, that’s in addition to milk texture and coffee volume customizations. You can also save and name your customized recipe for later use.

When it comes to controlling your machine, the Lattissima Pro has a touch display. The Creatista has a lovely colored display that makes selecting and customizing your drinks a breeze.

Click here to learn more about the Lattissima Pro.

Nespresso Capsules Compatible with Nespresso Creatista:

The Creatista uses Nespresso OriginalLine capsules, which means, you’ll be able to buy capsules from Nespresso or Nespresso-compatible capsules from other brands. Here are some suggestions:

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When looking for an espresso machine that combines practicality, design as well as advancement, look no further than Breville’s espresso machines. The Australian brand is the maker of some of home barista’s favorite machines, like the Barista Express, The Infuser or the more high-end Oracle Touch.

Another machine that has been added to their line is the Breville Bambino Plus. An espresso machine that is compact in size yet packs the features you need to make an excellent cup of coffee without a lot of trouble.

The Breville Bambino Plus falls in the same price range as the Infuser (as of the time of writing – prices may change). So if you’re someone shopping based on a budget (and who isn’t), you might get confused over these two. That’s why we’re preparing this comparison post between the two models.

Breville Bambino Plus – Features and Specifications:

  • Innovative thermojet heating system allows the machine to start up in as fast as 3 seconds.
  • Automatic milk texturing – select the type of texture and the temperature of milk you want and the steam wand to achieve it for you fully automatically.
  • 19 grams dose – the 54mm portafilter can now hold 19 grams of coffee for the perfect coffee flavor.
  • Pre-infusion feature gradually increases the water pressure over the coffee ground to ensure full saturation before extraction.
  • Digital temperature control (PID) delivers water at the exact right temperature for the optimal extraction of flavor.
  • Auto-purge function automatically purges the heat system after steaming to bring the machine back to the right temperature for next use.

Specification:

  • Water reservoir capacity: 64 oz.
  • Controls: Button selection for single shot, double shot, steam, milk temperature and milk texture.
  • Housing: stainless steel.
  • Dimensions: 19.5 x 32 x 31 cm
  • Power: 1600 Watts

Included Accessories:

54mm tamper, Razor Precision Dosing tool, stainless steel frothing jug, single and double shot filter baskets, cleaning tool and cleaning disc.

Click here to learn more about the Bambino Plus, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville The Infuser Espresso Machine – Features and Specifications:

  • Prepare a single or double shot with pre-set buttons.
  • You can reprogram volumes of each selection.
  • Manual milk heating and texturing.
  • Gauge on the front panel shows you when your machine is at its optimal temperature.
  • Built-in tamper.
  • Auto purge and pre-infusion functions.
  • PID temperature control.
  • Dedicated hot water spout.

Specifications:

  • Water reservoir capacity: 61 oz.
  • Controls: button controls for single shot, double shot, program and manual.
  • Dial knob for steam.
  • Dimensions: 25.7 x 31.2 x 33.4 cm
  • Power: 1700 Watts.
  • Housing: Stainless steel.

Included Accessories:

Razor Dose trimming tool, single and dual shot filter baskets, coffee scoop, stainless steel frothing jug, cleaning brush, tool and Allen key, water filter holder and water filter.

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

What Is The Difference Between Breville Bambino Plus vs. The Infuser?

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TitleBreville BES500BSS Bambino Plus Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless SteelBreville BES840XL the Infuser Espresso Machine
FeatureAutomatic microfoam milk texturing: the automatic steam wand allows you to adjust the milk temperature and texture to suit your taste. Delivering Barista quality microfoam that enhances the flavor of the coffee and is essential for creating latte art
Faster heat up time: innovative thermojet heating system achieves the optimum extraction temperature in 3 seconds. Ready to make your best coffee without the wait
19 grams dose for full flavor: achieve a consistent and balanced Espresso using the right amount of ground coffee. The 54mm porta-filter with 19 grams is the key for full flavor and café quality coffee
Low pressure pre-infusion: low pressure pre-infusion gradually increases pressure at the start and helps ensure all the flavors are drawn out evenly during the extraction for a balanced tasting cup
Precise Espresso extraction: digital temperature control (PID) delivers water at precisely the right temperature, ensuring optimal Espresso extraction
Auto purge: automatically purging the heat system after steaming ensures your next Espresso is extracted at the right temperature
Pre-infusion function applies low water pressure at the start of the extraction to gently expand grinds for an even extraction
1600w thermocoil heating system with integrated stainless steel water coil accurately controls water temperature
Auto purge function automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
15 bar Italian pump provides complete volumetric control - preset, manual over-ride or re-programmable volumes
Accessories: single & dual wall filter baskets, coffee scoop, stainless steel jug, cleaning disc & tablets, cleaning tool, water filter with holder.
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First thing to notice is the automation of the steaming wand. The Bambino Plus’s automatic wand heats and textures your milk automatically to your liking while The Infuser’s wand is fully manual. Which means you’ll have to practice your texturing skills and use a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the milk.

