Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker On Demand Review 2022: 12 Cup Programmable Brewer

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Build Quality
Brew Anatomy
Ease of Use
Brand & Warranty
Value for Money


Stainless Steel

Brew Type:

Drip coffee maker

Cup Capacity:

12 Cups




  • Fully-programmable for convenience
  • Self-clean feature for maintenance 
  • Produces excellent grind saturation 
  • Smart coffee dispenser design


  • Some plastic parts are flimsy
  • Imprecise coffee gauge

The Cuisinart coffee on demand DCC 3000 features 24-hour programmability, allowing you to schedule your preferred brewing time a day ahead. 

The Coffee on Demand™ technology brews one cup at a time, sporting an easy-to-operate actuator, so you can immediately have your fix of caffeine. The machine is easy to clean, thanks to its removable coffee reservoir. 


In this Cuisinart DCC 3000 review, we will find out if this coffee maker is worth the investment. 

Design and Construction 

Cuisinart on demand coffee maker certainly presents itself as different from its minimalistic design. The machine still sports a blocky frame, similar to other Cuisinart’s line of coffee makers. However, Cuisinart coffee maker DCC 3000 appears cleaner due to its stainless steel accents. 


The Cuisinart coffee on demand DCC 3000 stands at 14.70 inches, 8.75 inches, and 11.25 inches in height, width, and length, respectively. It is one of Cuisinart’s bulkier units. It is bigger in overall dimensions than Cuisinart DCC-3400P1. 

Despite its bulky-looking build, it weighs significantly less than Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal coffee maker. The Cuisinart coffee on demand coffee maker only weighs 11.40 pounds while Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind is heavier at 14.99 pounds.

The machine is built like a tank (and looks like one). It will require a bigger counter space.


The Cuisinart DCC 3000 coffee on demand 12 cup programmable coffeemaker is a combination of steel and plastic parts. It has a simplistic modern aesthetic that looks good on any kitchen countertop. 

It does not come off as flimsy, but if you tend to move frequently, you have to take extra care in handling it due to its plastic components. 


If you keep the Cuisinart on demand coffee maker in one permanent place, however, you spare it from potential damage that may occur when you move it around a lot. You can expect the machine to work for longer.

Safety Features

The Cuisinart coffee maker DCC 3000 has a programmable auto-shutoff, which gives you an economical advantage. Set the machine to turn off all on its own after it is left unused for a designated number of hours, program the settings to match your lifestyle. 


Not only does this feature helps you save on electricity bills, but it also extends the lifespan of the coffee maker. 

Accessories Included

Cuisinart DCC-3000 accessories including charcoal water filter along with the coffee maker

Cuisinart on demand coffee maker includes a charcoal water filter along with the coffee maker to give you a cleaner-tasting cup of Joe in the morning. 

There is a permanent gold-tone flat filter intended for user-convenience. This works to give you a smooth cup of coffee each time.

The charcoal water filter removes any impurities in the water, including calcium and chlorine, so you can enjoy nothing but the best-tasting coffee.

Brew Time 

The Cuisinart coffee on demand DCC 3000 has an average brewing time, one cycle takes a little under ten minutes. The coffee reservoir can hold up to 12 cups of coffee, but the 1–4 cup setting allows you to make smaller batches of coffee.

You can program the DCC-3000 to brew your coffee in advance, so there is a steamy pot waiting for you first thing in the morning or whatever time of day you set the appliance’s advance brew start feature.

Brew Quality

The best coffee Cuisinart coffee on demand DCC 3000 is know to have a high brew quality. The charcoal water filter removes the taste, odor, and impurities from the water to produce a clean-tasting coffee. 

It comes with a permanent gold-tone basket-style filter, which gives you a smooth consistency in every cup of Joe. 

The coffee machine brews a decent 190 F, enough to keep any coffee lover satisfied. However, it does not brew in the ideal coffee temperature at 180-185 F.

Cuisinart DCC-3000 has a large circular showerhead that effectively disperses filtered water over your coffee for grind saturation, resulting in a quality brew. 

