A Beginner’s Guide to Percolator Coffee Brewers
Percolator coffee brewers make coffee using a process called percolation. (Surprise!) To start, place the brewer on a heat source like a stovetop. When the water starts to boil in the pot, it will travel up the tube in the center of the percolator. At the top of the brewer there is a basket filled with coarse ground coffee. As the water reaches the top of the tube it will spurt out the top. The hot water showers down and runs through the ground coffee.
This cycle repeats itself until the coffee is at your preferred strength. The top of the percolator has a glass bulb so you can see the colour of your coffee and know when it’s ready.
Percolator vs. Moka Pot
Pros and Cons of Percolators
There are a whole host of reasons for why a percolator is the perfect brewer for you. Its important to love both the way you make the coffee… and the brew you’re creating!
Pros of a Percolator
- Brews great coffee
- Easy to use
- Can make large amounts of coffee
- No need for paper filters
Cons of a Percolator
- Bulky for traveling
Choosing the Right Percolator
There are many different types of coffee percolators, each with their own features. If you need help finding the one that will work best for you, we can help. This guide will walk you through the best percolators that Cupper’s Coffee & Tea has to offer.
Stainless Steel Percolators
We love our Tops Stainless Steel Percolators. They are the perfect brewer/kitchen decor item. Your guests will love the coffee you serve them from one of these sleek, retro brewers. The best part? They come in many sizes, so no matter the size of your coffee appetite, we have you covered.
How To Brew the Perfect Cup of Percolator Coffee
So you have your percolator coffee brewer all picked out. You have ground your fresh roasted coffee, and you’re ready to go. Now what? Follow these tips and tricks to make the perfect cup of coffee, as well as extend the life of your beautiful brewer.
Step-by-Step How to Brew Coffee in a Percolator
- Remove the basket and stem from the percolator.
- Fill the percolator with water. If you’re in a hurry, you can use hot water to speed up the brewing process. If you have the time, use cold water to start as it makes a better brew.
- Fill the brewer basket with coarse ground coffee. Don’t pack it down, it should be loose.
- Place the basket and brewing tube into the brewing chamber. Ensure the base of the tube is in the correct holding spot in the bottom of the pot.
- Place the coffee pot on your heat source.
- After a few minutes you will be able to hear the water bubbling. You will also be able to see the coffee percolating through the glass bubble at the top.
- Allow the coffee to brew until it reaches desired strength. You can check on the colour of the coffee through the glass bubble. This step usually takes around 5 minutes.
- Do not open the lid while coffee is percolating. You risk getting burned with the sputtering boiling water.
- Serve and enjoy!
Common Mistakes Using a Percolator Coffee Brewer
Percolator coffee brewers are an easy coffee maker to use. Even so, you can still make mistakes that definitely affect the quality of your cup of coffee. These are easy to correct when you realize you’ve erred!
- Using too much or too little coffee.
- Not properly cleaning your percolator.
- Using poor quality or old coffee.
- Grinding the coffee too fine or too coarse.
To read more on brewing the best cup of coffee with any brewer check out our Beginner’s Guide to Coffee Beans.
Cleaning and Maintaining Your Percolator Coffee Brewer
Cleaning your percolator coffee brewer might sound boring, but it’s actually super easy and fun! Plus, it’ll make your coffee taste even better. Here’s your how to on cleaning your perc for future great coffee.
What you’ll need:
- Dish soap
- Warm water
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- A soft sponge or cloth
- Dump out any leftover coffee and rinse the percolator with warm water. Don’t forget to take out the basket and other removable parts!
- Add some dish soap and warm water to the percolator. Use your sponge or cloth to scrub the inside and outside of the percolator. If there are any tough stains, you can use a little baking soda to help scrub them away.
- Rinse the percolator with lots of warm water to get rid of all the soap suds and residue.