Percolator coffee pots were extremely popular in early to mid 20th century. While electric coffee pots have become more mainstream than percolators, percolators are still popular. Percolators offer many benefits that electric coffee pots do not. Since a percolator does not require electricity to work, they are popular at picnics and among those who enjoy camping. Percolators are also more friendly to the environment than electric coffee makers because they do not used electricity and they use less water.
Using a percolator is very easy. To use a percolator, fill it with the desired amount of water. Then put the coffee basket on the pump stem before putting it in the percolator. Add the desired amount of coarsely ground coffee in the coffee basket and then put the cover on the basket followed by the percolator top. To prepare the coffee, put the percolator on the stove (or fire for those camping) and cook over medium heat. When the coffee is done, remove the percolator from the stove and enjoy!
There are many guidelines that those who have never used a percolator should follow. Those brewing coffee with a percolator should make sure that the percolator doesn’t get too hot since the coffee can burn which can ruin the flavor. Those using a percolator should also be careful not to leave it on the stove or fire for too long. This can also cause the coffee to burn and ruin the flavor. The optimal time to heat the coffee is eight minutes.
Using coarsely ground coffee is best as more flavor can be pulled from the coffee by using ground coffee than beans. While these guidelines may seem strict and make percolating coffee not seem worth the trouble, it is! Coffee from a percolator is much better than coffee from a drip coffee maker and no other type of coffee maker can match the rich flavor and aroma than coffee from a percolator. Because of this, percolators remain popular even after the introduction of easy-to-use drip coffee makers. The flavor of percolated coffee is simply unrivaled!