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Ninja Coffee Bar® Single-Serve System

Model #: CF111

Pod-free single serve system with built in frother. Hot, iced, and specialty coffee drinks from cup to multi-serve.

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What's included
  • Built-In Frother
  • 40-Recipe Inspiration Guide
  • Ninja Smart Scoop
  • Permanent Reusable Filter
  • Removable Water Reservoir
Ninja Coffee Bar® Single-Serve System
Ninja Coffee Bar® Single-Serve System
Ninja Coffee Bar® Single-Serve System
Ninja Coffee Bar® Single-Serve System
Ninja Coffee Bar® Single-Serve System
Ninja Coffee Bar® Single-Serve System
Ninja Coffee Bar® Single-Serve System
Ninja Coffee Bar® Single-Serve System

Details

The next-generation Ninja Coffee Bar® is a single serve coffee system—complete with a variety of brew types and sizes you can’t get anywhere else. There’s even a built-in frother with hot and cold frothing capabilities. Plus a host of delicious coffee recipes you can create and enjoy, all from the comfort of home.

Pod-free single-serve brewing gives you the freedom to use any brand of coffee and to adjust the amount of grounds used—allowing you to achieve unlimited variety and personal customization of your coffee drinks.

Ninja’s patent-pending Advanced Thermal Flavor Extraction® Technology allows you to unlock the full flavor potential of your favorite ground coffee and enjoy a hot, great-tasting brew with variable levels of richness. Classic Brew provides a smooth, balanced flavor from your favorite coffee; Rich Brew’s intense flavor stands up to milk, creamers, and flavorings; and Over Ice Brew makes the perfect iced coffee that never tastes watered down.

Ninja’s Signature Brews, Cafe Forte and Specialty, take coffee to the next level. Cafe Forte is a robust cupful of complex flavors, bringing out the nuances of your coffee for a full-bodied gourmet experience. Specialty Brew is a super-rich concentrate that can be combined with frothed milk to create bold, decadent coffeehouse-style drinks—hot or cold, layered or blended.

Our Ninja Coffee Bar® System features an integrated frother that lets you brew, froth and drink in your favorite mug. In just seconds, you can transform hot or cold milk into a silky foam topping for all your favorite indulgent coffee drinks.

Only the Ninja Coffee Bar® System has Auto-iQ® One-Touch Intelligence Technology, which draws just the right amount of water from the reservoir, based on the brew size and brew type you choose. And for the first time ever, the Ninja Coffee Bar® System offers XL settings for both cups and travel mugs.
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FAQs


This FAQ page is a great place to find info, tips and help. Just make sure you’ve read your Owner’s Guide before using your unit.

Set Up

How do I fill my water reservoir?
To fill the water reservoir, use the hand grips to lift it to the right and up off the brewer. The water reservoir lid flips open for easy filling, and the entire lid is easily removable for quick cleaning. Add fresh, filtered water up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line, then return the water reservoir to the brewer by angling it into the holder and pushing in toward the brewer to lock into place. Do not fill water reservoir with anything other than water as other liquids may damage your brewer.
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How do I remove and insert the removable filter holder?
Slide brew basket out and lift the removable filter holder from the brew basket to remove.

To reinsert, set the removable filter holder back into the brew basket. Once the filter holder is in place, slide the brew basket all the way in until it clicks into place.
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How to prepare your Ninja Coffee Bar® for a brewing cycle.
To brew a cup or travel mug of coffee, place the vessel you wish to brew into below the brew basket and fill the reservoir with water. Then insert a #2 paper filter or the permanent filter into the brew basket, and add your favorite coffee using the Ninja Smart Scoop. After adding the water and coffee, choose a brew size and brew type.

If you want to brew a travel mug, you can place larger cups and travel mugs directly on the base of the unit.

If you want to brew a cup, lower the cup platform below the brew basket and place your cup on the platform, following the same instructions above.
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Cleaning

How to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar®
Follow the step-by-step instructions below to walk through the steps on how to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar.

Step 1: To begin cleaning your Ninja Coffee Bar, unplug your unit to locate the Date Code on the metals prongs.
At the end of the power cord, there will be a 4-digit number engraved on the outside of one of the metal prongs. This is the Date Code of your unit, which tells you the date your unit was produced. For reference, see the diagram below:



Step 2: Once you know the 4-digit Date Code of your unit, select the corresponding link below.
Once you click the link, we will provide you a set of cleaning instructions with a downloadable Infographic PDF for your records followed by detailed instructions on how to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar.

Date code ending in “16”, where the first two numbers are between 00-31
Date code ending in “16”, where the first two numbers are between 32-52
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How often should I clean my Ninja Coffee Bar®?
Cleaning your brewer regularly is very important. To ensure you're receiving the best possible coffee from your Ninja Coffee Bar®, clean your brewer whenever the CLEAN button illuminates.
For more information on cleaning instructions, please refer to "How to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar®".
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The Clean light came on. What cleaning solution should I use to clean my Ninja Coffee Bar®?
The Clean button illuminates when your Ninja Coffee Bar® senses there is calcium buildup in your machine. Follow the steps in the "How to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar® FAQ. Be sure to allow the brewer to cool before cleaning. Do NOT immerse the coffeemaker into water or any other liquid. To keep your brewer brewing hot, rich, and smooth coffee, cleaning is recommended before or as soon as the Clean button illuminates.

