I wrote a blog a few days ago about my auto drip coffee pot dying and making "camping" style. I was at a resale shop and found a percolator for around $3. I figured that it could not hurt to try so I bought it. I have never used a percolator before and online read that many coffee enthusiasts hate them. So I thought it would be a good time to experiment and see what happens. I had coffee made with a percolater once before at my aunt's house. It tasted weak but that may have been the way she made it. My aunt does not make strong coffee. No instruction booklet came with it so I looked up online what to expect and measured the water in my old drip carafe so I would know how much water and coffee to start with. We recently had snow so I also went out into a clean snowdrift and melted snow to use as well as my regular bottled water. 

I used Hawaiian coffee that I had been given as a gift and tried the experiment (it was preground for the auto drip). I used 10 cups of water (at least it was to the "10" mark as I measured with the autodrip carafe) and five scoops of coffee in the percolater. It made a lot of noise but seemed to be brewing. There is a switch to control strength (I have it set for the strongest). It automatically shut off after ten minutes. I transfered the coffee into a thermal carafe to keep it warm and poured a cup for myself and my dad. I was plesantly surprised. It did not taste burned or bland or any of the ways many of the anti perc blogs said it would. The coffee made with the snow water did taste milder but that may have been the snow and not the coffee maker.  Considering the price I am happy with the perc. 

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Glad you like it, I think the problem with percs is that if they get a faulty thermostat or something they can heat the water too much and cause burnt coffee.

Submitted by jbviau on
I agree that perked coffee gets a bad rap. Snow? I've had to melt it for water before, and it wasn't fun! The ratio of snow to water varies, but I've heard average figures of about 10:1! Sound about right?

Submitted by caffeine65 on
jbviau - it could be. It seems like I went out with the bucket a few hundred times as it was melting! My dad thought I was crazy but is used to my coffee experimenting.

I have never personally seen or use a percolator. Thank you for letting us know your positive experience with it. Keep on brewing!

That's interesting about using snow water. I am always wary about the safety of drinking the water that drops from sky, be it rain or snow..Is it really safe?

Submitted by wakeknot on
I always find percs romantic because i remember my parents using them when I was a little kid, but I have never drunk coffee from one. I'd like to try one some time. what a price you found!

Going back to "old school" - we have a percolator

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I wrote a blog a few days ago about my auto drip coffee pot dying and making "camping" style. I was at a resale shop and found a percolator for around $3. I figured that it could not hurt to try so I bought it. I have never used a percolator before and online read that many coffee enthusiasts hate them. So I thought it would be a good time to experiment and see what happens. I had coffee made with a percolater once before at my aunt's house. It tasted weak but that may have been the way she made it. My aunt does not make strong coffee. No instruction booklet came with it so I looked up online what to expect and measured the water in my old drip carafe so I would know how much water and coffee to start with. We recently had snow so I also went out into a clean snowdrift and melted snow to use as well as my regular bottled water. 

I used Hawaiian coffee that I had been given as a gift and tried the experiment (it was preground for the auto drip). I used 10 cups of water (at least it was to the "10" mark as I measured with the autodrip carafe) and five scoops of coffee in the percolater. It made a lot of noise but seemed to be brewing. There is a switch to control strength (I have it set for the strongest). It automatically shut off after ten minutes. I transfered the coffee into a thermal carafe to keep it warm and poured a cup for myself and my dad. I was plesantly surprised. It did not taste burned or bland or any of the ways many of the anti perc blogs said it would. The coffee made with the snow water did taste milder but that may have been the snow and not the coffee maker.  Considering the price I am happy with the perc. 

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perky

February 7, 2012 | by wakeknot

I always find percs romantic because i remember my parents using them when I was a little kid, but I have never drunk coffee from one. I'd like to try one some time. what a price you found!

Snow

January 30, 2012 | by samuellaw178

That's interesting about using snow water. I am always wary about the safety of drinking the water that drops from sky, be it rain or snow..Is it really safe?

cool!

January 30, 2012 | by sontondaman

I have never personally seen or use a percolator. Thank you for letting us know your positive experience with it. Keep on brewing!

Going back to "old school"

January 30, 2012 | by caffeine65

jbviau - it could be. It seems like I went out with the bucket a few hundred times as it was melting! My dad thought I was crazy but is used to my coffee experimenting.

Right

January 30, 2012 | by jbviau

I agree that perked coffee gets a bad rap. Snow? I've had to melt it for water before, and it wasn't fun! The ratio of snow to water varies, but I've heard average figures of about 10:1! Sound about right?

Glad you like it, I think

January 30, 2012 | by intrepid510

Glad you like it, I think the problem with percs is that if they get a faulty thermostat or something they can heat the water too much and cause burnt coffee.

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