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Cuisinart DTC-975BKN 12 Cup Programmable Thermal Brewer (Black)
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- Fully automatic coffeemaker with 24-hour programmability
- 12-cup (5 Ounce) double-wall insulated stainless-steel carafe
- Patented brew-through and pour-through lid keeps air out and coffee fresh and hot for hours
- Instruction booklet included. Please clean the valve regularly, especially if using flavored coffees as they can cause the brew pause to stick.
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Cuisinart DTC-975BKN Thermal 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
With 24-hour programmability, this coffeemaker lets you choose when to brew. The unit automatically shuts off and has an audible beep when brew cycle is complete. The convenient Brew Pause feature lets you enjoy a cup during the brewing cycle and the easy to read water level indicator takes the guesswork out of measuring. It’s large capacity thermal carafe keeps up to 12 cups of coffee hot and fresh and features a patented Brew Through / Pour Through Lid that seals out air and seals in flavor.
The Quest for the Perfect Cup of Coffee
Element 1: Water
Coffee is 98% water. The quality of that water is as important as the quality of your coffee. If water doesn’t taste good from the tap, it won’t taste good in your coffee.
Element 2: Coffee
While coffee is 98% water, all of the flavor comes from the beans. To achieve the same great taste you enjoy at a coffee bar, you need to use the same quality of coffee. If you choose to grind your own beans, buy them fresh and whole. Buy only about a two-week supply at a time, because once the bean is broken, its flavor degrades quickly.
Element 3: Grind
The grind is critical for proper flavor extraction. If the grind is too fine, over-extraction and bitterness will result. Too fine a grind may also clog the filter. If grind is too coarse, the water will pass through too quickly and the maximum flavor will not be extracted. When grinding your own beans, we recommend a medium-fine grind.
Element 4: Proportion
Coffee that is too strong or too weak is always a disappointment. Follow the recommended portions of ground coffee in the instructions under Brewing Coffee, and later adjust the amount to suit your taste.
Note: The maximum capacity for ground coffee is 15 scoops (15 tablespoons) for this 60-ounce (twelve 5-ounce cups) coffeemaker. Exceeding this amount may cause overflow. Do not fill above the 12-cup mark.
Features and Benefits
- Brew-Through/Pour-Through Lid: Allows coffee to brew in and pour out of carafe without opening or adjusting. Keeps coffee hot and flavorful for hours.
- Reservoir Cover: Simply lift to fill with water. Close cover once water has been added.
- Filter Basket: Swings open for easy insertion of coffee filter.
- Water Window: Magnified markings indicate water needed to make corresponding cups of coffee.
- Brew Pause: Stops flow of water from basket when carafe is removed from heater plate, so a cup can be poured during brewing cycle.
- Auto-Brew Cycle: Program time to brew.
- ON Indicator Light: Illuminates when power is on.
- Stainless Double-Wall Thermal Insulated Carafe
- LCD Readout
Tips & Hints
- Before first use, flush out your coffeemaker. To do so, fill the reservoir with cold water and follow the directions for Brew Pause. Do not add coffee during this process. Once the system flush is complete, your coffeemaker is ready to brew.
- Coffee contains oils that can build up on your carafe. For best performance, wash carafe and wipe pour spout clean after each use.
To prevent overflow:
- Only fill water to the 12-cup mark.
- Only use one paper filter or a gold tone filter - never both.
- Ensure the carafe lid is on correctly.
- Check to make sure the coffee is not too fine.
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Hoping the issues im reading in some reviews are a hit or miss kind of thing (see EDIT below). This is the same model number for the one I have on my counter right now. Mine gets used every day at least once a day. I'll update if needed after I try the new one but for now this pot is 10 out of 10 for me.
EDIT: Something is going on with the lid... I received the new one a few hours ago, filled it up and just like others are saying it leaked everywhere. SO since I have my old pot sitting here I decided to try a few things.
1. I took the OLD (10 yr old) lid and put it on the NEW carafe and ran it though again. NO LEAKS.
2. I put the new lid back on and ran it again to see if I could get an idea of what's happening, It leaked again but as I was pulling the carafe out I happen to notice the ball inside the lid at the top had floated all the way to the top blocking the holes where the water enters from the filter(kind of like a carpet cleaners dirty water tank has a float in it and when its full it floats all the way to the top stopping anymore water from entering) It only floated til I tipped the pot a little and then it went down. I checked the small hole in the lid and its clear and air flows through just fine WEIRD. SO..