For the most effective cleaning, we recommend using a descaling solution specifically formulated for coffeemaker cleaning. Alternately, fill the water reservoir to the travel mug line (16 oz.) with only white vinegar. This method is effective for mildly scaled machines.

Descaling solution can be found on our website: http://www.ninjakitchen.com/accessories
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What parts/accessories are dishwasher safe?
The permanent filter, removable filter holder, water reservoir and flip-top lid are all top-rack dishwasher safe.
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How do I clean my Ninja Coffee Bar® before first use?
Before your first brew, we recommend running two XL Multi-Serve, Classic Brew cycles with just water (no coffee grounds) to prime your Ninja Coffee Bar®.
With your brewer plugged in and powered on, fill your reservoir with water up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line. Place your brewing vessel under the brew basket, choose the XL Multi-Serve setting, then press the Classic Brew button. When the cycle is complete, discard the water in the vessel and repeat. After you have completed two cycles, you are ready to use your Ninja Coffee Bar®.
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How do I clean after a brew?
Cleaning your Ninja Coffee Bar® is easy.
  • Before cleaning, close the Drip Stop.
  • After each brew is complete and the coffee grounds have cooled, discard the paper filter. If using the permanent filter, carefully remove and wash. Remove the filter holder from the brew basket, rinse, and wash with soap and warm water.
  • After each froth, thoroughly rinse the frother whisk or place it on top rack of dishwasher.
  • Wipe machine down with a cloth and soap and warm water. Clean the base plate, shower head, water reservoir shelf, water reservoir, flip-top water reservoir lid, and removable filter holder with soap and water. Do not immerse the base in water.


  • NOTE: The permanent filter and water reservoir are top-rack dishwasher safe.
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    Brew Volume

    Can I add more water while brewing?
    We do not recommend adding water to the water reservoir while the Ninja Coffee Bar® is in use.
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    How do I change the vessel size?
    It’s easy: simply turn the Multi-Serve size dial to Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Multi-Serve, Half Carafe, or Full Carafe. The brew size icon will illuminate to show which brew size you have selected.
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    Brewing Coffee

    My coffee isn't hot enough.
    Try these tips:
    • When using a ceramic cup, we recommend pre-heating the cup by running it under hot water from the sink. When using a travel mug, put the top on as soon as the brew cycle is completed.
    • When using the glass carafe, ensure the brew-through lid is on correctly and securely fastened. This helps maintain the carafe's temperature. Not using the brew-through lid, or not having the lid on properly, could allow heat to escape from the carafe, causing the coffee to cool rapidly.
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    Why is the second cup that I brewed hotter than the first cup?
    After brewing the first cup, the Ninja Coffee Bar® is pre-warmed. This enables any following brews to be slightly hotter. For a hotter first cup, after plugging in and powering on your brewer, allow 3 minutes for your brewer to pre-heat.
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    Does the Ninja Coffee Bar® take coffee pods?
    This brewer is designed to brew coffee grounds only. Do not insert pods or K-Cups®*.

    *K-Cup is a registered trademark of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. Use of the K-Cup trademark does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
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    My Coffee still isn't hot enough.
    Try these tips:
    • You can program the Warming Plate to stay on longer when brewing a Half or Full Carafe. Simply press and hold the Stay Warm button and use the hour (H) or minute (M) buttons to select the length of time you wish to have the Warming Plate remain on.
    • When using a ceramic cup, we recommend preheating the cup by running it under hot water from the sink. When using a travel mug, put the top on as soon as the brew cycle is completed.
    • When using the glass carafe, ensure the brew-through lid is on correctly and securely fastened. This helps maintain the carafe's temperature. Not using the brew-through lid, or not having the lid on properly, could allow heat to escape from the carafe, causing the coffee to cool rapidly.
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    Why does the size selector turn off when I press Speciality or Cafe Forte?
    Specialty and Cafe Forte are one-touch brews, which means that no size selection is necessary as these brews deliver a specific amount of concentrated coffee for the perfect brew every time. The Specialty Brew delivers approximately 4 oz. of a strong coffee concentrate perfect for an iced blended coffee drink or milk-based specialty drink. Cafe Forte delivers approximately 8 oz. of coffee with a deep, full-bodied, and complex flavor that is rich and drinkable. It tastes great black—no milk or sweeteners needed.
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    Are special coffee beans required?
    No, however a medium grind coffee is recommended.
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    Can I change brew settings once my coffee has started to brew?
    Once a Cafe Forte Brew or Specialty Brew has started, you cannot change brew settings. For all other brews, you may select a different brew size or style. Results vary, depending upon the status of the current brew cycle.
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    Can I froth and brew at the same time?
    Yes, you can froth and brew at the same time.

