Our Valued Sponsor
OpinionsConsumer ReviewsGuides and How TosCoffeeGeek ReviewsResourcesForums
consumer product reviews
filter drip coffee maker reviews
Cuisinart DC-1200 Brew Central - Elijah Neal's Review
Posted: January 23, 2007, 10:13am
review rating: 4.0
feedback: (0) comments | read | write
Cuisinart DC-1200 Brew Central Coffee Maker
Where to Buy
Arrow Amazon
Arrow 1st in Coffee
 List your business site here.
About "Where to Buy"

More About This Product
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
Arrow This product has been in our review database since December 13, 2001.
Arrow Cuisinart DC-1200 Brew Central reviews have been viewed 394,989 times (updated hourly).

Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
David Morris 8.75
Robert Jason 8.00
Chris Pratt 8.00
Dan Taylor 8.00
Ken Klaser 7.67

Previous Review Next Review
Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: Moulinex Quality: 10
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Dillard's Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Lots of $25 units from Wal-Mart
Bottom Line: A great unit that produces excellent drip coffee and looks great on the counter.
Positive Product Points

- Very well made; nearly 4 years without a single performance problem
- Very attractive
- Makes a great cup of coffee

Negative Product Points

- The area where you pour in water is too small
- The top of the inside of the unit is hard to clean

Detailed Commentary

This was my first attempt to get serious about coffee and my first coffee maker that cost more that $25.  That was nearly 4 years ago and I am still using every day beacuse there has been no reason to replace it.

Before I bought this, I had no idea what I was missing.  My previous brewers had produced a cup that was drinkable and I thought that what coffee was; wattery (no matter how strong a brew you made) and flat.  However as soon as I started using this, I realized that coffee was more than a caffeine drink.  Coffee finally had body and complexity.  The Brew Central's secret is its ability to consitently deliver water heated to the optimum temperature.  Cheap machines cannot do this.  Temperature is critical to fully extract flavor and aroma from the ground coffee.

The two negatives above are actually closely related.  The area around the brew basket is quite cramped and has to accomodate two openings (one for the filter holder and one in which to pour water) as well as the hinge for the lid.  The water hole is only about 1" x 1.5" which requires that you pour water pretty slowly to avoid getting it everywhere.  Inevitably, though, some water will miss every now and then.   Over time, this results in mineral stains on the plastic around the brew basket and behind the lid hinge.  The Brew Central's self cleaning cycle works well, but obviously cannot handle this build-up outside of the resevoir.  So, every month or so, you will have to throughly clean this area with a water/vinegar solution and a rag.  This is not easy because of the hinge design which is actually two peices that ovelap and create several places that are hard to reach.  This is a pain and is why I gave only 8/10 for usability.

I use filtered water and so have never bothered to replace  the charcoal filter.

Buying Experience

I had already researched this thoroughy on the internet and knew what I wanted when I arrived at Dillard's, so it was very easy.

Previous Review Next Review
Write a Review for this Product
review rating: 4.0
Posted: January 23, 2007, 10:13am
feedback: (0) comments | read | write
Login Password
forgot pw | signup
Demitasse Spoons
Elegant demitasse spoons for special occasions and everyday use.
Rocket R58 Double Boiler
Rocket Espresso R58 Double Boiler -  Everything you need for the perfect shot!
Home | Opinions | Consumer Reviews | Guides & How Tos | CoffeeGeek Reviews | Resources | Forums | Contact Us
CoffeeGeek.com, CoffeeGeek, and Coffee Geek, along with all associated content & images are copyright ©2000-2015 by Mark Prince, all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Content, code, and images may not be reused without permission. Usage of this website signifies agreement with our Terms and Conditions. (0.184782981873)
Privacy Policy | Copyright Info | Terms and Conditions | CoffeeGeek Advertisers | RSS | Find us on Google+