Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black/Silver

  • Classic brushed metal design with a 12-Cup carafe with ergonomic handle for comfortable, dripless pouring
  • Brew pause feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before brewing has finished. Adjustable heater plate (low, medium, high) ensures that your coffee stays at the temperature you like best
  • 24-hour advance brew start, programmable auto shutoff from 0 to 4 hours plus a 1- to 4-Cup feature when making less than 5 cups
  • Includes: Charcoal water filter and permanent gold tone filter that ensures only the freshest coffee flavor flows through. Measuring scoop. Instruction book
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Product Description

The Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central Coffeemaker

DCC 1200 Carafe

Enjoy Great Coffee with the DCC-1200


Cuisinart introduces a coffeemaker with retro styling and the latest in high tech features, making it the centerpiece of any kitchen. The Cuisinart Brew Central coffeemaker is reminiscent of the days of classic styling and durable materials. A brushed metal exterior with retro-style controls houses the finest in coffee making technology. This coffeemaker even includes a charcoal water filter.


The water filter ensures great tasting coffee by removing all of the impurities from the water. The Brew Central coffeemaker also comes with advanced features such as a programmable digital clock with 24 hour advanced-brew setting, an automatic shutoff, a self-cleaning function, and an audible beep that signals the end of the brew cycle, which makes brewing the best tasting coffee easy.

The Quest for a Perfect Cup of Coffee

It is generally agreed that there are four basic elements critical to the perfect cup:

Water and Coffee Filters

Water & Coffee Filters

Element 1. Water:
Coffee is 98% water. Often overlooked, the quality of the water is as important as the quality of the coffee. A good rule of thumb is that if your water doesn’t taste good from the tap, it won’t taste any better in your coffee. That’s why Cuisinart has added a water filter to the Brew Central coffeemaker. The charcoal water filter removes chlorine, bad tastes and odors, for the purest cup of coffee every time.

Element 2. Coffee:
While the bulk of the liquid is water, all of the flavor should be from the coffee. To achieve the same great quality of coffee you receive at a coffee bar, you need to use the same quality beans. Buy the beans fresh and whole, only about a two weeks’ supply at a time for maximum freshness. Once the coffee bean is broken, its flavor degrades very quickly. If it is not practical to buy small supplies, we recommend you separate larger amounts of beans into one to two week portions immediately after purchase, and freeze them in airtight containers. The best way to maximize freshness is to minimize exposure to air, light and moisture. So, once removed from the freezer, beans should be maintained in a sealed container at room temperature, since damaging condensation occurs every time the beans are removed from the freezer or refrigerator. Note that some coffee experts advise against freezing dark-roast beans, because freezing can cause the oils to coagulate. Other experts disagree. We suggest you experiment and decide yourself.

The Perfect Cup of Coffee

The Perfect Cup of Coffee

Element 3. Grind:
The grind of the coffee is critical for proper flavor extraction. If the grind is too fine, over extraction and bitterness will result. Too fine a grind may also clog the filter. If the grind is too coarse, the water will pass through too quickly and the desired flavors will not be extracted. A medium-fine grind is recommended.

Element 4. Proportion:
The cups on the Cuisinart coffeemaker measure 5 ounces. Add the amount of ground coffee that corresponds to the number of cups being brewed. Many coffee bars and the Specialty Coffee Association of America recommend adding 2 rounded tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water. Some coffee manufactures recommend using 1 tablespoon per cup. Cuisinart recommends using 1 tablespoon of ground coffee per cup, but use more or less to suit your taste. Note: the maximum capacity for ground coffee is 15 tablespoons for the 12-cup coffeemaker. Exceeding this amount may cause overflow if the coffee is too finely ground.

Features and Benefits

    DCC-1200 Controls

    LCD & Controls

  1. Reservoir Cover: Flips back for easy filling.
  2. Water Reservoir: When filling the coffeemaker with water, refer to the carafe height markings and fill to the desired number of cups. Be sure to add a small amount of extra water to account for the amount of water lost in wetting the grounds and lost as steam during the brewing process.
  3. Showerhead: Distributes water evenly over coffee, reducing temperature loss as water passes through grounds.
  4. Water Filter: Charcoal water filter eliminates chlorine, calcium and bad tastes or odors from tap water. Cuisinart recommends changing the water filter every 60 days or 60 uses ? or more often if you have hard water.
  5. Filter Basket: Holds a #4 paper filter or a permanent filter.
  6. LCD Digital Clock: Displays the time of day and set time for automatic functions.
  7. Function Knob and Flip Switch: Used to initiate programming of automatic functions.
  8. The Auto On feature is used to program the start time of the brew cycle. The Auto On can be set for any time, day or night. The PM indicator is displayed on the LCD for nighttime program times. The Auto Off feature is used to shut off the coffeemaker at a preset time, anywhere from 0 to 4 hours. Note: To program the coffeemaker to shut off automatically, read the instructions included in the Instruction Manual under ‘To program the Variable Auto Off’
    1. Heater Plate Control Knob: For controlling the temperature of the coffee after brewing. There are three temperature settings high, medium and low.
    2. 1-4 Cup Setting: The 1-4 cup setting button is used when you make small amounts of coffee. Normal coffeemakers will produce a colder batch of coffee when smaller amounts are made, because the heater doesn’t have enough time to properly ‘warm up’ to heat a small amount. The 1-4 setting basically ‘double heats’ the water, making your smaller amounts as piping hot as a full pot would be. To use simply press the 1-4 button on the control panel after turning on the unit.
    3. Retro-style flip switch is used to turn your coffeemaker on and off and works in tandem with the function knob.
  9. Clean Setting: Tells you when it’s time to clean your coffeemaker. Remove built-up calcification from the water reservoir, to help extend the life of your coffeemaker.
  10. Brew Pause: Stops flow of coffee from basket when carafe is removed (30 seconds max) from the heater plate, so a cup can be poured in mid-brew. Since the flavor extraction rate varies during the brew cycle, we recommend allowing the brewing cycle to finish before pouring the coffee. The coffee brewed at the beginning of the cycle has a flavor profile which is very different from the flavor at the end of the cycle. Once the coffee has finished brewing, stir it before serving to blend the flavors. The coffee at the bottom of the carafe will be somewhat stronger than the coffee at the top.
  11. Carafe: The easy pour, no drip glass carafe has an ergonomic handle and brewed coffee markings for two to twelve cups.
  12. Heating Plate: Scratch resistant with black, nonstick coating.
  13. Ready Tone: Signals the end of the brew cycle with five beeps (coffee will continue to stream from the filter for a few seconds after the tone).


