Cuisinart DTC-975BKN Coffee Maker – Full Review








The Cuisinart 12 cup Thermal Programmable coffee maker is an updated version of the only thermal coffee maker of this size on the market. This superior model brews coffee that is extra rich, full of flavor and stays hot and fresh for hours. The unique double walled insulated stainless steel carafe is perfect for people who love to have fresh hot coffee all day, and great for parties, as well.




This unique coffee maker comes with all sorts of special features to make your coffee drinking experience the best ever.

Features of the Cuisinart 12 Cup Thermal coffee maker include:

  • Programmable so that the coffee is ready and waiting when you want it.
  • Patented “Brew Through/Pour Through Lid” that prevents cool air from getting in and keeps all of the fresh flavor of the coffee in the pot.
  • Automatically shuts off when it is finished brewing.
  • Beeps to let you know the coffee is ready.
  • Pause and pour so you can grab a cup or two before the cycle is complete.
  • Sleek, cool stainless steel design.
  • Can be programmed up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 cup capacity.
  • Easy to understand water level indicator.
  • Complete instruction manual on use and care included.
  • Limited 3 year warranty.



  Keeps the coffee piping hot for a very long time – up to 36 hour if you don’t open the lid too often.

  Inexpensive compared to other models with similar features.

  Very solid construction.

  Very easy to program.

  Very easy to clean.

  The beeping it makes when the coffee is finished brewing can double as an alarm clock.

  Reliable and dependable – the coffee is always ready right on time.

  Thermal carafe is great for entertaining.

  The largest thermal coffee maker on the market.



  Hot water expands, so it is very easy to over fill the reservoir. When you do, you get water all over your counter top coming out of the little hole in the back.

  Brew time is very slow – 15 to 20 minutes.

  Doesn’t come with a permanent filter.

  Super fine grounds will clog the lid and create a huge mess.

  The lid can be very tricky to put on.

  The carafe has to be set in just the right position or you will have a huge mess.


Questions and Answers

  “Does this coffee maker have a warming plate?”

No. The thermal carafe keeps the coffee hot so you don’t need a warming plate.

  “Does it come with a permanent filter?”

No, you have to buy the permanent filter separately.

  “What is the water reservoir made of?”

The reservoir is made of plastic.

  “When brewing, should the lid be in the open or closed position?”

A Neither. The lid should be in the “pour” position when brewing.

  “Does it have a brew strength selector?”

No. The amount of coffee grounds you put in is the only way to control the strength of the coffee it makes.

  “What size of filters does this coffee maker use?”

It uses #4 cone shaped filters.

  “Can you turn off the beeping noise it makes when the coffee is done?”

No. You just have to let it beep.

  “Do you have to make the full 12 cups of coffee every time?”

No, you can make as little as 2 cups if you like. Any less than 2 cups does not work very well.

  “Can I put the carafe in the dishwasher?”

No, you should always wash the carafe by hand.



This is a top of the line coffee maker. The only people that had problems where the ones who did not follow the instructions, and thereby did not use the machine properly. With proper use and care, the Cuisinart Programmable Coffee Maker will last for many many years. The coffee always tastes great, even after standing in the thermal pot for several hours. Unlike other other thermal carafes that make the coffee taste funny and cool off very quickly, the coffee from the Cuisinart tastes just as hot and fresh 10 hours later as it does when it first finishes brewing.


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2 Responses to “Cuisinart DTC-975BKN Thermal 12-Cup – Full Review

  1. By: Jason Bates
    Date: July 15, 2014 at 2:10 pm
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    Most thermal coffee carafes only hold about 8 cups, or less. My wife and I wanted one that would give us 12 cups of coffee like a regular glass coffee carafe. After much searching, we finally found the 12 cup Cuisinart. My only complaint is that the indicator light is very small and hard to see

  2. By: Juan Miguel
    Date: March 1, 2016 at 2:37 am

    The Cuisinart 12 Cup Coffee Maker comes with some of the most innovative features.One of those many features is the stainless steel carafe. It has a hands-freely which seals perfectly when the lid is shut, retaining the warmth and flavour of the coffee.

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