Cuisinart DCC-2650 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker Review

The Cuisinart DCC-2650 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker is often used as a replacement for a worn-out Cuisinart DCC-1200. It's in the same price bracket and largely does the same things, but Cuisinart have added a couple of extra features.

First, it claims to be 25 per cent faster, thanks to Cuisinart's Extreme Brew technology, taking only about 5 minutes to brew.

Perhaps it is, though few reviewers seem concerned about the speed of it. What they seem to appreciate more is the improved taste, which is down to an improved filter design and the broader water dispensing area squeezing the last ounce of flavor out of the coffee.

Cuisinart DCC-2650 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
Cuisinart DCC-2650

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More than the DCC-1200 Quality Reliability Taste
Features & Specs Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

The Cuisinart DCC-2650 Has All the Best Features of the DCC-1200 - And More

Cuisinart have taken the DCC-1200 and built upon it to produce a machine with the same looks, almost the same dimensions, and the same high-quality component parts, and made it faster and capable of producing even better flavored coffee.

The same permanent gold tone filter is used, but so that it has some space between it and the filter holder. This ensures a more even distribution of the water flow and a slightly faster overall brew process. If you prefer you can use paper filters, which catch more of the sediment that might otherwise end up in your coffee.

Cuisinart have used the same charcoal filter in the water reservoir, and you have to take a little care when inserting this. But it is important to have your water filtered properly. If you skimp on this it can spoil the taste of what would have been great coffee.

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Quality, Reliability ... and Taste!

Cuisinart have an impressive range of reliable coffee makers, all of which attract high average ratings on Amazon, so the quality that you get from this particular model should come as no surprise. The 24-hour programmer, the adjustable carafe temperature control, brew pause, a choice of the carafe or from one to four individual cups, and great tasting coffee as well, all these are delivered as part and parcel of the DCC-2650.

Here's a quick video review by an American housewife:

Features and Specifications:

* Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 11 x 16.2 inches
* Weight: 9 pounds
* Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
* 12-cup carafe with ergonomic handle, dripless spout and knuckle guard
* Fully automatic with 24-hour programmability, self-clean, 1-4 cup setting and adjustable auto-shutoff (0-4 hours)
* Adjustable carafe temperature control with high, medium & low settings
* Brew Pause feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before brewing is completed
* Gold tone commercial style permanent filter
* Charcoal water filter (removes impurities)
Cuisinart DCC-2650
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Pros and Cons

Pros: Speed; choice of gold tone or paper filters; charcoal water filter means improved taste; 24-hour programmer; temperature control; brew pause; brew any number of cups in one go.

Cons: Carafe hot plate can sometimes malfunction if not looked after and cleaned regularly.

Customer Ratings

Over 1,190 reviewers have awarded this coffee maker an average of well over 4 out of 5 on Amazon at the time of writing. Nearly three-quarters of them have given 4 or 5 star ratings. Many users particularly love how the coffee tastes great, how they can control the strength of it and keep the coffee in the carafe hot for up to 4 hours without burning.

Some people less happy cited the carafe hot plate ceasing to work properly or the coffee not being hot enough. However, the vast majority of users seem very happy with their DCC-2650, and, in any event, there is a 3-year warranty, something some of the negative reviewers were happy to take advantage of.

Another point worth remembering when reading the reviews is that all coffee makers need a little TLC at regular intervals. YouTube has some excellent videos showing how to clean a coffee maker. When a coffee maker gives out prematurely it can sometimes be on account of the lack of care given it during its lifetime.

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The Cuisinart DCC-2650 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker is an excellent choice in the sub-$100 price range. You'll have a range of control normally found only in more expensive coffee makers and which make life so much easier and your coffee better tasting. Click either of the images below to check out the best price on Amazon.
Cuisinart DCC-2650
Cuisinart DCC-2650
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Cuisinart DCC-2600 Brew Central 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker Review

About the first thing you notice about the Cuisinart DCC-2600 Brew Central 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Glass Carafe is the control panel on the front. Displaying the time when not in use, it also shows other settings, from the strength of brew and number of cups ordered to when it's time to remove any calcification from the water reservoir.

