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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued.

Our Verdict

The handy Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 has a long list of features but is still available at a reasonable price.

For

  • You can brew as much as 12 cups of coffee at once.

Against

  • You cannot substitute a thermal coffee carafe for the glass carafe that comes with this coffee maker.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: We prepared the same coffee in the same way in each machine for our drip coffee maker reviews, and this unit had good scores for taste and temperature.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: We prepared the same coffee in the same way in each machine for our drip coffee maker reviews, and this unit had good scores for taste and temperature.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: You can adjust the strength of your coffee based on how much water you add initially, but there are also controls on this machine that can be adjusted to give stronger or weaker brews.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: You can adjust the strength of your coffee based on how much water you add initially, but there are also controls on this machine that can be adjusted to give stronger or weaker brews.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: You can program this coffee maker to turn off automatically.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: You can program this coffee maker to turn off automatically.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: A water level indicator helps you get the balance of coffee and water right.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: A water level indicator helps you get the balance of coffee and water right.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: This machine was very fast in our testing, brewing 8 cups in about five minutes.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: This machine was very fast in our testing, brewing 8 cups in about five minutes.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: You can program this unit to turn off automatically.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: You can program this unit to turn off automatically.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: You do not have the option to substitute a thermal carafe with this coffee maker. It comes with a glass carafe that can keep coffee warm when used with the built-in warming plate.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: You do not have the option to substitute a thermal carafe with this coffee maker. It comes with a glass carafe that can keep coffee warm when used with the built-in warming plate.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: You can set the carafe warmer plate temperature to low, medium or high.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: You can set the carafe warmer plate temperature to low, medium or high.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: A showerhead design encourages even water distribution over grounds.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: A showerhead design encourages even water distribution over grounds.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: This coffee maker can produce up to 12 cups of coffee at a time.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: This coffee maker can produce up to 12 cups of coffee at a time.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: This machine is easy to maintain. A light comes on when it is time to clean, and there is also a cleaning cycle.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: This machine is easy to maintain. A light comes on when it is time to clean, and there is also a cleaning cycle.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: This drip coffee maker falls somewhere in the middle of the pack for its consumption of counter space, but it will fit in nicely on most countertops.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: This drip coffee maker falls somewhere in the middle of the pack for its consumption of counter space, but it will fit in nicely on most countertops.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: A 60-second recall allows this machine to retain automatic settings in the case of a power outage.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: A 60-second recall allows this machine to retain automatic settings in the case of a power outage.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: The brew pause feature allows you to grab a cup mid-brew. When you replace the carafe the cycle will automatically continue.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: The brew pause feature allows you to grab a cup mid-brew. When you replace the carafe the cycle will automatically continue.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: The carafe is designed to pour drip-free and has a comfortable handle.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: The carafe is designed to pour drip-free and has a comfortable handle.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: This coffee maker includes a permanent filter, but you can choose to use paper filters as well.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: This coffee maker includes a permanent filter, but you can choose to use paper filters as well.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: An online version of the manual will answer a lot of questions you may have.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: An online version of the manual will answer a lot of questions you may have.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: You can program this machine to start brewing up to 24 hours in advance.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: You can program this machine to start brewing up to 24 hours in advance.
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Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: A three-year warranty offers solid coverage for this drip coffee maker.

Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 image: A three-year warranty offers solid coverage for this drip coffee maker.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

The Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 is the best home coffee maker around for its ability to make great coffee and its combination of helpful characteristics, including a water filter, cleaning cycle, audible alert when the brewing is finished and more. 

This unit offers a lot of useful features while still being easy to use and reasonably priced. It's fast too. There was only one machine that was faster in our coffee maker reviews, and that one has fewer features overall. You can put the Extreme Brew on a timer so it can be up and working before you are in the morning.

You will not run out of java with this generously sized 12-cup coffee maker. Each cup is measured at 5 ounces, so you get a hearty 60 ounces of coffee if you make a full pot.

