Walk through any Whole Foods Supermarket in the United States and you’ll witness firsthand the Organic Madness that has taken the country by storm. Fueled by a desire to eat food as natural as possible and worried by myths of the cancer-causing effects of genetically-modified products, Americans are paying top dollar to make sure everything they consume has spent as little time in a lab as possible.
Inside that very same Whole Foods, you may be surprised to see that coffee beans can be purchased the same way candy in a candy store is – in a plastic bag and weighed. America’s favorite drink does not take exception to the movement.
The bean-sourcing revolution in America has changed the coffee industry. Bean shops nationwide are sprouting up in suburbs and swanky city shops, all boasting the best organic and locally-sourced coffee. Homes have become mini-coffee shops, complete with grinders and coffee makers. Leading the charge into this new trend is America’s favorite cookware company, Cuisinart. The Cuisinart DGB-900BC coffee maker is the leader in Cuisinart’s line of full-service products.
Cuisinart DGB-900BC Features
The Cuisinart DGB-900BC coffee maker makes a strong first impression. It has a lot going on and looks like a smaller version of what you would see in a Starbucks. A bean hatch sits atop the brewer that holds up to eight ounces of coffee beans. The machine is relatively thin compared to other models in its class, and the controls and LCD are small and simple. A scoop measure comes with the machine for precise bean measurement.
The DGB-900BC coffee maker’s menu is simple, but with powerful options. A brew strength control button changes the brew cycle to make the taste of your coffee strong, regular or mild. Standard to Cuisinart coffee makers, the machine has a 12-cup brew capacity. The machine comes with a Cuisinart gold-tone coffee filter and uses charcoal water filters for water purification. The carafe on the machine is sleek and compact, with a solid black lid and stainless-steel finish on its body. Instead of the usual glass Cuisinart carafe, it is thermal.
As for machine performance, users praise the strength and speed of the grinder on the DGB-900BC coffee maker. The grind size of the coffee produces a perfect brew, which is never too thick or runny. It retains the flavor of your bean of choice flawlessly. Brew options range from the 12-cup option to 2-4 cups, and a 24-hour programmable brew cycle makes the perfect timing for your coffee an easy reality.
And finally, for those of you that aren’t fans of Cuisinart’s infamous and loud “coffee ready” beeps, this machine beeps only once, and turns the machine off automatically after use.
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Further Considerations: Cleaning
The Cuisinart DGB-900BC coffee maker instruction manual makes it clear: cleaning the machine is imperative. Any full-service coffee maker requires good maintenance. This is not only because of the parts of the machine, but also because of the taste of the coffee.
Coffee beans carry a pungent odor and residue wherever they’re left, so if you ever use new beans without cleaning the machine, you may end up tasting the old ones. Be sure to use the ‘clean’ function on the coffee maker’s menu. Clean the bean hatch and the carafe deeply. Just like fancy cars, maintenance can be a labor of love with your coffee machine!