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Cuisinart PerfecTemp DCC-2900 Brewer - 12 Cup(s) - Yes - Stainless Steel, Black
Maximum Number of Cups: 12
Coffee Strength Setting: Yes
Color: Black, Stainless Steel
Material: Stainless Steel Carafe
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Posted by: JamesBJr
from Caddo Mills, Tx on
02/27/2014I did a lot of research before settling on Cuisinart - Perfec Temp Coffee Maker, and between the reviews it appeared to have the most positives and least negatives of all the coffee makers in my price range.
First the negative. As most all reviews have stated the way the carafe is designed keeps the coffee very hot, but makes pouring a bit tricky. Namely when using the carafe to fill water reservoir, which is a small area.
It is impossible to get all the liquid out with the lid on. So when I am pouring the last of the coffee into my cup I take it off and no problem, unlike some I have not spilled a single drop pouring my coffee. Is it different than a normal carafe, yes, but that is because it is designed to be as air tight as possible to keep it hot, and on that it works well.
As for filling the reservoir, I just don't use the carafe. Personally mine sits near enough to the sink that I use the spray to fill it, or I just grab a cup and do that. So this is not a big deal. I might take a half a star off for this if it were an option, but not a full star. Know this going in and you will be happy.
Now for the good.
The water filter is a very nice touch, I have never had this feature and I think it makes a difference. The coffee just tastes cleaner, and fresher.
The biggest plus, which is the reason I bought this, is that the carafe keeps the coffee hot without burning it. I am an all-day coffee drinker and burnt coffee has just become a part of life since I don’t want to keep making small pot after small pot. Since this does not have a burner constantly cooking it the coffee never burns and tastes fresh.
How well does it keep the coffee hot? In short VERY WELL. This is my first thermal carafe, and I am never going back. I don’t know how it compares to others, but this thing is amazing. On the weekend I have poured coffee three hours after it was made and it was still too hot to drink right away. On weekdays I have it programmed to make coffee at 6 am, after my wife and I have our morning coffee there is about a cup or two left. When I get home from work at 5:30 pm I can pour the coffee that is left and while not piping hot is still hot enough to drink and enjoy, if you do it quick. I could not believe that nearly 12 hours later it was still drinkable.
The other plus of this over similar Cuisinart coffee makers is the Perfect Temp aspect. This thing makes very hot coffee, hotter than any I have had. I like my coffee hot so that I can smell it in the morning while I wait for it to cool and to me it tastes better when it is brewed hot. Also since it makes it hotter it stays hot longer in the pot so while going for a thermal carafe it is a nice addition.
Being a fan of strong coffee I have not used the regular mode, but the bold setting makes it very strong tasting and delicious. The 1-4 cup mode is also nice, I’m not sure exactly what it does, but the coffee made using it is better than without. I have read in other review that if you make a large pot and use the 1-4 cup setting that it makes even better coffee, so I am going to have to try that for comparison.
So aside from the trickiness of pouring, a small trade off for keeping the coffee hot as long as it does, this is a great coffee maker. I hope it lasts as long as possible. I have never owned a Cuisinart so I cannot speak to longevity of their products, but this feels sturdy and well built. I would highly recommend this coffee maker, and in fact have already had two friends order one based off drinking my coffee.
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