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Cuisinart SS-16 Coffee Maker Instruction Booklet

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Cuisinart SS-16 Coffee Maker

Cuisinart SS-16 Coffee Maker


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

  2. Do not touch hot surfaces. Use handles and knobs.
  3. To protect against electric shock, do not place the cord, plug, or base unit in water or other liquids.
  4. This appliance should not be used by or near children or individuals with certain disabilities.
  5. Unplug from the outlet when either the appliance or display clock is not in use, and before cleaning. Allow to cool before putting on or taking off parts, and before cleaning the appliance.
  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 a 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 this appliance for other than its intended use.
  13. Snap the lid securely onto the carafe before serving any beverages.
  14. Scalding may occur if the lid is removed during the brewing cycle.
  15. The glass carafe is designed for use with this appliance 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 with a loose or weakened handle.
  18. Do not lift the handle to open the lid of the coffeemaker while brewing is in progress.
  19. Do not overfill the water reservoir. Use ONLY WATER in this appliance! Do not put any other liquids or foods in the water reservoir except as instructed in the cleaning instructions in this guide.
  20. Do not clean the carafe, heating plate, or single-serve drip tray with harsh cleansers, steel wool pads, or other abrasive materials.
  22. Do not place cloth or otherwise restrict airflow beneath the coffeemaker.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Only use capsules intended for this appliance. If the capsule does not fit, do not force the capsule into the appliance.
  26. WARNING: To avoid the risk of injury, do not open the brew chamber during the brew process.


The lightning flash with the arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of fire or electric shock to persons.

The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.

A short power-supply cord is provided to reduce the risks resulting from becoming entangled in or tripping over a longer cord. Longer extension cords may be used if care is exercised. If a long 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; 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 the instruction book and any other 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 packing material.
  5. Grasp the carafe by its handle, remove it from the heating plate, and remove the polybag.
  6. Remove the polybag covering the coffeemaker.
  7. Save all packing materials in case you have to ship the machine in the future.

Hot beverages are made up primarily of water. If water doesn’t taste good from the tap, it won’t taste good in your drink. Cuisinart includes charcoal water filters in its water reservoirs to remove chlorine, bad tastes, and odors, for the purest flavors every time you brew.

The flavor of your beverage comes from the coffee, tea, cocoa — or whatever you’re brewing. To achieve the best taste, always use the best ingredients. Select fresh, high-quality beans or ground coffee, and only the best single-serve capsules.

The grind of coffee, or the refinement of tea leaves, is critical for proper flavor extraction. Pre-ground ingredients in top-quality single-serve capsules ensure excellent, flavorful results. When using beans or pre-ground coffee to brew into the carafe or use in the HomeBarista®Reusable Filter Cup, the grind is just as critical. If it’s too fine, over-extraction will result in bitterness and may clog the filter. If too coarse, maximum flavor is not extracted. We recommend a medium-fine grind.

Coffee that is too strong or too weak is always a disappointment. Follow the recommended portions of ground coffee in the instructions under Brewing Coffee for the drip side or under Brewing with a Reusable Filter Cup for the single-serve side. You can later adjust the amount to suit your taste.


  1. Coffeemaker Reservoir Cover
    Flips back for easy filling.
  2. Coffeemaker Water Reservoir
    (not shown) With a water-level indicator window.
  3. Showerhead (not shown)
    Distributes water evenly over coffee, reducing temperature loss as water passes through the grounds.
  4. Coffeemaker Control Panel
    See detailed illustration, page 7.
  5. Brew PauseTM
    Stops the flow of coffee from the basket when the carafe is removed from the heater plate, so a cup can be poured mid-brew.
  6. Carafe
    The easy-pour, no-drip, 12-cup carafe has an ergonomic handle and brewed coffee markings.
  7. Charcoal Water Filter Holder
    Holds filter firmly in place.
  8. Charcoal Water Filter
    Eliminates chlorine, bad taste, and odors from tap water.
  9. Adjustable Heater Plate
    Keeps brewed coffee at the desired temperature. Scratch-resistant with nonstick coating.Cuisinart SS-16 Coffee Maker 1
  10. Filter Basket (not shown)
    Holds a #4 paper filter or a permanent filter.
  11. Filter Basket Holder (not shown)
  12. Ready Tone (not shown)
    Signals the end of the brew cycle with five beeps.
  13. Power Loss Backup System
    (not shown) One-minute protection if a breaker trips, the unit is unplugged, or power fails. Holds all programmed information, including time of day, AUTO ON time, and AUTO OFF time.
  14. Brewer Handle
  15. Brew Head
  16. Brewing Chamber
    Holds Removable Capsule Holder or reusable filter cup.
  17. Display
    Displays brew size (4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, or 12 oz) when in POD mode, and the ADD WATER Indicator.
  18. Flip-Down Shelf
  19. Removable Drip-Tray Plate
  20. Removable Drip-Tray
  21. Charcoal Water Filter Holder
  22. Charcoal Water Filter
  23. Reservoir Lid
  24. 42-Oz Removable Water Reservoir
  25. Removable Capsule Holder
  26. HomeBarista® Reusable Filter Cup
  27. Power Cord (not shown)
  28. Energy-Saving Mode (not shown)
    Unit lights will dim after 30 minutes of being idle. To reactivate, press any button.

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Detailed programming and use instructions are on pages 9–11.

