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Ninja CFN601 Espresso and Coffee Barista System Owner Guide


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Ninja CFN601 Espresso and Coffee Barista System

Ninja CFN601 Espresso and Coffee Barista System


To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, serious injury, death, or damage when using this appliance, follow these basic safety precautions.

General Precautions

  1. To eliminate a choking hazard for young children, discard all packaging materials immediately upon unpacking.
  2. This appliance can be used by persons with reduced physical, sensory, or mental capabilities or lack of experience and knowledge if they have been given supervision or instruction concerning the use of the appliance in a safe way and understand the hazards involved.
  3. To reduce the risk of electric shock, this appliance has a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other). As a safety feature, this plug will fit into a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully into the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician. DO NOT force it into an outlet or try to modify it to fit.
  4. Keep the appliance and its cord out of reach of children. DO NOT allow the appliance to play or be used by children. Close supervision is necessary when used near children.
  5. To protect against fire, electric shock, and injury to persons, DO NOT immerse cord, plugs, or body of machine in water or other liquid.
  6. NEVER carry the appliance by the power cord or pull it to disconnect from electrical socket; instead grasp the plug and pull to disconnect.
  7. DO NOT operate any appliance with a damaged cord or plug, or after the appliance malfunctions, or has been dropped or damaged in any manner. Contact SharkNinja Operating LLC for service.
  8. For household and countertop use only. DO NOT let the power cord hang over the edge or touch hot surfaces such as the stove.
  9. NEVER use the socket below the counter.
  10. To avoid the risk of fire, electrical shock, or damage to the brewer, DO NOT use the brewer in an appliance garage or under a wall cabinet.
  11. Unplug from the outlet when either the appliance or display clock is not in use, and before cleaning.
  12. Turn off and allow to cool before putting on or taking off parts, and before cleaning the appliance.
    Operating Notice
  13. To disconnect, turn any control to “off”, then remove the plug from the wall outlet. The use of an accessory not recommended by the manufacturer may create an overflow condition and scalding hazard, or result in fire, electric shock, or personal injury.
  14. ALWAYS use appliance on a clean, dry, level surface.
  15. DO NOT place on or near a hot gas or electric burner or in a heated oven.
  16. DO NOT use this appliance for anything other than its intended use.
  17. DO NOT use outdoors.
  18. DO NOT touch hot surfaces. Use handles or knobs.
  19. To avoid contact with steam and hot surfaces, DO NOT reach across the top of the brewer to froth.
  20. ALWAYS place a vessel, carafe or cup beneath the brew basket to receive the brewed coffee.
  21. DO NOT open brew chambers during the brew cycle and cleaning cycle. Scalding may occur.
  22. DO NOT remove the vessel, carafe, or cup while the appliance is running without the  Drip Stop in the closed position. Return the vessel, carafe, or cup quickly and open the Drip Stop to continue the brew.
  23. DO NOT fill the water reservoir with anything other than water, as other liquids may damage your brewer.
  24. DO NOT overfill the water reservoir. Fill water only to the Full line.
  25. Keep the lid on the water reservoir when brewing.
  26. DO NOT run the appliance without water.
  27. DO NOT brew ground coffee without a #4 paper cone filter or a permanent filter installed in the brew basket.
  28. Exceeding maximum Coffee Measurement Chart capacity may cause overflow. DO NOT use fine or espresso ground coffee.
  29. DO NOT put fingers under coffee outlet, risk of scalding. DO NOT put fingers into the capsule compartment or the capsule shaft. The danger of injury.
  30. Only use capsules/pods intended for this appliance. If the capsule/pod does not fit, do not force it into the appliance.
  31. The carafe is designed for use with this appliance only. DO NOT place the carafe on or near a hot gas or electrical burner, or in a heated oven.
  32. DO NOT use a cracked or scratched carafe or a carafe that has a loose or weakened handle.
  33. DO NOT place the carafe in the microwave.
  34. DO NOT drink directly from the carafe. Liquid from the carafe may be very hot.
  35. DO NOT use the carafe to store food when  not in use
  36. Ensure the carafe is completely empty before starting a cleaning or brewing cycle. Starting a cycle with water, coffee, or tea in the carafe will cause an overflow.
  37. DO NOT clean the carafe with abrasive cleaners, steel wool pads, or other abrasive materials.
  38. DO NOT set a hot carafe on a wet or cold surface.
  39. DO NOT expose the carafe to extreme temperature changes.
    Care & Maintenance
  40. Allow the appliance to cool before removing any parts and before cleaning.
  41. To prevent illness from bacterial growth in the appliance, follow all cleaning instructions in the Care & Maintenance section of this Owner’s Guide.
  42. Clean the system every week.
  43. If the product is not operating properly, visit ninjakitchen.com or contact SharkNinja Operating LLC for examination, repair, or adjustment.
  44. Cleaning and user maintenance shall not be done by children.
    Cord Statement
  45. A short power-supply cord is provided to reduce the risks resulting from becoming entangled in or tripping over a longer cord.
  46. DO NOT use extension cords with this product.


