How to Set the Timer on a Cuisinart Coffee Maker

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Check your coffee maker's instructions to figure out how to set the timer.
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The coffee maker is a hard-working small appliance, creating that caffeinated cup to perfection over and over. Setting the timer can offer the added benefit of waking up to a fresh cup and the delicious aroma of coffee.

Depending on the model of Cuisinart coffee maker that you have, the information can vary. Always check the Cuisinart coffee maker instructions for your specific brew unit.

Setting the Time

The coffee maker will read 12:00 when it's unplugged and plugged back in. To change the time, press the minute button until the numbers on the display begin to flash. Hold down the hour button until the correct number appears for a.m. or p.m. Next, hold down the minute button until you arrive at the exact minute of the hour.

Exit the time set mode by releasing the buttons and waiting five seconds. Cuisinart notes you can also press any other button on the coffee maker to exit the time-setting mode.

Programming the Coffee Maker

To set the coffee maker to run at a specific time, press the program button until the green light and LCD screen begin to flash. Hold the hour button down until the desired hour appears. Do the same for the minutes.

Exit by pressing the set button again or by pressing any other of the coffee maker's function buttons. The program time mode will also set and turn off when left alone for five seconds. Check the Cuisinart coffee maker instructions if the coffee maker won't set to the programmed time.

Clean Light Corrections

When the Cuisinart coffee maker clean light won't turn off, you may need to wash and rinse the unit. Clean the water reservoir with a mix of 1/3 of a cup of vinegar and 2/3 of a cup of water. Press the self-clean button on the Cuisinart coffee maker. The coffee maker should beep five times to alert it has finished its cleaning mode.

Cuisinart suggests it should only take one cycle to clean the coffee pot, but it won't hurt the machine to run a few vinegar-and-water cycles. Repeat this process until the coffee maker clean light turns off and then flush the coffeemaker with a cycle of plain water.

Brewing a Small Pot

The buttons on the Cuisinart coffee maker are meant to help you create your ideal cup of hot brew. If you prefer a strong, bold brew, GGC Coffee recommends you use the 1-4 settings on the Cuisinart coffee maker.

The Cuisinart coffee maker 1-4 button is meant to be used when you're making a small batch. For a quick solo cup or a better morning brew for one or two people, use the 1-4 button on the Cuisinart coffee maker. The coffee maker changes the way it pours the heated water over the ground beans to produce a more concentrated flavor.

When the Cuisinart coffee maker 1-4 button is activated, the coffee maker produces a slower stream of water. This helps the coffee grounds to extract a more even flavor and produce the best brew from the beans.

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