I've recently moved away from the k-cup coffee life and back to the coffee maker grind (get it?). Tired of watered-down coffee experience that felt a little weak, I did my internet research and decided to buy a Ninja CE200C.
The Ninja CE200C is a fine coffee maker that delivers a fantastic experience. The reservoir can be removed to ensure that you can easily clean it or dump excess water. The filter holder can also be pulled out and cleaned, and the pot itself features a lid that snaps into place to ensure it stays in place.
So far, I’ve been impressed that there is absolutely no mess when it comes to this coffee maker. The lid’s design ensures that you aren’t dealing with coffee splashing about your counter or the machine itself. When I was using a Keurig, I was constantly having to clean the counter and side of the refrigerator of splashed coffee. I’m also not getting any coffee grounds in my cup, something that was a problem with every k-cup I’ve brewed in the last several years.
The CE200C is easy to program, so now my coffee is ready for me when I wake up, and the house smells wonderful (to coffee lovers) when a pot is brewed. The keep warm function is great, but I don’t believe you can program it for a specific amount of time. I’ve come back hours later to find cold coffee.
The downside to the CE200C is that the recommended amount of coffee grounds and water required to make a specific number of cups is off. If you’re using an 8-ounce cup (what the CE200C assumes you’re using), expect that you need to add about 1.5 times the water to get your desired output. I’m using 12-ounce cups, which I feel are standard, and if I want three cups of coffee, I need to plan for six. Luckily, I’m the only person in my household drinking coffee, so I’m never in need of a full pot.
Once you work out the specific amount of coffee grounds and water you need to brew your desired amount of coffee, the Ninja CE200C is wonderful. I’m impressed with the overall quality of the machine, quality of the brewed coffee, how easy it is to clean, and how easy it is to program. If you’re getting tired of the Keurig life, the Ninja CE200C is a solid option.