Ninja Coffee Bar

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    We're not shopping at Sam's Club anymore because of their racist CEO, a position that is made easier by the fact that BJ's just put a store in a couple of blocks away, offering pretty much the same stuff at the same prices.

    We bought a Ninja Coffee Bar at BJ's today. With it, we can make a regular sized cup, a larger cub, a half carafe, or a full carafe of hot coffee, or we can also brew iced coffee and a number of specialty brews.

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    Since we will mostly be making regular coffees, at least until the summer heat comes, we can also choose between a classic brew or a rich brew, for a stronger coffee.

    That's the up-side. The down-side is that we might have to go back to school for six months to figure out how to make it work.

    Or it might turn out like my juicer, something that's very nice except that it's so much of a hassle to use and to clean that I have only used it a few times.

    Usually, I don't have to bother with directions but, with this thing, I am reading the instructions before I even try it, as it has a complicated look about it, and a lot of pieces.

    Right now, I'd like a cup of coffee but if I make a pot of coffee in the regular drip coffeemaker, my wife will get upset because I'm not using the new one.

    Time will tell.
     
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  2. Ken Anderson

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    Making regular coffee is easy enough. Although it's still brewing, it looks like coffee, so I'm sure it'll turn out okay.

    Later... Yup, it tastes like coffee all right. Of course, the coffee that I made with our $10 drip coffeemaker tasted distinctly like coffee too. Okay, I'll probably never use any of the fancy stuff, like having it automatically brew coffee at a set time, but my wife probably will, and it does look prettier. I'm not sure that it looks $140 prettier, but it does look prettier.
     
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    I didn't know Sam's CEO is racist.....what did he do or say?
     
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    Their CEO is a black woman and, in a speech about diversity in the workplace, she revealed that when she meets with a supplier and finds that all of the upper management personnel are white, she will threaten to drop them as a supplier, while she has no problem doing business with all-black companies. Although I don't believe anyone has asked her publicly yet, it is highly unlikely that she demands that same diversity of Sam's Club's many Chinese suppliers. You'll find several links to it on a search, and it was all over their Facebook page the last time I looked.
     
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    Yes, I did find it after googling it. Wasnt online too much today maybe that's why I missed it.

    I don't shop there anyway.

    Also, good looking coffee maker but I will just stick to my simple one...don't like anything that takes extra effort to clean.

    My son has a juicer and they barely use it because of the mess and clean up.
     
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    As it turns out, the coffee maker isn't difficult to clean. The juicer is another thing, however.
     
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    So, @Ken Anderson , are you telling us that you bought a $150+ Ninja Coffee Bar, and you are still only drinking the plain, black coffee like you made in your $10 drip coffee maker ?
    Nothing that is fluffed, frozen, or frapp-e'd ? Hot and steaming , mixed with mocha ?
    Cinnamon eggnog latte, maybe ?
    We want to hear about all of those wonderful coffee drinks that they make in the Ninja Coffee Bar commercial !

    Maybe what you need is @Sifu Phil Bonifonte's glamorous Mixer-Lady from the commercial ?
    http://www.seniorsonly.club/threads/ninja-coffee-bar-wonderful-or-a-rip-off.2176/
     
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    Yeah, I'm just using it to make coffee that is the equivalent of what I could get from the $10 drop coffeemaker. The rest requires reading, and I may not get around to that for a while.
     
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    I love the idea of having one of these, but I know I'd do the same. Plus, I have less than 5 feet of counter space in my kitchen, which is why I downsized and sold my larger Cuisinart Coffee On Demand for this smaller unit I'm using. I'm not really into watching videos much, but if I had one of those coffee makers, I'd probably look for one, so I could at least make a few different drinks. This one just uses regular coffee though, not pods, doesn't it? I'd rather just scoop the coffee out myself than have to buy pods. My sister has a Keurig, and the pods can get expensive. I know there are generic ones you can use, but apparently the newer Keurigs have found a way around that, with some sort of lid that needs to be electronically scanned by the coffee makers, at least from what I've heard.

