Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black/Brushed Metal

Cuisinart introduces a coffeemaker with retro styling and high tech features, making it the centerpiece of any kitchen. The Cuisinart Brew Central coffeemaker is reminiscent of the days of classic styling and durable materials. A brushed metal exterior with retro-style controls houses the finest in coffee making technology. This fully programmable coffeemaker features 24-hour advance brew start, automatic shutoff, Brew Pause feature, 1-4 cup setting, adjustable heater plate, and self-cleaning function. An audible beep signals the end of the brew cycle.

Product Features

  • Classic brushed metal design with a 12-Cup carafe with ergonomic handle for comfortable, dripless pouring
  • Brew pause feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before brewing has finished. Adjustable heater plate (low, medium, high) ensures that your coffee stays at the temperature you like best
  • 24-hour advance brew start, programmable auto shutoff from 0 to 4 hours plus a 1- to 4-Cup feature when making less than 5 cups
  • Includes: Charcoal water filter and permanent gold tone filter that ensures only the freshest coffee flavor flows through. Measuring scoop. Instruction book
  • Measures 14-1/4 by 8 by 10-3/4 inches; 3-Year limited warranty

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  1. Elaine Corwin "buttercupp21" 05/09/2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Plusses and Minuses I’ve had the Cuisinart DCC-1200 for about a week now. I was hesitant to spend so much on a coffee maker but I’m happy to report it’s well worth it. Sure, you can get other brands of coffee makers for under $25 if economy is the most important feature, but I’ve had those machines and I decided that, this time, a good cup of coffee was most important for me. This unit makes the best coffee I’ve had in a home or office machine and better than most coffee I’ve had in restaurants.This coffee tastes smooooooth! I suspect the charcoal water filter is the reason for that. I also like the “shower head” design of the water spout. The water actually runs up a track onto the underside of the lid and is sprinkled over the ground coffee like a rain shower.It’s an attractive unit but it also looks like a serious coffee maker. This unit is no toy. It looks and feels solid. The carafe has a good solid feel and balance. The plastic parts (like the plastic carafe lid and handle) feel like good heavyweight plastic and are well molded. It’s not the lightweight crappy plastic that cracks and discolors easily in the cheap coffee makers.I like the 5 beeps when the coffee is ready. Now I can leave the kitchen and go clean or whatever and I don’t have to keep running back to see if I can get a cup yet. I can hear the beeps. But if I really can’t wait and want a cup in mid-brew, I can just remove the pot and pour a cup – you’ve got a full 30 seconds to reinsert the pot, before you risk an overflowing filter.I like the permanent gold-tone filter too. I always thought paper filters were a pain. They’d fold over sometimes and there’d be grounds in my coffee. But you can use paper filters in this machine if you want to. I just prefer the convenience of the gold-tone filter (top rack machine washable too).It has an indicator light for cleaning — it says it’s “self-cleaning” but really it’s just a light telling you when you need to pour in a pot of water/vinegar and run it through to decalcify the unit. (I never thought to do that with my other units. Probably another reason my coffee wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.)The low-medium-high setting on the hot plate is pretty nice too. And the auto-shutoff feature is great. I don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn the machine off.The instruction booklet is very good and very thorough. Comes with a parts reordering form too.What don’t I like about this machine? It requires maintenance in that you have to change the charcoal filters. But actually I don’t mind since I think they are the reason the coffee tastes so smooth, and they are very easy to change and not expensive […]Also, the area in the top of the machine where you pour in the water is narrow but again this is just a minor inconvenience. Just have to pour a little carefully.So really it’s almost all positives with a couple of very minor negatives. I highly recommend this coffee maker.

  2. Debbie Lee Wesselmann 05/09/2012 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Fantastic coffeemaker – if you have the space When my Braun FlavorSelect coffee maker unexpectedly stopped working, I had to scramble to find a new machine. I wanted another Braun, but unfortunately, they seem to have stopped making a 12 cup coffee maker. So I had to begin an intense search for a machine that had the features I wanted combined with good value. I finally found it with this Cuisinart model.The advantages? For one, it makes excellent and HOT coffee. The carafe is solidly constructed and fits securely in square body so there’s no chance of someone accidentally knocking it loose. Because the lid fits tightly, the pour is precisely narrow and smooth, with no side leaks even when the pot is full. The basket fits inside the housing instead of swinging free like so many models which prevents a misalignment between the water and the filter; the conical (Krups/Braun style) basket accepts both paper filters and gold-tone, although I learned the hard way that not all gold filters fit. The timer is very easy to program, as is the clock. The carafe warmer can be set at low, medium, or high for the temperature that’s right for you. I found the “high” setting too hot since I drink my coffee black (I like my coffee hot but not scalding!), but those who add a lot of milk might appreciate it. The brewing is quick and efficient, with the process taking about a minute a cup, maybe less. The retro/stainless look complements most modern kitchen décors. There’s a 1-4 cup setting to make sure such small amounts stay hot, and you can select how long the warmer remains on. The pot beeps five times when brewing is complete and just before the warming plate shuts off. Parts are top rack dishwasher safe. It comes with a water filter system designed to improve the taste of the brew.But the Cuisinart does have disadvantages. The water reservoir is located on the right side, in the back, which makes it a little challenging for lefties like me to dump the final bit of water inside even though the carafe pours very accurately. Although I haven’t yet missed the opening, I do struggle briefly with those last few drops unless I use my right hand. The housing is fairly tall, so if your counter space is only under the cabinets, you may not be able to lift the top in its entirety. (This is when the small rear reservoir becomes a major issue as you have to have room to completely lift the rather large top toward the back.) Clearance required: 7.5″ wide by 8.5″ deep of counter space with no overhead obstruction to pull out for filling OR 21.5″ of overhead space to fully lift top. Without the top open, the coffee maker measures 7.5″w x 8.5″d x 14.25″h.If you have the space for this coffee maker, you’ll love it. I can’t attest to how long it will last, but, as it comes with a three year warranty, I’m hoping for a good run.

  3. Anonymous 05/09/2012 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Finally Found It! After purchasing 3 other coffee makers, the 4th one is the charm! This coffee maker makes great tasting coffee. I never knew there was a difference — it’s worth spending a few more dollars on. It also has all of the features I was looking for such as: adjustable warming plate, 1-4 cup selection, water filter, programmable. It is a rather tall machine, but certainly not a problem as it fits fine underneathe most cabinets. Als, the carafe is well-made and has a spout that pours nicely without spilling. No complaints about this one!

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