Best Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker – Cuisinart DTC-975BKN 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

Sat, Nov 29, 2014

Cuisinart Coffee Makers

Often when I go to someone else’s office late in the afternoon and am offered a cup of coffee, I’d take a look at their coffee maker and if it’s a glass carafe I’d refuse as politely as I can. Coffee in a glass carafe simply will taste burnt at that hour as it continues to cook on the warming plate. If you like to keep your coffee for a whole day, do yourself a favor and get this thermal carafe coffee maker.

This Cuisinart coffee maker stands out above the rest because it has a large 12-cup thermal pot, a good size to last through the day and the coffee is actually kept as hot as you had just made it at the end of the day. If you drink a lot of coffee or share it with others, you’ll like this coffee maker because most other thermal carafe coffee makers have only a 10-cup or 8-cup pot. But certainly if you want to brew a smaller amount sometimes, you’ll be able to do so too; just measure the water and grounds accordingly.

This coffee maker looks great with a simple black design and stainless steel carafe, and feels good and solid in its construction. I like appliances without a plasticky feel. The stainless steel carafe collects fingerprints like any other stainless steel stuff, and you’d want to avoid leaving it in a wet sink because stainless steel actually stains in water. Just wipe dry after rinsing. If it is already stained, rubbing it down with a little baking soda will return it to its former glory.

It is also very easy to use with a legible indicator line to show you where to fill water up to. Then you can start the brewing or program it to start anytime in the day.

The secret of its effectiveness in keeping the coffee hot all the time is probably its lid. The lid is designed to be always closed except when you clean the pot. Yes, that means the coffee maker brews and pours through the lid! Speaking of the lid, it has its precise position and you must always put it on correctly. It isn’t difficult as such, but if you are the kind of person who tends to become clumsy in a rush, it might be something to find fault with.

It is just as well that this coffee maker is programmable and has a brew pause feature, because it does brew rather slowly and takes a good 15 minutes to make a whole pot. It also pours slowly due to the design of the lid. All that said, it simply begs for more patience. Once the coffee is finished brewing, the coffee maker shuts off automatically, so that’s one thing you don’t have to worry about. It also gives out a very loud beep to let you know it has done its job.

Get this Cuisinart coffee maker for less and with free shipping here: Cuisinart DTC-975BKN 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

If you prefer a glass carafe coffee maker, look at the Best Glass Carafe Coffee Maker here or go back to my guide page for more of the best coffee makers.

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