Ninja CFN601 Espresso and Coffee Barista System 1

  • Brewer (Power cord not shown)
  • 60 oz. Removable Water Reservoir
  • Removable Water Reservoir Lid
  • Lever
  • Flip Top Lid
  • Cup Tray Base
  • Adjustable Cup Tray
  • Capsule Bin
  • Brew Basket
  • Single-Serve Cup Platform
  • Control Panel
  • Frother Whisk
  • Brew-Through Lid
  • Ninja® Glass Carafe
  • Ninja Smart Scoop™
  • Intelligent Warming Plate
  • Drip Stop
  • Capsule Clean Cycle Platform


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  1. Power Button
  2. Grounds Button
  3. Capsule Button
  4. Intelligent Clean Cycle Button
  5. Intelligent Clean Cycle Indicator
  6. Hour/Minute Button
  7. Programmable Digital Clock and ounce Display
  8. Dial/Start Brew Button
  9. Drip Stop Indicator
  10. Delay Brew Button
  11. Keep Warm Button
  12. Keep Warm Indicator



  1. When the brewer is plugged in, the clock display and HR/MIN will begin to flash.
  2. Use the Dial to select the correct hour. Then, press the HR/MIN button to toggle to minutes.
  3. Use the dial again to select the correct minute, and press the HR/MIN button to set the clock at the displayed time.

At any time, you can set the clock by pressing the HR/MIN button and following steps 2-3.
If you unplug the brewer or in the event of a power loss, you will need to reset the clock the next time the brewer is plugged in.

Required for users in high-altitude areas. Not running the high-altitude calibration brew in a high altitude area will result in excessive steaming during brewing. Because water boils at a lower temperature at higher altitudes, running a calibration cycle before your first brew allows the brewer to detect the boiling point of water at your location. Running a calibration cycle will help deliver a consistent brew each time.

  1. Fill the water reservoir up to, but not exceeding, the Full line.
  2. Insert the brew basket and close the flip-top lid, then place an empty carafe on the base.
  3. Power on the unit and press the Grounds Button. Ensure the Drip Stop is set to the open position.
  4. Next, press and hold both Grounds Button and HR/MIN until you hear a confirmation sound.
  5. A calibration cycle will begin, and the display will count down until the altitude calibration is complete. When complete, the brewer will beep and display “End” on the dial. Discard the water in the carafe.

This calibration is permanently saved and will not be lost if power is lost or the brew is unplugged. Brewer can be recalibrated at any time if the altitude where it is being used changes.


  1. Clean all accessories before your first brew.
  2. Plug the brewer in and turn it on by pressing the power button.
  3. Lift the water reservoir off of its base. Remove the reservoir lid. Add water up to, but not exceeding, the Full line. Return the water reservoir to the brewer. DO NOT fill the water reservoir with anything other than water, as other liquids may damage your brewer.



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There may be some water left in the reservoir after your brew. This is normal to keep the brewer from running out of water.

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For best results, use the measurements on the Ninja Smart Scoop™ or in the chart to determine how much ground coffee to use for each brew size. Always use level scoops when measuring ground coffee. The amount of ground coffee for each size will remain the same for any brew type you select. For example, if you select Cup and Classic, you will use the same amount of coffee grounds as if you were to select Cup and Over Ice.

