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Cuisinart Coffee Center Review (Know It All)

Cuisinart Coffee Center Review (Know It All)

When it comes to coffee machines, a coffee geek is always confused about what to choose since there are plenty of dual-machine options available on the market.

This Cuisinart coffee center is originally a drip coffee maker, a single-serve brewer, and a 12-cup coffee maker. Sounds perfect for a person with double interests in coffee right?

Now, when you’re at the market you’d be wondering what features top the best and what colors can give your kitchen an aesthetic look? Is this machine worth it and would it be compatible with k cup?

Well, all you have to do is dive right into this article since it has all the answers that you’ve been looking for.

Is Cuisinart A Good Brand For Coffee?

a cup of coffee
Cuisinart is a popular choice for coffee connoisseurs.

Yes! Cuisinart has been in the market for a while, with its great customer service it creates magic for its customers by producing great quality machines to provide you an ultimate coffee shop experience at home.

Right away, it’s clear that this Cuisinart coffeemaker is attractive. Of course, I prefer the black version, but this model is available in a variety of colors.

Cuisinart offers a smart-looking copper model as well as a sleek navy blue model in addition to the classic silver and white. Damn, would you look at that? Four different colors to choose from to give your kitchen an ultimate finish.

The machine includes a permanent coffee filter that can be removed for cleaning as well as a home barista reusable filter cup, allowing you to use your coffee on either side of the coffeemaker.

The controls are simple, and there’re two water reservoirs. At first glance, it appears to be a well-rounded machine in terms of features as well. Let’s continue our Cuisinart Coffee Center review by dissecting them.

Specifications

Now, let’s take a look at the specifications of the Cuisinart coffee center to see what the machine offers you:

Product Category2 in 1 coffee maker
Carafe MaterialGlass with stainless steel handle
Housing MaterialStainless steel
Weight12.20 lbs / 5.53 kg
Brew Styles2 styles
Dimension10.13 x 10.38 x 14.25 in / 26 x 26 x 36 cm
Water FilterYes with removable water reservoirs
Programmable Yes
Warranty3 Year Warranty
Specifications of the Cuisinart coffee center

Now let’s take a look at the features of the Cuisinart coffee center to check if it’s compatible with the rest in the market and with your preferences.

Features

Here are some features of Cuisinart Coffee Center:

Dual Brewing

On one side, you’ll find a traditional drip coffee maker with a 12-cup glass carafe. It has all of the expected controls, including a brew-strength control and a warming feature.

The other side of the coffee maker is a single-serve brewer that works with Keurig K Cup pods. This side’s controls are simple, with only three buttons to select the cup size you want to brew. More on those buttons later in this review of the Cuisinart Coffee Center.

Reusable Filtercup

a coffee filter
Cuisinart offers a reusable filter cup

Cuisinart got it right by including a reusable filter cup with each new machine to promote the environmentally friendly alternative to the single-cup pod. One can also be purchased separately.

If you only want to brew one cup at a time, this handy gadget is your best bet. You can use your favorite coffee beans, freshly ground. That means you’ll get a better cup of coffee.

Carafe sizes and cups

The carafe is a standard glass model that holds 12 cups of your favorite beverage. That’s twelve 5-ounce (150 milliliters) cups or less, depending on the size of your mug and how much – or little – you coffee lovers slept the night before.

There’re three cup sizes available for the single-serve brewer. There’re settings for 6 ounces (177 mL), 8 ounces (236 mL), and 10 ounces (295 milliliters).

In general, if you’re using a K Cup or reusable filter cup, brew on the 8-ounce (236 milliliters) setting according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Gold-Tone Coffee Filter

In keeping with the eco-friendly theme, there’s also a reusable coffee filter. Consider how good you’ll feel once you begin to reduce your paper waste! The gold-tone filter is also simple to use. Simply dump and rinse out the spent grounds before proceeding to the next pot.

Of course, if you prefer paper filters, this model can accept them as well. Cuisinart even includes a few samples for good measure. However, make sure to pick one or the other rather than both. Using a paper filter in the reusable one will almost certainly result in the brew basket overflowing.

Water Reservoir

On this particular coffeemaker, there’re two. One for drip brewing and one for single-serve brewing.

