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Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker with Stainless-Steel Carafe, Black
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- 4-Cup Stainless-steel carafe with dripless pour spout and knuckle guard
- Brew-pause feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before brewing has finished
- 30 minute automatic shutoff and convenient ON indicator light
- Includes: instruction booklet
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
- 4-Cup Stainless-steel carafe with dripless pour spout, and knuckle guard
- Brew-pause feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before brewing has finished
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|Item Dimensions||8 x 10 x 5.25 in||7.1 x 9.6 x 10.7 in||7 x 9.3 x 11.5 in||7.1 x 9.2 x 11.6 in||9 x 6 x 11 in||18 x 18 x 9 in|
|Item Weight||3.25 lbs||—||—||1 lb||9 lbs||7 lbs|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel||Plastic||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Plastic||Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe|
The Cuisinart 4-Cup Coffeemaker is just the right size for that coffee lover in your house. The stainless steel carafe has a comfortable handle and a dripless pour spout to make serving flavorful coffee easy. Includes two consumer-favorite features: Brew Pause, to let you sneak a cup mid-cycle, and a worry-free 30-minute shutoff. The compact design takes up minimal counter space and is easy to store.
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First: this is a compact machine. It says 4 'cups' - and means 5 oz. cups. Many/most coffeemakers are set up that way. The water measure is very accurate (as with the DCC-1100). I don't use the pot to fill the tank - I just use a spare water or pop bottle that is 20 oz. (5 oz. x 4 'cups' = 20 oz.). It is MUCH easier to fill the tank with a bottle. Besides, if you just look in the tank, there are "steps" for 2c, 3c, 4c. in it (see the pic). When the water is level with or just over the step, there you go. Easy.
Second: the extraction and brew is excellent. I opened the lid to check a few times, the grounds are underwater. I am using 1 TBSP coffee (Gevalia or Peet's, a finer grind) per "cup" and have great taste. I bought the gold GTF filter and I think the taste is a little better than using Melitta #2 filters (but the paper filters have faster cleanup).
Third: along with great taste/strength, the temp is HOT. The pot is metal, but not insulated, so do not touch it or you may get burned. When you push in the switch to turn it on, it will only be on for 30 minutes, which is not very long. You can always pour any leftover coffee into a thermal mug if it shuts off.
Fourth: brew times. I used a stopwatch to test them:
For 2 cups: 4:25
For 3 cups: 5:30
For 4 cups: 7:30
(these are when it is all done sputtering and spitting) It is not the fastest, but the taste is GREAT, so it's worth it.
Fifth: regarding the carafe and spout. I think it has been redesigned since 2009 or so. I'll post a pic. The spout is set down and curved, and the pot lid has a bunch of small holes by the spout so it won't all dump out. I have had no troubles with any drips or leaks. None. To get the lid off, pivot the HANDLE side up FIRST (the spout end is resting under a small plastic projection). That way it is easy to get the lid off.
Overall, the coffee taste, strength, and temperature is very similar to the full-size DCC-1100 maker. I wanted to try the small one for easier cleanup and a smaller footprint on the counter. This 4-cup maker is making good tasting, HOT coffee. Be sure to use good-tasting water, and fresher coffee, and you'll be all set.
Cons: I suppose the lack of a timer; also, the maker shuts off in only 30 minutes from when you turn it ON (not 30 minutes after the brew is done). Thus, the plate heats only for 22 to 24 minutes.
I can't vouch for the long-term reliability - I've only used it about a week. But once you taste how it brews, you'll like it. I am impressed thus far. From experience I can say that keeping the metal pot clean is VERY important as it won't stay as smooth as glass does, and it can harbor old taste and smells. Besides washing after each use, you can periodically use Citric acid or vinegar solution, or even baking soda + dish soap to remove any stains or smells.
UPDATE: August 2014
Still using this little pot, and it works great. No leaks or problems. Still great taste, and hot temperature. Be sure to properly insert the lid (spout end first, then pivot down to handle) and also be sure the basket is fully seated, and no leaks. If it had a timer I would give it 5 stars.
I did some temperature testing; after brewing a pot, I put a thermometer in it and it was 180 *F. Very hot. Overall, it is very compact and convenient vs. a big maker, since I'm the main coffee drinker. I've been using "Brew Rite" cleaner and that works better than vinegar, it cleans fully with NO smell or aftertaste.