Adjust to your preferred taste. More scoops result in stronger coffee but slightly lower volumes, fewer scoops result in weaker coffee and slightly higher volumes. Use fewer scoops of decaffeinated coffee to prevent overflow. Use a medium-sized grind if grinding whole beans. Grinding beans to GROUNDS finely may cause the brew basket to overflow.

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The Intelligent Warming Plate will automatically turn on during Classic or Rich brews when any carafe size is selected. The Intelligent Warming Plate is set to a specific temperature setpoint to avoid burning the coffee over time. To turn the warming plate on at any time, press the GroundsButton to select either Classic or Rich, turn the dial to one of the carafe sizes, and press the WARM button.

You can adjust how long the Intelligent Warming Plate remains on (up to 4 hours) and/or set the temperature to Low, Medium, or High.By default, the Intelligent Warming Plate is set to remain on for 2 hours and is set to medium. To change the time/temperature settings of the warming plate, follow these instructions:

  1. Press and hold WARM until the clock begins to flash the current warming time.
  2. Turn the dial to increase the time in 15-minute  increments up to 4 hours or decrease the time to 0 hours. Press WARM or START BREW to set the new time.
  3. Next, the clock will display the current warming plate temperature. To keep the same temperature, press WARM or START BREW. Tochange the temperature, turn the dial and press WARM or START BREW for the temperature to lock in. The unit will beep signifying that the time and temperature has been set.

If you set the warming time to 0 hours, Keep Warm will not automatically activate during or after a carafe brew cycle, but you can still turn it on manually by pressing the WARM button.
The time adjustment setting will be saved and will not reset when the brewer is unplugged or loses power.


  1. Plug the brewer in and turn it on by pressing the Power button.
    The clock will remain on even if the brewer is turned off. Ensure the brewer is powered on to set Delay Brew.
  2. After filling the water reservoir and adding ground coffee to the filter, place the appropriate-size vessel under the brew basket.
  3. Press the Grounds Button to enter Grounds mode. Press DELAY. The clock will begin to flash “12:00” or the previous time set.
  4. While the clock is flashing, turn the dial to adjust the hour. The AM or PM indicator will illuminate under the clock display as you are setting the desired time. Press START BREW to lock in the hour. Now, turn the dial to adjust the minute. Press START BREW to lock in your time.
  5. Next, turn the dial to select the size that you would like to brew.
  6. Press the Grounds button to choose your brew style.
  7. Once the time, brew size, and brew style have been set, press the dial to activate. When activated, the brewer will beep and DELAY and your selected options will remain illuminated. To view your set delay brew time, press and hold the DELAY button. To cancel, press the DELAY button or power off the unit.

The brewer must remain on for the Delay Brew function to work.
power off or unplug after setting Delay Brew. If the brewer is turned off or unplugged, delay brew will need to be reset.
When a delay brew is set, a grounds brew cannot be run until the delay brew has finished or has been canceled. A capsule brew may be run at any time up until  5 minutes before the preset brew time.

The drip stop is used to close off the brew basket to prevent any coffee from dispensing. You will need to manually open and close the drip stop by moving the lever to your desired position. It can be closed and reopened at any point before, during, or after a brew. If the Drip Stop is closed mid-brew the brewer will pause the brew, and after 30 seconds it will give you a friendly audible reminder to reopen.

NOTE: If the Drip Stop is closed before you begin a brew, the brewer will notify you with beeps and the Drip Stop indicator will illuminate. Move the Drip Stop to the open position and press START BREW to begin your brew.

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When the brew cycle is complete, set the Drip Stop to the closed position to stop dripping from the brew basket.

Remember to open the Drip Stop when you are ready to brew again. If you forget, your brewer will give you a friendly audible reminder.

We recommend cleaning your carafe after each use with warm, soapy water. To clean the carafe more thoroughly, we recommend using a soft foam brush. DO NOT use a wire brush.

Remove the cup tray, cup tray base, and capsule bin from under the capsule outlet. Discard the used capsules from the capsule bin. Hand-wash the cup tray, cup tray base, and capsule bin or place them on the top rack of the dishwasher.

