Cuisinart Coffee maker DCC-3400P1


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 The Cuisinart Coffee Maker DCC-3400P1 Reviewed

By: Alicia Walters     Revised by: Mark Cambell    Last updated: Feb 3, 2024

This is a moderately priced drip coffee maker that promises solid performance and useful features for making delicious coffee at home. We put this coffee maker through extensive testing to determine how well it delivers on key factors like ease of use, brewing temperature, brewing time, and of course, taste of the final product. Read on for our full review and analysis of this popular and highly-rated coffee maker from Cuisinart.

The key attributes of this Cuisinart Coffee maker are its fully programmable timer, dedicated temperature control components, included charcoal water filter for fresh-tasting coffee, and its 12-cup capacity which is suitable for a few people or a whole family.

The Cuisinart Coffee Maker in a kitchen

Brewing Temperature

For any drip coffee maker, achieving an ideal brewing temperature is critical for maximum flavor extraction from coffee grounds. The industry standard recommended temperature range is between 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. We used a digital probe thermometer to measure the brewing temperature from several pots of coffee on the Cuisinart Coffee maker. I found that this machine is highly capable of reaching and maintaining the target temperature range throughout the brewing process.

Brewing Time

Brewing a full pot of coffee drip should take between 4 to 6 minutes for most high-quality drip coffee makers. This Cuisinart Coffee maker consistently completes a brewing cycle for a full 12 cup pot of coffee in under 6 minutes in our testing. The brewing time may vary slightly depending on factors like the grind size of your coffee beans or the exact capacity of your coffee pot, but overall, we found this Cuisinart Coffee maker model brews coffee at an ideal time range for optimal flavor.

Ease of Use

A well-designed coffee maker should be straightforward to understand, easy to operate, and require minimal effort to clean and maintain. The Cuisinart DCC-3400P1 scores very highly in these areas. The buttons and display on the front of the unit are clearly labeled and simple to understand. Tasks like setting the timer, activating the beep, using the brew pause feature, and starting a brewing cycle can be done with a single touch of the buttons. The carafe slides in and out easily from the brewing basket and has measurement markings on its side, so you always know exactly how much coffee is in the pot.

The Cuisinart Coffee Maker's gold-tone filter


Of course, the most important factor in evaluating any coffee maker is how the brewed coffee drip actually tastes. Using the same brand and grind of whole bean coffee for each test, we performed several rounds of brewing to determine the flavor and quality of the coffee produced by the DCC-3400P1. We are pleased to report that pot after pot, this Cuisinart model delivered rich, robust coffee with notes of caramel and cocoa and a balanced acidity. The optimized brewing temperature and fast brewing time extracts the perfect amount of flavor and aroma from the grinds. For the price, it is difficult to find another drip coffee maker that can produce such flavorful, high-quality coffee.


After extensive testing of the Cuisinart DCC-3400P1 Programmable 12 Cup Coffee Maker, we highly recommend this model for coffee lovers who want an affordable, full-featured coffee maker that brews exceptional coffee. From customizable programmable controls to dedicated temperature components for precise brewing, this thoughtfully designed coffee maker delivers a premium experience for a reasonable cost.

Cuisinart DCC-3400P1 coffee maker


Programmable features: You can set the machine to automatically brew coffee at a specific time.

Easy to use: The machine has intuitive buttons and a straightforward design, making it easy to operate even for those unfamiliar with coffee makers.

Large capacity: The machine can brew up to 12 cups of coffee at once, making it great for families or larger households.

Thermal carafe: It keeps coffee hot for hours without the need for a hot plate, and its double-wall insulation ensures that coffee stays at the optimal temperature.

Adjustable brew strength: You can adjust the strength of your coffee by selecting the regular or bold setting.


Large size: The machine may be relatively large and take up significant counter space in smaller kitchens.