The Cuisinart DCC-1200 is definitely the best coffee maker that I’ve used so far. I love that it consistently make a great brew every time I use it! This coffee maker comes with my highest recommendations.
The great thing about this coffee maker is that you can set it to make your coffee just the way you like it. You will be able to adjust the temperature of the coffee as it brews with the carafe temperature adjuster function. You will definitely get the best flavor from your coffee grind this way!
You can program this coffee maker to brew at any specific time. Of course, some die-hard coffee connoisseurs may not agree with me in using the programmable feature, but I just love this function because I love waking up to the smell of coffee!
Even though the carafe has markings up to twelve cups, you can still make less with the “one to four cups” function without jeopardizing the taste of your favorite brew. The carafe is also perfectly designed for clumsy people like me who tend to spill my drinks while pouring them into my cup!
Why it Makes Great Coffee
The carafe temperature adjuster has Low (L), Medium (M) and High (H) carafe temperature settings. The higher the temperature, the stronger the taste is. So, if you take only black coffee, it is ideally to put the carafe on the lowest temperature (unless of course you like really, really strong coffee). I take my cup of coffee with some sugar and milk, so I would put the carafe temperature adjuster at the High (H) setting.
Another secret for the great coffee is the shower head that distribute water evenly over the coffee grind and minimizing any temperature loss during the process. The charcoal water filter, on the other hand, filters all impurities from your regular water from the pipe.
Have you heard that gold-tone, cone-style coffee filters actually enhance the coffee taste? You have, and that’s why you’re considering buying the Cuisinart DCC-1200? Good for you! However, if you don’t like to have a lot of residue in your coffee (which contributes to the better tasting coffee), you can opt to use disposable paper filters with the coffee maker.
Coffee On the Run
Another plus is that it has a “Brew-Pause” function that has been very helpful for my household. This works by simply pulling the carafe away from its holder while brewing. This is great especially when someone is late or in a hurry during the mornings and needs to sneak a quick cup of coffee before heading out. But while this function is great, there is one minor flaw to it. Since the carafe is removed while the coffee is still brewing, there are tendencies for coffee spills. Honestly, when this happens, no one bothers to clean it up. So in the end, the heating plate rusts.
Some reviewers also complained that the design of the water reservoir is very impractical. First, you can’t gauge how much water that has been poured into the reservoir as there is no indicator window. You have to peer down the into the reservoir to guess how full it actually is. Secondly, the opening of the water reservoir is so slim that more often than not, you will get some water spills.
Despite its minor shortcomings and for the price that you’re paying, the Cuisinart DCC-1200 is definitely the best coffee maker that you can get. If you have the space in your kitchen for this beautiful retro style coffee maker, get it now.
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