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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ninja Coffeemaker: Brewing Temperature and Serving Temperature

When I had my previous coffeemaker, the Melitta with cone filter and thermal carafe, I was excited to try out my non-contact temperature gun to check out the brewing temperature and the serving temperature.

Here's what I found measuring my Melitta Coffeemaker:
Melitta brewing temperature:  158 F
Melitta serving temperature:  152 F

The brewing temperature was measured in the filter basket during brewing, and the serving temperature was measured in the thermal carafe just after brewing.  Of course, the temperature of the coffee will drop a few degrees further when you pour it in a cup.

Now for today's question:  What is the brewing and serving temperature for the Ninja Coffee Bar?

Ninja Coffee Bar: Measuring Coffee Temperature
Ninja Coffee Bar: Measuring Coffee Temperature

This was pretty easy to test.  I brewed a pot and got out my non-contact temperature gun again.  Here's what I measured for temperatures on my Ninja Coffee Bar:

Measuring Water Temperature During Brewing in Ninja Coffee Bar
Measuring Water Temperature During Brewing in Ninja Coffee Bar

Ninja Coffeemaker Brewing Temperature:  175 F
Ninja Coffeemaker Serving Temperature:  160 F

Again, the brewing temperature is the temperature of water in the filter basket during brewing, and the serving temperature is the temperature of the brewed coffee in the carafe just after brewing.

Comparing these coffee temperatures with what I measured on my Melitta coffeemaker, you can see that the Ninja brews about 15 degrees F warmer.  The coffee in the carafe is about 8 degrees warmer from the Ninja than for the Melitta.

So is this good or bad?  The coffee from the Ninja tastes great and is not scorched, so I don't think 175 F is too hot for brewing.

Actually, the brewing temperature for the Ninja and the Melitta may be more similar than my measurements show.  I measured the Melitta brewing temperature with coffee grounds in the filter basket; I measured the temperature of the water in the filter basket with NO GROUNDS for the Ninja.  I think the coffee grounds would provide a lot of surface area and tend to result in a lower temperature measurement.  So taking this into consideration, I would say that the brewing temperature for Ninja and Melitta are actually pretty similar.

I want to double check my temperature measurements, and I like to play with my temperature gun, so I look forward to taking more temperature measurements.

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