The Bambino Plus also has a rather impressive and quick heat up time of only 3 seconds! That’s insanely fast in comparison to The Infuser which should take about a minute or two.

The Infuser has a built-in dedicated hot water dispenser. Which should come quite useful when making an Americano. The Bambino Plus doesn’t have a hot water dispenser.

When in comes to size, the Bambino Plus very compact in comparison the the Infuser or even other Breville espresso machines. So if you don’t have enough counter top space, this will make a lot of difference to you.

If you want to prepare your coffee drinks manually, The Infuser has more room for that than the Bambino.

Breville Bambino Plus vs. Barista Express, What’s The Difference?

Breville Barista Express is more comparable to the Infuser than the Bambino.

When it comes to Barista Express vs. Infuser, you’re nearly getting the same functions on both machines, except for one big difference: the Barista Express comes with a built-in conical burr grinder. This simplifies your experience by having the machine also grind your coffee right into your portafilter. However, dosing the correct amount of coffee is on you. So it is one of those machines that come with a learning curve.

Compared to the Bambino Plus, which will require you buy a grinder separately, the Barista Express is a bit harder to handle in the beginning, requires some practice – same as the Infuser. It is also larger in size than the Infuser and Bambino Plus, so you’ll need to clear some space for it.

If you want an overall solution and don’t mind the learning required to get things right, The Barista Express has it all.

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

Which One Do You Pick? Breville Bambino Plus or Breville The Infuser?

It all comes down to whether or not you want your machine doing things for you automatically or would you prefer the manual work. When a machine like the Bambino Plus, you will probably come up with a great latte or cappuccino at first use because of: a better dose, automatic milk texturing and heating which can’t go wrong and preset volumes. All you have to do is practice your latte art for when you’re feeling super fancy.

On the other hand, The Infuser, while it offers some automatic features, like preset volumes, and a gauge that guides you on temperature settings, milk texturing and heating is still fully manual, which is the trickiest part. You’ll have to practice getting the milk texture right and monitoring the temperature of the milk as you heat it. If that sounds like something you want to do, then The Infuser would be a great pick for you for sure.

It’s important to note the difference is size between the two machines, though. The Infuser is not a huge machine. Yet, it’s quite big in comparison to the compact Bambino Plus. So make sure you measure your space if you’re purchasing a machine with not much counterspace available in your kitchen.

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Ninja Coffee Bar System has been a really popular pod-free coffee system that brews single-serve coffee as well a full pot, offering different brew types and sizes all in one machine. Now, Ninja is at it again with a system that gives you the same convenience and quality of pod-free brewing, but with even more brew types and more intuitive controls.

What Is Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System?

Ninja has taken their brewing system to the next level to offer you more of the things you like, all in the same system. The Hot and Cold Brewed system offers:

  • Traditional hot coffee, including specialty coffee drinks.
  • Fresh 10-minute Cold Brew coffee.
  • Iced coffee drinks.
  • Hot brewed tea.
  • Iced tea.

Let’s look at the features of the Hot and Cold Brewed System:

  • Brew a variety of hot or cold coffee or tea drinks using fresh coffee ground and tea, no pods required.
  • Choose from 6 brew sizes: single cup, XL cup, travel mug, multi-serve cup, half carafe and full carafe.
  • Choose from 5 brew types: Classic, Rich, Over Ice, Specialty or Cold Brew.
  • Choose from 5 tea types for automatic water temperature and steep time adjustment: Herbal, Black, Oolong, White or Green.
  • Includes separate filter baskets for coffee and tea.
  • Includes 50 oz (10-cup) carafe. Available as glass or thermal option.
  • Built-in foldable milk frother.
  • Digital display with clock.
  • Easy controls using a dial knob and backlit icons.