3. On top of the lid where water goes in from the filter you can see the little ball inside there, if you turn HARD that very top screws off (counter clockwise)and you can access that ball inside. It looks like they tack melted (is that a term?) plastic inside to keep that top on but it does screw off and back on, you just have to break those little tacked spots (very small)it didn't hurt the new lid and ive been taking my old lid off for YEARS to clean that ball. Anyway, I TOOK THE BALL OUT and ran another pot without anything in there at all. NO LEAKS, ran another, NO LEAKS. Seems the ball may be part of the problem.
4. I had the ball from my OLD pot SO I took the OLD ball and put it in the NEW LID.. Ran it through and NO LEAKS!! ugh.. Did they change the ball?? Maybe there is an air bubble inside the ball causing it to float too much? I'm a little sad but at the same time if this is just that stupid little ball on the top and using my old parts makes it work I'm still happy but if you do NOT have this same pot for parts the easy fix is to just take that ball out of the top and that should fix it if none of the other suggestions are working. I will continue to mess with it and try some of these other suggestions in the reviews.
I'm interested in knowing what they changed in the lid (if anything other than that ball) I will be switching over to this new maker and pot with my old ball and using the new maker every day so I can determine if its going to live as long as my old maker did.. Hopefully the "maker" itself will live as long as my old one. I seriously still LOVE my old, same model number, Cuisinart I'll return with any new developments.
7-24-14 Still cant find any other issues with the lid and other fixes found here didnt work so I called Cuisinart just to inquire about any changes they may have made to the lid, they told me that they are showing nothing about any changes being made to this pot at all and they agreed to send me a replacement lid.
7-29-14 Received the new lid and everything is working perfectly! I'm back to loving this coffee pot. I will revisit if necessary. Posted pictures of my lid and the ball that you need to remove to stop overflow if you cant get a new lid.
The short version: I am very pleased with this coffee maker and am happy I purchased it. There are a couple of minor concerns, but with a bit of knowledge you can safely purchase this coffee maker.
- Very solid construction and carafe. Good overall look and feel.
- The carafe keeps coffee hot all day. A huge plus. I only get carafe style (no warmer) coffee makers, and this is one of the best I've used.
- Simple and easy programmable auto-brew functionality.
- The fill container has a very easy to read measuring line, making filling it to a desired level very easy and convenient. A bonus I didn't know I was missing until I got this machine.
- Pretty slow brewing. Takes 15-20 minutes to brew a full pot.
- Does not come with the filter basket. Make sure you purchase one when you order. It is well worth it, and way better than paper filters.
- It is a slow pourer. You may think "well come on, how much of a hurry are you in?" But when you fill travel size mugs, you really notice how slow it is. It is not a deal breaker, just letting you know.
- The big one: SPILLAGE! Yes, this happened, but it can be avoided.
The Spillage: I'd read all about the complaints - "It overflowed all over my counter", "made a huge mess", "worst coffee maker ever", and so I was concerned. At first some people were chalking it up to not putting the lid of the carafe on properly. While this is slightly trickier than it could be, it is still very obvious if you have it threaded wrong and is not the problem. However, I did experience the spill-over, huge mess, grinds and coffee all over my kitchen. But I investigated this thoroughly and found out the problem was due to the very finely ground coffee. When ground to almost a powder texture, the coffee passes through the filter and into the carafe's unique brew-top lid. This lid has a separate compartment with a ball inside that allows it to brew through, and not spill when pouring. However, that area filled with the fine grounds and created a solid barrier that didn't allow coffee to go into the carafe anymore.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT OVER GRIND YOUR BEANS. This brewer seems to brew it at above normal strength anyway, so you do not need to grind your beans too much. Most pre-ground coffees are fine; it's just the custom grinders who can overdo it. Be careful, and you won't have this problem.
So, I set my timer up for 30 minutes before I need it, don't over-grind, and am very happy with this coffee maker. Hope this helps!