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Cuisinart DCC-3400 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker Instruction Booklet

Cuisinart DCC-3400 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker featured


Cuisinart DCC-3400 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-3400 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker


When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, and/ or injury to persons, including the following:

  2. Always unplug from the outlet when not in use and before cleaning. Allow to cool before putting on or taking off parts and before cleaning the appliance.
  3. Do not touch hot surfaces. Use handles and knobs.
  4. To protect against electric shock, do not place a cord, plug, or base unit in water or other liquids.
  5. This appliance should not be used by or near children or individuals with certain disabilities.
  6. Do not operate any appliance with a damaged cord or plug, or after the appliance malfunctions or has been dropped or damaged in any manner. Return the appliance to the nearest Cuisinart Repair Center for examination, repair, and electrical or mechanical adjustment.
  7. The use of accessory attachments not recommended by Cuisinart may cause injuries.
  8. Do not use outdoors.
  9. Do not let the cord hang over the edge of the table or counter, or touch hot surfaces.
  10. Do not place on or near a hot gas or electric burner, or in a heated oven.
  11. Always fill the water reservoir first, then plug the cord into the wall outlet. To disconnect, push the Brew/Off button, then remove the plug from the wall outlet.
  12. Do not use the appliance for other than intended use.
  13. Make sure the carafe lid is secure before serving any beverages.
  14. Scalding may occur if the lid is removed during the brewing cycle.
  15. The thermal carafe is designed for use with this coffeemaker only. It must never be used on the range top.
  16. Do not set a hot carafe on a wet or cold surface.
  17. Do not use a cracked carafe or a carafe that has a loose or weakened handle.
  18. Do not clean the carafe or resting plate with cleansers, steel wool pads, or other abrasive materials.
  20. Do not place cloth beneath coffeemaker or otherwise restrict airflow.
  21. Use only the Cuisinart® Gold-Tone Commercial Style Filter or standard cone-shaped paper filter with this unit. OTHER GOLD-TONE PERMANENT FILTERS MAY CAUSE THE COFFEEMAKER TO OVERFLOW.
  22. Do not operate your appliance in an appliance garage or under a wall cabinet. When storing in an appliance garage, always unplug the unit from the electrical outlet. Not doing so could create a risk of fire, especially if the appliance touches the walls of the garage or the door touches the unit as it closes.

A short power-supply cord is provided to reduce the risks of becoming entangled in or tripping over a longer cord. Extension cords may be used if care is exercised in their use. If an extension cord is used, the marked electrical rating of the extension cord must be at least as great as the electrical rating of the appliance, and the longer cord should be arranged so that it will not drape over the countertop or tabletop where it can be pulled on by children or tripped over.

This appliance has a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other). To reduce the risk of electric shock, this plug will fit into a polarized outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully into the outlet, reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician. Do not modify the plug in any way.

Clogging and backing up of water and/or coffee in the filter basket can occur under any or a combination of any of the following conditions: The use of too finely ground coffee, using two or more paper filters, using the gold-tone filter in conjunction with a paper filter or not properly cleaning coffee grounds from the gold-tone filter, or allowing coffee grounds to spill over the filter.

Never open the filter basket during the brewing cycle, even if no water is draining from the filter basket, because extremely hot water/coffee can spill out from the filter basket and cause injury. If water/ coffee is not draining from the filter basket during the brewing cycle, unplug the unit and wait 10 minutes before opening and checking the filter basket.


  1.  Place the box on a large, sturdy, flat surface.
  2. Remove literature.
  3. Turn the box so that the back side of the coffeemaker is down and slide the coffeemaker from the box.
  4. After the coffeemaker has been removed, place the box out of the way and lift off the left and right inserts.
  5. Grasp the carafe by its handle, remove it from the resting plate, and remove the polybag.
  6. Remove the polybag covering the coffeemaker.


Cuisinart DCC-3400 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker 1

  1. Coffeemaker Lid
    Opens to access filter basket, water filter, and water reservoir.
  2. Water Reservoir with Water Level Indicator Window
  3. Showerhead (not shown)
    Distributes water evenly over coffee, reducing temperature loss as water passes through the grounds.
  4. Charcoal Water Filter Holder
    Holds water filter firmly in place.
  5. Charcoal Water Filter
    Eliminates chlorine, bad taste, and odors from tap water.
  6. Filter Basket
    Holds a #4 paper filter OR a gold-tone filter.
  7. Filter Basket Holder
  8. Cuisinart® Permanent Gold-Tone Commercial-Style Filter
    Eliminates the need for paper filters.
  9. Control Panel
    See detailed illustration, page 6.
  10. Brew Pause™
    Stops flow of coffee from basket when carafe is removed (20 seconds max) from the heater plate, so a cup can be poured mid-brew.
  11. 12-Cup Thermal Carafe
    The easy-pour double-wall insulated carafe has an ergonomic handle and is designed to keep your coffee hot for hours. No need to turn or adjust the lid to pour.
  12. 60-Second Reset (not shown)
    One-minute protection in case a breaker trips, the unit is unplugged, or the power fails. It holds all programmed information, including time of day, Auto On time, and Auto Off time.
  13. Measuring Scoop
  14. BPA Free (not shown)
    All parts that come in contact with coffee or liquids are BPA-free


