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Cuisinart DCC-2650 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
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- 12-cup carafe with ergonomic handle, dripless spout and knuckle guard
- Fully automatic with 24-hour programmability, self-clean, 1-4 cup setting and adjustable auto-shutoff (0-4 hours)
- Adjustable carafe temperature control with high, medium & low settings
- Brew Pause feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before brewing is completed
- Gold tone commercial style permanent filter, Charcoal water filter (removes impurities)
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|Color||Silver||Stainless Steel||Brushed Chrome||Chrome||Silver||Stainless Steel|
|Item Dimensions||11 x 9.5 x 16.25 in||9 x 7.75 x 14 in||9 x 7.75 x 14 in||9 x 7.75 x 14 in||16.25 x 10.88 x 9.62 in||10.88 x 10.12 x 16.38 in|
|Item Weight||9 lbs||8.75 lbs||6.8 lbs||8 lbs||9.2 lbs||10.2 lbs|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel||Plastic||Plastic||Plastic||Metal||Stainless Steel|
Cuisinart brews coffee that keeps up with mornings that fly by. Our Extreme Brew technology delivers coffee 25% faster for a more efficient, more relaxed morning routine. Take control of your blend's strength, choosing from regular or bold, and set your brew up to 24 hours in advance for on-demand cafe service.
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First, it's a handsome machine that's easy to clean. ("No more rhymes now, I mean it....") I'm not sure if it's made of coated real metal or a plastic faux metal. Either way, it's a nice-looking machine that complements our other stainless steel appliances, and it's easy to wipe off fingerprints, etc. It also fits underneath our cabinets.
Second, in the Amazon reviews of various coffeemakers, there's a lot of talk about whether the coffeemakers produce hot coffee. Those comments weren't very helpful to me, because I never knew what the users meant by "hot." So, I've measured and quantified the temperatures for you: [a] At the time that this coffeemaker is done brewing, the coffee has consistently been about 175 degrees F. To me, that's plenty hot. [b] When the hotplate is set to M, the coffee has consistently been 160 degrees F, which is exactly the temperature at which I prefer my coffee. [c] When the hotplate is set to H, the coffee has consistently been just under 180 degrees F. [d] I haven't tried to set the hotplate to L, because the coffee would presumably be less than 160 degrees F, which isn't as hot as I'd like.
Third, the machine has produced good coffee. Much better than my Krups Aroma Control, and comparable to what you'd get at a coffee house. (I don't have a grinder, so I have my coffee pre-ground, which can affect the taste a bit.)
Fourth, I can unquestionably taste the difference between the bold setting and the regular setting. I did a little taste test using exactly the same coffee, exactly the same amount of coffee, and exactly the same amount of water. And, there's zero question that the bold setting produced noticeably bolder coffee.
Fifth, it's a user-friendly machine that's easy to set up, program, and use. The auto-brew feature, brew-pause feature, and auto-off feature have worked as advertised. Initially, the toughest part of using this machine was trying to figure out how to remove the lid from the carafe. :)
Sixth, the machine beeps five times when it's done brewing. In my view, the beep isn't unduly loud or obnoxious: It's loud enough that when I've auto programmed the machine, I can faintly hear it in our bedroom on the opposite side of the house. However, it isn't loud enough to wake our baby (whose room is directly above the machine) or freak out our cat -- and when I'm in the kitchen, the beeping hasn't yet struck me as being too annoying. That said, I'm not sure why it isn't possible to turn the beep off, and I'm not sure why they chose five beeps instead of just one, two, or three.
Seventh, the machine brews reasonably quickly. I usually brew 6 cups of coffee -- which yields two "real cups." From the time that I hit the "on" button until the fifth beep signal, it has taken about 6 minutes.
Hope this helps, and best of luck with your decision.
This is first coffee maker I've had since the old Mr Coffee of my father's that I took to college almost 20 years ago. Since then I've relied on Starbucks, Scooters, Monster Rehab and caffeine pills. The pills have 0 calories and are a great way to start your day with a measured dose of caffeine with your morning vitamins. My drinks of choice from Starbucks and Scooters are sweetened and calorie-laden. The Monster Rehab is relatively low-cal (20 calories per can) and high in caffeine (160mg per can) but costly and reliant upon artificial sweeteners which don't sit well with everyone. Now that I have a coffee machine, I'm free to experiment with brewed coffee without the added sweet-stuff. So far so very good.
*** Pros ***
It's relatively easy to set up. That's good because the instructions are terribly written. The small text box of First User instructions comes halfway through the pamphlet, after the instructions on brewing coffee.
The brew cycle is very quick, giving you hot java in a very short period of time.
It's sleek looking. It's stainless steel-plated plastic, not real metal. Still it looks good.
The coffee pot pours without spilling or dribbling down the glass.
The timer works as expected. It feels a little cumbersome at first, setting the auto on and auto off times. Then remembering to set the pot to auto brew the next morning. But you get the hang of it. The could stand. to give this unit a basic refresh and add more modern controls. What it has it decidely 5+ years old static logic electronics. It works though.
*** Cons ***
I can not figure out how to kick on the hot plate on-demand. It will run for 1, 2 or 4 hours after the brewcycle depending on what you chose. However I can't figure out to make it keep a pot warm longer than 4 hours. It takes me a while to get through 12 cups of coffee. I guess I'll have to start making 6 cups at a time and brewing a 2nd pot at lunch.
Like I mentioned above, the instructions are poorly written. They need to hire a better technical writer. But you will figure it out in the end. It's not overly difficult.
Also like a said above, the electronics are dated. The display is not back lit. That's a shame. It could certainly have a more intuitive setup method.
It does not have a day of week scheduling option. So if you wake at 6 on week days and 8 on weekends, you'll either have to manually change your programming Friday for the weekend and Sunday night for the week days, or brew a pot on-demand come Saturday morning. Day of week programming could be available with newer electronic controls.
*** Notes ***
It does come with a gold tone filter. You don't have to buy a 2nd unless you want to have one clean and one in the dishwasher.
It comes with 1 charcoal water filter. I recommend buying the ADX brand pack of filters to go with this coffee maker.
I'm not a coffee expert at this point and I haven't used all the settings yet, but so far it works great for my needs. I'll report more later if that changes.