Ease of Use 

Cuisinart DCC-3000 that is fully programmable

To use the Cuisinart coffee on demand coffee maker, fill the removable water reservoir with water and mount it back on the machine. 

Add your desired amount of coffee into the coffee reservoir, turn the knob to brew, and press the on button. After the brew cycle is complete, place your cup on the drip tray, and push the actuator valve for your caffeine fix. There is a light inside the machine every time you push the actuator to let you see how full your cup is. 

The machine is fully programmable, you can set its brew schedule one day earlier to fit your busy lifestyle. Use the 1-4 cup setting if you are only going to consume smaller doses of coffee throughout the day. 

There is a fuel gauge on the front of the appliance to inform you how much coffee is left in the reservoir. This proves extremely convenient if you are living with other avid coffee drinkers.

If there is still coffee left in the reservoir from the morning, it only takes five minutes to heat it for an afternoon drink.


An indicator light flashes on the front when it is time to descale your coffee maker. You do not have to manually scrub the unit thanks to its self-clean feature. Simply set the charcoal water filter aside, put a vinegar-water solution into the water reservoir, and press clean.

The water reservoir, coffee reservoir, and gold-tone flat filter can be removed for convenient cleaning. All these are dishwasher safe (upper rack).

Brand & Customer Service 

Cuisinart is a credible brand all-across the globe, known for producing quality kitchen appliances for decades. Their line of coffee makers is arguably one of the best in the world, they have won over three international awards (1) including the Gold Summit International Award.

Throughout the years they have stressed helping the community (2) through their charitable and educational programs. 

Cuisinart’s Customer Service surely lives up to its large client base, their staff members are quick-to-respond. They answer queries, product assistance, and product returns within 24 hours. 

The warranty for Cuisinart DCC-3000 runs up to 3 years, giving you assurance of the unit’s longevity. 

Value for Money 

Cuisinart DCC-3000 definitely a bang for your buck. It is an affordable unit that offers plenty of useful features. It gives you a personalized coffee making experience, allowing you to get the most out of your drink. 

It is easy to use, you can program its brewing schedule one day ahead of time, and you can choose your desired number of cups. Maintenance and regular clean-up is not a problem as well, prop the removable parts into the dishwasher, and your job is done. 

Cuisinart did an incredibly smart move in adding a light every time you push the actuator to get a cup of coffee, it is a small add-on that makes all the difference.


This does not come with a carafe, so if you tend to refill your cup frequently, you have to walk to and from the coffee maker to get your fix.

The trips can be avoided by using a large mug to fill coffee, although you have to remove drip tray for it to fit. 

The coffee maker’s plastic parts can chip-off if you keep moving the machine, prevent this from happening by finding a permanent countertop to place the machine.

Who Should Buy this Coffee Maker? 

Cuisinart DCC-3000 is for anyone who is looking for a personalized coffee experience. The machine is fully programmable, set the brewing schedule one day ahead to match your busy schedule. 

The machine dispenses coffee one cup at a time, so if you do most of your paperwork in one sitting, you can dispense a cup of coffee anytime to keep you alert. 

Avid coffee drinkers who want to purchase an affordable coffee maker that gives them personalization features are going to love the Cuisinart DCC-3000.

Final Verdict

Cuisinart DCC-3000 is a fully-programmable coffee maker with an overall score of 4.4 out of 5 stars, mainly because of its flimsy dispenser actuator and inaccurate coffee gauge.

While it is not a perfect coffee maker machine due to its design flaws, it still produces good coffee. The appliance is sold at a decent price, too. Cuisinart also backs up the buyers with its limited 3-year warranty.

The machine is easy to maintain and promises a clean-tasting coffee, thanks to its charcoal water filter. 

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Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee Maker On Demand Specification
Brand Cuisinart
Model DCC-3000
Material Stainless Steel
Brew Type Drip coffee maker
Cup Capacity 12 Cups
Warranty 36 Months
Price $

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James Kilpatrick

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James Kilpatrick

I’m James, a self-professed coffee enthusiast in pursuit of finding the perfect daily brew and likes to live by the motto ‘Just brew it”.