Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central Programmable 12 Cups Coffee Maker Review 2020


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When I am looking for a coffee maker for my home the first thing that comes into my mind is convenience. Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central is a pretty convenient coffee maker.

Cuisinart has been excellent with its Brew Central. It’s the perfect coffee maker for the person who drinks a large amount of coffee in a day, or for the family who knows that the single-cup system is not at all for them.

Build quality and design

Cuisinart DCC 1200 is one of their best-selling models. Whether in a single-family home or a large family, the Cuisinart DCC-1200 coffee maker machine will fit perfectly in any kitchen thanks to its stainless-steel exterior and black plastic details.

Because you don’t need to move the machine much, there is no possibility of damage to the parts.

The carafe of Cuisinart coffee maker DCC 1200 is dishwasher safe and therefore more resistant than most others. You can choose the red coffee pot with the black carafe or, for a change, red as well.

This durable coffee maker features brushed chrome accents. The heating plate is scratch-resistant. In addition, there are no sensitive parts to fear about.

Cuisinart DCC 1200 Brew Central 12 Cups Programmable Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC 1200 coffee maker features

If you’re a mom who brings back her kids from school during the afternoon, you can set up the coffee maker to make coffee every day at that particular time.

DCC-1200 gives you that convenience. You can program the coffee maker 24 hours in advance so that the coffee is ready when you come home or when you wake up.

It is also possible to configure the Cuisinart brew central 12 cups programmable coffee maker to keep coffee warm for up to 4 hours before it automatically switches off, as it has this automatic shut-off function.

The 12-cup capacity is large enough for home and professional use. It serves 1 to 4 cups for a small or couple brew. The temperature of the hot plate is adjustable so you can drink coffee at your preferred temperature.

The charcoal water filter of this coffee maker efficiently removes any unpleasant flavor or calcium build up.

This makes it perfect for you if you use regular tap water to make coffee. If you were using mineral water to get the best cup possible, thanks to this activated charcoal filter you do not need to spend money on that anymore.

Instead of buying new paper filters on a regular basis, you can now use only the gold-tone filter. As an added advantage, Cuisinart DCC-1200 beeps five times at the end of the brewing cycle.

Thanks to an anti-drip spout, it pours coffee with little to no spillage, with. The good news is that you don’t have to wait for the brewing cycle to complete, to enjoy a cup of coffee. Take the carafe of brewed coffee and pour a cup as you like. The brew-pause function prevents pouring of coffee when the carafe is not in place.

Taste of the brewed coffee

This machine is capable of handling oily dark roast or lightly roasted grounds the same way. The charcoal filters supplied with Cuisinart DCC-1200 coffee maker machine are useful, especially when the taps supply heavy water. Unsolicited debris that can affect the taste of the coffee will be filtered out.

Brew Quality

The Cuisinart DCC-1200 gets a whole carafe or 12 cups of brewed coffee ready in less than 10 minutes. The machine appears to be able to reach 195 ° to 205 ° F in 5-6 minutes.

It is the ideal brewing temperature and certainly lends a certain quality to the ultimate taste of the coffee.

Easy to use

Thanks to the hinged cover, it’s pretty easy to fill up the water tank. The water tank is well-marked with the water level indicator. We also like the ease of handling the carafe.

The keys and buttons are labelled pretty clearly. The Cuisinart brew central coffee maker comes with a manual that will guide you through the use of the controls and buttons. There are clear signs indicating how much water you need, depending on the number of cups you make.

Cleaning and maintenance

A perfect twist of this coffee maker compared to the others is that it tells you when it’s time to clean it. The red light indicates your coffee machine needs to be cleaned. Probably the most interesting is the self-cleaning function. It can clean itself at the touch of a button.

Fill the water tank with 1/3 of white vinegar and 2/3 with cold water. Press the “Self-clean” button. When the button lights up, run the coffee brewing process.

The machine cleans itself and stores the waste-water in the carafe. Brew a few times with plain water, this will help get rid of any unpleasant smell.

The brushed chrome body of the coffee maker can be cleaned with a damp cloth or sponge. The carafe can be washed in dishwasher. The heating plate is also scratch-resistant, you can wash them manually.


  • Comes with a self-cleaning feature
  • Adjustable heating plate
  • It can deliver you half a cup of coffee in less than a minute, twice as fast as the last one I used
  • Lets you remove the carafe in the centre of the brew if you can’t wait for the first cup
  • Easy to disassemble and clean
  • 24 hours advance brew
  • Alerts you when it needs descaling


  • The clock is not LED, it’s LCD and is not backlit
  • The opening of the reservoir where the water is to be poured in is quite narrow
  • A little heavy but that doesn’t actually bother me


If you’re looking for a strong, durable coffee maker that makes 1-4 cups fairly fast for a single person or for a couple, or if your family consumes a lot of coffee daily and needs up to 12 cups at a time, or you need to program it to deliver a full pot 24 hours later, this is the coffee maker for you. It’s a good looking easy to use coffee maker.

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central Programmable 12 Cups Coffee Maker Review 2020
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