Click here to learn more about Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Cold Brew vs. Over Ice, What’s The Difference Between These Two Options?

You might be wondering, why do you need two options for making iced coffee? Is there a difference between how Cold Brew is made and how Iced coffee is made?

Yes, absolutely! And it all has to do with temperature and steep time:

  • Usually, Cold brew coffee (or tea) is a type of brew where the coffee is made with cold water and steeped for long hours, from 8 to 24 hours. This results in smooth coffee concentrate that is usually either mixed with cold water, ice or milk.
  • Iced coffee is your usual hot coffee brewed over ice.
  • The difference in temperature gives each type of coffee brew a unique flavor profile.

With the Hot and Cold Brewed System:

  • The Cold Brew option, either for coffee or tea, will brew over ice at a lower temperature of 110F, for about 10 to 15 minute.
  • Over Ice coffee is brewed hot over ice immediately at 205F degrees.

Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed vs. Ninja Coffee Bar, What’s The Difference?

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TitleNinja Hot and Cold Brewed System, Auto-iQ Tea and Coffee Maker with 6 Brew Sizes, 5 Brew Styles, Frother, Coffee & Tea Baskets with Glass Carafe (CP301)Ninja Coffee Bar Glass Carafe System (CF091)
FeatureCoffee and Tea Brew Settings: Brewing technology offers an array of coffee and tea options
Cold Brew Coffee and Tea: Brew over ice at a lower temperature for smooth, naturally sweet flavor in 10 to 15 minutes
Smart Basket Recognition: System recognizes basket and displays coffee or tea drink options
Separate Coffee and Tea Baskets: Brew coffee or loose or bagged tea to keep flavors separate
6 Brew Sizes: Brew anything from a single cup or travel size to a half carafe or full carafe in your coffee maker
5 Brew Styles: Choose your strength with Classic, Rich, Over Ice, Cold Brew, or Specialty.
Tea Type: Select your tea type and the system knows the temperature and number of steeps needed
50 oz. (10-Cup) Glass Carafe and Intelligent Warming Plate: Adjust time and temperature as desired
Fold-Away Hot and Cold Frother: Turn hot or cold milk into silky-smooth froth in seconds.
Brew directly into a cup with the coffee brewer: Use any brand of coffee or tea, loose leaf or bagged.
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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We can say that the Hot and Cold Brewed System is the next generation of Ninja Coffee Bar. In the new system, you have the option to brew both coffee and tea, in a variety of drinks and serving sizes.

Brew types:

Hot and Cold Brewed System has two additional brew types, Cold Brew for coffee and tea, and Tea brews. Ninja Coffee Bar is a coffee maker only.

Servings Sizes:

Both models have a selection of 6 serving sizes – approximate volumes are (when using Classic brew):

  • Cup: 9.5 oz
  • XL Cup: 11.5 oz
  • Travel Mug: 14 oz
  • XL Multi-serve: 18 oz

Design:

The design of both machines are different, yet the operate in the same way. On the right of both machines, you’ve got your control panel which features backlit names and icons for each drink type and size. The Hot and Cold Brewed system has additional options, of course. But both are operated using a dial knob selector.

Included Accessories:

Both machines will include the carafe, either glass or thermal as you would choose. You’ll also get a coffee scoop and a permanent filter. In the case of the Hot and Cold Brewed system, you’ll be getting two permanent filters, one for coffee and another for tea.

Ninja Hot and Cold Brewer vs. Keurig, Which Is Best To Choose?

