Cuisinart Coffee Maker Stops Brewing Middle Cycle: Quick Fixed

cuisinart coffee maker stops brewing middle cycle

I remember one morning I woke up to the smell of fresh coffee; I was craving a coffee drink right from sleep! I set out to brew a drink for myself and the little girl. Suddenly, my Cuisinart coffee maker stopped brewing in the middle of the cycle. I turned it on again; the same thing repeated severally!

I was very frustrated. That almost ruined my day. I quit everything so I can prepare for the day’s work. I had to fix the problem the next day and my Cuisinart coffee maker started brewing just fine.

If you’re stuck in this same problem, you’re not alone! In this article, I’ll uncover the reasons your Cuisinart coffee maker stops brewing in the middle of a cycle and how to resolve them within a few minutes. Read to the end.

Why Does My Cuisinart Coffee Maker Stop Brewing In The Middle Of A Cycle?

The possible reasons your Cuisinart coffee maker stops brewing in the middle of a cycle are because of mineral buildup, coffee grounds clogging, overflowing coffee grounds, faulty heating elements, electrical issues, and water supply interruptions. Let’s dig through it in detail!

Mineral Buildup

One of the main reasons why your Cuisinart coffee maker might stop brewing mid-cycle is mineral buildup. Over time, minerals from the water you use can accumulate in the internal components of the brewer such as the water reservoir, pipes, and heating element. 

This buildup can cause blockages that disrupt the brewing process. This was exactly the problem with my coffee maker. If it’s been a long time since you have made your coffee maker, you have to describe it now.


  1. Unplug the coffee maker and let it cool down if it’s still hot.
  2. Empty the water reservoir and remove the coffee grounds basket.
  3. Mix a solution of equal amounts of white vinegar and water.
  4.  Fill the water reservoir with the vinegar-water solution.
  5.  Turn on the coffee maker and allow it to run through a brewing cycle without coffee grounds.
  6. Once the cycle is complete, turn off the coffee maker and let it cool for a few minutes.
  7. Empty the water reservoir and rinse it thoroughly.
  8. Fill the reservoir with clean water and run another cycle without coffee grounds to flush out any remaining vinegar.
  9. Repeat the clean water cycle until there is no vinegar odor.
  10. If you have hard water in your area, always use filtered or distilled water in your coffee maker to reduce mineral buildup.

This process will help remove mineral deposits and restore your coffee maker to its normal function. If it doesn’t work, move to the next step.

Coffee Grounds Clog

Sometimes, coffee grounds can find their way into the internal parts of your Cuisinart coffee maker, especially the water reservoir or the filter basket. When this happens, it can obstruct the flow of water and disrupt the brewing cycle.


  1. Disconnect the coffee maker from the power source and let it cool down if it is in use.
  2. Remove the coffee grounds basket and check for any coffee grounds or debris stuck in the basket or the area around it.
  3. Use a soft brush or cloth to clean out any coffee grounds or residue of it.
  4. Rinse the filter basket and other removable parts under running water to ensure they are clean.
  5. Reassemble the coffee maker and start a new brewing cycle with fresh coffee grounds.

If this is the cause of the problem, your coffee maker should be running by now. If it’s not, go to the next solution.

Overflowing Coffee Grounds

Another common problem is when the coffee grounds overflow from the filter basket, causing the coffee maker to stop brewing. This normally occurs when too much coffee is used or when the filter is overfilled.


  1. Check the user manual for your Cuisinart coffee maker to find the recommended coffee-to-water ratio.
  2. Measure your coffee grounds according to the recommended ratio.
  3. Make sure you’re using the correct filter size for your coffee maker.
  4. When loading coffee grounds, make sure they are evenly distributed in the filter basket and avoid overfilling.

Faulty Heating Element

In some cases, the heating element in your Cuisinart coffee maker may become faulty, which may lead to interruptions in the brewing cycle. A malfunctioning heating element may not reach the optimal temperature needed for brewing. A friend of mine encountered this issue too!


  1. If you suspect that the heating element is bad, unplug the coffee maker immediately.
  2. Contact the Cuisinart customer support for guidance on how to diagnose the issue or to find a qualified technician for repair.
  3. Do not attempt to disassemble or repair the heating element yourself, as you may damage it more.

Electrical Issues

Electrical problems could also be the reason the coffee maker stopped brewing mid-cycle.  This may be caused by issues with the power supply, internal wiring, or the control board of the coffee maker.


  1. First, check if the coffee maker is properly plugged into a functioning electrical outlet. Ensure the outlet is receiving power by testing it with another device.
  2. Inspect the power cord for any visible damage, such as frayed wires or exposed insulation. 
  3. If you suspect a serious electrical issue, stop using it and  contact a professional technician to check and repair it

Water Supply Interruption

You need a consistent water supply to brew your coffee. If there are interruptions in water flow or if the water reservoir is not properly connected, it can lead to mid-cycle stops.


  1. Check if the water reservoir is properly attached to the coffee maker. Make sure there are no visible leaks or loose connections.
  2. Confirm that the water source, maybe your water tank or tap has a consistent water supply. Low water pressure or intermittent flow can disrupt the brewing process.

How Do I Put My Cuisinart Coffee Maker In Clean Mode?

Follow these steps to put your Cuisinart coffee maker in the clean mode:

  • First, fill up the water tank with a mixture of white vinegar and water. Use ½ vinegar and ⅔ water. 
  • Pour this mixture into the tank until it’s full.
  • Now, this coffee maker has a button called “Self Clean.” Press that button.
  • You’ll notice a light on the coffee maker. It’s like the magic signal that tells you it’s working. When that light is on, turn on your brewer to start the cleaning process.
  • Keep an eye on that magic light; it will stay on steadily while it’s cleaning.


Why Is My Cuisinart Coffee Maker Not Brewing All The Water?

If your coffee maker is not brewing all the water, it’s caused by three issues. There might not be enough water in it. Also, there could be a problem with a water tube inside the coffee maker. This tube can get blocked by tiny mineral particles that build up over time. If the heating element is not also working well, your coffee won’t come out the way it should.


A Cuisinart coffee maker stopping in the middle of a brewing cycle can be frustrating; I know this from experience. You can fix this issue by carefully following the instructions in this guide. If the problem persists, don’t hesitate to contact Cuisinart customer support or a  professional repair technician.

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