DCC2800 Perfec Temp 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

4.5 / 5 stars      

The Cuisinart DCC2800 PerfecTemp coffee maker is one of my favorite models.  It’s a basic drip brewer with a few extra features that make it well worth the money.

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When choosing a new machine for my own kitchen it came down to this one and the Capresso SG120.  That’s the one I chose, but you might like the features of the DCC2800 better.  Those features include it’s PerfecTemp technology that lets you brew a very hot cup of coffee.  For those of you to whom that is important, you’d want to chose this unit over the Carpesso.  Another advantage of the Cuisinart is the fact that it has a water filter, but I chose the Capresso simply for aesthetic reasons.

If you’re like me, and often times you need to brew just a few cups of coffee at a time, you want to make sure you chose a coffee maker that has the option to do so.  It makes a huge difference in the quality of your coffee.  You do have that option with the DCC2800, as well as the option to brew a regular or bold – strong – cup of coffee.


Cuisinart PerfecTemp DCC2800 Pros & Cons

Pros:  14 cup carafe – BPA free – 1 to 4 cup brew – Regular or bold brew – Brews hot – 3 year warranty

Cons:  Lid design could be problematic


The PerfecTemp does have the multiple water nozzles – or showerhead – that is a must on a good coffee maker.  This allows your grounds to be evenly saturated, and also helps to maintain water temperature as it flows through your grounds.

Now, about the push button lid.  To access the water tank you push a spring button on the top of the tank.  With a gentle touch there doesn’t seem to be an issue.  So try something like this:  light push > pause for a beat > then let go.  If you’re anxious to get things going and poke or jab at it, I can see this breaking fairly quickly.  Even if you are going to be making multiple cups of coffee a day, I would probably say to look at another coffee maker, because simple wear and tear will kill the mechanism.  There is less to go wrong with an old school, lift the lid, model.  Having said that, the DCC 2800 Perfec Temp does come with a 3 year warranty, so it’s up to you.   if you love the machine and don’t mind the hassle.


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Features & Dimensions

  • 14 cup carafe
  • Fully programmable
  • Large LCD display
  • 1 to 4 cup setting
  • 4 hour auto off
  • Brew pause
  • Gold tone coffee filter
  • Charcoal water filter
  • BPA free
  • Limited 3 year warranty
  • 9.25″ x 8.00″ x 14.5″ and 7.5 pounds

All in all, I think this is a great coffee maker.  It comes with some great features and is backed by a three year warranty.  My only caution is the push button lid.  Time and/or heavy use will wear it down/out.   My rating on the Cuisinart DCC2800 is 4.5/5.

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