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I have never been a fan of the poorly-warmed coffee I poured an hour after brewing, when my glass carafe had been growing stale on the warming plate. So the double-walled, insulated thermal carafe of the Cuisinart DCC-1150 coffee maker is a feature that strikes me as nothing short of brilliance. Even if I pour long after the automatic shut-off has cooled the burners, I still have a steaming hot cup of coffee that (for all I can tell) might have been brewed just moments before.
Genius, I tell you! Add to that the bonus fact that this is a carafe I can’t shatter, and I’ve never been happier with a coffee maker.
Cuisinart DCC-1150 coffee maker product features:
In addition to keeping my coffee hot, the insulated carafe is far easier to keep clean than the glass models I used to use. I used to drive myself nuts trying to eliminate the coffee-stained look of my glass carafe—I was ready to swear that glass absorbs coffee molecules!—and ultimately, the only effective method I ever found was my periodic accidental breakage of a carafe, and replacing it with a new one. Not exactly an ideal method. Not only is the Cuisinart DCC-1150 carafe made of more easily-cleaned materials (and let’s face it—even if it were stained, its opaque design would save me from having to face up to the evidence), but it also comes with a feature I’d never seen before: a self-cleaning function!
Another feature of the Cuisinart DCC-1150 coffee maker which I had never found in a coffee machine—and which I particularly appreciate, given that our house is on a well—is the charcoal water filter, which filters impurities out of the water before it ever touches my coffee grounds(And I know from scrubbing the mineral stains that accrue in my sinks that there are plenty of impurities to be filtered from our tap water). Previously, I would actually brew with bottled water whenever I had coffee-drinking guests at the house, rather than subject them to our oddly-flavored brew, but the Cuisinart DCC-1150 takes care of the issue for me. The charcoal filters need to be replaced periodically, but even with my well-water they last for a considerable time, and I imagine that most households would need even less frequent replacement.
The occasional replacement of a charcoal filter is a negligible cost, and easily offset by the fact that I don’t have to purchase coffee filters. The Cuisinart DCC-1150 coffee maker comes with its own permanent metal filter basket, and I’m pleased with the reduction in coffee-making mess. The used grounds tap out easily into my compost bin, I run the filter under the faucet for a quick rinse, and it’s ready to roll. The programming function is equally easy, and the unit features a “memory” function which keeps the settings stored for up to sixty seconds when there’s a power surge or a tripped breaker. It even remembers where it was in the brewing cycle—and picks up where it left off—when I trip the kitchen breaker while it brews.
Unlike a lot of coffee machines of its size, most of which don’t do well with brewing smaller amounts, the Cuisinart DCC-1150 coffee maker features a specialized setting for those occasions when you want to brew just a few cups. This—if you’ll excuse me—is sounding like an appealing idea right about now…