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If brewing grounds, allow the brewer to cool, then remove the brew basket by pinching the handle and lifting straight up. If using a paper filter, discard the filter by dumping the brew basket upside down into a waste bin.
Your Ninja Espresso & Coffee Barista System offers two sides to choose from: Grounds and Capsules. Either side that you use will eventually need to be cleaned with a clean cycle. The clean cycle is used for descaling the brewer when calcium scale buildup is affecting the performance of the brewer and/or the flavor of your coffee. When cleaning is needed in Grounds mode, the Intelligent Clean Cycle Indicator will automatically illuminate orange under the Grounds Button. If the indicator is ignored, your brewer may stop mid-brew and display “CLn,” indicating it needs immediate cleaning.

Running a water-only clean cycle will not descale the brewer properly.
To cancel the clean cycle, press the Power button or CLEAN button once. The brewer will beep and stop brewing through the cleaning mixture. Continue to follow the instructions starting at Step 6.


Can’t select Keep Warm.

  • Keep Warm can be turned on manually by pressing WARM while in Grounds mode with Classic or Rich, and any Carafe size selected. If brewing a smaller size into the carafe, after the brew has finished select Classic or Rich and turn the dial to any carafe size, then press WARM.

There’s sediment in my coffee.

  • If using a permanent filter, this may be due to using finely ground coffee.
  • To reduce the amount of sediment in the brewed coffee, use a slightly coarser grind or use a paper filter.
    DO NOT use a paper filter in conjunction with a permanent filter, as water and/or coffee can back up and clog the filter basket.

Over Ice Brew is not cold.

  • Ensure your cup, travel mug, or carafe is filled all the way to the top with ice cubes before brewing. The brewer will brew at elevated temperatures to lock in the best flavor, then the ice will cool the brewed coffee to the perfect temperature. Lower volumes of coffee will be brewed to account for some ice melt.

Coffee is too weak.

  • For stronger coffee, use the Rich brew setting. For an even bolder flavor, you can add more coffee grounds to the filter.

Brewer is leaking.

  • After removing the water reservoir, there may be a small amount of water in the reservoir valve. This can be easily removed with a dry cloth.
  • If the leak is coming from above the brew basket, refer to “Brew basket overflowed.” above.
  • If the leaking is coming from below the brew basket, close the drip stop. Refer to page 12 for more information.
  • If the leaking is coming from the capsule side, ensure the adjustable cup tray is in place to catch any excess drips.
  • If the leak is coming from the bottom of the brewer, call Customer Service at 1-877-646-5288.

Coffee is not hot enough.

  • If brewing into the carafe, ensure Keep Warm is on. The Intelligent Warming Plate temperature can be adjusted between Low, Medium, and High (see Time & Temperature Adjustment on Page 11.)
  • Adding cold milk or creamer to coffee will affect the temperature.
  • We recommend prewarming the cup with hot water before brewing.

Add Wtr

  • Ensure water is in the reservoir. If the reservoir is empty, add fresh water to the reservoir and then press START BREW to resume the brew.
  • If the reservoir is filled with water, remove and reseat the reservoir and then press START BREW to resume the brew.
  • If brewing capsules, try removing the capsule and brewing again. If the issue persists, run a clean cycle on the capsule side following the instructions on pages 14 and 15.
  • If brewing grounds and the issue persists, contact Customer Service at 1-877-646-5288


  • The system has detected that a clean cycle needs be run immediately to remove calcium scalebuildup in the heater. See ‘Cleaning & Descaling Your Brewing System’ for instructions.


  • A brewing cycle was canceled.


Please visit registeryourninja.com or call 1-877-646-5288 to register your new Ninja® product within ten (10) days of purchase. You will be asked to provide the store name, date of purchase, and model number along with your name and address. The registration will enable us to contact you in the unlikely event of a product safety notification. By registering, you acknowledge you have read and understood the instructions for use and warnings set forth in the accompanying instructions.


The One (1) Year Limited Warranty applies to purchases made from authorized retailers of SharkNinja Operating LLC. Warranty coverage applies to the original owner and to the original product only and is not transferable.

