Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central Coffee Maker

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Overview

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Essential Info:
Control is in the eye of the coffee drinker.
For some, you can never have enough dials and buttons. The Cuisinart Brew Central is a sophisticated 12-cup coffee maker with numerous controls that enhance every phase of the brewing process. The machine has an LCD clock/timer to program brewing up to 24 hours in advance, as well as a 30 second “Brew Pause” feature to let you pour a cup while the a pot is brewing. It stands 14.25 H x 8 W x 8.5 D. The Cuisinart Brew Central is distinguished by its sleek design, featuring brushed stainless steel. It is available in Stainless Steel/Black or Black Metal.

Controls:
A smart coffee maker gives you options where it counts.
The Cuisinart Brew Central certainly delivers in this area. All of the features are easy to use, and many of them, starting with a 30 second “Brew Pause”, which interrupts brewing so you can pour a cup, and a clock/timer, to program brewing up to 24 hours in advance, are increasingly standard features on coffee makers. It must be said that the controls are evenly spaced on the front of the machine, so it’s clear at a glance what each button or dial operates. The machine can be set to brew 1- 4 cups, or a full 12-cup pot. If that isn’t enough, there are also 3 settings to control hot plate temperature and a shut off function can be programmed to turn the machine off anytime after brewing, from zero minutes up to 4 hours. Another control light intelligently blinks to let you know when it’s time to clean and decalcify the machine. The Cuisinart Brew Central also signals that brewing is complete with a series of 5 beeps. A retro looking flip switch is the main power control, adding a nice design accent to this machine’s overall contemporary look.

Performance:
Your reaction to this machine will probably depend on your feelings about control features. It may take some time to realize and utilize all of the options available. In terms of brewing, the performance of this model is considerably above average. A full 12-cup pot brews in under 12 minutes and the steam that gathers in the carafe shows you that the carafe’s lid fits securely to retain heat. Maintaining this heat is easy with low, medium, and high hot plate settings, allowing you to fine-tune the final product to your liking. Programmable on and off options automate the brewing process, giving you less to worry about and more time to enjoy your coffee.

Construction:
The Cuisinart Brew Central’s construction is inspired by the industrial look of commercial equipment. The machine is solid and stylish with a rounded contoured look, slightly softer than some of the faux commercial designs of other home coffee makers. A single lid gives you access to the coffee filter, reservoir, and water filter. The cord storage area has a plastic piece that guides the cord into the back of the machine. This is a very solid and durable coffeemaker. The on/off switch has a unique retro design that gives the machine an extra ounce of style.

Carafe:
Attention to detail extends into the design of the carafe as well with the Brew Central. Some might argue there’s no substitute for an insulated carafe, but the vented lid on the 12-cup glass carafe fits snugly to hold steam to retain heat and flavor. The carafe is clearly marked with a fluid level indicator. Its large plastic handle is ergonomically designed to provide a sure grip.

Hot Plate:
An adjustable hot plate. Who knew?
The scratch resistant hot plate has a non-stick coating. More remarkably, the heat level of the hot plate can be controlled with 3 different settings to keep the brewed coffee at your desired temperature.

Reservoir:
You won’t have to guess how much water you’ve poured into the reservoir.
The reservoir features a stepped and raised fluid level indicator with clearly visible numerals along the inside wall to help you measure water accurately. The reservoir is deep and easy to fill without spilling water.

Water Filtration:
For a machine with so many smart features, it’s not too surprising that a water filter is included.
The charcoal polybag is smaller than a teabag, but slightly more plump. It fits snugly in a compartment that is set in the reservoir.

Coffee Filter:
A goldtone filter is included with the Cuisinart Brew Central.
You can use a #4 paper cone filter if you prefer.

Accessories/Re-order:
The Cuisinart Brew Central comes with the basic accessories. A plastic coffee scoop, a permanent goldtone filter, and a charcoal polybag water filter are included along with coffee and water filter re-ordering forms.

