Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System (CP301) Review for 2021

Ninja CP301 Review

Hot and cold-brewed systems are best while making beverages including drip coffees, hot teas, frothed milk lattes, and chilly shakes. This idea might seem a bit far-fetched, but that is all that the Ninja CP301 has to offer. 

This countertop beverage maker comes with a facility to serve drinks in various sizes. These drinks range from full carafes to small cups. You don’t have to own two machines. 

But this coffee machine cannot control its temperature like some other drip coffee machines available on the market. It focuses more on flexibility as compared to specializing in hot or cold brewed drinks.

Keep reading this Ninja CP301 review to explore what this machine has to offer and how you can get the best out of it.

Pros

  • Different brew sizes.
  • Hot as well as cold brew options available.
  • Especially the designed brew basket.
  • Auto-IQ single touch AI technology. 
  • Inbuilt frother. 

Cons

  • No temperature or pressure control.
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Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System, Auto-iQ Tea and Coffee Maker with 6 Brew Sizes, 5 Brew Styles, Frother, Coffee & Tea Baskets with Glass Carafe (CP301)
  • Brew multiple brew sizes, ranging from a pod free single cup or travel mug, all the way up to a full Carafe
  • Hot brewing lets you enjoy a bold, flavorful cup of hot coffee or tea; Or brew over ice to create full flavored, refreshing iced beverages
  • Brew your favorite style of tea, whether you use tea bags or loose leaf, with the specially designed tea brew basket
  • Auto IQ one touch intelligence technology
  • Built in frother turns hot or cold milk into silky smooth froth in seconds, with nothing more than the press of a button; The thermal Carafe is not dishwasher safe

Things to consider before buying a coffee machine?

There are various things you need to keep in mind before buying a coffee machine like the Ninja CP301. First of all, coffee machines emphasize versatility and convenience. And in doing so, they take control away from you. This is the reason why you can’t do much about the temperature or pressure settings when making tea or coffee with the Ninja CP301. 

Therefore, any of those aficionados won’t find this machine very handy. But this machine is certainly worth it if you don’t want to go with different appliances to make hot and cold brews. It will also save a lot of your time and money because you can have all the beverages right in the comfort of your home and don’t have to go to the coffee shop. 

Here are a few important things you need to keep in mind when buying this kind of hot and cold brewing machine. 

  • Materials involved in the construction. 
  • Compact control. 
  • Multiple brewing sizes. 
  • Various hot and cold brewing options. 
  • Temperature and pressure control. 
  • Inbuilt frother. 
  • Warming plate to keep the drink warm for long. 
  • User-friendliness.
  • Programmed delay brew. 

Features & Benefits

Design

Ninja has made this machine to have a small footprint that doesn’t take much space on your countertop. All the controls are very easy to access and right in front. They have a compact design to make much use of the space available. 

Here’s a video to familiarize yourself with its design:

Ninja has used hard plastic in the construction of this machine so it is not extremely heavy to lift. If you are the one who likes to alter the settings or keep placing the machine here, you won’t have a tough time handling this one. The coffee pot and the carafe are made of steel so they are pretty sturdy in construction. 

Glass carafe would have been a better option as it is much durable but least practical. You can’t see how much fluid remains in it after use. Apart from that, metal also quickly loses its temperature and gets colder quickly as compared to glass. 

The warming plate feature is also available but you can use that only for larger brew sizes. Of course, the coffee pot will be loaded from the top and so is the water reservoir so you can’t place it inside a cabinet. The frother it comes with is foldable and can save you from consuming too much storage space. 

Brewing 

One of the top features of this coffee machine is its many brewing features. First of all, it allows preparing hot brews as well as brew over ice. And the best part is, you will only have to push a few buttons to get the job done. 

It is all an automatic affair and there are no manual modes on this machine at all. The only parameter you can manually control is the amount of water the machine can use during the brewing process. 

