Using a Cuisinart coffee machine

About Cuisinart

Cuisinart is an American home appliance brand that is owned by Conair Corporation. The company was founded in 1971 by Carl Sontheimer who brought the food processor to the US market. The brand is not limited to food processors.

In 1986, Cuisinart introduced a grinder and chopper and since then, it has expanded to include a variety of products. The company is a full-service culinary resource with a broad range of plugged and unplugged kitchen appliances that are widely favored by consumers and preferred by chefs. The Cuisinart coffee makers are no exception.

Cuisinart coffee maker design

Although different types of Cuisinart coffee makers have different specifications and options, all of them feature the same basic design. The primary components include a built-in water filter that removes impurities from water and makes coffee taste better, a programmable timer sets the time for the brew up to twenty-four hours in advance, and a heating plate control knob that controls the coffee temperature after brewing using three temperature settings. The 1-4 cup setting heats the water twice to make sure the coffee is hot enough in small brews. In addition to this, the self clean features indicate the user when the machine needs cleaning and removes built-up calcification.

How to use a Cuisinart coffee machine


To brew coffee in the Cuisinart coffee maker, fill the carafe to the desired level depending on the number of cups of fresh water. Then, pour the water from the carafe into the coffee maker’s water reservoir while placing the carafe back on the heat plate. Insert the permanent or paper filter into the filter basket, making sure that the paper filter completely opens up. According to Cuisinart recommendation, use one tablespoon for one cup.

Start the brew or program it to begin at a later time. To program the Cuisinart brew central, set the coffee maker to brew the pot of coffee later by setting the clock and using Programmable Auto On feature. Turn the function knob to “Prog” and then use the hour and minute buttons to set the time for the coffee to start brewing. Finally, set the function knob to “Auto On” and lift and release the power button.

While the procedure may vary depending on the type and model of coffee maker, most Cuisinart coffee makers follow these basic steps for brewing.

Cleaning the Cuisinart coffee machine

Using a Cuisinart coffee machine
Using a Cuisinart coffee machine

The Cuisinart coffee machine has self-cleaning features that make it pretty easy and convenient to clean the machine. Start by turning off the coffee maker and unplugging it. Remove the ground coffee and paper filter, and wash the filter basket in warm water. Using a damp cloth, wipe the area under the filter basket and wash the lid and carafe in warm, soapy water. Also, wipe the heating plate and coffee maker with a damp cloth.

When the clean light of the coffee maker starts flashing, remove calcium deposits on the metallic components of the machine. Fill the water reservoir to the top with two parts of water and one part of white vinegar and press “Clean”. When the self-clean light is on, switch on the coffee maker by pressing the power button. Allow the machine to self-clean through one cycle. It will beep and shut off when the cycle is complete.

Best Cuisinart coffee makers

If you are in the market to get yourself a brand-new Cuisinart coffee maker, you will have several options to choose from. Here are the best two coffee machines from Cuisinart that you should consider buying.

Cuisinart SS-15 12-cup coffee maker and single serve brewer

With this machine, you can get both a single-serve coffee maker and a regular coffee maker in one machine. It is a 12-cup coffee machine that includes strength control, programmable features, brew pause functionality, and carafe warmer. Using the single serve section, you can brew all types of blended drinks, like hot cocoa and tea. However, the only drawback of the machine is that there are not many brew control options for the single serve section.

Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfect Temp 14-cup programmable coffee maker

The Cuisinart DCC-3200 is powered by the most advanced brewing technology and has a stylish design as well as a robust build. With the powerful heating element, it can constantly brew hot cups of coffee. As compared to earlier Cuisinart models, the coffee extracted from this one has an improved flavor. With features like temperature control, strength control and automatic adjustment, the user has complete control over the brew depending on its size. The machine requires minimum maintenance as it comes with auto clean functionality. Moreover, the programming functionality offers you the convenience to brew coffee every day at the set time. However, it needs four to six rinsing cycles before the plastic smell can be entirely eliminated.