Update: Dec. 2015
Still using this pot, it seems to work well, and it still makes hot coffee. The warming plate has a couple scratches and is showing some wear, but I still wipe it gently with a clean wet washcloth each day. One thing I've noticed over time is that the coffee can get really *HOT* if you leave it on the burner, especially if only a little is in the pot. *At times it can make it taste burnt/scalded.* I usually like to add liquid creamer, and I pour it only a minute or so after it's done brewing, so it's not all the time I notice that. I usually set it up the night before work, plug it in, so when I saunter into the kitchen I can just push the button to start it.
Update: Jan. 2016:
I am noticing that the taste seems off lately - I think the metal pot is making the coffee burnt / scalded / too hot? I compared it to the DCC-1100 maker, and the coffee tastes a bit better in the glass pot. Perhaps after a year or so it starts running too hot? The flavor is better if I use a Melitta filter (it has pores) or the gold tone filter, versus a normal white filter (the first 2 allow the water to drain through the filter faster). I brewed around 4 cups on the DCC-1100 maker, on the "1-4" setting, and compared it. The larger maker made a bit better tasting coffee. I think if the 4-cup maker had a glass pot, it would taste better (but then easier to break...)
UPDATE again - May 2016:
Okay, sorry for the long review, sometimes I can be wordy... I decided to test this out some more recently. On vacation I retested some Gevalia House Blend, and it was good tasting coffee, rich and smooth but not burnt. So, at home, I used some Gevalia Guatemala coffee, and it came out quite good, hot, flavorful. ** I seemed to have worse flavor when using darker, more roasted (burnt?) coffees like Starbucks and Caribou. They were tasting bad, maybe it was overextracting them?
So I'll say that a Medium or Light roast coffee can taste pretty good, and hot in this maker; the flavor with Melitta #2 filters (have pores) or the Cuisinart GTF-4 gold filter is better than plain white filters. I still wipe up any spills from the hot plate, and run a 1/3 vinegar brew every 4-5 weeks, and it is pretty clean. If the filter basket weren't as finicky to double check for being fully seated, it would be better. If the coffee comes out a little too strong with fine grinds (Peet's, Gevalia, etc.) at 1 TBSP per "cup", then I just use 1/2 TBSP less in total.
I will say that coffee tastes better if you don't leave it on the hot plate a long time; I think it heats it too hot when I do. So I just brew what I want, wait a minute after the sputtering is done, and pour it into a travel mug so it doesn't 'cook' on the burner. Wow, have had this over 2 years now, and it is still working perfectly. Hey, maybe Cuisinart could send me some dinero/tips/remuneration for the thorough review? jk
If you're looking for a small volume, compact coffeemaker, there are few really great choices. I've had a 4-cup coffeemaker from another manufacturer - talk about DRIPPY! You had to lift the lid with your thumb to pour coffee without making a huge mess. Plus, the coffee never tasted good, no matter how fresh and high-quality my beans were. The Cuisinart 4-cup coffeemaker is cleverly designed and well-made, and the coffee it has brewed up so far has been superb. I like the fact that the carafe is durable, I like (need!) the automatic shut-off feature, and I'm thrilled with its cheery red color and great coffee. I will revise my review if the Cuisinart 4-cup develops dripping problems, but no spillage yet. Yes, we're still in the honeymoon phase. But so far, I'm in love. :-)
UPDATE: Still in love, 10 months later. I have not suffered any of the problems that other reviewers listed. I love its simplicity and cheery appearance, the coffee tastes great, and the automatic shut-off has saved me more than once. I would definitely buy this little coffeemaker again.
To counter a few points made by others: The carafe does not dribble. There are little steps inside the water reservoir that make it super-simple to fill the right amount of water. The carafe lid is removed by pulling it toward the spout; it then pops off starting from the handle side. Regarding the paint on the hot plate ...I don't know if the paint is going to chip off of it, and I really don't care if it does. And finally, the carafe does indeed get hot; one should expect that from a carafe filled with hot coffee.
It took six minutes to brew four cups. (That's actually two full-size coffee cups.) I recommend that you just go ahead and order the #2 cone filters at the same time as they are not commonly available.
This will be my new travel coffee maker. Because there is no way of knowing the history of those hotel-furnished coffee makers.
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