Buying a decent coffee brewer is one thing, keeping it in good shape is another. Just like any other electronic device, Ninja coffee Bar systems need regular maintenance, too. If you want to know how to clean a Ninja Coffee Bar, keep reading this comprehensive guide.
Being true coffee lovers, a lot of us like to start our day with a fresh, aromatic and full-bodied cup of Joe. However, an unclean coffee maker might lead to lost coffee taste.
If you are wondering why your coffee tastes different, maybe it’s time to take some time out from your busy schedule and clean your coffee brewer.
Ninja Coffee Bar Clean Light On
Depending on the usage frequency, it is recommended that you clean your Ninja coffee bar regularly. However, when the ‘Clean’ light is on, you definitely need to clean your brewer right away.
The calcium build-up in the coffee maker makes this light to appear. Although it won’t stop you from making coffee, but the machine won’t be running on its optimum state.
Ninja Coffee Bar Cleaning Process
So you have made up your mind to get on with the cleaning process? Good decision – here is what you’ll need and how you can do it the right way:
What You’ll Need
- Hot Water
- Soapy Water
- Descaling Solution
- White Vinegar (if you are using vinegar instead of descaling solution)
The recommended descaling solution for the Ninja Coffee Bar system is the Ninja Coffee Bar® Brewer Descaling Solution. This liquid contains citric acid that helps to dissolve calcium buildup and basic lime efficiently.
How to Do It
Here are some simple steps to clean your Ninja Coffee Bar:
Make Sure Carafe is Rightly Placed
The first step is to make sure that the carafe is rightly positioned so that the descaling solution can move towards it once the cleaning cycle is completed.
For best results, select the ‘Full’ setting from the options menu.
Prepare and Add the Descaling Solution
Next step is to get your descaling solution ready. Usually, instructions are there on the descaling solution bottle so you can simply follow those guidelines.
Add the descaling solution to your coffee brewer.
The Clean Cycle
The next step is to begin the clean cycle. This process breaks up all the calcium residue in the machine tubes. The descaling solution runs through the major parts of the machine during this step.
This process may take several minutes, so you do not have to necessarily attend to the machine during the clean cycle. Additionally, no need to press any other buttons or interfere with the brewer during this process.
The Flush Cycle
Not all Ninja Coffee Bar systems come with the ‘flush cycle’ option. This process is all about running empty cycles with clean water.
If your brewer does have this option, fill your carafe and the reservoir with clean water. Once you see the ‘Flush’ icon on the display, press the ‘Clean’ button and the flush cycle will initiate.
If your brewer does not have this option, simply fill the reservoir with water and run an empty cycle with water. It is advised to run at least 2-3 empty cycles using clean water to completely get rid of any unwanted taste of the descaling solution.
The Final Rinse
The final step is to clean the rest of your Ninja Coffee Bar components. Remove the reservoir, carafe and mesh filter and use hot, soapy water to clean these parts.
Once done with the above steps, your coffee brewer is good to go!
How to Clean Ninja Coffee Maker with Vinegar
Like other coffee brewers, Ninja Coffee Bar system can be cleaned using white vinegar, too.
For this, follow these steps:
- Fill the water reservoir with two cups of white vinegar and the rest with water (around 43 oz in total).
- Press the ‘Clean’ button on your coffee machine.
- Once the clean cycle is complete, rinse the reservoir and carafe with hot water. Repeat this process at least twice to make sure there is no vinegar leftover as that can give you a real bad taste.
Descaling Solution or Vinegar?
It is recommended that you use a descaling solution instead of vinegar as the latter leaves a strong odor and might require you to rinse at least two to three times to get rid of the odor and taste. In contrast, descaling solution makes the rinse relatively easier.
Additionally, the manufacturer recommends a descaling solution over vinegar for your Ninja Coffee Bar machine longevity.
Brief Overview of Ninja Coffee Bar
Looking to cut down on your coffee shop expenses? – Getting a Ninja Coffee Bar system could help you do that!
It is a decent choice to quench your coffee thirst at home, work or any semi-commercial setup. With all the basic functionalities of a coffee brewer, this machine will give you flavorful and aromatic cups of coffee in a hassle-free manner.
Here are some of the cool features it comes with:
Size of the Cup
You can select the size of your cup – half carafe, full or a travel mug. This allows you to brew directly into your preferred cup.
Go with Your Favorite Brew
Ninja Coffee Bar comes with four different brew types:
Classic – this gives you a smooth, full-bodied and balanced flavor.
Rich – for a more intense flavor, you can select the rich brew.
Over Ice – this one works perfect if you want a more refreshing and soothing coffee taste over the melting ice in your cup.
Specialty Brew – More like the espresso, this brew gives you the highest coffee concentration for both hot and cold beverages.
The Auto-IQ is a mechanism that detects the perfect amount of water that is to be delivered according to the brew type you choose. So you do not have to measure the amount of water after every single serving.
Built-in Milk Frother
Most Ninja Coffee Bar models come with the built-in milk frother that can froth both hot and cold milk. A built-in milk frothing system can add a lot of value to your overall coffee drinking experience.
How to Use a Ninja Coffee Bar
Making your favorite cup of Joe with a Ninja Coffee Bar is quite simple and quick.
Here is how to do it:
- Add 2-3 Ninja serve scoops of your favorite ground coffee.
- Place your cup on the single cup stand.
- Select your preferred setting of the cup.
- Select your preferred brew type.
- Press the brew button.
Simple, easy and quick – No need to drive miles to a coffee shop or spend your hard-earned bucks on coffee anymore. Ninja Coffee Bar will surpass your coffee expectations in quite a convenient way.
Ninja coffee bar clean light won’t go off
If you still see the clean light on after the clean cycle, it means there is calcium build up in the coffee brewer. You need to repeat the descaling process to get rid of it.
What does descaling really do?
Over time, minerals in water like calcium and magnesium can clog the tubes and filters of your coffee brewer. Descaling process helps to remove these buildups and deposits for efficient performance of your brewer.
How often is descaling recommended?
The manufacturer recommends to go with a deep clean as soon as you see the ‘clean’ light on.
Our Final Word on Cleaning a Ninja Coffee Bar
If you are reading this, then it means you have read through our guide and by now you know how to clean a Ninja Coffee Bar the right way. It might require you to take some time out of your daily routine, however, it will be worth your time.
A few ingredients is all you need and you will be able to clean your Ninja coffee brewer at home, without any professional or technical assistance whatsoever.
Cleaning your coffee brewer directly affects the taste of your beverage, depending on how regular you do it. Moreover, it also has a positive impact on your machine life.
Enjoy a tasteful coffee cup with a cleaner Ninja Coffee Bar!