I had a four cup coffee maker. I’m the only adult in my household right now, so having a larger pot seemed frivolous.
But alas, I bought that stupid plastic thing way back in my working days. That was at least 5 years ago. Things just aren’t made the way they used to be, and sure enough, it started to suck.
First it started burning my coffee. No problem- I just turned off the burner as soon as it was done brewing.
But then it started to overflow- the water was going into the filter too quickly. I tried colder water. I tried courser grind.
No matter what I tried, I was getting grinds into my coffee and the back of my coffee maker.
I went four days without coffee, and by the end, I was ready to give in. I haven’t had caffeine in a month, but I just can’t start my mornings without at least a cup of decaf- I’ve been drinking coffee since I was a TODDLER!
I had this percolator in my cupboard that I had never used. I think I had attempted using it once, but I had no idea what I was doing. I actually didn’t even realize the value of the darn thing. This is a vintage Farberware percolator. It is older than I am and still works great. But it doesn’t turn off on it’s own.
The basic assembly is pretty simple- you fill it with water (I measured mine with a cup), place the stem in, place the basket on the stem, add coffee, put the basket lid on, put the lid on the pot, and plug it in.
But the trick is to know what you’re doing, not how to assemble it.
See, percolated coffee needs to be coarsely ground. No problem- I have a grinder.
And percolated coffee needs to be perked at 1 minute per cup. I always add an extra minute or two because I’m used to burned coffee. Pretty funny.
And most importantly of all- you MUST remove your basket before pouring your coffee, to avoid grounds in it. I unplug my percolator when it’s done, wait for it to stop, and then remove the lid and basket with an oven mitt.
The best part? Percolators aren’t plastic. This one has no plastic parts.
To clean it is fairly easy. I added 2T of baking soda, and a small squirt of organic dish soap to a full pot, perked it for 10 minutes, rinsed it, then perked it again with clean water. I rinsed it again and it was sparkling. Occasionally I wipe down the outside with vinegar diluted with water to make it shine.
Percolated coffee tastes better heated up too- not muddy and stale. Of all the kitchen appliances, I strongly recommend a percolator!