Cuisinart DCC-3400 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker 2

  1. Ready Tone Button
    Lets you turn an audible “Brew Cycle Finished” alert on or off.
  2. Blue Backlit Display
    Displays time of day and Auto On time. The Ready Tone off icon appears when Ready Tone is off.
  3. Hour and Minute Buttons
    Use to set hours and minutes for a time of day and Auto On time.
  4. Program Button
    Lets you program your coffeemaker to automatically begin brewing up to 24 hours in advance. To activate the setting, hit the AUTO ON button.
  5. Clean Button
    The red indicator appears when it is time to decalcify your coffeemaker.
  6. Bold Flavor Strength Button
    Lets you choose bold or regular coffee flavor; a blue indicator appears when bold is selected.
  7. Brew/Off Button
    Turns the coffee maker on and off.
  8. Auto On Button
    Once an AUTO ON time is set using the Program button, the AUTO ON button will illuminate blue, indicating the function is on and brewing will start automatically at the preset time.
  9. 1–4 Cup Button
    Adjusts brew process to maximize coffee flavor when brewing fewer than 5 cups. The blue indicator appears when the function is selected.


Rinsing your coffeemaker: During the manufacturing process, dust can get trapped in the unit. We recommend flushing out the system before brewing your first pot of coffee. Simply fill the reservoir, power on the unit, and follow steps 1, 3, and 5 on page 8 under MAKING COFFEE. Do not add coffee!

Charcoal Water Filter
Your coffeemaker comes with a charcoal water filter that eliminates chlorine, bad taste, and odors from tap water.

Inserting the Water Filter

  • Remove the filter from the polybag and soak it, fully immersed, in cold tap water for 15 minutes.
  • Lift the water filter holder out of the water reservoir.
  • Press down on the filter compartment and pull it toward you to open it.
  • Place the filter into the holder and snap it closed. Be careful – improper placement can tear the filter skin.
  • Flush the filter by running cold tap water through holes in the bottom of the compartment for 10 seconds.
  • Allow the filter to drain completely.
  • Slide the water filter holder back into the channel in the water reservoir, pushing it down to the base of the unit.

Cuisinart DCC-3400 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker 3

We recommend changing the water filter every 60 days or after 60 uses, and more often if you have hard water. Replacement filters can be purchased in stores, by calling Cuisinart Customer Service, or at www.cuisinart.com


When the coffeemaker is plugged in, noon will flash in the display for 10 seconds, indicating the unit is in Clock Set mode. If noon stops flashing, simply press and hold the Hour or Minute button to return to flashing Clock Set mode.

Setting Hours and Minutes
Press either button to select the desired time. Hold buttons down to scroll through the digits quickly, or press and release to advance one digit at a time. Be sure the PM indicator is on if setting a PM time.


  1. Press the Program button
    The digital display will flash the default (noon) or previously selected time. Follow the directions under SETTING THE CLOCK (above) to program your startbrew time. Five seconds after finishing, the unit will automatically exit Auto On Setup mode, and the Auto On light will illuminate, letting you know Auto On is activated.
  2. To activate Auto On using previously selected time
    Press the Auto On button. The previously set time will appear and the indicator will light up. The display will return to the clock setting.
  3. To deactivate Auto On
    Press the illuminated Auto On button; the light will go off, indicating mode is turned off.

Your coffeemaker features a Ready  Tone that beeps 5 times when coffee is finished brewing. To turn this alert off, press the Tone button; an icon will appear in the display to indicate the tone is off. To turn the tone back on, press the Tone button again; the icon will disappear