    However, DO NOT reach across the top of the brewer to froth during brewing. Steam is released from the vent on top of brewer and can result in a steam burn.
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    Can I use shaved ice or crushed ice for iced coffee or must I use ice cubes?
    We strongly recommend ice cubes when making iced coffee.

    Shaved and crushed ice have different packing characteristics. Because of this, you should NOT use shaved or crushed ice, as the vessel used may overflow once coffee is brewed over the ice.
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    How do I make milder coffee?
    For milder coffee, try the Classic Brew setting using light roast beans, with a paper filter in your brew basket (rather than the permanent metal filter). If you want an even milder flavor, you can put less coffee in the brew basket—just keep in mind that grounds do absorb liquid during the normal brew cycle, so you will wind up with a less concentrated, larger cup of coffee.
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    How do I make stronger coffee?
    For stronger coffee, try the Rich Brew setting using dark roast beans, with the permanent filter in your brew basket (rather than a paper filter). If you want an even bolder flavor, you can add more coffee grounds in the brew basket—just keep in mind that the additional grounds do absorb liquid, so you will wind up with a more concentrated, smaller cup of coffee.
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    How long does Pre-heat stay on?
    Your Ninja Coffee Bar® will stay preheated for 72 hours unless you turn the brewer off by pressing the Power button.
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    How much extra coffee do I need to add for Rich, Over Ice, Cafe Forte or Specialty Brew?
    None. Each brew type is designed to make the strength you need using the volume denoted on the Ninja Smart Scoop (the scoop can be found on the side of your brewer). Each brew is optimized to make a stronger coffee without extra coffee grounds, so you do not need to change anything other than the button you press.
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    What brew size should I select before brewing Specialty and Cafe Forte?
    Specialty and Cafe Forte Brew are Ninja's signature, one-touch brews designed to deliver the same amount of coffee each time. Regardless of what size selection is illuminated, your Specialty Brew will deliver approximately 4 oz. and Cafe Forte will deliver approximately 8 oz.
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    What grind coffee should I use?
    A medium grind coffee is recommended.
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    How long does it take to preheat to get the hottest cup of coffee?
    After turning on your Ninja Coffee Bar®, the pre-heat notification will illuminate for 3 minutes as your brewer warms up. Once it has warmed up to the proper temperature, the pre-heat notification will turn off, indicating it is time to brew.
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    What impacts coffee brew volume?
    When you make hot coffee, the coffee grounds will absorb some water, resulting in slightly less brewed coffee than the amount of water used. The more coffee you use, the more water will be absorbed. Additionally, our wide-bottommed carafe holds most of the coffee at the base, which helps control the temperature more evenly.

    If you are experiencing inconsistent brew volume, we recommend you run a Clean cycle. Please refer to the "How to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar®" FAQ.
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    How hot will my cup/travel mug of coffee be after brewing?
    The Ninja Coffee Bar® is designed to brew coffee that is between 137 and 175 degrees Fahrenheit.
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    Frother

    Does the frother produce hot and cold froth? How do I produce the froth?
    Our integrated frother is capable of transforming hot or cold milk into a silky microfoam. For hot froth, the milk will need to either be preheated in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds or simmered on a stovetop. Cold froth is made with cold milk and is an excellent addition to iced lattes or frozen blended drinks.

    To froth, pour milk into cup until it is about one-third full. (Use more or less milk depending on your preference.) For hot froth, microwave for 45 to 60 seconds. Move the frother into the ready position by swinging the arm toward the front. Hold the cup under the frother and submerge the whisk just below the surface of the milk. This allows air to fold into the milk, for the frothiest results. Press and hold the frothing button for 30 to 45 seconds. You can easily remove the frother whisk by twisting it clockwise. To avoid spills, keep your cup below the whisk as you carry it to your sink or dishwasher for cleaning.

    DO NOT reach across top of brewer to froth during brewing. Steam is released from the vent on top of brewer and can result in a steam burn.
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    Can I froth non-dairy milk, like soy milk or almond milk?
    Yes. While we recommend dairy milk for best performance, you can froth both almond milk and soy milk. For better results, use soy milk heated.
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    How long do I need to froth my milk?
    Hold the cup under the frother and submerge the whisk just below the surface of the milk. Press and hold the frothing button for 30 to 45 seconds.

    For hot froth, microwave the milk for 45-60 seconds in a microwavable cup before frothing, then follow the directions above.
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    How do I clean my frother whisk?
    To avoid drips and spills, hold your cup below the whisk while you carry it to your sink or dishwasher for easy cleaning. The frother whisk is top-rack dishwasher safe.
    We recommend that you either hand wash the whisk or place it on the top rack of your dishwasher. We do not recommend placing soapy water in your cup to clean the frother while still attached.
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    How do I set up my built-in frother whisk? How do I take it off?
    To set up your frother, swing the frother arm from the back of the machine to the front until it is locked into place. Place the frother whisk onto the integrated frother by pushing up the whisk and rotating it counterclockwise. There are also lock icons on the frother whisk to indicate which way to turn the frother whisk to lock it in.

