"The Cuisinart DCC-3200 is a truly great value coffee machine.."
The DCC-3200 is Cuisinart’s latest filter coffee machine. As well as having an impressive modern, commercial style finish, it showcases a 14-cup glass carafe and is successful in keeping a brew warm without sacrificing quality. Some have expressed a desire to be able to use different style carafes, for example metal carafes, however at the cost of between $80 and $200 the Cuisinart DCC-3200 is a truly great value coffee machine.
The Cuisinart DCC-3200 is a filter coffee machine with a water reservoir and glass carafe included. The reservoir is a great feature as it stops you from having to constantly re-fill the machine every time you want a coffee. The carafe can hold up to 14 cups of filter coffee which is impressive, and there is also the option to choose the 1-4-cup setting if you don’t need quite as much coffee. Some people would have preferred having an optional metal carafe as they are harder wearing, however this glass carafe gives better visibility of its contents and looks super smart. All you need to do with the Cuisinart DCC-3200 is add ground coffee and the machine will do the rest. This machine is quite commercial in style and has an aesthetically pleasing modern, stylish design using gold tone stainless steel. The display on the Cuisinart DCC-3200 is clear and straightforward to read, with a blue backlight to help when it is a little darker in the early hours of the morning. Cuisinart has also made sure that all of the plastic they have used in the DCC-3200 is BPA free which gives good peace of mind. There is also an auto-shut off option to save energy so that there is even less guilt attached to your morning coffee.
The DCC-3200 has a good range of functions designed to not only create a long-lasting brew but also one which really suits your specific tastes. The key purpose of the Cuisinart DCC-3200 is too keep heat without sacrificing any of the quality of the coffee, and it certainly achieves this. Once it has finished brewing a carafe of filter coffee, the carafe sits on a warming plate so that you can come back to it for another cup later on. The warming plate has a temperature which can be adjusted so that you can decide how warm you’d like your coffee to be kept. When first starting to make a brew with the Cuisinart DCC-3200 you can choose the temperature that you would like it to be. You can also choose the strength that you’d like your coffee to be. Some have mentioned that the strength of the coffee you get from the DCC-3200 is a little on the weak side, however you can simply add more ground coffee to rectify this. Cuisinart have also included a water filter which removes any chlorine from the water, to make sure your coffee tastes as good as possible.
Ease of Use
The Cuisinart DCC-3200 can be programmed up to 24 hours in advance of when you’d like it to take action, which is a great feature in terms of making life easier. For example, you can ask it to begin brewing so that your morning coffee is ready for when you come downstairs in the morning. You can also recall any programming that you have done if there is a power-cut, with the handy 60 second re-call function. Another really handy function is the pause option that allows you to pause the brewing process and grab a quick cup before it has finished. This can save a lot of time and mess if you’re in a hurry. Once the DCC-3200 has finished brewing a batch of coffee, it will let you know with five clear beep sounds. This means that you can get on with other tasks while it is at work, resting assured that it will let you know when it is ready.
One of the main time-saving devices installed in the DCC-3200 is the permanent, reusable gold tone filter, which saves you from having to constantly replace it. This also helps to save you money on paper filters. However, if you actually prefer to use paper filters, they can be used in this machine too. Furthermore, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 not only has a self-clean function which saves you the hassle of regular cleaning, but also uses an LED indicator to let you know when it needs more significant maintenance.
The Cuisinart DCC-3200 is a fantastic filter coffee machine which has lots of functions designed to help you create the perfect cup of coffee. For example, temperature and strength control help you to tailor the brew to your specific tastes. It is also programmable up to 24 hours in advance which is a great labor-saving feature. All in all, despite a couple of minor areas that could be improved upon for example the recommended amounts of ground coffee to use, the DCC-3200 is one of the best coffee machines on the market.