How Do You Use a Percolator?

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Using a percolator involves adding coffee and water to its respective chambers, and putting it on the stove or simply turning it on in the case of electric percolators. A percolator is a type of pot used to brew coffee, and it consists of two chambers and a vertical tube that goes from the bottom to the top of the pot.

The invention of automatic coffee drip machines in the 1970s has since caused a decline in the popularity of percolators. However, there are those who still prefer to use coffee percolators, claiming that exposing the coffee grounds to higher temperatures results in a more robust brew. The following shows the basic steps in using a percolator to brew coffee.

Step 1: Pour water into the percolator

The amount of water should ideally be below the chamber for the coffee grounds.

Step 2: Put the coffee grounds in the upper chamber

The ideal ratio of the amount of coffee grounds to water is 2 teaspoons per cup. Percolators are made to take coarse coffee grounds.

Step 3: Place the percolator on the stove

Bring the percolator to a boil, or turn the power on for electric percolators. Automatic electric percolators shut down when the brewing is done, but in the case of manual percolators, the pot should be taken off the heat source, or the heat should be reduced once the water reaches its boiling point.