Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central Review

The Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central is a super posh automatic drip coffee maker that’s available in a variety of color options, such as brushed chrome (shown), black matte, metallic pink, or metallic red and will enhance the look of any kitchen. The industrial design of this machine brings a high-tech feel to your home.

The DCC-1200 Brew Central has a 12-cup carafe with measurement markings for two to twelve cups, a vented lid, and a non-drip spout. The handle is ergonomic and even has a guard for your knuckles. It has a number 4 paper or permanent filter (included) basket and 33″ cord with its own storage compartment. A new feature allows you to conveniently stop your coffeemaker for 30 seconds mid-brew and pour yourself a cup. This is called Brew Pause. The Brew Central includes a scratch resistant heating plate, three temperature settings (high, medium and low), and an auto on/off switch.

DCC-1200 controlsFeatures:
You have the ability to program your machine to start making coffee whenever you like. It can be programmed to start brewing 24 hours ahead of time. You can also program it to shut off up to 4 hours after brewing. Custom features include the ability to only make 1-4 cups if you choose.

Customers are delighted with how quietly the Cusinart DCC-1200 is when making coffee. The temperature of your coffee can be controlled all day. Lower heat settings makes the coffee last longer while avoiding continued cooking of your coffee that affects it’s taste.

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Fresher Coffee:
State-of-the-art charcoal water filter and gold tone filter ensure you that no impurities, such as chlorine, are invading your fresh cup of coffee each day. The water reservoir is deep and has a flip top cover for easy access. It also features an easy to read fluid level indicator.

The lid of the carafe stays sealed so tightly that you can see the steam building up. This traps flavor and heat. The programming features mentioned above ensure you can wake up to fresh, hot coffee, grab a cup before it’s done brewing without a mess, and you don’t have to worry about shutting it off.

Coffee Alert:
The coffee alert for when your coffee is ready is unique, so it won’t get confused with any of your other devices or appliances. The high-tech brewing design reduces temperature loss. Your coffee is ready in under 12 minutes. The machine itself is very durable and there’s no flimsy parts.


The automatic cleaning indicator takes the guess-work out of cleaning your Brew Central. The components are easy to take apart for cleaning. Regularly wiping it down with mild soap and a damp cloth, or putting the carafe in the top rack of your dishwasher when indicated, prevents calcification buildup. So, this indicator light not only insures a clean appliance, but also it extends the life of your coffee maker.

Making the Best Cup:
Although an excellent coffee maker is essential for the perfect cup of coffee, other elements need to be in place for your machine to give you the best result. Your Brew Central DCC-1200 will handle filtering your water and most odors or smells will be removed, but remember if it doesn’t taste good from the tap, it might not taste good in your coffee.

Make sure you are keeping fresh, whole coffee beans on hand and don’t store them longer than a couple of weeks without freezing them in a sealed container. Any exposure to dampness, light, or air, can affect the integrity of the coffee beans. Your grind needs to be medium-fine because if it’s too coarse, you lose flavor, if they’re ground too fine, it can clog your filter or cause a bitter flavor to your coffee.

Measuring the right amount of coffee is the last part. You can follow the Cuisinart recommendation of 1 tablespoon of ground coffee per cup, or you can add more or less depending on how you prefer it. Also, we recommend that if you’re looking for the perfect cup, to wait for the entire pot to brew if you can. It only takes 12 minutes and if you stop it half-way through, the flavor could differ from when it’s entirely finished brewing and blended.

The Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central is one of the latest and greatest in high-tech coffee makers. There are so many settings and options to choose from, making your favorite coffee has never been easier and never tasted better. You won’t be disappointed!


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