Pros:Capable of Brewing Great Coffee
Impact resistant, insulated, stainless steel carafe
Cons:Extremely Annoying Beeps
Slow pouring carafe
The Bottom Line: Highly Recommended! Makes great coffee and keeps it warm but not too hot - annoying beeping noise is the biggest downside
My wife and I are long time coffee aficionados. We want our coffee to be the best it can be. We've found that this coffee maker meets out needs. It not only makes great coffee, but doesn't destroy it with a warming element.
A bit of an explanation:
Coffee is a complex brew containing many compounds. After brewing as it sits - particularly at raised temperatures - it severely degrades and gets that burnt taste that I'm sure most of you are familiar with.
Like many coffee fans, we consider coffee to be basically dead after it's been sitting for about 12 minutes (your mileage may vary) in a pot, on a warmer.
The beauty of the DTC-975 is that it basically brews the coffee into an insulated carafe with no warming element. As a result, the coffee is kept reasonably warm without cooking and killing it. Thus, your coffee will taste better for a longer period of time.
The stainless steel insulated carafe is real easy to use and keep clean. It's also very impact resistant - we have yet to break one (we're sometimes klutzes in the morning before our coffee!).
The lid had a brew pause feature so you can remove the carafe and pour a cup even if the brewing process is still underway.
Note however that if you do this, that cup of coffee will be stronger than if you waited until the brewing is done. Also the rest of the pot will be a bit weaker.
Unlike other coffee makers we've have in the past, after a year of use the pause valve still works! On every other coffee maker we've owned the pause valves were worthless as they started leaking when only a few months old.
This coffee maker has a clock and timer to set up your coffee to be ready to wake you up the next morning. We've found the aroma of brewing coffee a great way to wake up. Much better than an alarm clock - now if we could only figure out a way to do that with Bacon!
The coffee maker uses standard #4 filters that you can find everywhere.
The Annoying Flaws:
This Coffee Maker would be almost perfect if it weren't for two flaws that we find extremely annoying.
The worst is the loud annoying 5 BEEPS than announces that the brew cycle is completed. This is so loud that it wakes up any household members still asleep on the other side of the house! If you have a household where one family member wakes up significantly before the others, you may want to put this coffee maker in the garage (I move ours there when I want to let my wife sleep later).
Unfortunately, there is no way to disable this so called feature. This is so annoying that I (a geeky engineer) am considering disassembling the unit to rip out the beeper!
The other annoyance is relatively minor - the carafe pours slowly. Also, the last bit of coffee requires that you unscrew the lid to get it out. That's OK though as it's a great idea to give it a rinse after taking the last drop.
What you need to make really great coffee:
1. Good water - we use a General Ecology filter to get all the chlorine and other stuff out of our water.
2. Good fresh grounds - We use a blade grinder to grind whole beans daily. We use beans from a local boutique coffee roaster that we particularly like.
3. Keep it clean - keep your coffee maker, especially the carafe clean. We wash ours daily.
4. Brew it fresh. Our brewed coffee rarely lasts an hour. Even with this carafe system the coffee is noticeably degraded by then.