Our Review

About the Product

It’s nice to have a coffeemaker where you can employ the “set and forget” mode so that you get to have a readymade pot of coffee when you get up. That’s only one of the many great perks you’ll get with the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker.

Timing is definitely a great feature with this machine, but let’s take a look at some of the other features that makes this coffeemaker one of the most sought after appliances with consumers.



First, it has a nice design – and you’re not stuck with just one color choice. The model comes in several colors, including pink and red. It’s a fairly nice-sized design, so one of the drawbacks to that is if you have limited counter space, this one might be too big and you might want to opt for a smaller, more compact coffeemaker.

It has a great feature that lets you have the coffee right away. So when you’re up earlier and just can’t wait for the pot to finish dripping completely, you can put the brewing on hold, grab a cup of coffee and go ahead and enjoy it while letting the drip resume.

Probably one of the most attention-getting and well-liked features with this model is the one that allows you to be in charge of the way the temperature is controlled. With most coffeemakers, you just turn it on, drip the coffee and it comes with a preset temperature for keeping the coffee warm.

Your choices with those coffeemakers are take it or leave it. But with this one, if you like your coffee super hot, you can use the high control. But if you prefer coffee that you can sip right away without scalding your mouth, you have the option of using the lower temperature setting.

If you know anything about charcoal filtering, then you’ll know that it’s one of the best ways to filter water to make coffee taste the best. This coffee machine uses the charcoal filtering system, which means that no matter what kind of water you have in your home, this filter system will still deliver great coffee. Even if you have water that doesn’t taste the best, it won’t affect your coffee.

The manufacturers of this coffeemaker understand that mornings are generally hectic, and they created a beeping feature that alerts you whenever the pot of coffee is finished making, so that you can grab a cup and get your day started off the right way.


The Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker has a great built in safety feature that comes with many coffeemakers, but this one takes that safety feature a step further. It will automatically shut off. When you see the feature of ‘autonomic shut off,’ you might not think that’s such a stand out feature.

But the cool part about this feature on this particular machine is that you can decide when that auto shut off time should be. Want it to be in an hour? Set it for that. Two or three hours? Just take your pick.


In order to keep your coffee tasting its best, you have to clean your coffee machine. It’s a time consuming, messy job. That is, unless you have the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker – because this machine has a wonderful, self-cleaning ability that takes your job and puts the burden on the machine.

It even has a monitor built into the coffeemaker that tells you when it’s time to clean the system. This helps keep any calcification from building up inside the coffeemaker and lets you extend the life of your appliance a bit longer.

All you do is add a vinegar and water mixture to the coffeemaker and press the self-clean button so that it can do the cleaning process for you. You’ll run one fresh pot of water through the machine before using it to brew your favorite coffee again and it will taste better than ever!



  • This coffeemaker has a digital clock with easy to read numbers, which is a nice addition for any kitchen. This model carries over the winning features of the machine into the carafe, too. You get a carafe that’s shaped to lend easy transfer of water from the carafe into the machine or into a cup. The way it’s designed means that you’ll get less spillage, so you have less waste.
  • You can also easily make less than half a pot of coffee. The reservoir is made so that water can easily pour into it without the lid getting in the way like it can with some coffee makers.
  • The basket that holds the filters is designed to give you a choice in what you use to filter the grounds. You can either use regular paper filters or you can use the filter included, which doesn’t require paper filters.



  • Like any other coffeemaker, this one has a few cons for all the pros it has. You have to get the carafe on the burner exactly where it’s supposed to go – because if you don’t, the water doesn’t run through. If you don’t get it in the right place, water will overflow from the basket and you’ll have a soggy, coffee ground mess to clean up.
  • The great charcoal filtering system does have to be maintained. So it’s not like you can never deal with the making sure that the filtering system is changed. That’s something that will have to go on your to-do list.
  • When you go to pause the drip to get a cup of coffee you only get a few seconds to get a cup and get the carafe back onto the burner.


The Final Verdict:

If you weigh the pros against the cons of this machine, it still comes out to be a great purchase and it’s understandable why so many consumers opt for this model and brand and leave it such high reviews.


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