  1. Fill the water reservoir
    Lift the coffeemaker lid to open. Pour the desired amount of water into the water reservoir using the water level indicator located at the side of the coffeemaker.
  2. Cuisinart DCC-3400 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker 4Add the ground coffee
    Insert a #4 paper filter OR the gold-tone filter. Be sure that the paper filter is completely open and fully inserted in the basket. It may help to fold and flatten the seams of a paper filter beforehand. Add 1 level scoop of ground coffee per cup. Adjust the amount according to taste.
  3. Cuisinart DCC-3400 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker 5Position the carafe and plug in the unit
    Place the carafe in the unit and be sure the coffeemaker lid is closed. Plug the coffeemaker into an electrical outlet.
  4. Set preferences
    Press the 1–4 cup button if you are brewing fewer than 5 cups. The indicator light will illuminate, Press the Bold button to select a stronger coffee flavor, if desired. The button’s indicator light will illuminate. Press again to turn off the light and brew at regular strength.
  5. Start Brewing
    Press the Brew/Off button to begin brewing.
  6. After brewing
    When the brewing cycle has been completed, five beeps will sound. Coffee will continue to stream from the filter for several seconds


Always turn the coffee maker off and remove the plug from the electrical outlet before cleaning. Lift up the coffeemaker lid. Remove and discard the paper filter and ground coffee. The filter basket can be washed in warm, soapy water and rinsed thoroughly, or cleaned in the upper rack of the dishwasher. Dry all parts after use. Do not put any water in the unit once the filter basket has been removed. Wipe the area under the filter basket with a damp cloth. Remove the carafe from the resting plate. Discard any remaining coffee. The carafe and lid can be washed in warm, soapy water and rinsed thoroughly, or placed in a dishwasher.

The carafe and carafe lid should be placed on the upper rack only. Do not use any scouring agents or harsh cleansers on any part of the coffeemaker. Never immerse the base unit in water or other liquids. To clean the base, simply wipe with a clean, damp cloth and dry before storing. Fingerprints and other blemishes on the housing can be washed off with soap and water or a nonabrasive cleaning solution. Wipe the resting plate with a clean, damp cloth. Never use rough, abrasive materials or cleansers to clean the resting plate. Do not dry the inside of the water reservoir with a cloth, as lint may remain.

Any other servicing should be performed by an authorized service representative.

Decalcification refers to the removal of calcium deposits that form over time on the metal parts of your coffeemaker. The mineral content of the tap water in your area and the frequency of use affects the rate of calcium buildup, which can affect the functioning of your coffeemaker and the flavor of your coffee. For the best performance from your PerfecTemp® coffeemaker, we recommend cleaning it whenever the CLEAN LED indicator lights up.

To clean

  1. Fill the water reservoir with a mixture of 1⁄3 white vinegar and 2⁄3 water.
  2. Press and hold the CLEAN button. When the CLEAN LED indicator flashes, the coffeemaker is in Clean mode. Release the button.
  3. When the cycle is completed, 5 beeps will sound and the coffeemaker will shut off.
  4. If the CLEAN indicator illuminates once more, repeat the cleaning procedure with a fresh solution of vinegar and water.
    One cleaning cycle is usually sufficient.
  5. When the CLEAN indicator remains off, run one cycle with a full reservoir of fresh, cold water to rinse the unit.
  6. Return the charcoal water filter to the holder inside the water reservoir and your coffeemaker is ready to brew!


Limited Three-Year Warranty
This warranty is available to U.S. consumers only. You are a consumer if you own a Cuisinart® PerfecTemp® 12-Cup Programmable Thermal Coffeemaker that was purchased at retail for personal, family, or household use. Except as otherwise required under applicable law, this warranty is not available to retailers or other commercial purchasers or owners. We warrant that your Cuisinart® PerfecTemp® 12-Cup Programmable Thermal Coffeemaker will be free of defects in materials and workmanship under normal home use for 3 years from the date of original purchase.

We recommend that you visit our website, www.cuisinart.com for a fast, efficient way to complete your product registration. However, product registration does not eliminate the need for the consumer to maintain the original proof of purchase to obtain the warranty benefits. If you do not have proof of purchase date, the purchase date for purposes of this warranty will be the date of manufacture.

California law provides that for In-Warranty Service, California residents have the option of returning a nonconforming product (A) to the store where it was purchased or (B) to another retail store that sells Cuisinart products of the same type. The retail store shall then, according to its preference, either repair the product, refer the consumer to an independent repair facility, replace the product, or refund the purchase price less the amount directly attributable to the consumer’s prior usage of the product. If neither of the above two options results in the appropriate relief to the consumer, the consumer may then take the product to an independent repair facility, if service or repair can be economically accomplished.

Cuisinart and not the consumer will be responsible for the reasonable cost of such service, repair, replacement, or refund for nonconforming products under warranty. California residents may also, according to their preference, return nonconforming products directly to Cuisinart for repair or, if necessary, replacement by calling our Consumer Service Center toll-free at 800-726- 0190. Cuisinart will be responsible for the cost of the repair, replacement, shipping, and handling of such nonconforming products under warranty.

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