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Brewing time is too long 20 min for 6cups

Coffee pot is cleaned on a monthly basis using mixture of vinegar and water. Filter changed on regular basis. Lately brewing time can be up to 30 minutes for 10 cups. Pot is about 2 1/2 years old.

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  • clrossi1 Aug 22, 2009

    Thankss so much. I did not have a manual so I appreciate having this recipe for cleaning the coffee pot. This worked and now I can brew 12 cups of coffee in 15 minutes.

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You have an obstruction in the feed line to the heating element. I found coffee grounds before the check valve. I had to take the bottom off it which I am sure the manufacture wouldn't approve of but I was at my wits end and ready to toss it. I just brewed a full pot 10 minutes!!!

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Do a "decalcification" -- if you have your manual still, the process is in there. For this one, you want to use 4 cups of vinegar, fill the rest with water, and brew it through like you're making a regular pot of coffee. Cuisinart recommends that you do this process once every 1-2 months to prevent calcium buildup (which is from your water--and ALL water has calcium. Even if you have soft water, it just means it has a SMALLER amount of calcium), which can make your coffee maker brew really slowly.

You might have to do it 2-3 times before it'll improve completely, but you should at least see it making a difference in how much vinegar-water it's putting through.


And make sure you run a full pot of water through the coffee maker after you do the vinegar-water, otherwise your coffee will taste like vinegar afterwards ;)

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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Water passage will becomes smaller restricting the flow. there's nothing you can do to clean those tubes inside. I had mine for almost 5yrs. but I am using distilled water which will not produce scales

Posted on Aug 18, 2009

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    wiznet2000 Aug 26, 2009

    My suggestion is: If you are using tap or mineral water for drinking, use distilled water for brewing coffee, your coffe maker will surely last for years

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