SharkNinja warrants that the unit shall be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase when it is used under normal household conditions and maintained according to the requirements outlined in the Owner’s Guide, subject to the following conditions and exclusions:

What is covered by this warranty? 

  1. The original unit and/or non-wearable parts deemed defective, in SharkNinja’s sole discretion, will be repaired or replaced up to one (1) year from the original purchase date.
  2. In the event a replacement unit is issued, the warranty coverage ends six (6) months following the receipt date of the replacement unit or the remainder of the existing warranty, whichever is later. SharkNinja reserves the right to replace the unit with one of equal or greater value.

What is not covered by this warranty?

  1. Normal wear and tear of wearable parts (such as blending vessels, lids, cups, blades, blender bases, removable pots, racks, pans, etc.), which require regular maintenance and/or replacement to ensure the proper functioning of your unit, are not covered by this warranty. Replacement parts are available for purchase at ninjaaccessories.com.
  2. Any unit that has been tampered with or used for commercial purposes.
  3. Damage caused by misuse, abuse, negligent handling, failure to perform required maintenance (e.g., failure to keep the well of the motor base clear of food spills and other debris), or damage due to mishandling in transit.
  4. Consequential and incidental damages.
  5. Defects caused by repair persons not authorized by SharkNinja. These defects include damages caused in the process of shipping, altering, or repairing the SharkNinja product (or any of its parts) when the repair is performed by a repair person not authorized by SharkNinja.
  6. Products purchased, used, or operated outside North America.

How to get service
If your appliance fails to operate properly while in use under normal household conditions within the warranty period, visit ninjakitchen.com/support for product care and maintenance self-help. Our Customer Service Specialists are also available at 1-877-646-5288 to assist with product support and warranty service options, including the possibility of upgrading to our VIP warranty service options for select product categories.

So we may better assist you, please register your product online at registeryourninja.com and have the product on hand when you call.SharkNinja will cover the cost for the customer to send in the unit to us for repair or replacement. A fee of $20.95 (subject to change) will be charged when SharkNinja ships the repaired or replacement unit.

How to initiate a warranty claim
You must call 1-877-646-5288 to initiate a warranty claim. You will need the receipt as proof of purchase. We also ask that you register your product online at  registeryourninja.com and have the product on hand when you call, so we may better assist you. A Customer Service Specialist will provide you with return and packing instruction information.

How state law applies
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you also may have other rights that vary from state to state. Some states do not permit the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to you.


Faqs About Ninja CFN601 Espresso and Coffee Barista System

What beverages can I make with the Ninja CFN601?

You can make a variety of beverages, including espresso, cappuccino, latte, and coffee, with the Ninja CFN601 Espresso and Coffee Barista System.

Does it have a built-in grinder?

Yes, the Ninja CFN601 features a built-in grinder, allowing you to grind fresh coffee beans for each brew.

What type of milk frothing does it offer?

The Ninja CFN601 offers various milk frothing options, including a steam wand for manual frothing and a built-in frother for automatic frothing.

Can I customize the strength of my coffee?

Yes, you can customize the strength of your coffee using the Ninja CFN601’s adjustable brew settings.

Is it easy to clean?

The Ninja CFN601 is designed for easy cleaning, with removable parts that are dishwasher safe.

What size cups can it accommodate?

The Ninja CFN601 can accommodate various cup sizes, including espresso cups, mugs, and travel tumblers.

Does it have a pre-infusion feature?

Yes, the Ninja CFN601 has a pre-infusion feature that ensures optimal extraction for a rich and flavorful espresso.

What is the capacity of the water reservoir?

The water reservoir of the Ninja CFN601 has a capacity of [insert capacity here], allowing you to brew multiple beverages without frequent refills.

Does it come with any accessories?

Yes, the Ninja CFN601 comes with accessories such as a portafilter, tamper, milk frothing pitcher, and coffee scoop.

Is it suitable for beginners?

While the Ninja CFN601 offers advanced features, it is designed to be user-friendly and suitable for beginners who are new to espresso and coffee brewing.

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