Coffee Percolators - Reviews

Coffee percolators were a US kitchen staple until automatic drip brewers became popular in the 1970s.

A percolator works on the principle of warm water rising to the top of the pot and flowing over ground coffee.



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Some percolators require an external heat source, like a stovetop or campfire. This gives the user control over the brew time. Alternatively, automatic percolators have an integrated electrical heat source, and a pre-programmed brew time.



Coffee drinkers have very strong opinions about percolators. Some swear by them and others feel they violate the basic principles of great coffee brewing.

Coffee Percolator - Corningware - Disassembled
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Reviews: Coffee Percolators

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Presto Stainless Steel Percolator Presto Stainless Steel Electric Percolator #02811/02822 coffee maker reviews
Consumer Rating: rating 4.4 out of 5 4.4 out of 5
Overall Opinion: Green Check Mark Owners like it
Price Range: cheap coffee maker $50 to $100
Farberware Percolator 50124 Farberware Percolator Classic Yosemite #50124 coffee maker reviews
Consumer Rating: rating 4.1 out of 5 4.1 out of 5
Overall Opinion: Green Check Mark Owners like it
Price Range: cheap coffee maker Under $50
Stove Top Percolator Paula Deen 8-Cup Stove Top Percolator coffee maker reviews
Consumer Rating: rating 4.0 out of 5 4.0 out of 5
Overall Opinion: Green Check Mark Owners like it
Price Range: cheap coffee maker Under $50
West Bend Percolator 54159 West Bend #54159 2 - 12 Cup Stainless Steel
Electric Percolator
coffee maker reviews
Consumer Rating: rating 3.9 out of 5 3.9 out of 5
Overall Opinion: Green Check Mark Owners like it
Price Range: cheap coffee maker Under $50
Dualit Percolator 84038 Dualit Cordless Percolator #84038 coffee maker reviews
Consumer Rating: 3.2 out of 5 3.2 out of 5
Overall Opinion: Red X Owners don't like it
Price Range: coffee maker review $50 to $100
Cuisinart Percolator PRC-12 Cuisinart Classic 12 Cup Stainless Steel Percolator PRC-12 coffee maker reviews
Consumer Rating: rating 2.9 out of 5 2.9 out of 5
Overall Opinion: Red X Owners don't like it
Price Range: coffee maker price $50 to $100

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Pros and Cons of the Percolator Coffee Pot

Very hot brew and an aroma that fills the house are some of the things people love about using coffee percolators. Careful technique can ensure overextraction doesn't occur.


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Pros

bullet Percolator coffee pots tend to produce a very hot cup of coffee. This is especially attractive to those who think automatic drip is never quite hot enough.
bullet Many think percolation makes a very robust and flavorful brew. Those accustomed to percolator coffee sometimes find coffee brewed by other methods to be too weak.
bullet Non-automatic models give you control over the brewing time.
bullet You can select a model that does not rely on electricity, making percolators great choices for camping and other outdoor use.
bullet Many percolator fans love the nostalgia factor associated with this brew method. The sounds, smells, and taste of percolator coffee remind them of simpler times.
bullet Durability is a strong point, particularly for stovetop models. There are no electronics to break. Consumers report using their percolators for decades.






Cons

bullet Over-extraction mistakes are easy to make, resulting in a bitter brew. Many claim that over-extraction is unavoidable, making the percolation method a bad choice.
bullet Boiling: If the user does not take care to end the brewing before the boiling point is reached, over-extraction will occur.
bullet Multiple passes over ground coffee: If proper temperature is not maintained, already-brewed coffee will be forced up the tube and will make multiple passes over the ground coffee, over-extracting the grounds.
bullet Brewing is slow, compared to other methods.
bullet Perfecting this method takes practice.
bullet Some think percolators themselves are rather clumsy. It is easy to spill grounds into the percolator body while measuring out grounds or situating the percolator basket. Clean up is a chore; several parts must be removed and rinsed, and cleaning the soggy grounds from the basket assembly is tedious.



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