Making Coffee With a Percolator

What Do You Need To Know About Coffee Percolators?

If you want to roast coffee beans at home, then you will need a percolator. At one time coffee percolators were the primary way people brewed coffee. But in the 1970s, automatic drip machines marched onto the scene and largely took over.

Coffee percolators tend to emit a pleasing smell, but pour a cup of coffee that is less rich than other brewing methods. However, when it was invented it was the best method for many people. In fact, it was invented to improve the life of soldiers. Many campers use percolators to brew their coffee.

Some people prefer other methods because they feel the lack of flavor after brewing in coffee percolators is a huge issue. Other people believe percolators produce a robust cup of coffee.

Like most things in the world of drinking coffee, this comes down to personal preference. Coffee percolators do produce coffee that is stronger and darker than the coffee produced by an automatic drip machine.

Typically those who lean more toward a percolator like coffee that is somewhat bitter, hotter, and stronger than others might prefer.

The reason coffee percolators produce coffee that is so much darker and stronger is due to the process it uses to brew. For one thing, the coffee is sometimes put through more than one cycle of brewing and boiling hot water is used. To use coffee percolators, you need coffee that has been coarsely ground.

Percolators are relatively inexpensive. They are also incredibly durable. This is due in part to the materials used to construct the machine itself. Although there are electric percolators, there are still stovetop versions of this appliance, which are the hardest of all to use. But the more typical is the countertop version.

Coffee percolators refer to a type of appliance for coffee brewing where the piece that holds the water is heat resistant. Then a basket that holds the coffee grounds sits at the top where it is supported by a tube. This tube works like a straw to evenly distribute the water over the coffee grounds. The basket at the top works as a filter. It is made from metal and has holes so that the coffee can drain out while leaving the grounds behind. Water heats from the bottom of the pot and then it is drawn up the center tube. The water is distributed over the coffee grounds and then dribbles back into the pot itself. This process typically repeats itself, which is what gives the coffee its strong taste and flavor.

Those who like the French press often also enjoy coffee from a percolator. The coffee from these devices has a similar rich, bitter taste. So the percolator is enjoying a renaissance in popularity. For others, it is the sentimentality of the percolator. It’s bubbling, crackling noises remind them of their grandmother’s kitchen.

Some Important Things To Note About Coffee Percolators:

Many of the automatic or electric models do not have a body that can be immersed in water. Make sure you know what type you have before dipping it into the sink.

To clean percolators, you need a couple teaspoons of baking soda and eight ounces of water. Run that through the percolator for one cycle. You can also buy cleaning products commercially designed for percolators. If you have hard water, use white vinegar and water at a 1:1 ratio.

Once you have poured out all the coffee, unplug the percolator. Heating an empty percolator pot will render it damaged.

Always use the right grounds for coffee percolators or else you will find grounds in your cup.

If you are wondering which percolator you should choose, there are a number of nice coffee percolators on the market right now. Farberware, Dualit, Delonghi, Metro, Presto, and Cuisinart are among top names manufacturing coffee percolators. Hamilton Beach carries a very reasonably priced model as well. Metro, Cuisinart, and Presto all carry affordable models too. Farberware, Dualit, and Delonghi have some higher end percolators.

Coffee percolators are the only to way to make quality coffee for many people. If you like strong, dark, bitter coffee, then a percolator may be just what you are seeking.


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