Hot brewing

Ninja CP301 Hot Brewing
Ninja CP301 Hot Brewing

Most of the drip coffee makers tend to consume everything in the water reservoir. Now, the amount of water can be little or a lot. It is dependent on how much water you use to feed the machine. Ninja CP301 is entirely different because it uses programmed water volumes and relies on current container sizes. 

You have five options here to choose from. There is a small cup, a large cup, a travel mug, a multi-serve container, a half carafe, and a full carafe. You need to make sure the reservoir is full and then use the swivel knob to choose the brew size. 

The display symbols are clear to understand. Your next step is to choose from different flavor modes including rich and classic. In rich flavor, the machine uses less water and it creates a stronger brew. 

There is a specialty mode as well and it doesn’t brew with much water either. You will get a highly concentrated coffee fluid of 4 ounces. You can use it to form the base of foamy milk-based drinks like cappuccinos and lattes.

Cold Brewing

Ninja CP301 Cold Brewing
Ninja CP301 Cold Brewing

There are two more options available and they are both for cold brewing. There is a brew over ice preset program that drips hot coffee over ice and cold brew that makes the machine fill its filter with warm (not hot) water. The grounds remain in this water for about 15 minutes. 

After that, the motorized drip will stop the valve cycle and open the cold brew coffee drain into the container below. This is something different as compared to the traditional method of cold brewing that involved immersing the grounds in water for up to 12 hours. This machine does the job pretty quickly. 

Tea brewing

You can conveniently use your CP301 for tea brewing as well. And the good thing is that the same settings for hot coffee brewing are available for tea brewing. 

This feature allows you to make a range of different teas and of course you can also use the cold brew process for making tea as well. There is a separate basket in the coffee pot that will keep the flavors of tea separate from your coffee grounds and you can use them simultaneously. 

Auto-IQ Technology

The whole credit goes to the Ninja’s Auto-IQ technology that makes sure the recipe remains accurate while you switch between them according to your needs. You just have to press a single button and choose the option to get your recipe. 

The Auto-IQ technology makes recipe selection very easy and you won’t have to deal with all the intricate details at all. The preset techniques and settings need to be precise and that’s what this Auto-IQ technology is all about. 

Programmable brewing 

Another feature associated with brewing in this machine is that it is fully programmable. It means that you can conveniently program your coffee schedule a day in advance. CP301 will get your coffee ready right when you need it. If you have a strict schedule to follow, this feature will come in handy. 

Individual baskets 

One of the best features of this coffee machine is that it comes with a separate basket for both tea and coffee. With the separate baskets, Ninja has made sure that the flavors remain separate. 

The brew baskets are specifically designed for ground coffee or bagged/loose tea. This way the water drains down differently through each of these contents and produces the right flavors according to the requirements of each of these drinks. 

Frothing 

Ninja CP301 Frothing
Ninja CP301 Frothing

This coffee machine also comes with a frother that features a fold-away design. With this type of design, you can conveniently place the machine in a tight corner for storage purposes. If the frother folds out it adds to the overall footprint of the machine. 

So while using it would be a better option for you to keep the machine on your kitchen counter to easily use and access everything according to your needs. However, the frothing arm does absolutely nothing to heat the milk. It means the milk will remain at the same temperature or maybe it gets a little bit colder after the frothing process. 

User-friendly display

Ninja CP301 User-friendly Display
Ninja CP301 User-friendly Display

One of the features that make your life easier to use this coffee machine is the electronic selection screen. This display panel is pretty simple to use and there is no ambiguity about it. 

There are no dials or knobs on it that you might end up breaking on this low profile display panel. There is a progress bar on it with a large timer to keep you informed about the length of the current brewing cycle, the machine is performing. 

Removable water reservoir

If you have troubles with refilling your water tanks, this machine would be a blessing for you because this machine features a removable water reservoir. You will just have to slide it off, take it to the sink, fill it with water, and slip it back into its place in the machine. 

