Does the Ninja Coffee Bar Make Espresso? (Here’s How)

The Ninja Coffee Bar is a multi-functional drip coffee maker with multiple brew settings to make different types of coffee. At a push of a button, you can select the brew size you want and the specific type of brew - Classic Brew, Rich Brew, and Specialty Brew.  

But can the Ninja Coffee Bar make espresso? It comes close. The Specialty Brew setting delivers a concentrated coffee blend for all your espresso coffee cravings.  

The Ninja Coffee Bar does not technically make espresso. To make an espresso, you will need the pressurized brewing mechanism of an espresso machine. However, that does not mean you can't make delicious coffee with the Ninja Coffee Bar!  

The Ninja Coffee Bar comes with six brew settings -Classic Brew, Rich Brew, Over Ice Brew, Cold Brew, Cafe Forte, and Specialty Brew. The specialty brew will deliver a very concentrated coffee with higher caffeine content and flavor by adjusting the proportion of water to ground coffee. While it's not considered an espresso shot, it mimics the taste very closely. You can use this brew as the base of any espresso drink. 

The Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System also comes with a specialty brew setting allowing users to make delicious espresso-like coffees.  

Ninja Coffee Bar Make Espresso

Can You Use Ground Espresso In a Ninja Coffee Bar?  

Yes, you can use your favorite ground espresso or coffee blend in the Ninja Coffee Bar. Espresso beans are roasted for a more extended period, making them darker in color and bolder in flavor. If you choose to use regular coffee beans, look out for a dark roast, as this will deliver a deeper flavor similar to espresso beans. The beans you use will defer depending on which brew setting you are using and the type of coffee you would like.  

With the right espresso beans and espresso-like strength of the Specialty Brew setting, you can achieve a similar taste of espresso coffee without the need for a separate espresso machine.  

To make delicious, creamy espresso coffees, select the Specialty Brew setting, which alters the ratio of water to ground coffee to deliver a concentrated coffee brew, perfect for the base of any espresso coffee. In addition, the Ninja Coffee Bar has a hand creamer on the side to help you make a frothy cream or milk for macchiatos, lattes, and cappuccinos.  

The Ninja Coffee Bar also offers different brew volumes. You can select the size which suits your needs - a single cup, travel mug, half carafe, and a full carafe. With the built-in hot plate, you can keep your coffee hot for longer.  

How To Make A Delicious Espresso With A Ninja Coffee Bar? (Step By Step Guide)  

What is an espresso? An espresso is a brewing method that delivers a very concentrated shot of coffee made by pressurized hot water through ground espresso coffee beans. Using espresso beans rather than regular coffee beans is necessary to have a deep, bold flavor. To make an espresso-like shot in the Ninja Coffee Bar, you will need ground espresso beans and water. Select Specialty Brew for smaller water to coffee grounds ratio for a concentrated shot.  

To make milk-based espresso coffees using the Ninja Coffee Bar, you will need milk (or cream), ground espresso beans, a microwaveable bowl or pot, microwave or stovetop, and a Ninja Coffee Bar. Follow along for step-by-step instructions. 

  • 1
    Place preferred coffee beans into the Ninja Coffee maker. For a bold flavor, it is recommended that you use espresso beans. But regular coffee grounds will also work.
  • 2
     If required, warm up your milk in the microwave or over a stovetop. The amount of milk you use depends on your cup size. Fill at least two-thirds of your cup size for milk-based drinks such as a latte.  
  • 3
    Using the machine’s hand creamer, froth your milk till you have a thick layer of foam. The foamed milk is for the top layer of your coffee. 
  • 4
    Select your brew type. For a more concentrated brew to mimic an espresso shot, select Specialty Brew. Start the brew. 
  • 5
    Pour your coffee into a cup
  • 6
    (Optional) If you would like a flavored coffee, like caramel or hazelnut, add flavored syrups or sauces at this step. Otherwise, move on to step 7.  
  • 7
    Pour your milk into the coffee, filling it up to two-thirds of the cup. 
  • 8
     When the cup is full, top with foamed milk. For experienced baristas, go ahead and finish off with latte art.  
cup of espresso coffee

What Other Drinks Can You Make With The Ninja Coffee Bar?   

It is easy to get stuck making the same coffee every morning, but with the help of the Ninja Coffee Bar, you can easily mix up your coffee routine.

This machine enables users to make a variety of coffees, and with the use of flavored syrups, the possibilities are endless. This section will highlight 5 of the best coffees to spice up your mornings and how to make them with your Ninja Coffee Bar.  

Hazelnut Iced Coffee 

  • Ingredients:
    4 tbsp hazelnut coffee grounds, 2 cups of ice, 3 tbsp hazelnut coffee syrup, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup cream
  • Size setting:
    Travel Mug
  • Brew setting:
    Over Ice Brew

Caramel Macchiato 

  • Ingredients:
    3 tbsp ground coffee, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tbsp caramel sauce
  • Size setting:
    Single Cup
  • Brew setting:
    Specialty Brew

Caramel Latte 

  • Ingredients:
    3 tbsp ground coffee, 2 tbsp caramel syrup, 1/4 cup heavy cream, a pinch of salt
  • Size setting:
    Travel Mug
  • Brew setting:
    Rich Brew

Pumpkin Spiced Latte 

  • Ingredients:
    3 tbsp ground coffee, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tbsp dark brown sugar, 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, a pinch of salt
  • Size setting:
    Single Cup
  • Brew setting:
    Specialty Brew

Mocha Frappuccino  

  • Ingredients:
    4 tbsp ground coffee, 3 ice cubes, 1/4 cup chocolate milk, 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • Size setting:
    Travel Mug
  • Brew setting:
    Specialty Brew

Common Ninja Coffee Bar Questions

Does Ninja Coffee Bar steam milk?  

The Ninja Coffee Bar does not steam or heat milk. To achieve the best frothing results, it is recommended that you warm up the milk over a stove or in the microwave before using the machine’s built-in frother.  

How do you froth milk in a Ninja coffee bar?  

One of the Ninja Coffee Bar's best features is its hand creamer. This works to create an extremely frothy base for any espresso drink by whipping cream or milk.  

Can the Ninja coffee bar make hot chocolate?  

Yes! The Ninja Coffee Bar makes creamy, frothy hot chocolate (or iced chocolate if you prefer), and it is very simple. Place your hot chocolate mixture or cocoa powder into your mug and add water at a push of a button. Then froth your milk or cream, before pouring it over your hot chocolate drink. Add a pinch of salt or some mini marshmallows for a delicious treat!  

Can the Ninja dual brew make espresso?  

A Ninja Dual Brew is not an espresso machine and does not have the mechanisms to make espresso. However, by brewing a 4oz coffee, you will get a super-rich concentrated coffee similar to espresso.  


With endless options of coffee machines available in the market, selecting the one that best suits your needs can be daunting. While the Ninja Coffee Bar is convenient and easy to use, it does not make espresso shots.

Nevertheless, the Specialty Brew setting will deliver a concentrated coffee blend that can be used as a base for any espresso drink. As delicious as it is, it is not espresso. If you want the authentic taste of espresso, you may want to invest in an espresso machine.