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Trying to keep fresh brewed coffee tasting fresh brewed has inspired manufacturers to develop machines with insulated carafes. Cuisinart’s 12-Cup Thermal is a drip machine that brews directly into a brushed stainless steel carafe with a specially designed lid. The carafe features a “hands-free” lid to seal in heat and flavor. For more convenience and control, the coffee maker provides the increasingly common 30 second Brew Pause feature to let you pour a cup in mid-brew. The Cuisinart 12-Cup Thermal features a clock/timer that can be programmed to start brewing up to 24 hours in advance.
If you don’t want to reprogram your machine every day, the Cuisinart 12- Cup Thermal has a feature you will appreciate. Once a brewing time has been set, the machine stores the information in its memory. After this, it will brew at this time each day if it is left on. As a safety feature, the machine will automatically shut off if there is no water in the reservoir. The Cuisinart 12-cup Thermal has a clock/timer with LED display. It uses a simple on/off switch to brew coffee, and a red light is illuminated each time the machine starts to brew. The machine will beep 5 times to signal that brewing has been completed.
The little things in the performance of the Cuisinart 12-Cup Thermal make it stand out. Brewing time for example, is swift, producing a full pot in about 11 minutes. It’s a small detail, but along with the “hands-free” lid and memory storage, the accelerated brew time shows a determination to smooth out the rough edges and remove the “wasted motions” of coffee making. The Cuisinart 12-Cup Thermal uses five clear, but unobtrusive, beeps to signal that brewing is complete. After brewing is signaled, it pays to wait for a minute. Removing the carafe immediately may cause the few last drops in the filter basket to spill onto the base plate. Overall, the Cuisinart 12-Cup Thermal is an above average performer.
The Cuisinart 12-Cup is built for strength and durability. The machine is made of polished plastic, with a plastic filter holder. Its carafe is made of very solid and durable brushed stainless steel, with a polished plastic lid that features a unique valve to seal immediately after brewed coffee has entered into the carafe. The valve works with several intricately connected parts to form and maintain an airtight seal. When open, the lid to the water reservoir adds a few inches to the machine’s 15.5-inch height, so be sure there is sufficient vertical space. Interestingly, the Cuisinart 12-Cup does not have a cord storage feature, so you will have to wrap the fully extended cord alongside the machine when not in use.
An airtight lid is only as good as its seal. The less you have to twist and turn, the better. Cuisinart has taken this concept a step further. The Cuisinart 12-Cup Thermal virtually eliminates the problem of loose seals. It features what’s called a “hands-free” lid that never needs adjusting. You do not have to fiddle with the lid or twist it into a specific position to pour. The lid allows coffee to drip into the carafe while brewing. After brewing is complete, a special valve seals the lid shut to retain heat. The carafe has a double-walled, brushed stainless steel insulated carafe with a large, deep spout for drip free pouring, and an easy to grip plastic handle.
Because the carafe of Cuisinart 12-Cup Thermal is insulated, there’s no need for a hot plate. The double lined, stainless steel carafe sits on a polished plastic base.
You can stop squinting to read water level lines. An exterior water level indicator uses a floating red ball to show water level, so it can be seen instantly and clearly. The large reservoir is located in the back of the machine, but water is poured in through the top.
There is no filter or water filtration system with the Cuisinart 12-Cup Thermal. Filtered water helps to improve the taste of coffee and to maintain cleanliness in the internal portions of the machine, so it is recommended to use filtered or bottled water when brewing.
The Cuisinart 12 Cup uses a paper cone filter.
The Cuisinart 12 Cup Thermal comes with 5 paper cone filters and a three year limited warranty. Filter re-order information is included with the instruction booklet.
How do I clean the inside of the carafe? What kind of detergent do I or can I use?
Washing the carafe in warm, soapy water is the easiest way to keep it clean. However, if you there are some stains youre having trouble removing with just soap and water, I would recommend using Urnex Cleancaf. Just add 1 tablespoon of Cleancaf to a full carafe of hot water and let it sit for 10 minutes - it will be sparkly clean when youre done. You can purchase and find more information on Urnex Cleancaf by following the link below.
Does the Cuisinart 12 Cup Programmable Thermal Coffee Maker allow for a reusable gold filter? Your specs indicate that it only takes paper filters; yet one reviewer mentioned a Swiss Gold KF-4 filter. If it does take a gold filter, where can I buy one?
Although the Cuisinart Programmable Therm only comes with paper filters, you can purchase a gold tone filter for it. This filter can be purchased directly through Cuisinart by either following the link below to their website or by calling them at 800-726-0190.
How long does the thermal coffee maker keep the coffee hot?
A thermal carafe will keep the coffee hot for about 3 hours and there are a couple things you can do to maximize the heat retention for that time. The first is preheating the carafe by running it under hot water before brewing. A cold carafe will absorb the heat from the coffee, so rinsing it with hot water ahead of time will help you avoid that. In addition, it helps not to put the carafe back in the brewing position when brewing is done. This is because when the carafe is in place, a valve in the lid is pressed down to allow coffee into the carafe. If you put it back in this spot after brewing, the valve will be pressed and allow all the heat to escape from the inside of the pot. If you take these few suggestions to heart, you should be enjoying your piping hot coffee for hours after brewing.
Do you sell a replacement lid for the carafe?
Parts like this can be purcahsed directly from Cuisinart by calling them at 800-726-0190.
We're playing russian roulette with out cuisinart coffee maker. At least half the times we use it, about half way through the brew cycle coffee (full of coffee grinds) starts overflowing the carafe and spilling out over the counter, resulting in a big mess and a few burns. Looking inside, the coffee seems to be overflowing the filter. We're using the right amount, we've checked the grind and everything else we can think of. Any ideas?
The first 2 things I would normally recommend would be to make sure youre not overfilling the filter basket and to ensure the grounds arent too fine. But since youve already tried these things, the next thing on your list should be to make sure the filter holder is clean. This part of the machine has a spring-loaded stopper that gets pressed up while the carafe is in place to let coffee drip through. If it is stuck with coffee residue and oils, it will result in the overflow youve described. Try cleaning this part of the machine to remove any residues and see if it helps. If youve done this and continue to have problems, I would recommend contacting Cuisinart directly at 800-726-0190 for further assistance.
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|Dimension - Width (Inches):||7.5|
|Dimension - Height (Inches):||15.5|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches):||11.3|
|Brew Time in Minutes:||11|
|Cups Per Brew:||12|
|Maintenance:||Wipe With Damp Cloth and Mild soap|
|Exterior Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Interior Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Stop & Serve:||Yes|
|Number Of Carafe's:||1|
|Water Level Gauge:||Yes|
|Type Of Control Switches:||Push Button|
|Clock / Timer:||Yes|
|Programmable Power On:||Yes|
|Auto Shut Off:||Yes|
|Brewing Complete Indicator:||Yes|
|Paper Filter Included:||Yes|
|Optional Filter:||Gold Tone|
|Coffee Filter Access:||Front|
|Removable Coffee Filter Bin:||Yes|
|Filter Type:||#4 cone|
|Paper Filter:||#4 cone|
|Gold Tone Filter:||GTF|
|Replacement Carafe:||Contact cusinart|
|Country Of Manufacture:||China|