Single-serve platform

The brewing machine also comes with a single serving platform and you won’t have to worry about any coffee splatters or spillages. You can easily pull down the platform and start brewing a single serving without using your carafe. The retractable platform reduces the distance between the mug and the drip point. This makes the use of single-serving extremely useful. 

Cleaning and maintenance 

Ninja CP301 Cleaning & Maintenance
Ninja CP301 Cleaning & Maintenance

This coffee machine also comes with an automatic detection system when the machine develops any calcium residue or gunk inside it. It will illuminate the clean message right under the start button alerting you to run the clean process. This feature is extremely useful because you don’t have to maintain a schedule for cleaning this machine. 

The Ninja CP301 can do that on its own. Additionally, you won’t have to change the filter inside this machine. It comes with a permanent filter that is designed not to be changed. You can also change this filter if you want with the number 4 paper filter if you want. But this permanent filter is more than good enough to work at all times. 

Calibration for High Altitude

Altitudes can significantly influence brewing processes and make coffee machines work inadequately. To tackle this issue this coffee machine comes with full calibration for high altitudes if you live in such a residence. 

Accessories

You might find this feature a bit too minor but it comes in handy especially if you don’t know exactly how much coffee to use. The machine comes with an inbuilt coffee scoop. Most of the time people use guesswork when it comes to how much coffee should be used. 

But this machine eliminates this guesswork and allows you to use precise amounts of coffee grounds according to your recipe. Plus, the coffee scoop attaches to your machine and it is a more convenient car than taking your scoops out of your drawer. 

Pros

  • Different brew sizes.
  • Hot as well as cold brew options available.
  • Especially the designed brew basket.
  • Auto-IQ single touch AI technology. 
  • Inbuilt frother. 

Cons

  • No temperature or pressure control.

FAQs for the Ninja CP301

Can the Ninja CP301 make espressos too? 

No, the Ninja Hot & Cold Brew CP301 does come with a preset mode for making espresso beverages. But you can certainly use the “Specialty” mode in the brew settings. This mode will allow you to combine the super-rich coffee with frothed milk either cold or hot to create a range of different drinks that you mostly find in coffeehouses.

But make sure you use special espresso-style coffee grounds. However, you will have to spend a lot of time cleaning your machine thoroughly because of the grounds you have used.   

Can I use K-cups with this machine? 

No, you cannot use K-cups with this coffee machine, not at least directly. You can always cut the top off and add the grounds from the K-cups not the filter basket of this coffee machine. That is the only way you can use your old K-cups with this machine.

Which model of CP301 comes with a warming plate as well? 

The warming plate only comes with the model that features a glass carafe. The one with the metal carafe doesn’t come with a warming plate. Therefore, if you are looking forward to using the warming plate and keeping your beverage hot for a longer time you need to go for the CP301 that comes with a glass carafe. This feature sits well with the programmable brewing features to schedule the brewing process ahead of time. 

Is Ninja CP301 worth it?

If you have a very busy schedule and don’t want to get into those minor details associated with your final cup this machine can work well for you. It allows you to make a host of different drinks whether hot or cold. 

And you won’t have to visit your local coffee shop to enjoy any of such delicious beverages. So this machine is a blessing in disguise for anyone who has a very busy schedule. Everything is just a push of a button away from you. Just select the program and run it and the machine will get the job done for you. 

If you know how to make your coffee and understand how different recipes work, this machine is worthless for you. So the CP301 is a no-no for coffee aficionados. 

Conclusion

Ninja Hot & Cold Brew CP301 is a good option to consider for anyone who likes to enjoy coffee-house style beverages. No need to pay so much just to get a drink and of course waste the time when you can just make that same drink right in the comfort of your home. 

But for a true coffee lover, this is a no-go option because the CP301 is an automatic coffeemaker. And automatic coffee makers always produce minor quality results as compared to semi-automatic machines. It is because there are preset programs and you don’t’ have any control over temperature and pressure within the brewing process.