For your safety and continued enjoyment of this product, always read the instruction book carefully before using.
Brew Central® Coffeemaker DCC-1200 Series
When using electrical appliances, basic
safety precautions should always be followed
to reduce the risk of fi re, electric shock and/
or injury to persons, including the following:
1. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS.
2. Always unplug appliance from outlet
when not in use and before cleaning.
Allow to cool before putting on or
taking off parts and before cleaning
3. Do not touch hot surfaces. Use handles
4. To protect against electric shock, do not
place cord, plug, or base unit in water or
5. This appliance should not be used by or
near children or individuals with certain
6. Do not operate any appliance with
a damaged cord or plug or after the
appliance malfunctions or has been
dropped or damaged in any manner.
Return appliance to the nearest
Cuisinart Authorized Service Center
for examination, repair, or electrical or
7. The use of accessory attachments not
recommended by Cuisinart may cause
8. Do not use outdoors.
9. Do not let cord hang over edge of table
or counter, or touch hot surface.
10. Do not place on or near a hot gas or
electric burner, or in a heated oven.
11. Always fi ll water reservoir fi rst, then plug
cord into the wall outlet. To disconnect,
turn controls to “off”, then remove plug
from wall outlet.
12. Do not use appliance for other than
13. Snap lid securely onto carafe before
serving any beverages.
14. Scalding may occur if the lid is removed
during the brewing cycle.
15. The glass carafe is designed for use with
this appliance only. It must never be used
on the range top.
16. Do not set a hot carafe on a wet or cold
17. Do not use cracked carafe or a carafe
having a loose or weakened handle.
18. Do not clean carafe or warming plate
with cleansers, steel wool pads, or other
19. WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF
FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT
REMOVE THE BASE PANEL. NO USER
SERVICEABLE PARTS ARE INSIDE.
REPAIR SHOULD BE DONE ONLY BY
20. Avoid contact with moving parts.
21. Do not operate your appliance in an
appliance garage or under a wall cabinet.
When storing in an appliance garage
always unplug the unit from the
electrical outlet. Not doing so could
create a risk of fi re, especially if the
appliance touches the walls of the garage
or the door touches the unit as it closes.
WARNING: RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK
The lightning fl ash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage
within the product’s enclosure that may be of suffi cient magnitude to constitute
a risk of fi re or electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user
to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions
in the literature accompanying the appliance.
SPECIAL CORD SET
A short power-supply cord is provided to
reduce the risks resulting from becoming
entangled in or tripping over a longer cord.
Longer extension cords are available and
may be used if care is exercised in their use.
If a long extension cord is used, the marked
electrical rating of the extension cord must
be at least as great as the electrical rating
of the appliance, and the longer cord should
be arranged so that it will not drape over the
countertop or tabletop where it can be pulled
on by children or tripped over.
This appliance has a polarized plug (one
blade is wider than the other). To reduce
the risk of electric shock, this plug will fi t in
a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug
does not fi t fully in the outlet, reverse the
plug. If it still does not fi t, contact a qualifi ed
Do not modify the plug in any way.
Clogging and backing up of water and/or
coffee in the fi lter basket can occur under
any or a combination of any of the following
conditions: The use of too fi nely ground
coffee, using two or more paper fi lters, using
the gold tone fi lter in conjunction with a
paper fi lter or not properly cleaning coffee
grounds from the gold tone fi lter, or allowing
coffee grounds to spill over the fi lter.
Caution: Never open the top cover during
the brewing cycle, even if no water is draining
from the fi lter basket, since extremely hot
water/coffee can spill out from the fi lter
basket and cause injury. If water/coffee is
not draining from the fi lter basket during the
brewing cycle, unplug the unit and wait 10
minutes before opening the top cover and
checking the fi lter basket.
1. Place the box on a large, sturdy, fl at
2. Remove the instruction book and any
3. Turn the box so that the back side of
the coffeemaker is down and slide the
coffeemaker from the box.
4. After the coffeemaker has been removed,
place the box out of the way and lift off the
two pulp inserts.
5. Remove the cardboard insert between the
carafe lid and Brew Pause™ mechanism by
sliding it out of the unit.
6. Grasp the carafe by its handle, remove
it from the heater plate and remove the
7. Lift the coffeemaker off the remaining two
inserts and remove the polybag covering
We suggest you save all packing materials in
the event that future shipping of the machine
is needed. Keep all plastic bags away from
Important Safeguards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Unpacking Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
The Quest for the
Perfect Cup of Coffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Features and Benefi ts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Programming Your Coffeemaker . . . . . . . 6
Making Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Cleaning and Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Cuisinart introduces a coffeemaker with retro
styling and the latest 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
fi nest coffeemaking technology. This cof-
feemaker even includes a charcoal water
fi lter. The water fi lter 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.
THE QUEST FOR THE
PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE
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 fi lter
to the Brew Central® Coffeemaker. The char-
coal water fi lter removes chlorine, calcium,
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 fl avor should be from the coffee. To
achieve the same great quality cup of coffee
you receive at a coffee bar, you need to use
the same quality beans. If you choose to
grind your own beans, buy the beans fresh
and whole, only about a two week supply
at a time for maximum freshness. Once the
coffee bean is broken, its fl avor 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 purchasing, 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 this can cause
the oils to coagulate, while other experts
disagree. We suggest you experiment and
decide for yourself.
Element 3: Grind
The grind is critical for proper fl avor extrac-
tion. If the grind is too fi ne, over extrac-
tion and bitterness will result. Too fi ne a
grind may also clog your fi lter. If grind is
too coarse, the water will pass through too
quickly and the desired fl avors will not be ex-
tracted. We recommend a medium-fi ne grind.
Element 4: Proportion
The cups on the Cuisinart® coffeemaker
are 5 ounces. Add the amount of ground
coffee that corresponds to the number of
cups being brewed. We recommend using
1 tablespoon of ground coffee per cup,
but use mo