Making Percolator Coffee is Easy

Making percolator coffee might not sound easy to those that have not heard of it before. This is because coffee percolator is one of the first forms of the coffee maker and one of the earliest methods of making coffee.

Nowadays, percolators are not as popular as they used to be, as it is already supplanted by modern electric coffee machines, French Presses, and espresso machines. Percolator coffee has a distinct flavor, and takes a bit of practice and skill when making percolator coffee.

The coffee percolator has three main parts. The coffee basket is situated at the top of the coffee percolator. This coffee basket is already perforated; therefore, coffee filters are no longer required.

At the bottom is the chamber that is supposed to contain the water. Connecting the lower chamber to the coffee basket is a tube, which runs along the height of the coffee percolator.


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When making percolator coffee, it is important to use coarsely ground coffee. The coffee grounds should remain at the coffee basket and should not find their way into the water chamber.

If ground is too fine, they might fall through the perforated coffee basket and into the water chamber. Furthermore, when using a stovetop percolator, it is crucial to use low heat and to make sure that it brews at a slow and even pace.

If water is heated up too quickly, over extraction might occur, which would lead to very bitter tasting coffee cups.

Steps to Making Percolator Coffee

• Decide on how many cups you want to make. Fill the bottom chamber with water up to the appropriate level (there are water indicator lines at the interior of the pot).

Similarly, fill up the coffee basket with the appropriate amount of coarsely ground coffee. Place the lid of the percolator on top of the pot.

• Place the percolator on a heat source, such as a stove, on a low heat. Watch the pot carefully, and make sure that it perks on a slow and even rate.

As the tempo quickens, lower the heat some more. Perk for 6 to 10 minutes or longer depending on how strong you want the coffee to be. Allow it to sit on a cool surface for a few minutes until the water stops simmering.

• Carefully remove the lid and the coffee basket and dispose of the used coffee grounds. Replace the lid, and you can serve hot, fresh perked coffee.

As you can see, making percolator coffee is not as easy as pushing a few buttons like you would with a modern electric coffee maker, but it is not that complicated at all, especially if you know how a coffee percolator works.

Furthermore, there are already electric percolators in the market, which do not require to be set on a stove or other external heat sources to perk coffee.

All you have to do is set it on your countertop, set how strong you want your coffee to be, plug it in, and it perks coffee and shuts down automatically. Electric percolators do not require as much attention as stovetop percolators.

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