The Cuisinart DCC-1200 is definitely the best coffee maker with a glass carafe. This coffee maker comes with my highest recommendation because it is highly customizable compared to others.
The great thing about this coffee maker is that you can set it to keep your coffee at your favorite temperature. The heating plate temperature is adjustable at three levels so you can set it to low if you want to avoid ‘over-cooking’ the coffee, or high if you like a very hot coffee all the time.
You can program this coffee maker to brew at any specific time. Of course, this means you can set it to brew in the morning and wake up to the smell of coffee, really convenient!
Even though the carafe has markings up to twelve cups, you can still make less with the “one to four cups” function without jeopardizing the taste of your favorite brew. The carafe is also perfectly designed easy pouring without spills.
Why it Makes Great Coffee
This coffee maker makes good coffee (remember, I’m not talking about espresso here!) and the secret to it is the shower head that distribute water evenly over the coffee grind and minimizing any temperature loss during the process. The charcoal water filter, on the other hand, filters all impurities from your regular water from the pipe.
Have you heard that gold-tone, cone-style coffee filters actually enhance the coffee taste? You have, and that’s why you’re considering buying the Cuisinart DCC-1200? Good for you! However, if you don’t like to have a lot of residue in your coffee (which actually contributes to better tasting coffee), you can opt to use disposable paper filters with the coffee maker.
Coffee On the Run
Another plus is that it has a “Brew-Pause” function that works by simply pulling the carafe away from its holder while brewing. This is great especially when someone is late or in a hurry during the mornings and needs to sneak a quick cup of coffee before heading out. But there is one minor flaw to it. Since the carafe is removed while the coffee is still brewing, there is a tendency for coffee spills. Honestly, when this happens, who would bother to clean it up in the hurry? So in the end, the heating plate rusts.
The design of the water reservoir is also rather impractical. First, you can’t gauge how much water that has been poured into the reservoir as there is no indicator window. You have to peer down the into the reservoir to guess how full it actually is. Secondly, the opening of the water reservoir is so slim that more often than not, you will get some water spills.
Despite its minor shortcomings and for the price that you’re paying, the Cuisinart DCC-1200 is a really good glass carafe type coffee maker. If you have the space in your kitchen for this beautiful retro style coffee maker, get it now.
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