Like many Americans in the past year, I became a home barista during a pandemic (aka “charisma”). I did well with Keurig and the French press but decided to try out the advanced Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System to see if the slightly higher price was really worth the upgrade.
As the name suggests, this device is able to prepare both hot and cold drinks. You can brew a single cup of coffee in your favorite mug, a carafe of cold infusion for yourself and a few friends, and special drinks tailored to those found in an elegant coffee shop thanks to the built-in milk frother.
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Complete Review of the Ninja CP307 Hot and Cold Brewed Coffee Maker
The Ninja hot and cold coffee brewing system with a thermal carafe was released in 2018 with a retail price of $229. It is currently available for purchase on Amazon for $180 (opens in a new tab), but you can save around $20 by choosing the same Ninja maker with a glass carafe. Ultimately, the choice of a decanter is up to your preference – a thermal decanter can keep your drinks warm better, but a glass decanter looks more stylish.
A permanent filter is included, so there is no need to repeat expensive expenses, although you can also use paper filter # 4. However, remember to wash the reusable filter well after each use to avoid unpleasant sediment in beverages. (It can be washed in the dishwasher).
The Ninja hot and cold brewing system has six sizes of brewing containers: standard cup, XL cup, travel cup, reusable XL travel cup, a half carafe (5 cups), and full carafe (10 cups).
Coffee and tea can be brewed in a number of ways, with several strength options between “classic” and “rich”, and the possibility of cold and ice brewing. Not only that but also the ability to prepare smaller, stronger infusions for specialty drinks, such as lattes.
- Classic: Creates a balanced cup of coffee or tea.
- Rich: Provides a more distinctive and intense flavor.
- Over Ice: scheme the right amount of aqueous so it won’t be watered down.
- Cold Brew: Uses a lower heat and less water for a smoother plot.
- Specialty: Highly concentrated infusion for lattes and other complex drinks.
Such a wide range of brewing options makes it an extremely versatile coffee machine. It’s worth noting that there is no brewing power option for cold drinks, but we rarely find such features in appliances in this price range, let alone those that cater to such a wide range of tea and coffee needs.
For tea, you can choose the type of tea brewed so that the Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System can adjust the brewing temperature accordingly. There are settings for herbal, black, oolong, white, and green teas.
Convenience features include a brewing delay (if you want to wake up with a fresh pot of coffee) and a drip stop button (if you can’t wait for your first cup of coffee before brewing the entire pot).
There is no function of brewing coffee in capsules, which is more and more often found in more expensive coffee machines. However, you can swap the specialty and cold-brewing features for compatibility with the K-Cups at the KyJinart Coffee Center (opens in a new tab), which costs $20 more.
The Ninja hot and cold coffee brewing system measures 11.8 x 10 x 15 inches. It will fit most medium to large countertops but is too large for smaller kitchens with limited space. You also need to think about creating a storage space for unused brewing baskets.
On the right side of the machine is a plastic 50 oz. Water tank with a flap and markings indicating the minimum fill level for different sizes of infusions. If you are not looking at the coffee machine from the side, the tank is rather invisible as it is hidden behind the control panel. In addition, the tank is removable if you need to take it with you to the water source.
On the left side, there is a foldable milk frother and a compartment for the Ninja Scoop included in the set, on which the number of recommended scoops for each size of the brew is conveniently written.
To brew a single cup of coffee, you can place your cup on the pull-out platform. The base of the unit houses travels cups and glasses, as well as an included 50 oz stainless steel carafe.
The set includes two brewing containers: green for tea and orange for coffee. As a result, the coffee grounds do not mix with the tea leaves, and the machine automatically adjusts the appropriate settings. (Inserting the coffee basket darkens the tea settings and vice versa).
Ease of use
At first glance, the Ninja Hot and Cold Infusion System’s control panel may seem intimidating, but it’s actually as simple as maneuvering two knobs.
