Few things spoil a morning arriving to get your first cup of coffee and find your drink all over the counter instead of ready to pour into the cup.
Fortunately, you don’t have to carry out a full CSI investigation to discover the source of the problem with your Cuisinart coffee maker; A little detective work will suffice.
Often setting up the machine to brew a new batch and waiting nearby to observe the machine will allow you to figure out the source of the problem.
The jug or pot
Getting the pot under the spout wrong can lead to leaks, which usually happens when someone takes a first cup during the brewing process quickly and doesn’t replace the carafe or pot correctly.
The coffee then drips onto the lip or lid and the side of the pot instead of into the small entrance to the container.
To fix the problem simply realign the pot under the flow of coffee.
Water can build up around the basket if it is unable to flow properly into the pitcher, which can cause water to flow into areas of the machine where it is not intended to go or out onto the counter.
Some Cuisinart coffee makers have a pause feature in the brewing process, which means that the flow of coffee will stop when you remove the carafe.
If a brew pause unit has a problem with coffee flowing after the pot is removed, it may be a damaged brew pause mechanism or mineral buildup on the machine side.
Factory refurbished, refurbished units, older or damaged machines or with a replacement canister that doesn’t fit properly with the coffee maker can present more problems.
The basket filter
Finely ground can cause the basket to overflow by clogging the basket filter. Some gold filter baskets do not require a paper filter.
If you use a paper filter in addition to the basket, this can cause clogging leading to leakage.
For those Cuisinart coffee makers that accept paper filters, inadvertently using two paper filters instead of one can lead to the same issue.
Cuisinart warns that substituting another type of permanent gold filter can cause water to overflow in your machines.
The company recommends a medium-textured ground coffee for proper brewing. Owners should clean the filter regularly to prevent it from clogging.
Cuisinart coffee maker with a defect in the way water is delivered to the coffee grounds may also be leaking water.
If the machine produces little coffee after running through a cycle, check the coffee grounds.
If the grounds are not soaked, or if they are dry or only partly moist, it may be a problem with the shower.
Cuisinart advises against opening the filter basket during brewing.
Unplug the coffee maker and wait 10 minutes before opening the machine to check the basket.