First, the drip brewer’s 60-ounce (1774-milliliter) reservoir is not removable. You’ll need enough space above the coffee maker to pour your water. Not only that but filling the water tank requires a steady hand due to the lack of an opening to aim for.
There is also a separate 40-ounce (1182 milliliter) removable reservoir to provide water for the single-serve brewer. This reservoir also includes a charcoal water filter, which surprised me. Furthermore, knowing when to refill is simple.

24 hours Working Program

The Coffee Center, like most coffee makers nowadays, has a brew program feature that allows you to schedule your morning brew up to 24 hours in advance. To program it, turn the dial to Prog, select the time you want the machine to start, and then select Auto On.

The machine will start up the next day at the time you specified, and when it’s finished, it’ll beep five times to indicate that your coffee is ready.

While the carafe is still brewing, the water will pause until the carafe is returned, allowing you to pour yourself a cup.

Conserves Energy

The Coffee Center also has a few energy-saving features. On the drip brew side, there’s an adjustable auto-off feature. This allows you to control when the coffee maker shuts down and can be set for up to four hours after the brew cycle is complete.

On the single-serve coffee maker side, there’s an energy-saving mode that dims the lights after 30 minutes of inactivity, similar to how your computer goes to sleep mode.

Adjustable Carafe Temperature

Once your coffee is ready, you can adjust the hot plate temperature to keep the carafe warm. We don’t recommend leaving the heat on the carafe because it tends to scorch the coffee.

However, some people adore them and use them daily. So, if you must use the warmer, I recommend that you use the lowest setting.

Is Cuisinart Coffee Center The Same As Hamilton Beach?

The Cuisinart and Hamilton beach both have similarities when it comes to the new options, it has the same carafe and single-serve brew option with a reusable filter cup on the single-serve side.

The idea is somewhat the same since it also has a removable drip tray and two reservoirs, with one for each side. However, the only difference is that Hamilton has a capacity of going up to 14 ounces on single-serve.

Moreover, the k-cup of the hamilton is not removable and is quite compact as compared to Cuisinart. This means you will have to refill it quite soon which can be humanely tiring.

How Does Cuisinart Coffee Center Work?

Electric coffee maker on the kitchen countertop.
You can operate your Cuisinart with the instruction manual that comes with the machine.

It couldn’t be easier to use the Coffee Center. There’re separate controls for each type of brewer, so you don’t have to switch functions as with some other dual brew systems.

Pour water into the reservoir of the drip coffee brewer using the carafe, insert the gold-tone filter, and add your ground coffee, close the lid, turn the selector to Brew, and press the Brew/Warm button. Fresh coffee will be ready in minutes!

It’s as simple as removing and filling the reservoir, inserting your K Cup, reusable filter cup, or another single-serve coffee pod, and selecting your cup size on the single-serve brewer. The machine will brew in the manner specified by the button you pressed.

Remember to place your cup on the drip tray before pressing the cup size button. If you forget, the drip tray is removable, allowing you to empty the overflow or fit a larger cup under the brew head.

Are Pods Compatible With Cuisinart?

No, pods are not compatible with this Cuisinart coffee center model, however, they’re compatible with Cuisinart espresso makers, yes that’s right. You can use the Nespresso originally designed capsules in the Espresso-defined models.

Can You Use Both Sides Of Cuisinart Coffee Center At The Same Time?

No, you can’t use both sides of the Cuisinart coffee center at the same time.

Here’s what you should know about the Cuisinart coffee maker:

Coffee Center 12 Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer Demo

How Do You Descale A Cuisinart Coffee Center?

Cleaning is relatively simple for both brewers. After each use of the drip brewer, empty the spent grounds and wash the reusable coffee filter and carafe.

Toss your used K Cup brewer cup into the nearest landfill, or wash out the reusable filter cup if you used one for your coffee.

To avoid damage, always handwash the parts with mild soap. Typically, a soft microfiber cloth is all that is required to clean the outer housing.

Descaling should be done every three to six months, so keep the User Manual handy for detailed instructions. This model also has a Self Clean feature to assist you with descaling.

Check out this article to learn how to clean your espresso machine.

Summary

  • The Cuisinart coffee center is a single-serve brewer and a 12-cup coffee maker.
  • It comes with a clean warranty of 3 straight years.
  • However, you can’t use both sides of the machine at the same time.
  • The machine can be cleaned easily and should be descaled within 6 months.
  • It consists of reusable filter cups and you can control its carafe temperature.
  • It’s also 24 hours programmable which means you’ll be able to brew whenever you want.

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