Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker Review

The Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker is a fully programmable coffee brewer for domestic use that delivers "coffee on demand". At least, that's what the main sales point is.

And it does this without using a carafe. Plus, it uses coffee grinds, not K-cups or other capsules, so it's much cheaper to operate.

It also boasts separate, removable water and coffee reservoirs that are easy to clean. And you can load the coffee reservoir with up to twelve 5-oz cups worth of grinds.

There's no deterioration of taste or temperature if you want just one to four cups. Just use the 1-4 cups setting on the control panel. Talking of taste, there's a charcoal filter that fits neatly into the water tank to filter out impurities.

So far so good. But does this popular coffee maker have any little secrets that you ought to know about?

Read the rest of this review below to find out:


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Table of Contents
What It Does How It Works
Cleaning the DCC-3000 Features & Specs
Accessories Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

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What The Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker Does

It delivers piping hot coffee with no loss of flavor long after it's finished brewing. One cup at a time for up to twelve cups of 5-oz. You can use larger mugs, over six inches tall, by simply removing the drip tray and plate.

Twelve 5-oz cups is quite a lot of coffee grinds, right? So you'll want to keep an eye on how much you have left before you have to brew up again. A quirky looking gauge right above the coffee spout does that for you. At least, it's supposed to, and maybe it mostly does, but see below for more on that.

Of course, you don't always want your coffee straight away. It's nice to have it ready and waiting for you when you wake up in the morning. No problem. You can program this brewer to swing into action up to 24 hours in advance. And no worries about forgetting to switch it off either. You can set it to do just that at any time from immediately after the last brew, to four hours later. Your coffee stays hot for a while after that, so no excuses for cold coffee.

The DCC-3000 Coffee Maker even tells you when it's in need of a clean (how nice of it).

It extracts all the flavor by having a showerhead that distributes the water evenly over the coffee. Your program settings are preserved for up to a minute if there's a temporary loss of power for any reason. And here's a nice touch - when you're pouring your coffee a light comes on so you can see what you're doing.

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How The Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker Works

Put simply, the DCC-3000 Coffee Maker brews coffee into a coffee reservoir for you to dispense whenever you want. The coffee reservoir is heated to 190 degrees (the optimum temperature for flavor extraction), so your coffee stays hot.

How long it stays hot for is up to you via the programming on the control panel. But it does this in such a way that there's no loss of flavor, for up to four hours. That should be enough for one, or even two, people for a whole afternoon. All right, for a couple of hours then, but no less.

It's easy to program it for a smaller quantity. Just press the "1-4" button on the control panel and place the lesser amount of grinds in the coffee reservoir.

The DCC-3000 uses a Gold-Tone Cuisinart Commercial-Style Filter. You can use a paper filter if you prefer (you'll need a #4 cone filter).

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What About The Cleaning?

Keeping any coffee maker clean is so important that I've written a separate guide on it. Click here for "How To Clean A Coffee Maker".

The Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker needs particular care in keeping it clean. Apart from rinsing the permanent filter each day, rinse the basket it sits in. This may not seem dirty but it is susceptible to condensation. The coffee reservoir also needs an occasional rinse and regular emptying so it doesn't overflow on the next brew.

Several users have reported a problem with the coffee reservoir. There have been occasions when it has leaked, or overflowed, for no apparent reason. It seems that sometimes coffee grime gets under the gasket in the coffee reservoir valve, so the valve can't close fully.

You should be able to avoid any instance of this by carrying out a weekly cleaning routine. You can use coffee pot cleaner, though personally, I prefer a mixture of white vinegar and hot water. Swirl this around the coffee reservoir thoroughly while at the same time pressing the valve with your finger. Then rinse thoroughly with cold water.

Other than that, a wipe of the exterior with a damp cloth is all that's required.

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Features and Specifications:

Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 14.6 x 11.3 inches
Removable coffee reservoir (in inches): width 9.5, height 10.5, depth 3.0.
Item Weight: 9 pounds
Shipping Weight: 10.2 pounds
Manufacturer: Cuisinart
ASIN: B005IR4W7W
Item model number: DCC-3000

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Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker Review
Showing the removable water reservoir

Accessories

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Dispenses one cup at a time with no capsules
  • Removable water and coffee reservoirs
  • Fully programmable up to 24 hours ahead
  • Charcoal water filter eliminates impurities from water supply
  • 1-4 cup setting for lower volume

Cons:

  • Coffee Gauge can be unreliable
  • Valve under coffee reservoir can get stuck if not cleaned regularly

This video is from Cuisinart themselves, so hardly objective, but it does take you through what it can do -

Consumer Ratings

What users of the Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker like most is how it provides instant hot coffee time after time. They like the freshness of their brew even when it's just spent a couple of hours in the coffee reservoir.

As of now, the DCC-3000 has over 2,300 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of well over 4 stars.

Some users have mentioned that the gauge doesn't work properly, and it seems this is an issue on some models. But even for people who experience this problem, it's not a deal breaker. They just have to keep a rough tally of how much coffee they have left in the coffee reservoir.

The power cord can be rather difficult to pull out fully when you first unpack this brewer. However, it does extend to nearly 3 feet, which is long enough for any work top.

I've mentioned the coffee reservoir valve, which can get stuck if not cleaned regularly. However, a little white vinegar and water, and a few minutes a week are all you need to avoid this problem.

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Summary

The Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker is heavy duty and well made. The materials that it is constructed from and that come into contact with liquids are BPA free.

It produces hot, delicious coffee that can be kept hot for up to four hours or more without losing flavor. There's no carafe or capsules to bother with, and you can easily program it up to 24 hours ahead.

It's ideal for family use, and with the "1-4 cups" setting, it's also suitable for one or two people only. Cleaning is easy, with both reservoirs being easily removed.

Cuisinart is an established manufacturer of high-quality coffee makers. We at ChooseACoffeeMaker.com can recommend their DCC-3000 coffee maker.

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Author: Coffee Lover

This review site for coffee makers and espresso machines is run by Philip Gegan, a qualified lawyer and a copywriter who now writes extensively for the internet. He is married with two grown up children.