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Specs

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Misc Data
Manufacturer Cuisinart
Model DCC1200
Specifications
Dimension - Width (Inches) 8
Dimension - Height (Inches) 14.3
Dimension - Depth (Inches) 8.5
Weight (lbs) 7.15
Watts 1025
Volts 120
Essential Info
Brewing System Steam
Brew Time in Minutes 2.5
Cups Per Brew 12
Usage Home
Housing
Housing Materials Plastic/ Brushed SS
Body Materials Plastic
Power Cord Length (Inches) 33
Maintenance Wipe With Damp Cloth and Mild soap
Carafe
Type Glass
Exterior Material Glass
Interior Material Glass
Volume (Oz) 60
Drip Stop & Serve Yes
Anti-Spill Pouring Yes
Dishwasher Safe Top rack only
Number Of Carafe's 1
Water Source
Material Plastic
Water Filter Type Charcoal
Removes Chlorine Yes
Reservoir Access Top
Water Filter Life (Months) 2
Water Level Gauge Yes
Water Filter Part Number DCC-RFW
Reservoir Yes
Water Filter Included Yes
Controls
Type Of Control Switches Toggle/Dials
Brewing Light Yes
Digital Display Yes
Clock / Timer Yes
Programmable Power On Yes
Auto Shut Off Yes
Brewing Complete Indicator Yes
Partial Pot Usage Yes
Warming Plate Yes
Decalcification Warning Indicator Yes
Hot Plate
Material Non-stick
Separate ON / OFF Switch No
Coffee Filter
Gold Tone Filter Included Yes
Optional Filter Paper
Coffee Filter Access Top
Removable Coffee Filter Bin Yes
Filter Type #4 cone
Maintenance
Descaler Used Durgol
Paper Filter #4 cone
Gold Tone Filter GTF
Replacement Carafe DCC12PBRC DCC12PRC
Water Filter DCC-RFW
Details
Warranty (Years) 3
Country Of Manufacture China
NSF Certified No
Recommended Applications Home
Available Internationally No
Service provided
Repairs By Cuisinart
Contact Number 800-726-0190

Question & Answers

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Recent questions
Stephanie asked:
posted on May 07, 2006 10:54AM

Question by Stephanie I.

The filter basket becomes backed up with water and does not release into carafe.I tried with only paper filter and then only gold tone basket. That is not the problem. Also tried with just water- so I know it is not the type of coffee grind.
Whole Latte Love aswered:
My first recommendation would be to make sure the lid is attached to the carafe properly - the top of this lid presses up against a spring-loaded stopper in the filter holder to allow your coffee to drip through. In addition, I would verify that the filter holder is seated properly in the machine... more

Linda asked:
posted on Jan 22, 2006 03:56PM

Question by Linda F.

It is about our 12 cup Cuisinart coffee maker. Although it makes wonderful coffee, it makes a horrendous amout of steam. I've used a commercial cleaner and replaced the filter. Is there anything else we can try?
Whole Latte Love aswered:
Your problem could be as simple as a loose tube connection inside the machine. Since Cuisinart handles all of their own troubleshooting and repair issues, I would recommend contacting them directly at 1-800-726-0190. They will be able to correctly idagnose the problem and give you a quick solution.

Susan asked:
posted on Dec 08, 2005 06:04AM

Question by Susan F.

My coffee will not stay hot. The heater goes off as soon as my coffee brews. I've checked the owner's manual and there doesn't seem to be a troubleshooting guide.
Whole Latte Love aswered:
The Brew Central has a programmable auto shut-off feature that can be set to turn off the machine anywhere from 0 minutes to 4 hours after brewing. It sounds like you may have accidentally set it to 0 minutes. Check your user manual for instructions on how to reset the auto shut-off time to a... more

GARY asked:
posted on Oct 16, 2005 05:14AM

Question by GARY H.

We moved to China and the power is 220v here. Can I get it for 220v instead of 110v?
Whole Latte Love aswered:
Unfortuately, we do not carry this or any other coffee maker in a 220v model. I would recommend contacting Cuisinart directly at 800-726-0190 to see if they currently produce this model in that voltage.

Judy asked:
posted on Sep 12, 2005 04:53AM

Question by Judy W.

Is it okay to clean with vinegar?
Whole Latte Love aswered:
Cuisinart states that itÂ’s okay to use a 1/3 vinegar 2/3 water mixture to clean your Brew Central, but you can also use a product like Urnex Cleancaf. Cleancaf is less abrasive than vinegar and is also odorless. To learn more about Urnex Cleancaf, follow the link below.