    To remove the frother whisk, twist clockwise and pull down.
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    What is the best milk to use for frothing?
    For best results and to create the most froth using hot milk, we recommend using whole milk. For cold froth, we recommend skim milk.
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    General Information

    Can I brew tea in this machine?
    We do not recommend brewing tea in the Ninja Coffee Bar®. After brewing coffee, there will be coffee oils and flavors that will be left in the brew basket which may effect the flavor of the tea.
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    What is Cafe Forte?
    Cafe Forte is exclusive to the Ninja Coffee Bar® System. Cafe Forte has a deep, complex flavor that brings out the nuances of your coffee for a full-bodied gourmet experience. It tastes great black—no milk or sweeteners needed. You will enjoy Cafe Forte if you favor strong, robust coffee.
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    Are Ninja cups and tumblers BPA free?
    Yes, all of our cups and tumblers are BPA free.
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    What is Thermal Flavor Extraction®?
    Many variables go into brewing the perfect cup of coffee. Three of those variables—temperature, pre-infusion, and saturation—are difficult to manage on your own. Our Thermal Flavor Extraction® Technology automatically controls them for you.

    How It Works:
    Temperature: Water is heated to the ideal temperature for coffee.
    Pre-Infusion: Grounds are evenly saturated, then given time to bloom.
    Saturation: Grounds are saturated again for even and consistent extraction.
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    What are the size dimensions of the Ninja Coffee Bar®?
    The dimensions of the Ninja Coffee Bar® are as follows:

    Imperial (inches): 10.55 (depth) x 10.28 (width) x 14.80 (height)
    Metric (centimeters): 26.80 (depth) x 26.11 (width) x 37.59 (height)
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    Which compatible accessories and parts are microwave-safe?
    The only accessories that are microwave-safe are the Ninja® insulated cups, mugs, and tumblers.
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    What parts/accessories are dishwasher safe?
    The permanent filter, removable filter holder, water reservoir and flip-top lid are all top-rack dishwasher safe.
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    Where can I find the model number?
    The model number can be found on the bottom of your unit.

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    Product Specifications

    What size paper filters fit my Ninja Coffee Bar®?
    The brew basket is designed to fit a #2 cone paper filter, or the silver Ninja® permanent filter.
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    Do I need to use a paper filter with the permanent filter?
    No, the paper filter and permanent filter should not be used together. Please use either a paper filter or the permanent filter when brewing coffee.

    Using a permanent filter in conjunction with a paper filter may result in water and/or coffee clogging and backing up in the filter basket.
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    Product Care


    This FAQ page is a great place to find info, tips and help. Just make sure you’ve read your Owner’s Guide before using your unit.

    Cleaning

    How to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar®
    Follow the step-by-step instructions below to walk through the steps on how to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar.

    Step 1: To begin cleaning your Ninja Coffee Bar, unplug your unit to locate the Date Code on the metals prongs.
    At the end of the power cord, there will be a 4-digit number engraved on the outside of one of the metal prongs. This is the Date Code of your unit, which tells you the date your unit was produced. For reference, see the diagram below:



    Step 2: Once you know the 4-digit Date Code of your unit, select the corresponding link below.
    Once you click the link, we will provide you a set of cleaning instructions with a downloadable Infographic PDF for your records followed by detailed instructions on how to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar.

    Date code ending in “16”, where the first two numbers are between 00-31
    Date code ending in “16”, where the first two numbers are between 32-52
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    How often should I clean my Ninja Coffee Bar®?
    Cleaning your brewer regularly is very important. To ensure you're receiving the best possible coffee from your Ninja Coffee Bar®, clean your brewer whenever the CLEAN button illuminates.
    For more information on cleaning instructions, please refer to "How to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar®".
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    The Clean light came on. What cleaning solution should I use to clean my Ninja Coffee Bar®?
    The Clean button illuminates when your Ninja Coffee Bar® senses there is calcium buildup in your machine. Follow the steps in the "How to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar® FAQ. Be sure to allow the brewer to cool before cleaning. Do NOT immerse the coffeemaker into water or any other liquid. To keep your brewer brewing hot, rich, and smooth coffee, cleaning is recommended before or as soon as the Clean button illuminates.

    For the most effective cleaning, we recommend using a descaling solution specifically formulated for coffeemaker cleaning. Alternately, fill the water reservoir to the travel mug line (16 oz.) with only white vinegar. This method is effective for mildly scaled machines.

