Coffee Percolator

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  1. MichaelBA

    MichaelBA Supporting Actor

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    Anybody still use a coffee percolator?

    Since I've gotten down on my Cuisinart Grind & Brew some months ago, I made the switch to a Bodum French Press and I've been extremely pleased with it.

    But I'm always curious about coffee brewing methods. So, I dug out a 35 year old, really old-fashioned stove top coffee percolator this morning and just used some truly crappy Folgers coffee and -- DAMN if it didn't produce an excellent cup!

    I was all set to buy an $80 stainless steel percolator from Williams-Sonoma, but this old leftover that hasn't been used since Carter was in office works great!

    Any thoughts on percolators? Pros? Cons? Stove top versus electric?
     
  2. Jim_F

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    I only choose percolation for camping and when making coffee by the gallon, for the sake of convenience. I'm not a fan of cycling the beverage through the grounds. I started my coffee addiction using the old family drip pot, with the basket that twisted onto the bottom of the perforated water "reservoir" I have good memories of the coffee back then.

    For a modern regular coffeemaker, I liked my Cuisinart Brew Central a lot. The best feature was the adjustable temperature for the hot plate. The low setting kept the coffee at a good drinking temperature without ruining it in a matter of minutes. Every thermal carafe I've tried has had a "thermos" smell to it that I can't warm up to (no pun intended)

    If your into French press, though, I doubt you'd love a gravity brewer like the Brew Central. I've put mine on indefinite layoff, as I've switched to pressure brewed drinks from my superauto "coffee center". I keep a little Melitta cone on hand for a change of pace.

    OK, I guess I wasn't much help, but I couldn't resist a coffee thread.
     
  3. Ray Chuang

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    MichaelBA,

    You lucked out because most "big brand" coffee is often designed to work with old perculators. Modern "gourmet" coffees often taste terrible when brewed through a perculator because they're more designed to work with drip brewing machines.
     

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