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Ninja's new Coffee Bar now does another cafe trickNinja has updated its swiss army-style Coffee Bar coffee maker with one new ability.
[Music] Imagine if you could take your basic drip coffeemaker and set it to brew in many different ways, styles, and drink sizes. Now imagine if you took that gizmo and added an internal milk frother. What you'd have before you is what we have here right now. The new and improved Ninja Coffee Bar CF092. It has presets to brew many different styles of coffee such as specialty, concentrated, rich. You can brew in small cups, to travel mugs. All the way up to half carafes and full carafes. Like I said before, this machine has its own integrated milk frother. It swings out from behind the machine and you just put your milk in a container and use it to get your nice frothy cappuccinos and lattes. There's some issues with this machine though. Like its predecessor, it has a tendency to overextract its coffee beans and it makes a little rougher taste and a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. And this milk frother isn't actually a true milk frother. It doesn't actually heat the milk or steam it in any way. What it is is it actually blends and aerates the milk, so you have to put it in the microwave before, if you want warm, froth milk. And priced at $200, this coffee maker is expensive. So while this new, updated Ninja coffee bar might seem like a bargain if you take into account it's new features and performance, it doesn't quite add up to it's high price. I suggest you go with a Bonavita which is a much better brewer and costs a little less. [MUSIC]