Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker Review
Jennifer’s Rating: 4.2 Stars
The Cuisinart DCC-3000 is a different type of coffee maker in that it is made to dispense one cup of coffee at a time, although it is designed with the traditional automatic drip function. To retrieve your coffee you set your mug or cup under the dispensing area and depress the illuminated lever.
This coffeemaker is not compatible with K-cups, and I do want to stress that before I get into the meat and potatoes of this review. it is designed to imitate drip makers in that you use loose grounds with the included filter basket but you can dispense however much you need at a stretch.
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The approximate measurements given: 14.5″ high, 9″ wide, 10″ deep are what the Amazon sales page states, but when I check with the manufacturer site just to be sure, the dimensions listed are: 11.25″ in length, 8.75″ in width and 14.7″ in height, and 11.4 lbs.
Approximate clearance area: About 5″ with the drip tray in place and if the tray is removed, a 6.25″ travel mug will fit in place. The power cord is approximately 24” long.
- Black with stainless steel accents
- Dual reservoir function
- 1-4 cup settings
- Power loss back-up system
- Audible “ready” tone that beeps to alert you to finished brewing cycle
- “Showerhead” feature for thorough ground saturation
- Coffee dispensing lever which is also illuminated
- Clean Setting letting you know when it’s time to descale
- Dial Knob functions allowing you to set the time, Auto On/Off, and start brewing
- Auto Off setting allows the unit to power down 2 hrs after the brewing cycle by default factory setting, and you can also select a desired power-down time within a 1 to 4 hour window.
The Cuisinart DCC 3000 is unique in that it is designed with dual reservoirs: one for water and the other for coffee. The removable water reservoir will accommodate up to 12 cups. Underneath the lid of the coffee reservoir is a “showerhead” feature that saturates the grounds. I think this is a great concept because good saturation is pretty essential to good coffee.
The coffee reservoir is not an insulated “thermal” unit by nature; it will keep coffee on standby hot for approximately an hour. Although thermal components are considered top notch in keeping coffee at optimal temperature and preventing “burnt” tasting coffee, the DCC 3000 has an advantage that is similar in that the coffee resulting will not get to that “cooked” or burnt point- but the tradeoff is that it can be easily dispensed into the container of your choice; including thermal, provided that you use those that will fit as 6.25″ is the max clearance space allowed.
Buttons and Controls
Front control panel buttons: On/off, Clean, 1-4 (cup settings) Hr/Min clock settings.
Using the function dial set to Clock you can select the correct time, by setting the dial to Program you can select your brew-start time of choice. Then to keep this same time for the next day you can switch the dial to “Auto On” with a push of the On/Off button..
Near the top is the Coffee Gauge – As you can see up-close, it resembles the gas gauge on your vehicle dashboard.
This user guide provides a good walk-through of these controls.
The unit also has a “ready” tone that beeps five times when brew cycle has finished; however majority of opinion claim it sounds “faint” The round dial settings include: Auto On, Auto Off, Clock, Brew and Program.
What’s included with the Cuisinart DCC-3000
- The unit itself
- Water reservoir
- Goldtone filter
- Water tank cap
- Carbon filter
- Filter holder
- Brew basket
The DCC 3000 comes with a Limited 3-Year Warranty.
Ease of Use
If you are used to automatic drip units you may find that the Cuisinart DCC 3000 operation pretty flawless. You’re basically getting to use your own coffee grounds and fill the inner basket with the desired amount and setting the desired size; but instead of it all going into a carafe you will get to dispense a cup at a time strictly by depressing the lever as needed after the cycle completes. The lever itself has a nice “light up” feature too.
The electric cord is contained within a storage space near the bottom. It has been revealed to me that if you turn the unit upside down with the inner components not present, it’s easier to release it.to a more desirable length.
The area underneath the drip tray appears as an open space rather than a basin,,so it’s important to be mindful when filling. One thing you’d want to avoid,would be using the paper filter and the goldtone filter at the same time-this could lead to a potential of “sprayback” in conjunction with the shower head that sits atop the brew basket. If you do choose to use paper filters, be sure they have the similar #4 “cupcake” shape to them.
Depending on your own lifestyle habits and personal preference, you may find yourself opting to dispense your coffee into a container like a thermos, or adjusting the amount of coffee brewed at a time since the 1-4 cups option will support this.
The “Clean” button will signal if there is any resistance during brewing; that could indicate a need to run water/vinegar through a complete cycle minus the water filter and make sure brew basket is empty.
Cuisinart DCC 3000 Reviews and Ratings
I felt like reviews in general were fair and positive comments well-earned. Many people spoke favorably of the customizable options regarding Auto-On and Off, which provided a more flexible experience, and they liked the DCC 3000’s “intuitive” way of operating with them. The next best feature mentioned was the power loss backup system that preserved their chosen settings in the case of unplugging or power failure.
Also consumers were pleased with the “1-4” button on the control panel that had the added benefit of slowing down the rate of water going through the filter, enabling greater extraction, which is something great to consider if you prefer tea and stronger brews.
Not too many negative reviews discovered; the few comments that expressed minor annoyances, were that a few consumers felt like the “coffee gauge” was a little erratic at times so it was a little trickier to determine how much remained in the reservoir. A few other people cited that the power cord did not easily give when attempting to extend additional length.
A few people were confused about the coffee reservoir being thermal in nature or not but they were easily able to dispense coffee into the chosen tumbler, mug or thermally-insulated container of choice.
- Intuitive operation
- Being able to press the “1-4” button on the control panel to improve extraction
- Customizable options
- Built in power loss backup system allows you to preserve chosen settings
- The goldtone filter is top-rack dishwasher safe
- You can use your own coffee grounds and have the traditional drip experience with one cup at a time so you don’t end up with a whole pot that might go to waste
- The coffee gauge can be a tad erratic at times
- Reservoir holds coffee on standby but does not provide thermal heating
- Power cord can be a little tricky to extend out
The price on this model and options seem good and reasonable. At the present time it’s in the under $100 range and a good bit less than the manufacturer’s site so that’s a plus 🙂
Now there is a refurbished model also available; this one has a slightly lower price and overall reviews came close to being the same in terms of the satisfaction rate except that some consumers commented that a few accessories were left out such as the goldtone filter. In other words there was a “catch”.
And since you can use your own coffee grounds and not needing to use paper filters, you’d pretty much be spending no more than what you usually spend if you buy coffee grounds by the pound or whatever size preferred.
Cuisinart DCC 3000 – Conclusion
This may be one of the better package deals out there; with the number of accessories you get in addition to the brewer itself. A few, like the water filter, may be optional, but their use can certainly enrich the daily experience of using the DCC-3000.
In general, I think this is a great choice for those who are used to automatic drip brewing and don’t really want to give up its perks, but have a unique way of dispensing coffee one cup at a time without the necessity of a carafe style.