Cuisinart DCC-2600 Brew Central Coffee Maker 14 cups
The DCC-2600 Brew Central from this manufacturer is one of the better models in its line. Features include 24-hour programmability, with regular and bold flavor settings, and the capacity to boil 14 cups of coffee at one go.
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Another great feature is the brew stop feature which allows the user to pause the brewing and get a cup even before the pot has stopped brewing. The model also has an adjustable shut-off feature and a gold tone and charcoal water filter, as well as a light indicator that informs you when it is time to clean the coffeemaker.
The self cleaning button makes cleaning a breeze. This is useful for those who keep on forgetting when to clean the unit. The regular and bold settings allow users to customize the coffee flavors according to their preferences.
The 24-hour programmability allows users to turn the coffeemaker on when it’s convenient. There’s also the 60-second reset which allows the coffeemaker to remember the last setting that it was in and where it was in the brewing process when it was interrupted. The adjustable heater plate also allows you to keep your cup warm even after it has stopped brewing. Because it is adjustable, you can set it to the desired temperature, at high, medium or low, to prevent the coffee from burning.
Experts advise using a water and vinegar mixture at 2/3:1/3 ratio and pressing the self cleaning button in order to get the unit to start cleaning. When cleaning stains from inside the carafe, special dishwashers made for coffeemaker carafes are also useful in removing stubborn coffeemaker stains.
A homemade solution would be to mix salt and water and to swirl this mixture inside the carafe for a few minutes.
The water and vinegar mixture is useful for cleaning the unit’s water reservoir.
When it comes to having broken parts repaired, Cuisinart is good at providing timely support and providing replacement for existing parts. For example, broken carafes and defective lids can easily be replaced by the manufacturer at no extra charge if the unit is still under warranty.
Weighing just at 8 ounces, this unit is great for those who live in dorms or apartments. The sleek design and stainless steel accents will fit right in any kitchen and the ergonomic handles, the dripless spout, and the knuckle guard make pouring safe, easy and comfortable.
Units come in a three-year warranty and a complete instruction booklet. When buying this model users can also buy extra gold filters and charcoal water filters. Replacement carafe lids, coffee scoops, and replacement carafes are also available online.
What consumers don't like about this coffee maker is that the features are not that user-friendly, especially for first time brewers. This model is also fairly expensive when compared to other coffee maker brands. The snap-on lid of this model may also be hard to use during the first time.Pros:
- easy to clean carafe
- easy pouring with no spills
- fast brewing action
- light indicator inform users when it’s time to clean the coffeemaker
- snap-on carafe lid keeps the carafe in place inside the unit
- does not burn or overheat coffee Cons:
- features take a little longer to get used to
- takes longer if you are looking for a very strong cup of coffee
- can be more expensive compared to other brands
- the carafe snap-on lid may be hard to put in place at first
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