    I have seen a lot on Twitter about the Sam's CEO debacle. I also noticed after it came out, that I was given a few surveys about my opinion of Sam's Club, so it seems they're looking into the matter. These days, everyone can feel free to express his/her opinion and discriminate, as long as the opinions and actions are politically correct. That will stop when people start boycotting, and the discriminatory practices hit them in the wallet. Unfortunately, the boycotts will end up hurting some others, such as innocent employees who could be laid off, but that's how these things work. I've always tried to work for/with companies that didn't discriminate, and were in line with my beliefs, and I guess it's time others will have to do that as well.
     
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    WOW! I was offline for most of December and missed several interesting posts, just like this, and haven't seen this Ninja Coffer Bar before, but looks terrific.

    About one month later, how are you doing with this machine Ken?

    Looks tempting for me to buy :rolleyes:
     
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    Pretty much the same thing that I could have done with a $10 drip coffee maker.
     
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    Oh my! So this seems to be like many other kitchen appliances; nice looking appearance, higher price tag, but equal or sometimes worst functionality :confused:
     
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  13. Ken Anderson

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    No, it'll do all sorts of things. It'll probably even do the dishes and feed the cat. I just haven't been in the mood to read the manual.
     
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    Ken, I would imagine that the different-sized cup feature would be interesting - sometimes you just want a cup, maybe sometimes a carafe?

    Don't feel too badly - I doubt I'd be using all the other fancy features myself unless I got really bored one day.
     
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    Yeah, I have used the one-cup option when I want one cup of coffee late at night, but that doesn't happen often. I generally drink coffee all day, so the carafe option makes the most sense.
     
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    Ken, maybe you should have just bought 15 of the 10 dollar coffee makers, and been set for life!;)
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    Our coffee maker just quit this morning, and poor Bobby has been having to make his coffee one cup at a time in my little coffeemaker instead of a whole carafe at once like he usually doies.
    He has been grinding his coffee fresh each morning and he said he likes that a whole lot better than he does just the regular coffee which we have been buying at Sam's Club.
    I have been looking online this morning to see what is the best deal I can find on a new replacement coffee maker, and maybe get one with a built in grinder.
    Of course, I came across the Ninja Coffee Bar in my search.
    That is still way out of our price range, unless I can find a used/refurbished one cheap enough; but I was wondering how you are liking your Ninja , @Ken Anderson , now that you have been using it for a few months ?
    Have you tried making any of the specialty coffees or iced coffee, cappuchinos, and such as that with the Ninja machine ?
     
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    The next step in coffee snobbishness is when you realize that it's better yet if you use a hand grinder because the automatic ones burn the beans just a bit. Yeah, we use a hand grinder. If I'm lazy, I might use the electric one but I do think it makes a difference.

    We use it every day but no, we've never even tried making anything fancy. Now that temperatures are creeping up on 70 degrees sometimes, maybe we will before the summer is over.
     
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    This morning, the decanter for our Ninja coffeemaker cracked. It wasn't dropped or anything. I think it cracked when the hot coffee began flowing into it. We bought it about eleven months ago so it's still under warranty. That wouldn't have really mattered because they never asked for any of that information. They are sending out another decanter, so I was left only with cleaning up the mess that it made when all of the coffee flowed out of the cracks at the bottom of the glass decanter. For the next couple of days, I'll be using a regular $10 coffeemaker that will probably work as well as the $100 one we have. By the way, I still haven't tried to do anything fancy with it. I guess I'm just not a fancy kind of guy.
     
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    There was a famous entertainer by the name of Ed Decanter.;)
     
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    Well, let me borrow it and test it out ! I just love all of that flavored stuff, fluffed up coffee latte with whip cream, and caramel, and .......well, you get the idea, I am sure .
    Bobby only likes plain black coffee, and he usually drinks at least one large coffee pot full before he wakes me up in the morning to come and have coffee with him.
    I have my little one-cup coffee maker, so if I want flavored coffee, or decaf later in the day, then I use that. I still think that the Ninja Coffeemaker would be the Ultimate in coffee makers though.
     
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    Was he cracked?
     
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    I have a 12 cup Cuisinart. this thing goes for about 79 bucks new but I bought a reman for 29. no coffee here is a disaster. I even keep a spare on hand

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    I had a Cuisinart once. It made good coffee but it wouldn't keep it hot enough long enough.
     
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    No.....and make sure you don't crack the new one!;)

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