Below that is the carafe, contained neatly inside the frame and enhanced with a stainless steel strip around the lower circumference and down the ergonomic handle that stays cool at all times.

This product from one of the leading names in coffee makers certainly looks good, but is it just looks alone?

Cuisinart DCC-2600
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Large Capacity Quality Filters
Features & Specifications Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

The Cuisinart DCC-2600 Has A Deceptively Large Capacity

You wouldn't think so by looking at it, but the DCC-2600 can brew up to 14 cups in one go. To give you full control, there's a cup measure from two to fourteen cups on the side of the carafe, together with a Water Level Indicator Window in the water reservoir. This makes it very easy to feed into it exactly the right amount of water.

But you don't have to brew in bulk. The settings allow for 1 to 4 cups to be selected if you so wish, so that's what you get without sacrificing any taste or heat (which sometimes happens with other multi-cup coffee makers when the heater is trying to heat a small amount of water in too short a time).

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Quality Filters Equals Quality Taste

While it's the coffee itself that produces the flavor, it's the water that comes out of your tap that can ruin it. That's why the water filter is just as important as the coffee filter in a coffee maker.

The Cuisinart DCC-2600 uses a high-quality charcoal water filter to eliminate the chlorine and other undesirables found in any water supply and that would otherwise spoil the taste of your coffee.

But do make sure you renew the filter regularly. Charcoal does a great job, but it's unstable and becomes clogged after a while with all the stuff that would otherwise get into your coffee.

Cuisinart recommend changing it every 60 days or 60 uses - more often if you have calcium-rich, or hard, water in your area. People leaving two-star reviews because the taste deteriorated should check on this point.

The filter for the coffee itself is a permanent Gold Tone filter that doesn't need replacing - merely cleaning. You can, if you prefer, use paper filters instead, as this is largely a matter of taste.

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Here's a video of a coffee lover taking a look at the Cuisinart DCC-2600:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 16.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Finish: Stainless
  • Materials: Metal, glass carafe, plastic, electronic
  • Dimensions: 9.5 inches long (including lid hinge and cord protector) x 7.7 inches wide x 14.6 inches high
  • Capacity: 14-cup pot (5 ounces each)
  • Brew-pause function
  • 1- to 4-cup setting
  • Regular and bold flavor strength settings
  • Heater plate with adjustable temperature
  • Convenient 0- to 4-hour automatic shut-off
  • Power loss backup system
  • Showerhead brewing system
  • Permanent Gold Tone filter, charcoal water filter, measuring scoop and instruction book included
Cuisinart DCC-2600 Carafe
Cuisinart DCC-2600 Carafe

Pros and Cons

Pros: Easily brews from one to fourteen cups at a time; Fully Programmable; Water Level Indicator Window in the water reservoir; built-in water filter to ensure optimum taste.

Cons: The carafe lid can leak and dribble water down the outside if care is not exercised.

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Consumer Ratings

Well over 4 stars from over 870 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing, with over two thirds giving a full 5 stars, is an impressive rating for any product. The people who love it do so mainly because of the great taste of the coffee it produces, and that it is so convenient and easy to use, whether for a straightforward brew or for programming a brew in a few hours' time.

As ever, there are others who are not so enthusiastic, citing mostly the carafe and its lid, with occasional leaks and dribbles down the outside of the glass which you have to be careful not to allow to enter your cup and spoil the taste.

But most users appear not to have those problems, or to have dealt with them without any fuss.


Cuisinart is an established brand of coffee maker, and this DCC-2600 model has been particularly successful. On reading the reviews it's evident that the manufacturers have taken on board feedback from earlier models and made any necessary improvements.

The result is a product that delivers great tasting coffee when required and in the right quantities, and that has an enviable reputation in its field. You can buy the Cuisinart DCC-2600 Brew Central with confidence that you'll almost certainly be pleased you did.
Cuisinart DCC-2600
Cuisinart DCC-2600


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