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DCC%2D790PC Grind %26 Brew 12%2DCup Automatic Coffeemaker
This fully automatic coffee maker by Cuisinart comes with burr grinder precision, half-pound bean hopper with seal that keeps beans fresh, a large 12-cup glass carafe with dripless spout and comfortable grip handle and is finished in black with brushed stainless steel.
Half-pound bean hopper
Burr grinder advantage
Fully automatic grind and brew coffeemaker
Brushed stainless with large glass carafe
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20 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Excellent functionality, has a burr grinder, and yields great coffeeJun 30, 2010
By Brian Adams
Review for: Cuisinart Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew 12 Cup Coffeemaker
First a heads-up... the product's picture shows a "black" carafe which might lead you to believe it is a thermal carafe. This is not the case, it is actually a glass carafe filled to the brim with coffee. As such, be forewarned that this product does not include a thermal carafe (I was fooled, but it's interesting to note that Amazon suggested I include "thermal carafe" when "tagging" this review.) Instead, it ships with a glass carafe and features a hot-plate that has a programmable auto shut-off.
My disappointment with the carafe aside, this product has worked marvelously (received it three weeks ago.) It houses a burr grinder as opposed to a cheap blade grinder. It cleans up very easily compared to my old "Melitta MEMB1 Mill & Brew" (less than two minutes to rinse the carafe and filter-chamber/cap; after drying it's ready to be loaded with a new filter in less than 30 seconds.) The bean-hopper has a good seal to it, although I am unsure as to whether the clear plastic used offers UV protection (I would prefer to see a shaded plastic used to protect the beans inside; but I suppose the clear plastic offers a better design-element and the functionality of being able to see the level of beans inside.) And, in terms of the most important aspect, it makes great tasting coffee! (My girlfriend still marvels daily at how good the coffee is.)
Having owned and operated a coffee shop a few years back, I thought I might emphasize the importance of buying a burr grinder vs a blade grinder (for those of you who are interested and new to the art of making gourmet coffee.) First, burr grinders do not produce nearly the level of heat that can be produced by blade grinders. Heat denatures the delicate flavors of the beans (which is also why I was disappointed by having a glass carafe that sits over a direct source of high-heat.) Second, burr grinders ensure that each particle of ground coffee is consistent in size; meaning flavor extraction can be truly optimized and achieved with consistency... The flavor of your coffee is based on the contact time between the beans' chemicals and water; varied sizes of particles means the chemicals are exposed to water for varying amounts of time, and the chemicals have varied distances to travel to escape the fibers of the bean particles. A blade grinder results in variably-variable sizes of particles... meaning variable flavors escaping the clutches of the bean fibers. If you are planning to spend the extra money to buy high-quality beans, it is important to both preserve the chemicals inside (destroyed by heat, light and oxygen) and to extract them in a reasonable manner that enables isolation of the chemicals responsible for "good" flavors.
If the science of coffee interests you, Scientific American had a great article written by Ernesto Illy in June 2002, titled "The Complexity of Coffee." At only 6 pages, it's a pretty quick read and well worth the time. Here's a link: [...]
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Best Coffee from a Machine To-DateJan 05, 2010
By Sane Citizen
I've had this for only a week now, but the coffee that this makes is simply the best cup of coffee I've ever made from a machine, as opposed to a manual drip like a Melita. I had the Cuisinart version prior to this one, and this is so much easier to clean, and get ready to make coffee. I'm hoping it lasts as long as the last one. One great coffee maker.
13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Best cup of coffee........everFeb 04, 2010
By Michael S. Wolski
Wow! I had an older model that was not a burr grinder. I loved it but it was leaking. So, I found this model and the first cup of coffee I had was wonderful! It stores beans and keeps out the air, it is very easy to clean and all you have to do is add water before you brew. How easy is that? Plus, the coffee tastes outstanding! I would highly recommend this item.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Mine caught on fireSep 10, 2010
By t's mom
We LOVED this coffee machine. Gave it to my husband for Christmas, and 9 months later we've had absolutely no issues with the grinder. However, it just spontaneously caught fire (smoke pouring out, the smell of burning rubber) while keeping our coffee warm this morning. Had we left it on and left the house - since it shuts of automatically - we'd no longer have a house!
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Danger: Hundreds of Fires from this ModelJan 12, 2011
The Fire Department just left. Electrical fire source: this model DCC790. Turned off house electric relays in time. Took the coffee maker outside, plugged it in, watched the smoke. I then researched it and discovered hundreds of reports of fires: search on "cuisinart coffee maker fire hazard". Amazing fact: no recall despite so many reports. Great coffee for 14 months. Not worth a house fire. I hope this helps prevent a tragedy and contributes to your coffee making experience.
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