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TitleNinja Hot and Cold Brewed System, Auto-iQ Tea and Coffee Maker with 6 Brew Sizes, 5 Brew Styles, Frother, Coffee & Tea Baskets with Glass Carafe (CP301)Keurig K575 Coffee Maker, PlatinumKeurig K-Elite Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, with Strong Temperature Control, Iced Coffee Capability, 12oz Brew Size, Programmable, Brushed SlateKeurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, with 6 to 12oz Brew Size, Stores up to 9 K-Cup Pods, Travel Mug Friendly, Matte Black
FeatureCoffee and Tea Brew Settings: Brewing technology offers an array of coffee and tea options
Cold Brew Coffee and Tea: Brew over ice at a lower temperature for smooth, naturally sweet flavor in 10 to 15 minutes
Smart Basket Recognition: System recognizes basket and displays coffee or tea drink options
Separate Coffee and Tea Baskets: Brew coffee or loose or bagged tea to keep flavors separate
6 Brew Sizes: Brew anything from a single cup or travel size to a half carafe or full carafe in your coffee maker
5 Brew Styles: Choose your strength with Classic, Rich, Over Ice, Cold Brew, or Specialty.
Tea Type: Select your tea type and the system knows the temperature and number of steeps needed
50 oz. (10-Cup) Glass Carafe and Intelligent Warming Plate: Adjust time and temperature as desired
Fold-Away Hot and Cold Frother: Turn hot or cold milk into silky-smooth froth in seconds.
Brew directly into a cup with the coffee brewer: Use any brand of coffee or tea, loose leaf or bagged.
Now with a 12oz. K-Cup pod brew size and temperature control!
Choose between five temperature settings to customize your perfect cup
80oz water reservoir allows you to brew more before having to refill with our largest reservoir option
Extra large color touch screen
Hot water on demand
K-Cup Pod brew sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12oz., K-Mug Pod brew sizes: 12, 14, 16, 18 oz. and K-Carafe Pod brew sizes: 22, 26, 30 oz.
What's in the box: 6 count K-Cup Pod variety pack, 1 water filter handle and 1 filter. Quite brew tenchnology: Minimizes noise when the coffee maker is in use
Brews multiple K-Cup Pod sizes: (4, 6, 8, 10, 12 oz.). Enjoy the most popular cup sizes.
Strong brew: increases the strength and bold taste of your coffee; s flavor.
Iced setting: brew hot over ice at the touch of a button for full-flavored, delicious Iced Coffee.
Hot water on Demand button: perfect for instant soups or oatmeal. Auto On-Set the exact time your coffee maker turns on in the morning. Auto Off- Set the time your coffee maker shuts off after your last brew for energy savings
Coffee in no time: brews K-Cup pods in under a minute.
Large 75oz water reservoir: allows you to brew 8 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
Removable drip tray: accommodates Travel mugs up to 7.2&Rdquo; tall and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup.
Fits anywhere: less than 5 inches wide, perfect for small spaces.
Strong brew: brew a stronger, more intense cup.
Your perfect amount: brew any cup size between 6-12oz with Keurig K-Cup pods.
Removable one cup reservoir: just add fresh water for each brew. Removable reservoir makes for easy cleaning and filling.
Pod storage: holds 9 K-Cup pods and Fits in your brewer for ultimate portability and saves counter space.
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Those two are totally different systems, starting with the fact that Ninja’s brewers are pod-free while Keurig is a pod system.

Keurig has a lot of models under its belt, it’s hard to compare them to Ninja’s system specifically, but here are some general differences:

  • With Keurig, you can brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and a lot of specialty coffee drinks. As long as they’re available as K-Cup pods. The drinks aren’t necessarily as fresh and can be loaded with added sugar and other bad ingredients. Using the Hot and Cold Brewed system, you can only make coffee and tea drinks, but you’ll be in control of your ingredients, and you’ll be using fresh milk for your specialty drinks that you can froth using the built-in frother.
  • With a pod system like Keurig, there’s a continuous cost of buying pods – unless you opt for using a refillable pod. Ninja is a pod-free system, so there’s no additional costs other than buying your favorite coffee beans, which cost way less than pods.
  • The Hot and Cold Brewed System offers a variety of brew type that Keurig lacks. With Ninja, you can select from 5 brew types for either coffee or tea, including the all-new Cold Brew that only this systems has. Keurig offers regular or strong brew options, some models might include an over-ice option that’s not much different than the regular brew.
  • Brewing a full pot using a Keurig requires using the Keurig 2.0 line. This line requires that you use branded K-Cup pods, but also has refillable pods as a option. The largest size it can brew is 30 oz, which is about a 4-cup carafe.To brew a carafe, you have to buy K-Carafe pods. In fact, anything larger than a regular cup will require a special pod (K-Mug for larger mugs/travel mugs or K-Carafe pods for Carafe).