    Descaling solution can be found on our website: http://www.ninjakitchen.com/accessories
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    What parts/accessories are dishwasher safe?
    The permanent filter, removable filter holder, water reservoir and flip-top lid are all top-rack dishwasher safe.
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    How do I clean my Ninja Coffee Bar® before first use?
    Before your first brew, we recommend running two XL Multi-Serve, Classic Brew cycles with just water (no coffee grounds) to prime your Ninja Coffee Bar®.
    With your brewer plugged in and powered on, fill your reservoir with water up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line. Place your brewing vessel under the brew basket, choose the XL Multi-Serve setting, then press the Classic Brew button. When the cycle is complete, discard the water in the vessel and repeat. After you have completed two cycles, you are ready to use your Ninja Coffee Bar®.
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    How do I clean after a brew?
    Cleaning your Ninja Coffee Bar® is easy.
  • Before cleaning, close the Drip Stop.
  • After each brew is complete and the coffee grounds have cooled, discard the paper filter. If using the permanent filter, carefully remove and wash. Remove the filter holder from the brew basket, rinse, and wash with soap and warm water.
  • After each froth, thoroughly rinse the frother whisk or place it on top rack of dishwasher.
  • Wipe machine down with a cloth and soap and warm water. Clean the base plate, shower head, water reservoir shelf, water reservoir, flip-top water reservoir lid, and removable filter holder with soap and water. Do not immerse the base in water.


  • NOTE: The permanent filter and water reservoir are top-rack dishwasher safe.
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    Brewing Coffee

    Why is the second cup that I brewed hotter than the first cup?
    After brewing the first cup, the Ninja Coffee Bar® is pre-warmed. This enables any following brews to be slightly hotter. For a hotter first cup, after plugging in and powering on your brewer, allow 3 minutes for your brewer to pre-heat.
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    Frother

    How do I clean my frother whisk?
    To avoid drips and spills, hold your cup below the whisk while you carry it to your sink or dishwasher for easy cleaning. The frother whisk is top-rack dishwasher safe.
    We recommend that you either hand wash the whisk or place it on the top rack of your dishwasher. We do not recommend placing soapy water in your cup to clean the frother while still attached.
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    Product Specifications

    What size paper filters fit my Ninja Coffee Bar®?
    The brew basket is designed to fit a #2 cone paper filter, or the silver Ninja® permanent filter.
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    Troubleshooting


    This FAQ page is a great place to find info, tips and help. Just make sure you’ve read your Owner’s Guide before using your unit.

    Power

    Is it normal for the brew type button to pulse while the Ninja Coffee Bar® is brewing?
    Yes, when the Ninja Coffee Bar® is brewing, you will notice that the brew type you have selected will be illuminated and pulse on and off during the brew.
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    Cleaning

    How to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar®
    Follow the step-by-step instructions below to walk through the steps on how to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar.

    Step 1: To begin cleaning your Ninja Coffee Bar, unplug your unit to locate the Date Code on the metals prongs.
    At the end of the power cord, there will be a 4-digit number engraved on the outside of one of the metal prongs. This is the Date Code of your unit, which tells you the date your unit was produced. For reference, see the diagram below:



    Step 2: Once you know the 4-digit Date Code of your unit, select the corresponding link below.
    Once you click the link, we will provide you a set of cleaning instructions with a downloadable Infographic PDF for your records followed by detailed instructions on how to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar.

    Date code ending in “16”, where the first two numbers are between 00-31
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    Step 3: Follow the cleaning instructions below to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar.

    Set the largest coffee cup or travel mug you have beneath the brew basket and select appropriate brew size for that container.

    NOTE: The Ninja XL Hot & Cold® 22 oz. Multi-Serve Tumbler is recommended for the clean cycle.

    (RECOMMENDED) Use a descaling solution specifically formulated for coffee maker cleaning and follow the directions on the package. Fill the water reservoir up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line. OR Fill the water reservoir to the cup line with white vinegar, then fill the rest of the reservoir with water up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line. IMPORTANT: Use only white vinegar.

    Once the water reservoir is filled with your cleaning solution and water mixture, press the CLEAN button.

    The Clean Cycle takes approximately 3 minutes to fully descale and clean the machine. The unit will beep five times when the clean cycle has completed. Discard the water in the container. Thoroughly clean the water reservoir to remove any cleaning solution that could affect the flavor of your coffee and fill the reservoir with fresh water up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line. Place the container beneath the brew basket and select the brew size for that container.

    Press the CLEAN button to initiate a 3-minute flush cycle. The unit will beep five times when the flush cycle has completed. Discard the water in the container. Thoroughly clean the water reservoir. Fill the water reservoir with fresh water up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line and set the container beneath the brew basket. Select the Specialty brew size. Afterwards, discard the water in the container. Thoroughly clean the container and water reservoir to remove any cleaning solution that could affect the flavor of your coffee.

    NOTE: If the CLEAN light illuminates again, then calcium buildup is still present. Repeat the steps above with a descaling solution specifically formulated for coffee maker cleaning and the CLEAN light will automatically shut off when your brewer is clean. If the problem persists, consider using the Enhanced Clean Cycle. Please call Customer Care at 1-866-826-6941 to purchase descaling solution or if the brewer needs any servicing.


