Can’t function through the day without some coffee in the morning? Cuisinart DCC-3200 vs Braun Brewsense are some great options for helping you out. A programmable coffee maker like Cuisinart DCC-3200 and Braun Brewsense will be able to brew coffee automatically at a certain time everyday. So, which one is the better coffee maker?
Continue reading our discussion below to find out about:
– The size and build quality of each coffee maker
– The maximum brew size on each model
– The features of Cuisinart DCC-3200 vs Braun Brewsense
– The comparison of their performance and coffee quality
– Which programmable coffee maker that’s better for you
Cuisinart DCC-3200: Design and Build Quality
Cuisinart DCC-3200 is a programmable coffee maker with a 14-cup maximum capacity – we have discussed about the siblings Cuisinart DCC-3200 vs DCC-3400 previously. There is a wide range of customization that you can adjust in order to make the perfect coffee that suits your taste. The versatility of this coffee maker makes it a decent choice for a coffee lover who has specific preferences for their coffee, such as the brewing strength and the warming plate temperature.
At first, you may need to check the user manual in order to operate and program this coffee maker. On the good side, everything is pretty straightforward once you get the hang of it. The controls are all on the front panel with a blue backlit display which is very easy to read in any room condition.
Cuisinart DCC-3200 is classified as a mid-size unit. It requires some space, but it is not overly bulky. It should be able to fit in an average kitchen. The controls are easy to use, and the coffee maker itself produces pretty good coffee. The user manual recommends a certain coffee-to-water ratio, but this could be a bit too weak for some coffee lovers; this could be easily remedied by simply adding more ground coffee or using a stronger coffee blend.
Determining when to clean the Cuisinart DCC-3200 coffee maker doesn’t require guessing. There is a “Clean” LED indicator which will turn on when the unit requires cleaning. You only need to run white vinegar with some water in order to clean the internal parts, then run clear water to rinse them off the vinegar taste. Meanwhile, the carafe, lid, and brew basket can be hand-washed or put on the top rack of your dishwasher.
Cuisinart DCC-3200: Features
Now, we’ll see the features of Cuisinart DCC-3200 vs Braun Brewsense. One similarity between these two coffee makers is that they both allow you to pause the pouring of the coffee so that you can sneak a cup right away, instead of waiting for a full pot. This is very useful for people who don’t have much time in the morning.
For brewing coffee, you may use disposable paper filters or utilize the included permanent gold-tone filter. Cuisinart DCC-3200 also lets you choose between regular and bold-strength coffee. You can also increase the warming plate temperature so that the coffee will still remain hot after several hours, yet without creating a terrible scorched taste. Unfortunately, you can only use the included glass carafe, as the unit is not compatible with any stainless steel thermal carafe.
Another useful feature is the programmability; you can set the unit to brew coffee automatically up to 24 hours ahead. When you don’t want to brew a full pot of coffee, you can push the 1-4 Cup button in order to get just one, two, three, or four cups. Once the unit finishes brewing, it will beep five times.
There is an adjustable auto shut-off feature. By enabling the auto shut-off, you won’t need to worry about forgetting turning off the coffee machine. All plastic parts of the coffee machine are BPA-free and safe for use. An optional chlorine filter is included, which you can put on the water tank if your tap water often tastes weird. The warranty goes for one year.
Cuisinart DCC-3200: Performance
If we compare the performance of Cuisinart DCC-3200 vs Braun Brewsense, they are actually pretty close. However, Cuisinart DCC-3200 has a slight edge over Braun Brewsense because of the brew strength control.
To begin with, the brewing process of Cuisinart DCC-3200 is very simple and quick. After adding the desired amounts of water and ground coffee, you may adjust the brew strength and brew size. Then, just hit the “Brew” button. The unit only takes 5 – 10 minutes to brew a full pot of coffee.