Should You Upgrade from Ninja Coffee Bar To the Hot and Cold Brewed System?

If you already own a Ninja Coffee Bar, is it worth it to upgrade to the newer version? The two reasons that might be worth the upgrade are:

  • The Cold Brew function: If you like to splurge on cold brew every now and then, and I say splurge cause we all know how expensive a cup of those can be, then you’ll really like this feature. Although the coffee isn’t steeped overnight like specialty coffee houses do it, you still get a great result using this feature. It will save you a lot on your cold brew purchases.
  • Tea brewing: If you enjoy brewing coffee, the Hot and Cold Brewed System will make a lot of difference to you, too. It doesn’t only brew tea, it brews each type of tea to different parameters to get the optimal results. By selecting the type of tea you’re brewing, the machine to adjust the temperature and steep time to match the tea type. This is the equivalent of having a variable temperature kettle with a timer, or even an electric tea maker.

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Keurig is making a great effort in modernizing the look and feel of their machine. It clearly shows in the design of the Keurig K-Mini Plus, just like it shows in the design of K-Elite and K-Select. The biggest difference here, why make a new machine? Is it any different or better than the old K-Mini (K15 or K10), and if you already have a K-Mini, should you upgrade to a new one? That’s what I’ll be answering in this post.

Features of the Keurig K-Mini Plus:

  • The slimmest Keurig machine to date (as of writing), at 5″ wide only.
  • The taller design now allows to place a travel mug up to 7″ tall when removing the drip tray.
  • Brews four cup sizes: 6, 8, 10 and 12 oz.
  • Strong brew option for brewing a bolder and stronger cup.
  • Removable one cup reservoir is now easier to refill. You still have to refill only as much as you want to brew.
  • Includes a 9-pod storage that fits right into your brewer. Perfect for using on the go.
  • Compatible with all K-Cup pods, including refillable filters (sold separately).
  • Available in different colors.

Click here to learn more about Keurig K-Mini Plus, read the customer reviews and buy it.

K-Mini Plus vs. K-Mini, What’s The Difference?

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TitleKeurig K15 Single Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, True BlueKeurig K-Mini Plus Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, with 6 to 12oz Brew Size, Stores up to 9 K-Cup Pods, Travel Mug Friendly, Matte BlackKeurig K-Mini Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer, 6 to 12 oz. Brew Sizes, Black
FeatureCOMPACT: Small and personal; great for small spaces and portable design goes anywhere.
BREW SIZES: Brews your perfect amount, any cup size between 6-10 oz. Use the 6 oz. cup size for a bolder brew.
WATER RESEVOIR: Single cup water reservoir for ultimate portability - just add fresh water for each brew.
DRIP TRAY: Removable drip tray accommodates travel mugs up to 5.2" tall, and holds a full accidental brew for easy clean-up.
ENERGY EFFICIENT: Automatic shut-off turns the brewer off after each brew, helping to save energy. Material: Plastic
The Keurig K15 Coffee Maker brews all K-Cup pods. Choose from over 500 brands and varieties of K-Cup Pods. For the best quality be sure to look for the Keurig logo on each K-Cup Pod.
Fits anywhere: less than 5 inches wide, perfect for small spaces.
Strong brew: brew a stronger, more intense cup.
Your perfect amount: brew any cup size between 6-12oz with Keurig K-Cup pods.
Removable one cup reservoir: just add fresh water for each brew. Removable reservoir makes for easy cleaning and filling.
Pod storage: holds 9 K-Cup pods and Fits in your brewer for ultimate portability and saves counter space.
FITS ANYWHERE: Less than 5 inches wide, perfect for small spaces.
TRAVEL MUG FRIENDLY: Removable drip tray accommodates travel mugs up to 7.0" tall and holds a full accidental brew for easy cleanup.
ENERGY EFFICIENT: Auto off feature turns off your coffee maker 90 seconds after your last brew, helping to save energy.
COMPATIBLE WITH THE MY K-CUP UNIVERSAL REUSABLE COFFEE FILTER: Brew your own ground coffee (sold separately).
INCLUDED IN THE BOX: Keurig K-Mini single serve coffee maker.
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There’s a lot of added improvement to the K-Mini Plus over the K-Mini, for sure.