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    Step 3: Follow the cleaning instructions below to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar.

    Set the largest coffee cup or travel mug you have beneath the brew basket and select appropriate brew size for that container.

    NOTE: The Ninja XL Hot & Cold® 22 oz. Multi-Serve Tumbler is recommended for the clean cycle.

    (RECOMMENDED) Use a descaling solution specifically formulated for coffee maker cleaning and follow the directions on the package. Fill the water reservoir up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line. OR Fill the water reservoir to the cup line with white vinegar, then fill the rest of the reservoir with water up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line. IMPORTANT: Use only white vinegar.

    Once the water reservoir is filled with your cleaning solution and water mixture, press the CLEAN button.

    Your Ninja Coffee Bar will deliver a small amount of water to distribute the cleaning mixture throughout the system. Do not remove the container from the base during this period, as there will be additional water delivered. It will then pause for 15 minutes and beep three times. Repeat the following steps 2 to 4 times until the reservoir is empty and the unit beeps 5 times indicating that the cleaning portion of the clean cycle has been completed. Please refill the reservoir and repeat the steps below if the unit does not beep 5 times when the reservoir empties. The number of cycles depends upon the selected brew size.


    1. Empty the container and place the container under the brew basket.
    2. Press the CLEAN button.
    3. The unit will deliver a small amount of water and beeps.

    Clean the water reservoir and fill the reservoir up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line to begin the flushing portion of the clean cycle. Repeat the following steps 3 to 5 times until the reservoir is empty and the unit beeps 5 times and the CLEAN LED light turns off indicating that the clean cycle has been completed. Please refill the reservoir and repeat the steps below if the unit does not beep 5 times when the reservoir empties. The number of cycles depends upon the selected brew size.


    1. Empty the container and place the container under the brew basket.
    2. Press the CLEAN button.
    3. The unit will deliver a small amount of water and beeps.

    Fill the water reservoir up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line. Place the container under the brew basket and select the Specialty size. Afterwards, discard the water in the container. Thoroughly clean the container before next use. NOTE: If the CLEAN light illuminates again, then calcium buildup is still present. Repeat the steps above with a descaling solution specifically formulated for coffee maker cleaning and the CLEAN light will automatically shut off when your brewer is clean. If the problem persists, consider using the Enhanced Clean Cycle.

    Please call Customer Care at 1-866-826-6941 to purchase descaling solution or if the brewer needs any servicing.

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    Why are there white particles/film in my coffee and filter?
    The white particles/film you are seeing may be mineral deposits coming from the water you're using. This is an indicator that your Ninja Coffee Bar® needs to be cleaned. Follow the instructions on cleaning and descaling your unit in your instruction booklet, or under the "How to clean and descale your Ninja Coffee Bar®" FAQ.
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    Brewing Coffee

    I tried to start a brew cycle and my Ninja Coffee Bar® is beeping.
    If your unit beeps five times when you attempt to initiate a brew cycle, there are two common reasons:
    • The drip stop is in the closed position. Toggle the drip stop to the open position, and re-select your brew size and type to start the brew again
    • There is no water in the reservoir. Fill the water reservoir up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line, then re-select your brew size and type to start the brew again

    If your Ninja Coffee Bar® is still beeping, it may be time to run the Clean cycle. Please refer to the "How to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar®" FAQ under Product Care.
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    My Coffee Bar just started to make coffee by itself and it spilled everywhere.
    The drip stop is open. Close it by moving the drip stop tab on the brew basket to the closed position denoted by a water droplet icon with a slash through it. If this does not stop the brew, unplug the brewer.
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    I didn't get as much coffee as I should have.
    Ensure that you have the correct size container for the program you have selected rich brew and ice brew will yield smaller and more concentrated amounts. The voltage in your home's electrical system and the type of water used can influence the amount of coffee the Ninja Coffee Bar® will yield. Hot water and/or high voltage will yield slightly less coffee, and cold water and/or low voltage will yield slightly more coffee.
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    My brew cycle is taking too long.
    The Cup setting will take approximately 4 minutes to brew.

    If the brew cycle is taking longer than normal, run a Clean cycle with the descaling solution.
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    The brewing cycle produced less coffee than expected.
    Before brewing, make sure the Drip Stop toggle is set to the open position, denoted by the water droplet image, and the Clean light is off. If your brew cycle is not completing, it may be time to clean and descale your machine. Refer to cleaning instructions.

    Before removing your cup, make sure you allow the Ninja Coffee Bar® to complete its full brew cycle. It will beep when finished. Each brew has a pre-infusion cycle with varying times. The brew will begin, stop, and be quiet for a short period of time before it begins again. This process is used to evenly saturate the coffee grounds.

    For a single cup on Classic Brew, we recommend using a 12 oz. cup. The extra space ensures that you can comfortably add cream/sugar and carry your cup without spilling. Use a 14 oz. cup for XL Cup; a 16 oz. vessel for Travel Mug; and a 20 oz. vessel for XL Multi-Serve. Note that Rich Brew and Over Ice Brew will yield smaller and more concentrated amounts than Classic Brew.

