1. How To Make Coffee With a Stovetop Percolator?
Brewing coffee can become a daily ritual especially when you are fully involved in the process.
And using a stovetop percolator lets you actively participate in brewing your coffee.
But what if you haven’t done it before?
Fret not, because you just found an easy and straightforward guide to brewing good coffee with your stovetop percolator.
Now let’s get started.
Step 1: Prepare your percolator and other ingredients.
This is a pretty simple step.
Ready your percolator by making sure it’s absolutely neat and all the parts are available.
Basically, a stovetop percolator will have an upper chamber with a lid, a funnel filter with a basket and a bottom chamber.
You should have a grinder ready if you’re using whole coffee beans.
But if you already have coffee grounds then you won’t be needing a grinder.
In summary you need the following to get started;
Next is to make sure you have a measuring spoon, a coffee mug and clean water.
- A stovetop percolator
- Coffee beans or coffee grounds
- A grinder ( if you’re using coffee beans)
- Clean water
- Measuring spoon
- Coffee mug
- A heat source ( stove)
Step 2: Grind your coffee beans.
Make sure to set your grinder to coarsely grind the beans.
Too smooth grounds will give a very bitter drink.
Step 3: Fill the percolator.
The amount of water you add will depend on the quantity of coffee you intend to brew.
A standard measurement is 8 ounces of water for every one tablespoon full of coffee grounds.
Having decided, pour the appropriate amount of cold water into the percolator’s water reservoir.
Step 4: Add coffee grounds.
Use the measuring spoon to add the corresponding amount of grounds to the basket.
Remember this depends on the quantity of coffee you intend making.
When this is done, couple the percolator, this shouldn’t be an issue but if it is, simply consult the manufacturer’s manual.
Step 5: Place the percolator on the stove and monitor the brewing.
With the percolator on the stove, turn the heat to medium-low and observe attentively.
The heating process has to be slow so as to get the water very hot but not to boil.
Once the water starts sputtering and making bubbles, adjust the heat so that it sputters once in about 2-3 seconds.
Allow this percolating action to continue for some minutes (5-10 minutes), then turn off the stove.
The longer the brewing time the stronger the coffee.
Step 6: Pour and Enjoy your brew.
Remove the percolator from the stove, open the lid and carefully remove the basket of used coffee grounds.
Then pour the brew in your coffee mug and enjoy.
2. How To Make Percolator With an Electric Percolator?
Using percolators may be an old-fashioned way of brewing coffee but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy percolated coffee every once in a while.
Especially when there are electric percolators that automate the process.
And if you haven’t used one before, have no fear because it’s actually easier than you think.
Follow the steps below and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is.
Step 1: Ready your percolator.
It’s important to brew with a neat percolator.
And to make sure of this, gently uncouple the percolator and wash its parts.
Step 2: Gather your ingredients.
Collect and ready the required ingredients, and they are simply;
- Coarse coffee grounds. (If you’re using whole coffee beans then you’ll need a grinder.)
- A measuring spoon.
- Clean water ( If you have distilled water, even better. This is important because water affects the taste of coffee ).
- Coffee mug.
Step 3: Grind the coffee beans.
Set the grinder to coarsely grind the beans and if you’re using coffee grounds make sure they’re coarse.
This is to ensure you don’t get a bitter brew and the grounds don’t end up in your coffee drink.
Step 4: Fill the percolator with water.
To brew good coffee, make sure you use the right measurement.
Usually 8 ounces of water for every one tablespoon of coffee grounds.
Step 5: Add the coffee grounds.
Put the basket in place.
Using the measuring spoon measure the accurate amount of coffee grounds (corresponding to the amount of water you poured into the percolator), place them in the basket and attach the lid.
Step 6: Turn on the percolator.
Plug in the percolator, turn it on and watch it percolate the coffee.
And when it’s done pour yourself a cup of percolated coffee and enjoy.
3. How To Use Percolator With a Campfire?
Camping shouldn’t mean abstinence from coffee.
And if you’ve ever wondered how to use your percolator with a campfire?
I have great new for you; it’s actually really simple.
To enjoy hot coffee while camping, all you need are; coarsely ground coffee, water, percolator, fire and the steps below.
Step 1: Light a campfire.
First, you need to start the campfire.
You don’t need an elaborate fire, dry leaves and a few logs of dry wood would suffice.
Step 2: Fill the percolator.
Open the percolator, pull out the basket and fill the bottom chamber with clean water.
Make sure you don’t over fill it, about 8 ounces of water is enough for a cup of coffee.
