Cuisinart DCC-2600 Brew Central 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker Review

About the first thing you notice about the Cuisinart DCC-2600 Brew Central is the control panel on the front. Displaying the time when not in use, it also shows other settings. These can be anything from the strength of brew to the number of cups ordered. Or 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 review
Table of Contents
Large CapacityQuality Filters
Features & SpecificationsPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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. There's also 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. And you don't have to sacrifice any taste or heat (which sometimes happens with other multi-cup coffee makers).

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Quality Filters Equals Quality Taste

While the coffee itself produces the flavor, the water that comes out of your tap 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. It 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 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. And of how you use a coffee maker.

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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
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Cuisinart DCC-2600 Carafe

Pros and Cons of the Cuisinart DCC-2600

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

The Cuisinart DCC-2600 has over 4 stars from over 880 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing (February 2019). Over two thirds give it a full 5 stars, which 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's so convenient and easy to use, whether for a straightforward brew or for programming a brew in a few hours' time.

Some users have had problems with the carafe and lid. If any water dribbles down the outside of the glass it can 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.

Summary

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 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 review
Cuisinart DCC-2600 review

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Philip Gegan is a retired UK attorney who loves coffee and everything to do with it. He aims in chooseacoffeemaker.com to review all leading makes and models of coffee maker available in the United States that have a decent number of reviews and a high average score from reviewers on Amazon.com and other leading retail sites.