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Cuisinart Programmable Filter Brew 12 Cup

Updated on January 26, 2010

The Cuisinart Programmable 12 Cup Filter Brew has features to control coffee making before, during, and after the brewing process. This versatile, easy to use coffee maker can be programmed to turn on up to 24 hours in advance and has an adjustable auto shut off. It also has a "Brew Pause" feature to let you interrupt brewing and pour yourself a cup. The Cuisinart Programmable 12 Cup Filter Brew uses a charcoal water filtration system. It is available in black or white.

Cuisinart Programmable Filter Brew 12 Cup Controls  
                                                                
Programmability options allow you to specify when the machine turns on and off. You can use the LCD clock/timer and function knob, which are located on the front of the machine, to program brewing up to 24 hours in advance. The Auto Off option lets you program how long the machine remains on after brewing. It can be set to maintain heat from zero minutes to 4 hours in minute increments, but if no time is set, it will automatically shut off after 2 hours. If you want to pour a cup in mid-brew, the machine includes a 30 second "Brew Pause" system. A 5 beep Ready Tone signals when brewing has been completed. It also features a circular showerhead that has holes along its radius to dispense water evenly over the ground coffee for better flavor.

Cuisinart Programmable Filter Brew 12 Cup Performance

Each of the machine's features enhances the coffee drinking experience. All of the controls are easy to set, affording you maximum control of the brewing process and, with the auto shut-off, peace of mind. A look at the grounds after brewing shows that the showerhead does cover the coffee thoroughly and evenly, a sign of even extraction. Overall, the machine's performance is above average.

Construction                                             
               
This machine is made for easy programming. Its function knob and LCD display are clearly marked and located on the front of the machine. Housed in solid plastic, it has a simple look that is very versatile. A cord storage area is on the back.

Carafe                                                   
                 
The 12-cup glass carafe features an ergonomic handle. The handle was designed with a comfort grip and knuckle guards to prevent burns. Water level indicators are marked on both sides of the carafe, so it's equally readable for right handed and left handed people. The carafe's spout is deeply pointed to make it easy to pour without spills.

Hot Plate                                        
                        
The Cuisinart Programmable 12-Cup Filter Brew's hot plate is scratch resistant and coated for easy cleaning. It can be programmed to turn off anytime between 0 minutes and 4 hours with the Auto Off option, but if no time is programmed it will shut off after 2 hours.

Reservoir                                          
                      
The Cuisinart Programmable 12 Cup Filter Brew has a deep but rather narrow water reservoir. You may have to angle the carafe when filling the reservoir. The machine has an exterior water level indicator, with numerals that are clear but a bit on the small side. You can access the reservoir through a lid on the top of the machine.

Cuisinart Programmable Filter Brew 12 Cup Water Filtration        
                                              
A charcoal filter is included, eliminating impurities and resulting in richer, fuller tasting coffee. This filter fits securely at the base of a filter holder that rests at the bottom of the water reservoir.

Coffee Filter                                                            

The Cuisinart Programmable 12 Cup Filter Brew comes with a goldtone filter. A #4 paper cone filter can also be used. The lid for the filter holder is located on the top front of the machine.

Accessories                                              

The Cuisinart Programmable 12-Cup Filter Brew comes complete with a goldtone filter, a charcoal water filter polybag, five #4 paper cone filters and a coffee scoop. Filter re-order forms are also included with the instruction booklet.

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