  1. HR and MIN Buttons
    Use to set hours and minutes for time of day, AUTO ON, and AUTO OFF times.
  2. Blue Backlit Display
    Displays time of day, AUTO ON, and AUTO OFF times.
  3. BOLD Cup Setting with Indicator
    Use to select bolder coffee flavor strength.
  4. CARAFE TEMP Button
    Set the heater plate to Low (L), Medium (M), or High (H) to keep coffee in the carafe at the temperature you prefer.
  5. CLEAN Indicator
    Indicates time to clean the coffeemaker to remove calcium buildup.
  6. OVER ICE Button
    Adjusts brew process to maximize coffee flavor ideal for making iced coffee.
  7. BREW/OFF Button
    Turns the coffeemaker on and off for brewing. Activates and deactivates the AUTO ON feature.
  8. Function Knob
  9. CARAFE Button
    Press to activate Carafe Brew mode.Cuisinart SS-16 Coffee Maker 3
  10. POD Button
    Press once to activate the single-serve side. Use to select the desired size of single-serve brew (4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz.).
  11. OVER ICE Button
    Adjusts the brew process to maximize coffee flavor ideal for iced coffee.
  12. Blue Backlit Display
    When in POD Brew mode:

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When the coffeemaker is plugged in, noon will flash, indicating the unit is in Time Set mode. If noon stops flashing, simply press and holdthe HR or MIN button to return to flashing Time Set mode. Hold buttons down to scroll through the digits, or press and release to advance one digit at a time. When scrolling, the numbers will advance slowly and then speed up. When the number displayed approaches the desired time, press and release to advance one digit at a time. Be sure the PM  indicator is on if a PM time is desired.
To change the time of day, the function knob must be on the Brew setting.  To finish setting the clock, turn the function knob to any other setting or simply wait until the numbers stop blinking.

AUTO ON brew cycle begins.
The CARAFE button indicator light will come on, and the BREW/OFF button indicator light will flash slowly when the brew cycle begins at the time you have selected. When the brew cycle ends, the CARAFE button indicator light will go off and the BREW/OFF button indicator light will remain solid, indicating the unit is in Keep Warm mode. Lights will turn off when the Keep Warm cycle ends, indicating the coffeemaker is ready for the next brew.

To start brew time at the same time the next day, simply make sure the function knob is at AUTO ON, and press and release BREW/OFF once more. The AUTO ON light will turn on.

This feature interrupts the flow of coffee from the basket to let you pour that first cup mid-brew. Because the flavor profile of coffee brewed at the start of a cycle differs from that brewed toward the end, be aware that using this feature will weaken the flavor strength of the finished pot.

Removing the carafe for more than 30 seconds may cause the filter basket to overflow.


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Limited Three-Year Warranty
This warranty is available to U.S. consumers only who purchase products directly from Cuisinart® or an authorized Cuisinart® reseller only. You are a consumer if you own a Cuisinart® Coffee Center® 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 other commercial purchaser owners, or consumers who purchase from unauthorized Cuisinart® resellers.

We warrant that your Cuisinart® Coffee Center® 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, https://cuisinart.registria.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 1-800-726-0190. Cuisinart will be responsible for the cost of the repair, replacement, shipping, and handling of such nonconforming products under warranty.

Your ultimate satisfaction with Cuisinart products is our goal, so if your Cuisinart® Coffee Center® should fail within the generous warranty period, we will repair it or, if necessary, replace it at no cost to you. To obtain a return shipping label, visit us at https://www.cuisinart.com/customer-care/product-assistance/product-inquiry/. Or call our Consumer Service Center toll-free at 1-800-726-0190 to speak with http://www.cuisinart.com a representative. Your Cuisinart® Coffee Center® has been manufactured to the strictest specifications and has been designed for use only in 120-volt outlets and only with authorized accessories and replacement parts.

This warranty expressly excludes any defects or damages caused by attempted use of this unit with a converter, as well as use with accessories, replacement parts, or repair services other than those authorized by Cuisinart. This warranty does not cover any damage caused by accident, misuse, shipment, or other than ordinary household use. This warranty excludes all incidental or consequential damages. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of these damages, so these exclusions may not apply to you. You may also have other rights, which vary from state to state.

If the nonconforming product is to be serviced by someone other than Cuisinart’s Authorized Service Center, please remind the servicer to call our Consumer Service Center at 1-800-726-0190 to ensure that the problem is properly diagnosed, the product is serviced with the correct parts, and the product is still under warranty.


Faqs About Cuisinart SS-16 Coffee Maker

How many cups of coffee does it brew?

The Cuisinart SS-16 can brew up to 12 cups of coffee.

Does it have a built-in grinder?

No, the SS-16 does not have a built-in grinder. You’ll need to grind your coffee beans separately before brewing.

Can it make single-serve coffee?

Yes, the SS-16 has a single-serve function that allows you to brew one cup at a time using either K-Cup pods or your own ground coffee.

Is it programmable?

Yes, this coffee maker is programmable, allowing you to set a brewing time up to 24 hours in advance.

What type of filters does it use?

The SS-16 uses both permanent gold-tone filters for ground coffee and K-Cup pods for single-serve brewing.

Does it have a water filter?

Yes, it comes with a charcoal water filter to ensure your water is clean and free from impurities.

Is it easy to clean?

The SS-16 is designed for easy cleaning, with removable parts such as the drip tray and water reservoir that are dishwasher safe.

Does it have a temperature control feature?

Yes, it has adjustable temperature control, allowing you to customize the temperature of your coffee to your preference.

Can it brew tea or hot cocoa?

While primarily designed for coffee, you can also use it to brew tea or hot cocoa by using the hot water function without adding coffee grounds or pods.

Is it compatible with reusable K-Cups?

Yes, you can use reusable K-Cup pods with this coffee maker, allowing you to brew single-serve coffee using your own ground coffee.

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