It’s a bit easier if your percolator has a “fill line” to help you gauge the water.
Step 3: Add coffee grounds.
Replace the basket, add a tablespoon full of coffee grounds and replace the percolator lid.
For a good brew, the grounds should be coarse.
Step 4: Place the percolator on the campfire.
This can be done in different ways.
You can create a hole at the center of the fire and put the percolator there.
Or you can place it near the fire.
If there are flames you can hang it above them, making sure the flames do not directly touch the percolator.
Be attentive and monitor the process.
In a few minutes your coffee should be ready and served.
4. How To Clean a Percolator?
Did you know that the neatness of your percolator affects the taste of your coffee?
Yes, that’s right, one of the secrets of making great tasting coffee with a percolator is making sure it’s perfectly neat.
This means washing it regularly.
And that’s not all, frequently cleaning your percolator also keeps it stain-free, prevents clogs and generally extends the lifespan.
Now if you’re wondering how to do this, worry not because it’s really not heard.
Simply follow the few practical steps below and your percolator will be in great condition.
- Fill the percolator with water and add three spoons of baking soda.
- Turn on the pot and let it complete a percolating cycle. Allow the water to cool for a while.
- Using a brush, scrub the pot carefully till all visible stains fade away.
- Discard the water and rinse with fresh water.
- Prepare a solution of water and vinegar by mixing equal proportions of both in a bowl.
- Fill the percolator with the mixture.
- Turn it on, for the electric percolator. For the stovetop percolator, place it on a stove and turn on the stove.
- Allow the coffee pot to go through a percolating cycle. When it’s done, allow to cool, turn off the heat and discard the content.
- Refill the percolator with the solution you prepared and turn the heat. Let it perk for another few minutes and discard the content. In summary, repeat steps 2,3 and 4 thrice.
- Next, fill the percolator with clean water, turn it on and allow it to complete another percolating cycle. Discard the water, rinse thoroughly with some more clean water and your coffee pot will be as good as new.
5. What is the best grind size for percolators?
The best grind size for percolators are undoubtedly medium-sized coarse coffee grounds and I’ll tell you why.
First, percolators have a filter baskets with visible holes which cannot prevent finely ground coffee from ending up in your coffee drink.
And that’s not all.
Percolating coffee requires that coffee grounds be exposed to heated water for a while, during which flavor and aroma are extracted from the grounds.
With finely ground coffee this produces a drink with an awfully bitter taste due to over-extraction.
An opposite effect is observed with overly coarse coffee grounds, the resulting brew is weak due to under-extraction.
So, the ideal grind size is half way between fine coffee grounds and very coarse coffee grounds – and that is medium-sized coarse coffee grounds.
6. Best Type of Roast for Percolators:
There are different types of roast coffee beans.
The light roast, the dark roast and varying degrees of medium roast.
Using dark roast may result in a bitter brew or one with burnt flavor, while light roast coffee may produce a drink deficient in delicate flavor and aroma.
This is to say that the best roast type is medium roast.
7. Common Mistakes When Using Percolators:
Have you been wondering why your percolated coffee is always less than perfect?
Would you like to uncover the secrets of making great coffee with your percolator?
If yes, then sit tight and read on.
Making coffee with a percolator is really very easy, despite that many loyal coffee fans still make mistakes.
And most times these mistakes affect the taste of coffee resulting in a less than perfect coffee brew.
The most common of these mistakes can be corrected by been a little more careful and attentive.
Here are the top mistakes coffee lovers make while using percolators and how to avoid them.
Allowing the water to boil
The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is between 92-96°C, yet some people erroneously believe that the water in the percolator should be allowed to boil.
This is wrong and would most likely burn the coffee or over-extract the elements resulting in a very bitter brew.
While using a stovetop percolator, it is important to allow the water to get really hot but never let it boil.
Using the wrong measurements
Another apparent mistake is not accurately taking the correct measurements of the coffee grounds and water.
Adding too much water or too little water or excess coffee grounds will definitely produce either a terribly watery or an awfully bitter coffee drink.
The standard measurement is one tablespoon full of coffee grounds to 8 ounces of water.
Using the wrong grind size
For a percolator, finely ground coffee do not yield good result.
Coarse coffee grounds produce much better brew.
So next time make sure you have medium-sized coarse coffee grounds ready before uncoupling your percolator.
Percolating for too long
This is usually a mistake with stovetop percolators.
Electric percolators automate this process but for the stovetop percolator you are in control.
And the ideal percolating time is 5-10 minutes.
If you carefully stick to the above, you’ll experience a dramatic change in the taste and quality of your coffee.