Serving Sizes:

The K-Mini Plus has one extra serving size, which is 12 oz. This serving size has always been requested by customers and Keurig has listened.

Strength Control:

K-Mini Plus has the Strong Brew option which the K-Mini lacks. This button makes your coffee taste stronger by brewing it for a longer time.

Dimensions of the Machine:

K-Mini Plus is only 5″ wide, this makes it quite slim and space saving. It’s about 2″ less wide than the K-Mini, so that’s quite a difference in size. But the K-Mini Plus is also taller, and the reason is that it can finally accommodate travel mugs when removing the drip tray.

Water Reservoir:

The K-Mini Plus still has a water tank similar to the K-Mini’s in the sense that you have to fill in a fresh cup at every brew and fill it up to the size of your choice. The difference is that on the K-Mini Plus, the tank is removable, which makes it easier to refill.

Pod Storage:

This is a nice addition to the K-Mini Plus. Since it’s quite compact in design, it’s actually also very portable. If you decide to take your machine on the go, you’ll find the 9-pod storage quite handy. It fits right into the machine when not in use (it goes where your cup is usually placed).

Who Should Buy the K-Mini Plus? Should You Upgrade Your Current K-Mini?

The Keurig K-Mini Plus is a great compact machine. It’s a great choice for a single or two users at most, the reason I say that is because it takes about 2 minutes to brew a cup, and you’ll have to fill it up at each brew. If a large family is going to use it, there’s going to be a long wait and lots of refilling to get every body their cup of jo’. For a larger family, I always recommend a larger Keurig like the K575 that can brew larger amounts faster.

It’s also the best option for someone who needs to save as much counter top space as possible. At 5″ wide, you don’t have to worry about K-Mini Plus taking space at all.

If this is going to be your first K-Mini, then by all means, go for it. But if you already have a K-Mini, should you upgrade to the new Mini Plus?

There’s three reasons to consider upgrading for:

  • The 12 oz serving.
  • The Strong Brew option,
  • and the travel mug accommodation.

If none of these matter to you, then there’s no reason for an upgrade, your older K-Mini will be just as fine.

See the K-Mini Plus in Action:

 

BUNN has always made some of the best commercial coffee makers out there. It makes pretty good home coffee maker, too. BUNN’s machines are of few that are certified by SCA (Specialty Coffee Association), which means it brews coffee at the optimal water temperature of 197.6º F. This HB Heat N’ Brew model is slightly different than other Bunn coffee makers for home. It finally has the feature that has always been missing from previous models which should get Bunn fans really excited.

Features of BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker:

  • SCA certified coffee maker that brews the perfect coffee at an optimal temperature between 197.6º F and 204.8º F
  • Commercial style, lime-tolerant 6-stream sprayhead design that saturates coffee ground completely to extract full flavor.
  • Maintains the ideal contact time between water and coffee grounds for proper extraction.
  • Digital programmable clock for auto-start.
  • Digital display shows you indicators of each stage of coffee brewing.
  • Brews up to 10 cups (50 oz)  of coffee in 6 to 10 minutes.
  • Does not have a water reservoir. Simply fill the tank for the amount of coffee you want to brew.
  • Drip-free glass carafe design.
  • Automatic warming plate turns on while brewing and turns off after 2 hours.

Click here to learn more about BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What’s New In The BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker?

The best part about the Heat N’ Brew model, and it’s basically what’s been missing from all other BUNN models, is the digital clock and display:

  • The digital clock is not there just to display time, of course. You can use it to set your machine to automatically start brewing any time you want.
  • The display will show you different stages of the brewing process when the machine is working. Whether it’s heating water or brewing, you’ll find what stage the machine is on written on the display.

Yet, what’s still missing from Bunn’s coffee makers is a pause and pour feature that allows you to pause the brewing cycle before it ends.

