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This 4-cup coffee maker is a compact unit that takes up very little counter space and is great for a family coffeemaker at your main residence, your country cottage home, office, or dorm room. Single people enjoy the fresh brew when entertaining that special someone or simply enjoying an intimate cup of coffee while preparing for work or just relaxing at home. This little model put out by the Cuisinart people has received many favorable reviews.
The Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-cup Coffee Maker comes in a black and stainless steel finish. The on/off switch alerts you to when the coffee is ready and automatically turns off 30 minutes later so you don’t have to worry if you remembered to turn the machine off or not. The carafe and dripless pour spout makes it very easy to carry around and serve. The Knuckle guard allows you to pause brewing at anytime. It also has chord storage capacity and is scratch resistant. The DCC-450BK has a non-stick warming plate.
The Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffee Maker comes with an instruction booklet, # 2 filter starter kit, and a three-year warranty.
What I like is that you don’t have to wait until the brewing is finished before having your first cup of coffee, when you remove the warming tray the brewing will stop and will only continue once you put the tray back. The Knuckle guard protects against burns.
The removable grinding bowl and blade apparatus is safe to wash in the dishwater, and you can even store left over coffee in the grinding bowl.
I don’t really find much wrong with this machine. Sometimes I find the chord comes out onto the counter instead of remaining hidden away but that is just a minor issue.
I also find that the brew consistency is not the same all the way through. I get to enjoy really good strong coffee at the beginning but as the pot wears down it gets weaker. I will drink the coffee anyhow but my partner will just throw it out.
The Final Verdict:
The Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffee Maker is great for a single person or a couple. The brew tends to be stronger at the beginning but when you get towards the end of the pot it becomes weaker. This may prove annoying to some but refreshing for people who prefer a weaker beverage. This compact model is a good price for a small coffeemaker.