The upper knob selects the serving size, and the lower knob selects the brewing style and starts the brewing process. (Not to be confused with the dedicated power button on the bottom right). Pressing the Tea button will display the types of tea that can also be selected with the lower dial.
The brewing time will vary depending on the size and type of brewing. A full decanter of coffee in the Classic setting takes about 10 minutes. The XL cup of cold-brewed coffee is ready at about the same time, which is a nice change from having to wait at least 12 hours for the grounds to soak.
With the exception of the stainless steel carafe, all removable parts of the Ninja Hot and Cold Infusion System are dishwasher safe. There is also a sensor that will highlight the Clean button when the device needs to thoroughly remove the limescale.
Overall, the quality of my coffee was pretty good, albeit imperfect at times. You can brew an ordinary cup or carafe of coffee quite well in it, but specialized infusions are rather unsuccessful – mainly due to the inability to adapt them to your own needs.
I was particularly pleased with how my medium roast coffee tasted on the Classic setting – it was smooth and balanced, just as promised. The Rich setting allowed me to get a much more expressive dark roast coffee, which caused mixed opinions among my family, although I personally liked it.
While it’s not the smoothest cold-brew coffee I’ve ever tasted, I was still happy with how my XL cup of cold-brewed coffee fell – especially in 10 minutes. I’m here for your convenience.
As a person who relies on the Keurig basic water heater for tea, I appreciated being able to choose the right temperature for my oolong and green tea bags. The cold teas I brewed were refreshing and delicious, especially during a heat wave.
In the case of early wake-up calls, the Delay Brew function has proven to be a godsend. When I woke up, I enjoyed the smell of freshly made coffee (and with minimal effort on my part). In addition, the Ninja hot and cold coffee brewing system is quite silent. It makes a few starting noises just before brewing, but these are not very annoying.
Again, it is important to emphasize the thorough cleaning of the reusable filters to avoid the unpleasant taste of the coffee. Also, choose coarse or medium ground coffee, as too fine will clog the permanent filter and make the brew unpalatable. (I personally got the best coffee from coarsely ground coffee, which I ground myself).
What we didn’t like
I admit that I do not like coffee in ice, since I discovered the joy of cold brew. I was hoping the Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System would change my mind. Although my iced drinks were not watered down, they were not very smooth and, unfortunately, there is no brew strength adjustment for iced coffee. If you’re looking for multiple iced coffee brewing strength settings, check out the slightly more expensive Braun MultiServe (opens in a new tab).
The special coffee and tea drinks I was making were decent, but once again I wish there was a way to adjust brewing and size settings. All specialty drinks are one size: 4 ounces for coffee and 6 ounces for tea. This is to accommodate milk and other fluids while maintaining the essence of the infusion. I wish I had more room for customization, but that is a pretty standard limitation of home coffee makers.
Smart filters are a great feature, but they’re also a bit of a hassle. Especially my tea filter did not stick to the basket and even got stuck a few times.
Should you buy the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System?
The Ninja hot and cold coffee brewing system is ideal for households that need both a single and multi-cup brewing unit. Provides great flexibility in preparing the type and amount of coffee you want. The tea brewing option is a nice addition if you like to vary the sources of caffeine, especially as it brews different teas at their optimal temperature.
The introductory price of a Ninja espresso machine can be high, but it is worth paying it when you start skipping regular Starbucks visits for a homemade pumpkin spice latte. Or you can save money on paper coffee filters and capsules, as the hot and cold brew system doesn’t rely on them.
Home baristas like me will be delighted with the multitude of features that the Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System offer, but the high price will not be worthwhile for casual coffee lovers who don’t need any frills. The Ninja Specialty Coffee Machine (opens in a new tab) is a cheaper alternative to the Cold and Cold Coffee Brewing System that bypasses the Cold Brew and Tea features, but that might even be too much for someone who just wants a drink good coffee in the morning.
If you’re not particularly picky about coffee, we recommend the Braun Brew Sense Drip (opens in a new tab). It is not only cheaper but also allows you to brew individual cups.