The Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 is part of the coffeemaker
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker
models like the Brew Central DCC-1200 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing.
Reflects ease of filling the reservoir, placing the filter, gauging the amount of coffee remaining, and cleaning up. It also reflects how clear we judged the controls.
Covers handle comfort, tendency to drip while pouring, balance of a full carafe, and how easy it was to empty the last liquid. Models with no score here brew into single-serve cups or are brew-and-dispense models. The latter hold the coffee in a tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
About This Brand
Cuisinart's products are high-end and are found in department stores, specialty stores, and home stores. Its coffeemaker offerings include most categories, ranging from single serve through To-Go and various capacity multiserve coffeemakers. Prices range from $30 to $200.
Features & Specs - Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200
Programmable Programmable models have a clock and can be set to brew at a specified time.
Thermal carafe/mug Keeps coffee warm for about four hours; thermal mugs don't hold heat as well.
Small-batch setting Claims to let you make a partial pot without compromising coffee quality.
Brew-strength control Adjusts brewing time to make weaker or stronger coffee.
Dispenser-style Dispenser models, which we call brew-and-dispense, hold the brew in a heated tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
Dimensions H x W x D (in.) The height, width, and depth of the coffeemaker, in inches. Measurements are rounded up to the next whole inch.
I love the stylish design and find the controls very easy to use. I set the pot every night so coffee is waiting for me when I'm ready for it. The programming is very intuitive, and you have the ability to choose the auto shutoff time - two to four hours. <br /><br />It's a little hard to fill, and I often end up splashing water either into the filter basket or down the side of the coffee maker, which gets a little messy.<br /><br />I love the ability to pick up the carafe and pour a cup before the entire pot has finished brewing. This is a great value for the money!
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Great coffee when it's working
Loved this coffee maker until it broke down about a year after I bought it. The brew light comes on but the coffee does not brew. Tried to call customer service but was put on hold for over an hour so I gave up. I am now back to using my old, cheap reliable coffee maker. Will not buy this brand again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Camden, ME
Second one to fail
Easy To Use
I have owned two of thes coffee makers which are on the pricey side for an everyday machine. I like the programmable features and styling. Both have failed after the warranty expired. Electronic contrals seem to be the culprit. No available repairs. I'm disappointed as I generally respect Cuisinart's other products and have had a food processor for over 30 years. C'est la vie!