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Cuisinart introduces a coffeemaker with retro styling and the latest in high tech features, making it the centerpiece of any kitchen. The Cuisinart Brew Central coffeemaker is reminiscent of the days of classic styling and durable materials. A brushed metal exterior with retro-style controls houses the finest in coffee making technology. This coffeemaker even includes a charcoal water filter. The water filter ensures great tasting coffee by removing all of the impurities from the water. The Brew Central coffeemaker also comes with advanced features such as a programmable digital clock with 24 hour advanced-brew setting, an automatic shutoff, a self-cleaning function, and an audible beep that signals the end of the brew cycle, which makes brewing the best tasting coffee easy.
It is generally agreed that there are four basic elements critical to the perfect cup:
Element 1. Water:
Coffee is 98% water. Often overlooked, the quality of the water is as important as the quality of the coffee. A good rule of thumb is that if your water doesn’t taste good from the tap, it won’t taste any better in your coffee. That’s why Cuisinart has added a water filter to the Brew Central coffeemaker. The charcoal water filter removes chlorine, bad tastes and odors, for the purest cup of coffee every time.
Element 2. Coffee:
While the bulk of the liquid is water, all of the flavor should be from the coffee. To achieve the same great quality of coffee you receive at a coffee bar, you need to use the same quality beans. Buy the beans fresh and whole, only about a two weeks’ supply at a time for maximum freshness. Once the coffee bean is broken, its flavor degrades very quickly. If it is not practical to buy small supplies, we recommend you separate larger amounts of beans into one to two week portions immediately after purchase, and freeze them in airtight containers. The best way to maximize freshness is to minimize exposure to air, light and moisture. So, once removed from the freezer, beans should be maintained in a sealed container at room temperature, since damaging condensation occurs every time the beans are removed from the freezer or refrigerator. Note that some coffee experts advise against freezing dark-roast beans, because freezing can cause the oils to coagulate. Other experts disagree. We suggest you experiment and decide yourself.
Element 3. Grind:
The grind of the coffee is critical for proper flavor extraction. If the grind is too fine, over extraction and bitterness will result. Too fine a grind may also clog the filter. If the grind is too coarse, the water will pass through too quickly and the desired flavors will not be extracted. A medium-fine grind is recommended.
Element 4. Proportion:
The cups on the Cuisinart coffeemaker measure 5 ounces. Add the amount of ground coffee that corresponds to the number of cups being brewed. Many coffee bars and the Specialty Coffee Association of America recommend adding 2 rounded tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water. Some coffee manufactures recommend using 1 tablespoon per cup. Cuisinart recommends using 1 tablespoon of ground coffee per cup, but use more or less to suit your taste. Note: the maximum capacity for ground coffee is 15 tablespoons for the 12-cup coffeemaker. Exceeding this amount may cause overflow if the coffee is too finely ground.
Classic Stainless Steel Design: Brushed stainless steel housing with metal accents complements any style kitchen.
Optimum Flavor: A charcoal water filter helps produce great tasting coffee by removing impurities.
Superior Operation: An indicator light signals when its time to clean the coffeemaker. Simply add the vinegar and water solution, and the coffeemaker cycles it through to remove calcium build up.
Custom Heat Control: Adjust the heater plate to 1 of 3 settings to control the post-brewing temperature of your coffee.
Express Coffee: The Brew Pause feature lets you pour a cup of coffee before brewing has finished.
Consistent Taste: The 1-4 cup setting allows you to brew only a cup or two without altering the flavor of the brew.
Fully Programmable: The user-friendly digital clock offers freshly brewed coffee, day or night. It also has a programmable auto shutoff for worry-free use.
Works as-advertised. Cleans easily and makes great coffee, with the right grind.
My only complaint is that it could really do with a clear reservoir gauge on the side... Read more
Great coffee maker. Bought for my mom as mine has lasted 7+ years.Published 3 months ago by G Thompson
Great value and even better coffee by this now dated model. You could not expect much more from a machine at this price level; consistently good brewing.Published 4 months ago by James DiCenzo
The only test left to pass is the test of time...that will take timePublished 6 months ago by Andrea Yagminas