However, if your household only needs that many cups when hosting a dinner party, you can adjust this device so it makes just one to four cups. That capability certainly is useful for smaller households, or homes in which only one person is a coffee drinker. You can also adjust the strength to either regular or bold.

Perhaps the best extra this automatic coffee machine offers is the brew pause function. If you have ever stood there while a coffee maker slowly pours all that rich black goodness into a pot and longed for a quick cup while the brewing is going on, you are in luck with the Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650. You can stop the brewing and fill that essential cup of coffee that will get you going in the morning and then restart the brewing process – all without mess or bother.

This device is equipped with a charcoal water filter to remove the smell and taste of chlorine and other chemicals that your water district might be adding to the stream coming from your kitchen tap.

A permanent filter is included for the coffee grounds, but if you prefer, you can use paper filters. These disposable filters make the coffee maker easier to clean and add an extra level of protection against the cholesterol in coffee oils, which a permanent filter lets through. However, many coffee drinkers like the fuller flavor of the oils. If you use the built-in filter, it is wise to clean it regularly so that any remaining oils do not take on a rancid flavor.

This coffee maker comes with a glass carafe that sits on a nonstick heating plate. You can adjust the plate to a high, medium or low setting to keep coffee from becoming bitter while it stays hot. Unfortunately, unlike with some of the other top-rated coffee makers, you cannot replace the glass carafe with a thermal type on this Cuisinart Extreme Brew.

With this device, you can awaken to the delicious aroma of a freshly brewed pot of coffee every morning. This drip coffee maker comes with a built-in clock, and you can program the device so it starts brewing your morning coffee at a designated time. Purists might scoff at adding the water and coffee grounds the night before, but anyone who simply cannot face the morning without a good cup of joe will be grateful for this feature.

This machine also protects against forgetfulness: There is a handy automatic shut-off function. You can program the timer to keep coffee warm for as long as four hours. You can also program it to turn the device off at any time up to four hours after the coffee has finished brewing.

This device also provides a useful audible alert once all the coffee that you have planned to brew is done. You get five beeps to let you know that coffee is about ready as the brew finishes dripping into the pot.

It is easy to use this device since the coffee maker's water level indicator shows how much water you have poured in. Another helpful convenience is the 60-second memory that recalls the settings you have programmed and where it was in the brewing process before the coffee-making came to a halt.

When the Extreme Brew has accumulated enough calcium and needs a good interior cleanup, it lets you know. The device is equipped with a "clean" light that flashes when it is time to get to work. However, there is little work involved, since all you do is fill the water reservoir with a mixture of white vinegar and water, push the "clean" button and wait until another light comes on. You get five beeps to alert you that the process is complete. Then all you need to do is run a single cycle of fresh water through the pot to remove any vinegar taste.

You can clean the charcoal water filter by simply rinsing it in cold tap water for about 10 seconds and letting it drain. Cuisinart recommends that you replace the filters every 60 days or after 60 uses of the coffee maker.

This coffee maker comes with a three-year limited warranty, which is excellent in the coffee maker world. If you encounter difficulties with this coffee maker, you can contact Cuisinart through its email or phone support. The device also comes with a helpful user manual that describes how to set up, adjust and work your machine.

Cuisinart's assistance provides a helpful retail store locator on its website, so you can find stores that carry this product within a 90-mile area of your home. There also is a product-tracking area so you can check the status of a product order or delivery if you bought it directly from Cuisinart.

The attractive silver-and-black Cuisinart Extreme Brew DCC-2650 looks good in any kitchen, offers a worthwhile variety of features and comes with great customer support. You will enjoy the coffee you make with this device and you do not have to wait long. The time to brew 8 cups is right around five minutes, and you do not even have to wait that long with the brew pause feature. You can sneak a cup at any point without coffee dripping everywhere. It is also programmable so you can wake up to hot coffee as you start your day.