Is There a Thermal Replacement Carafe for the Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker?
The Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffee Maker is one of the best selling coffee makers around today. This stylish coffee maker is available in both black and brushed stainless steel and has a solid set of modern features that every coffee drinker will appreciate. If you’re bleary eyed and slow in the morning, you can program the coffee maker to have your coffee ready to go so you have one less thing to worry about in the morning. If you can’t wait for that cup of coffee, removing the carafe from the coffee maker pauses the brewing process so you don’t have to wait for the entire pot to brew. For the best taste possible, the coffee maker includes a built in charcoal filter to assure that you start with pure water. The machine even includes an indicator light to notify you when calcium and other minerals start to build up (a common problem if you live in an area with hard water).
Replacement Carafe for the DCC-1200
The DCC-1200 comes with a glass carafe. Some people prefer glass carafes and feel that stainless steel carafes give coffee a slight metallic taste. Others disagree, and do not feel that there is any difference between the two. One thing that everyone agrees on is that it’s much easier to break a glass carafe. Fortunately, most manufacturers, Cuisinart included, make replacement carafes so it is not necessary to purchase an entire new coffee maker. The official replacement carafe for the DCC-1200 coffee maker is the DCC-1200PRC (black trim) or DGB-500WRC (white trim).
Thermal Carafe Replacement for the DCC-1200
Glass replacement carafes are readily available for the DC-1200, but is there a thermal replacement carafe for the coffee maker? Officially, the answer is no. However, some people have stated that the Cusinart DGB-600RC 10-Cup Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe will work, although the coffeemaker must be set to 10 cups, not the original 12 cups (thermal carafes have thicker walls). In addition, Medelco (a company that makes “generic” replacement carafes) also lists the same glass replacement carafe (the GL312) for both the DCC-1200 and the DCC-600, which leads one to believe that the carafes for the two coffee makers are at least somewhat interchangeable. This has not been tested though, and should be taken with a grain of salt.
However, glass and thermal carafes operate differently. Glass carafes are not insulated and require constant heat to keep the coffee warm. Nearly all automatic drip coffee makers have a heating element on the base that the carafe rests. Thermal carafes use a double wall structure to insulate the contents and keep them warm. Most coffee makers that use a thermal carafe do not have the heating element and the carafes are not designed to be heated from the bottom. Although the Cuisinart DCC-600 may be the best candidate for a thermal carafe replacement for the DCC-1200, it is best to use only carafes that have been specifically designed for coffee makers with heating elements; otherwise it could damage the carafe or become a safety issue.