Summary: **Update Aug 6 2014: I did purchase and receive my replacement coffee maker (see below) and will have to add a 5th star to the rating because the pour spout HAS been 're-engineered' and pours MUCH better, both filling the reservoir & cup...the coffee is hot regardless of what you may read (180 degrees F) but if you do use both gold filter and paper filter it will interfere with the cut off assembly during brewing if you want a cup before end of brew cycle.
Summary: Great coffee maker! Strongly recommend makers that use a thermal pot rather than the warming tray that always burns the left over coffee and the non-thermal pots allow for evaporation. Thermals are well worth the slight extra expense to keep the first cup tasting the same as the last cup. This maker brews quickly and quietly. Pause and serve works well. Makes great coffee and has all the features of more expensive makers. Has a pleasant beeping when the brewing is done.
Excerpt: I found the coffee maker quite easy to setup and use right out of the box. Friends have made comments that the new coffee maker made great coffee - they never made such a comment before. I find not having to press a button to pour coffee an outstanding design. I also like the easy to open twist off carafe lid. My single complaint (and why my rating was not 5 stars) is that the LCD display is difficult to read even in the daytime without direct lighting.
Coffee lover who was surprised by the negative reviews.
B. Guest "Iansmommy", Amazon
28 December 2011
Summary: I had owned a Capresso thermal carafe coffee maker for 13 yrs. It was one of the first thermal carafe coffee makers available and I loved that coffee maker. Great coffee and easy to use. I didn't think I would find something as wonderful as my Capresso without spending a fortune. When a small plastic plug finally broke, I researched and researched to find the best coffee maker I could get under $100.
Summary: I bought this refurbished Cuisinart because it was very affordable. I knew Cuisinart was a good brand, so I was more comfortable buying a refurbished model. It brews 10 cups in under 10 minutes - just what you need in the morning - and my coffee tastes great. It's programmable as well, so I can set the coffee to be ready for those really early mornings.
Summary: Ok, I've had this model for a few days and can report on the good/not-so-good aspects of it. Everyone in these reviews says they're a coffee aficionado; I'm no different. I spent a long time finding the right Burr grinder (old Kitchenaid), the right filters (unbleached or gold), and personally satisfying ratio of grounds to water for this particular cone filter drip maker. Good: 1. After getting the coffee grind right, the flavor is what I want.
Summary: This coffee maker is great except for one design flaw. First though, it makes great coffee and the carafe keeps it hot for hours. We bought this coffee maker because with the insulated carafe, the coffee doesn't get burnt over time. The only problem is when you want to make the full 10 cups, it is very difficult to fill the coffee maker to the top if you are using the carafe to pour the water.
Summary: I was a bit reluctant to purchase this coffee maker, as it received luke warm reviews on other sites, and I do mean luke warm: literally. I read the coffee wasn't hot and the brew wasn't that great, but I was hoping to find an energy efficient coffee maker where the coffee was stored in a stainless thermal carafe, as I want something eco-friendly and try to avoid the toxins in plastic where I can. I'm pleased to say that I think the other reviews were a bit too harsh.