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. That's down to an improved filter design and the broader water dispensing area. And that in turn means this coffee maker can squeeze 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-1200Quality Reliability Taste
Features & SpecsPros and Cons
Consumer RatingsSummary

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 and almost the same dimensions. To a large extent it has the same component parts, as well. But it is faster and capable of producing better flavored coffee for the reasons that we'll see shortly.

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. Here are some useful tips on how to use a coffee maker to make the best tasting 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 - these things all speak for themselves. As do a choice of the carafe or from one to four individual cups, and great tasting coffee.

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

Features and Specifications of the Cuisinart DCC-2650:

* 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
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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 up to 10 cups in one go.

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

Customer Ratings

Over 1,360 reviewers have awarded this coffee maker an average of nearly 4 out of 5 on Amazon at the time of writing. Over seven out of every ten of them have given 4 or 5 star ratings. Many users particularly love how they can taste the full flavor of the coffee. And how they can control the strength of it. Being able to keep it hot in the carafe for up to 4 hours without burning is also appreciated.

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. 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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Summary

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 in more expensive coffee makers and which make life so much easier. Not to mention your coffee better tasting. Click either of the images below to check out the best price on Amazon.
Cuisinart DCC-2650
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