Brewing Stages of BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker:

  • As soon as you hit the Brew button, the first stage start, which uses Heat N’ Release technology of the machine. This technology uses the thermometer to measure when the water reaches the optimal temperature for brewing. The valve opens for the brewing to start only after the water has reached 197.6º F. This stage takes about 6 minutes.
  • The second stage is brewing. Heat and Release now works to maintain the optimal contact time between water and coffee grounds to meet SCA standards. The 6-stream sprayhead releases water in a way that will ensure all coffee grounds is fully covered and saturated in water and extracts the full flavors from your beans. This stage takes about 4 minutes.

Dimensions and Materials Of BUNN Heat N’ Brew:

  • The machine has approximate dimensions of 9.7 x 8.7 x 16.3 inches. It weight about 8.5 pounds. While the machine isn’t exactly large, it is slightly higher than average, which can make it a bit of a problem for someone with lower cabinets.
  • Material wise, it has a plastic body with some metal accents.
  • The included carafe has 50 oz capacity. It”s made of glass with a plastic handle and drip-free plastic lid. All plastic parts are BPA-Free.
  • Using the marked measures on the water tank, you can make 4, 6, 8 or 10 cups of coffee.
  • The warming plate can maintain temperatures 176-185°F for 2 hours before automatically shutting off.

What Are the Cons of BUNN’s Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker?

So far, everything we’ve mentioned about the Heat N’ Brew is quite great. Here are some of the few cons:

  • No Pause and Pour feature – this is still missing from all Bunn machines. Some automatic drip coffee makers have a pause feature that allows you to stop the brewing process before it finishes to enjoy a cup. In the case of Heat N’ Brew, you have to wait for the full brewing process to finish.
  • Taller than your average countertop coffee maker – in comparison to other BUNN (or other brands) coffee maker that range between 9 to 14 inches in height, Heat N’ Brew stands at 16-inches tall. So if you plan to place it under a cabinet like most of us do, make sure to measure the height of your cabinets first. You’ll need a few extra inches of clearance that will allow you to freely open the lid to add the water to the tank.
  • No Bloom (Pre-infusion) stage – this isn’t as important of a stage to everyone, but it would be great to have as an option. Blooming is a step that de-gasses freshly ground coffee beans for even more flavor to your cup.

BUNN Heat N’ Brew Compared To Other BUNN Coffee Makers:

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TitleBUNN HB Heat N Brew Programmable Coffee Maker, 10 cup, Stainless SteelBUNN BT Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer, BlackBUNN Speed Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer
FeatureDigital clock with programmable brew start time for coffee that’s ready when you are each morning
Brews 10 perfect cups in about 10 minutes when not using the programmable start feature
Auto warmer plate turns on during brewing and off after 2 hours
Exclusive shatter-resistant Drip-Free carafe delivers the cleanest pour on the market
3-Year Warranty backed by BUNN customer service in Springfield, IL
Certified by the Specialty Coffee Association
Reservoir-style home brewer makes up to 10 cups of coffee in just 3 minutes
Stainless-steel water tank; 800-watt heater and internal thermostat
Sprayhead design improves coffee-flavor extraction; hot water available for tea
Stainless-steel vacuum-insulated carafe; close-and-brew lid; vacation switch
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
BUNN-engineered Sprayhead extends the contact time between water and grounds resulting in coffee taste comparable to your favorite restaurant or café
The very best of our gravity drip innovation reimagined in a contemporary, curved design
Internal Water Tank keeps water constantly heated to optimal temperature so you can brew a full pot in about 4 minutes
Pour-O-Matic drip-free Glass Carafe is specifically designed to eliminate spillage down the side of the carafe and on the warming plate
Lime-tolerant Sprayhead discourages mineral build up, which means less time cleaning and longer brewer life cycle
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Two of the most popular BUNN models are Velocity Brew and Speed Brew coffee makers. How does the Heat N’ Brew compare to them?

  • There are obvious design differences that we will not get into. How they work is more important, and all models actually work exactly the same way, but differ in speed.
  • However, the Heat N’ Brew is the only model that has a digital clock for auto start. If you want your brew to start automatically at a set time, the Heat N’ Brew is the only BUNN model to do it.
  • Speed wise, Heat N’ Brew is the slowest. It takes up to 10 minutes to brew a full pot. While Speed Brew and Velocity Brew take 3 to 4 minutes.

Video Overview of BUNN Heat N’ Brew Coffee Maker:

 
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