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Cuisinart DC-1200 Brew Central - Brian Carter's Review
Posted: October 30, 2008, 8:51am
review rating: 5.0
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Cuisinart DC-1200 Brew Central Coffee Maker
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Arrow The Cuisinart DC-1200 Brew Central has 58 Reviews
Arrow The Cuisinart DC-1200 Brew Central has been rated 7.77 overall by our member reviewers
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David Morris 8.75
Robert Jason 8.00
Chris Pratt 8.00
Dan Taylor 8.00
Ken Klaser 7.67

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: Moulinex Quality: 8
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $6.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Goodwill Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Gevalia freebie
Bottom Line: Great machine for the casual home coffee-drinker
Positive Product Points

Consistent brew temp
Gold filter included
Auto-off
Adjustable temp on heating plate

Negative Product Points

Difficult to fill reservoir
Brew temp is a little low

Detailed Commentary

I found this for $6 at Goodwill. It needed to be descaled desperately, but other than that it was in perfect working order.

Contrary to what others have posted, I find the brew temp to be very acceptable - I've measured it at 190, which for a non-metal machine, I think is pretty good. I have not experienced the weak coffee problem, and have had success with both store bought and fresh beans. I think that the trick with using fresh beans is that you cannot brew a full pot with them, as the bloom will overflow into the horribly-located reservoir.

The reservoir is indeed a real pain to fill, but I think that is a minor inconvenience. I just use a liquid measuring cup instead of pouring directly from the Brita pitcher.

Though I got this machine for a steal, I would certainly have paid full price for it. It's no Technivorm, but for a mass-produced home machine made of plastic, I think that it produces excellent coffee. I always use the 1-4 cup 'double-heating' feature, and have found that to be the only way to get a consistent brew temp. I also love the beeping when it is done brewing.

Buying Experience

Goodwill - no problems.

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