The brew pause function is really handy for sneaking a cup, but keep in mind that the pause only goes for 20 seconds. So, be quick when pouring a cup and don’t forget to return the carafe to its place.
The coffee quality of Cuisinart DCC-3200 is surprisingly good. At the regular brew strength, some people may find it a bit too weak and watery. However, at the bold brew strength, it is tasty and aromatic. The coffee flavor is rich without excessive bitterness.
Avid coffee lovers may add a little bit of extra grounds into the filter basket prior to brewing; this will increase the flavor intensity even more. However, don’t exceed 15 tablespoons of grounds, and avoid using an extremely fine grind. Using more grounds than the maximum filter basket capacity or using an extremely fine grind may cause the coffee to overflow during the brewing process.
Braun Brewsense: Design and Build Quality
If we put Cuisinart DCC-3200 vs Braun Brewsense side by side to compare the design, we may notice that Braun Brewsense is actually smaller. It has a sleek and compact design that can fit easily into pretty much any kitchen. Plus, it has nice aesthetics.
Unfortunately, compactness and aesthetics do not exactly translate into functionality. While the control panel and the carafe are easily accessible, the water tank is not. The water tank is not removable. And the opening is a little bit too small. Make sure that there is enough clearance above the coffee maker so that you can pour water more easily.
On the positive side, the water tank does have clear water level markings. So, you can easily tell whether you have enough water for your desired brew size or not. All the plastic parts are BPA-free and safe, too. The overall build quality is good.
The carafe is made of glass. Like Cuisinart DCC-3200, Braun Brewsense is not compatible with any stainless steel thermal carafe. There is a quirk in the design of the carafe; if you tilt it a little bit too forward, it will spill coffee everywhere. So, you need to be careful when pouring coffee from the carafe.
Braun Brewsense: Features
Despite its compact size, the Braun Brewsense coffee maker has managed to pack a number of convenience features. It can brew for a full pot (12 cups) or just enough for 1 – 4 cups. In addition, it has received plenty of positive reviews for its coffee quality.
Braun Brewsense is programmable with a 24-hour period. So, you can set the unit to brew coffee automatically at a certain time every morning, so that you will wake up to the smell of fresh coffee. Unfortunately, Braun Brewsense does not have an audio alert to notify you when it has finished brewing, so you may miss the moment for getting the freshest cup of coffee.
Of course, you may brew by using disposable paper filters or use the included permanent gold-tone filter. Compared to disposable paper filters, the permanent filter seems to let more sediment to pass through. But it is reusable, so it will be very cost-efficient in the long run.
Braun Brewsense also comes with a cone-shaped brew basket, which will compress the ground coffee in order to extract all of the oils. There is an optional charcoal water filter, which is useful for removing unpleasant flavors and odors from your tap water.
This is pretty much a set-it-and-forget appliance. Once you configure the brewing program, you don’t need to do much else in order to get your coffee. There is an LED indicator that will tell you when the unit requires a descaling, and the built-in cleaning cycle will take care of it for you. This model is backed by a decent 2-year warranty.
Braun Brewsense: Performance
Braun Brewsense is able to deliver pretty good coffee. The flavor is strong. However, there is some bitterness, and there is no way for you to adjust the brew strength to your liking.
When the coffee samples from this unit are measured with a refractometer, the average TDS (total dissolved solids) is around 1.5%. Meanwhile, the Specialty Coffee Association of America says that properly brewed coffee should have a TDS between 1.15% and 1.35%.
Braun Brewsense is not quite inside the ideal range, and as a result the coffee has some bitterness. Heavy coffee drinkers may be able to tolerate the bitterness, but the lack of a brew strength control can be a problem for some people.
Cuisinart DCC-3200 vs Braun Brewsense
These two coffee machines are both good, but Cuisinart DCC-3200 is the better model. It has a larger capacity, and there is a brew strength control which will allow you to adjust the coffee flavor to suit your preference. It brews coffee fairly quickly, and the coffee quality is consistently good.