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Cuisinart DC-1200 Brew Central - P Hyatt's Review
Posted: April 26, 2002, 8:57am
review rating: 6.0
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Cuisinart DC-1200 Brew Central Coffee Maker
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David Morris 8.75
Robert Jason 8.00
Chris Pratt 8.00
Dan Taylor 8.00
Ken Klaser 7.67

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: Unknown Quality: 9
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Sharper Image Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Advanced Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Versatile, loaded with features, and makes an excellent cup.
Positive Product Points

The Cuisinart is extremely versatile and has many features.  You can truly customize the machine to fit your preferences.  Makes a good cup of coffee quickly and stays hot until cutoff.

Negative Product Points

There are only 3 negatives:  (1) It has an annoying beep that happens when the brewing has finished, but then again at 1 hr intervals until the automatic cutoff.  The beep isn't loud, but just annoying.  (2)  The setup process is lenghty, but I thought this was ok, given the versatility of the machine and the large number of features.  If the power goes out or the unit gets unplugged, you have to repeat this or return to the default settings.  (3)  You can't see the water reservoir, so you must measure carefully using the carafe.

Detailed Commentary

This coffeemaker makes an excellent cup of coffee quickly.  It's very versatile--you can program in your own start time, hours until cutoff, brew strength, warmer plate temp, etc.   Since I am pretty picky about my coffee, this was a huge plus for me.  You can choose a cutoff time from 1-4 hours, rather than being stuck with the usual 2 hour period.  The warmer plate can be set to low, medium, or high.

Coffee brews quickly, and it is a good, robust cup that is piping hot--none of that wimpy, lukewarm stuff.

The design of the coffeemaker is not intuitive--the water reservoir does not show on the outside, so I had to read the instructions to find out where to pour in the water.  And, since you cannot see how much water is in the reservoir, you must measure carefully.

Setup takes a little while, mainly because of the numerous varied settings. For example, in order to set up the automatic brew, you must first select the program setting, then program in the time, then change the setting to automatic, then flip the switch to "on."  If you later want to brew a pot on the spot, you must change the setting to "brew" and flip the switch to "on."  Then, before going to bed that night, you'll have to remember to change the setting to "automatic start." and flip the switch to the "on" position.  Once you get the hang of this, it's ok, but at first it seems like a lot of pushing buttons and changing settings.

The coffeemaker comes with a gold filter, which means you can eliminate purchasing paper filters if you don't mind washing the gold filter every time.  

The design was not a big deal for me.  It's a funky, retro look, but I'm more interested in a good cup of hot coffee.  It's a little tall, but should fit under most cabinets.

Buying Experience

I ordered the Cuisinart from Sharper Image via Internet.  Their catalog listed it as a "sale" item at $99.99 and said the regular price was $125.00.  But I haven't seen it anywhere at any price except $99.99.  Delivery was quick and service was exceptional-- I had a coupon good for a discount and made an error entering it on the order form.  I emailed Sharper Image and they made the adjustment right away with no hassles.

Three Month Followup

I continue to be pleased with this machine and would definitely buy it again.  The programming hassles I mentioned earlier are just a minor annoyance and are worth the tradeoff of being able to set everything exactly as you want.

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