    Be aware that coffee grounds absorb water during normal operations; using more than the recommended amount of coffee grounds will result in less coffee. For the best experience, we recommend using the double-sided Ninja Smart Scoop, with no more than 3 small scoops (3 tbsp.) for Cup/XL Cup or 5 small scoops (5 tbsp.) for Travel/XL Multi-serve.

    The voltage in your home's electrical system and the type of water used can also influence the amount of coffee the Ninja Coffee Bar® will yield. We recommend using cold water, as putting hot water directly into the water reservoir will yield slightly less coffee. High voltage will also yield slightly less coffee. Try moving to a different outlet, especially if you have an older electrical system in your building.
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    I didn't put in enough water, and my Ninja Coffee Bar® started beeping in mid-cycle. Can I just add more water and keep going?
    To ensure the best possible coffee, a new brew cycle is needed. Refill the water reservoir to the correlating fill line for your brew size, or up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line. Empty the brew basket and the brewing vessel. Place the empty vessel beneath the brew basket, insert fresh coffee grounds in the brew basket, and start your brew cycle again.
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    My brew cycle will not start.
    Make sure the unit is powered on, and the display is illuminated. If there are no lights, it means the machine is not getting power. Try a different outlet and press the Power button. Check to make sure there is water in the water reservoir.

    Make sure the Drip Stop is open, as the machine will beep 5 times and the brew cycle will not start if the Drip Stop is in the closed position. If the Drip Stop LED is illuminated, and the Drip Stop is in the open position, it means the brew basket was inserted incorrectly. Reinsert the brew basket by aligning it with the rails, then slide it into the brewer until it clicks in place.

    If your Ninja Coffee Bar® beeps 5 times, this could indicate that there is not enough water in the reservoir. Please refill the water reservoir, and reselect your brew size and type to restart the brew cycle.

    If the above actions have not corrected the beeping, it may be time to run the Clean cycle. Please refer to the Care & Maintenance section.

    NOTE: The brew will begin, stop, and be quiet for a short period of time before it begins again. This pre-infusion process is used to evenly saturate your coffee grounds.
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    My Ninja Coffee Bar® just started to make coffee by itself and it spilled everywhere.
    The drip stop is open. Close it by moving the drip stop tab on the brew basket to the closed position (denoted by a water droplet icon with a slash through it).
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    My coffee has finished brewing, and my Ninja Coffee Bar® is beeping.
    The beeping indicates that your coffee is ready to enjoy.
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    My coffee still isn't hot enough.
    Try these tips:
    • You can program the Warming Plate to stay on longer when brewing a Half or Full Carafe. Simply press and hold the Stay Warm button and use the hour (H) or minute (M) buttons to select the length of time you wish to have the Warming Plate remain on.
    • When using a ceramic cup, we recommend preheating the cup by running it under hot water from the sink. When using a travel mug, put the top on as soon as the brew cycle is completed.
    • When using the glass carafe, ensure the brew-through lid is on correctly and securely fastened. This helps maintain the carafe's temperature. Not using the brew-through lid, or not having the lid on properly, could allow heat to escape from the carafe, causing the coffee to cool rapidly.
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    My cup or travel mug overflowed.
    The Ninja® Coffee Brewer is designed to deliver the following amounts on Classic Brew:
    • Cup - 9.5 oz.
    • Travel - 14 oz.

    If your cup overflowed, please be sure that the cup can hold over 12 oz. of liquid, and your travel mug can hold over 16 oz.

    NOTE: On Rich Brew and Over Ice Brew there will be less volume dispensed.

    If your Ninja® Coffee Brewer has gradually increased the volume dispensed, we recommend running the clean cycle with a descaling solution specifically formulated for coffeemaker cleaning.
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    My Ninja Coffee Bar® started beeping right after I tried to start a brew.
    If there is no water in the reservoir tank, refill with the appropriate amount of water, and start a new brew cycle.

    If there is water in the tank and the LED drip stop light is illuminated, then the drip stop is on. If a brew cycle starts with the drip stop on, the Ninja Coffee Bar® will start to beep after 20 seconds and will continue until the drip stop is opened, or six minutes has passed, at which time the brew will be canceled.

    Turn off the drip stop by moving the tab on the brew basket to the open position, denoted by the image of the water droplet. Once the drip stop is open, start a new brew cycle.

    If these two steps have not resolved the issue, run a Clean cycle by following the directions in the "How to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar®" FAQ under product care.
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    The water reservoir is leaking.
    Water may drip from the reservoir when it is removed. Not to worry, this is a normal occurrence. Simply use a dry cloth to wipe away the water droplets from the machine after it has cooled.
    Do not over-fill the water reservoir. Fill the water up to, but not exceeding, the Max Fill line.

    For more information: watch this video.
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    The brew basket drips even after the brew cycle is completed.
    Once the brew cycle is complete, move the drip stop to the closed position (denoted by the image of a water droplet with a slash through it) before removing your brewing vessel.

