Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central Coffee Maker Review
August 8, 2005
Scouting around online, I ran into a fair number of coffee fans saying nice stuff about the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central coffee maker.
I purchased one yesterday, and can’t for the life of me figure out why anybody likes this piece of junk.
- Classic stainless design
- 12-cup carafe with ergonomic handle, dripless spout and knuckle guard
- Brew Pause√¢‚Äû¬¢ feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before brewing has finished
- Adjustable keep-warm temperature control
- 24-hour brew programming
- Time-to-clean monitor with indicator light
- Programmable automatic shutoff 0-4 hours
- 1 to 4-cup feature
- Cord storage
- Charcoal water filter (removes impurities)
- Gold tone filter and measuring scoop
- 4 paper coffee starter kit
- Instruction book
- Limited 3-year warranty
Okay, the stainless is nice — it’s a pretty thing, and if you’ve got a kitchen full of stainless stuff (and I do), it’ll look right at home. I could care less about programming it (just try to catch me grinding coffee a day ahead of brewing it); the adjustable “keep warm” feature basically determines how fast the burner ruins your coffee, and mine didn’t even COME with the “Gold tone” filter (maybe this is a new packaging option and I got an older machine?.)
There’s not much to say about the non-thermal carafe. It’s your typical glass coffee vessel, with a top designed to bump the safety on the bottom of the brewing chamber to indicate it’s safe for the brewer to drip coffee into it. The lid fits overly tightly (it’s pretty much a two-handed affair to get it off) and if you don’t put sit the carafe in place carefully in the brewing niche, it won’t engage the safety, and you’ll have a counter full of hot-water as the brew basket overflows.
The water filter is identical to that on the Starbucks Barista Aroma, a roughly 1″ by 1/2″ paper-wrapped carbon cartridge that fits into the end of a long handle that allows you to retrieve it from the bottom of the water reservoir.
Speaking of the water reservoir, it’s rather poorly placed, a small hole at the back-right of the top when the lid is up; it takes a fairly solid degree of pouring accuracy to get the water into the hole, and not in the brewing chamber or out on your counter.
Now for the bad features (ahem).