    For more information: watch this video.
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    The brew basket is overflowing—water and/or coffee grounds are coming out of the top and down the sides.
    The bottom opening of the brew basket is clogged. This can happen with finely ground coffee, or if too many coffee grounds were put into the basket. Remove the basket carefully, discard the coffee grounds, and rinse the entire brew basket (and permanent filter, if applicable) with water to remove any grounds remaining inside. Do NOT touch the basket until it has completely cooled, as the water will be very HOT. Clogging of the brew basket can also occur when using the permanent filter in conjunction with a paper filter. When using a paper filter, do not also use the permanent filter.
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    The paper filter is folding over when I put the brew basket in the Ninja Coffee Bar®.
    The Ninja Coffee Bar® is designed to take a #2 cone filter. Be sure you are using this size and shape, as larger sizes may fold over. If not, allow the brew basket to cool before handling. The paper filters are thicker on two edges. Fold those edges along the crease (once along the bottom and once along the side) before inserting into the brew basket. Alternatively, you can wet the sides of the paper filter to temporarily adhere it to the brew basket.

    NOTE: When using a paper filter, do not also use the permanent filter.
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    There is "mud" or sediment in my coffee.
    If using a permanent filter, the sediment at the bottom of the brewed coffee may be due to using finely ground coffee. To reduce the amount of sediment in the brewed coffee, use a slightly coarser grind, or use a paper filter.
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    There is no water coming out of the bottom of the brew basket into my cup.
    If the drip stop LED light is illuminated, then disengage by moving the drip stop tab on the brew basket from the closed position to the open position, denoted by the icon of a water drop with no slash through it.

    The bottom opening of the brew basket may be clogged. This can happen with finely ground coffee, or if too many coffee grounds were put into the basket. Remove the basket carefully, discard the coffee grounds, and rinse the entire brew basket (and permanent filter, if applicable) with water to remove any grounds remaining inside. Do NOT touch the basket until it has completely cooled, as the water will be very HOT. Clogging of the brew basket can also occur when using the permanent filter in conjunction with a paper filter. When using a paper filter, do not use the permanent filter.

    The Ninja Coffee Bar® is equipped with Auto-iQ technology that includes a pre-infusion feature. This means there will be a short delay after you start your brew cycle where water is saturating with your coffee grounds in the brew basket to enhance the flavor of the coffee.

    If problem persists, please wash out your brew basket and run a Clean cycle.
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    Why is my Over Ice Brew not cold?
    The Over Ice Brew is designed to brew hot coffee over ice to lock in the flavor for rich, smooth iced coffee. Make sure your cup, travel mug, or carafe is filled all the way to the top with ice cubes.

    We strongly recommend using ice cubes when making iced coffee. Shaved and crushed ice have different packing characteristics. Because of this, you should NOT use shaved or crushed ice, as the vessel used may overflow once coffee is brewed over the ice.

    IMPORTANT: DO NOT use hot water in the water reservoir. We recommend cool, fresh, filtered water.
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    Inconsistent brew volume with same setting?
    If you are experiencing inconsistent brew volume, we recommend you run a Clean cycle. Please refer to the "How to clean & descale your Ninja Coffee Bar®" FAQ.
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    General Information

    There is water left in the reservoir.
    After a brew, you may notice leftover water in your reservoir after filling to the minimum fill line of the size selected. The water reservoir markings are minimum fill lines that indicate if there is enough water for the proper brew size in the reservoir, but all brew styles use different amounts of water to create the proper flavor and concentration. Auto-iQ One-Touch Intelligence will only use the water needed for the brew size and style selected. Please note that the system is designed to always leave some water remaining in the reservoir after a brew. This to protect the boiler from boiling dry, and helps extend the life of your machine.
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    Drip stop light is not turning off.
    If the Drip Stop indicator is illuminated, and the drip stop toggle is set to the open position (denoted by the image of a water droplet), ensure the brew basket is properly inserted.

    For more information: watch this video.
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    My unit beeps, but the brew cycle will not start.
    There are a few reasons why the unit will beep, but a brew will not start:
  • Ensure the display is illimunated. If there are no lights illuminated, it means the machine is not getting power. Try a different outlet.
  • Check the Drip Stop, and make sure it is set to the open position (denoted by the image of a water droplet).
  • Ensure the brew basket is properly inserted and aligned.
  • Ensure there is water in the reservoir. If there is no water, and the boiler is too hot, the unit will beep and not start the brew in order to protect the boiler from overheating.
  • If the boiler has become scaled from excessive hard water usage without cleaning and got too hot, the unit will beep and not start the brew in order to protect the boiler from overheating. Please run a Clean cycle, following the instructions in the Owner's Guide or under the FAQ titled "How to clean and descale your Ninja Coffee Bar®."


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    At the end of the power cord, there will be a 4-digit number engraved on the outside of one of the metal prongs. This is the date code of your unit, which tells you the date your unit was produced.