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Topic: Percolator coffee (13 msgs / 388 lines)
1) From: MSMB
I found an old stove top percolator and tried making my morning coffee with
it.  I think I used this years ago, but can't remember. And I think I liked
it.  
Perhaps I made the coffee wrong.  I put in measurements as for automatic
drip and let it perk for about 5 minutes.  For one thing the coffee was,
logically, way too hot and probably because of that a little bitter. If I
made coffee like this no wonder I used to drink instant coffee.  
Does anyone regularly use this and dare there any tricks to getting a good
cup of coffee from it?
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2) From: Yakster
My in-laws swear by perc pots (electric) that they find at thrift store, but
I have my doubts.  Their latest one is disgusting and I try to clean it up
every time I'm over there without breaking the plastic basket insert.  I
swear by the Aeropress for making 1 - 3 cups at a time.
I think you want to grind coarser then drip.  I think you can and maybe
should dose less since the boiling water re-circulates through the grounds.
Strangely, I have a massive percolator that I've taken camping (28 cup, I
think) that I'll put over the camp fire and I think it makes great coffee.
I haven't used it since I've gotten really into home roasting, though, so
nostalgia could be kicking in, but nothing beats piping hot coffee when your
huddled up around a camp fire.  Works great for family camping trips with 10
or more people.  After the coffee is strong enough, you take out the basket
and leave the pot on the fire to keep the coffee warm without overextracting
it even more and making it bitter.
For small trips this summer, it'll probably be an Aeropress but I'll bring
the pot for hot water.
-Chris
On Fri, May 15, 2009 at 8:08 AM, MSMB  wrote:
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3) From: Barry Luterman
Can't be done. Perc Coffee is one step above instant. That life is well
behind you now. Don't look back.
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4) From: Doug Hoople
What Barry said!
Doug
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5) From: Bob
best experience with a perc was preheating the water in the 
microwave and doing a pour-over into the basket ~ my 
FatherInLaw's heat unit went out and this saved the after-dinner 
coffee.
sad to say, he went out and purchased another percolator ...
I drink tea at his house.
Bob

6) From: Gary Townsend
I'll go out on a limb here and say you can make a passable  cup of coffee
with a percolator.
I have the older all glass Pyrex 8 cup Corning-ware model and use a glass
top electric stove.
1st get everything set up, and run it through a wet cycle (do not add in the
coffee) and let things heat up to operating temp.
Remove the coffee pot from your stove top, add in coffee, & quickly return
back to your heat source.
Next, start the timer, when the water 1st hits the grounds. @ 3 minutes, 45
seconds, remove from heat source.
Let everything settle for a minute, then taste it. If it's too weak, add in
more coffee, or adjust the particle size a little finer.
Use what you have on hand, use your imagination, and try to make it work for
you.
 I used a perc pot for many years on a Coleman gas stove in the back of a
Bradley Fighting Vehicle. I had 1st Sergeants and Sergeant Majors locate my
position and drive off road, just to get me to fill up their thermos and
share a story or 2. Since I retired 5 years ago, I learned how to roast my
own coffee and correctly brew it under many methods. Myself, I use a Chemex
every workday, and a Yama Vacpot on weekends. I fire up my 5 year old Livia
90-S espresso machine whenever I'm in the mood for something different.
FWIW, Gary
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7) From: Terry McVay (rr)
Yes, Back away from the percolator.... You may be able to use it as a drip
machine by putting grounds in the basket and pouring "just off of boiling
water" over them...

8) From: Terry McVay (rr)
Thanks Gary, you just reminded me that coffee is the farthest thing from 
religion... whatever you say about it for yourself is true!

9) From: Daniel Owen
I do find it interesting how many people swear by their perc pots. On of the
most common comments I receive on the coffeefaq.com site is from people
telling me that my review of the perc pot is wrong because they love their
perc. The science just isn't there so I stand by my comments but it is
interesting how many people love perc coffee. I have theorized that maybe if
you are drinking cheap coffee maybe the perc does manage to produce a flavor
profile that is desirable but  not with our better more nuanced coffees that
are available today.
Having said that, I always say if it's your prefereMnce go for it. After all
I think fast food burgers taste good even though they are not fine dining.
Maybe for some people perc is good enough or even best but I'll pass.
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10) From: Brian Kamnetz
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11) From: Doug Hoople
Let's also not forget that, back in the old days of perked coffee, we'd also
reheat it the next day and attempt to drink it. My father teases me to this
day about how I won't let him reheat his brew.
Remember that great FedEx Satruday delivery ad, with the long-faced,
sad-eyed guy drawling in puzzlement, "This was good YESterday"
They didn't make that up.
I remember that we used to like our coffee that way, I just can't understand
how!
Doug
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12) From: Tom Ulmer
A percolator makes a good strong cup. In my opinion it is superior to drip -
especially filtered.
A similar analogy in my mind would put drip filtered brew on par with
fountain soda as compared fresh six ounce glass bottle. I guess that makes
the science lacking...
With that said, poor quality coffee will taste like poor quality coffee no
matter the preparation method.

13) From: Yakster
I know my in-laws take their perc coffee with chicory (if they don't buy it
blended in and pre-ground, they add loose chicory to the coffee) and
sweetened condensed milk with splenda.
I think that there is a lot of ties to the old days with the perc fans... I
mean they're going out of their way to find perc pots at thrift stores to
keep the tradition alive.  My father-in-law likes to tell the story of his
youth were breakfast was a very strong cup of coffee and some bread to mop
it up with.  Both my daughters and my niece were introduced to coffee as
infants but have since given it up.
Nowadays, when I put the water kettle on to make AP coffee, my youngest
requests a hot chocolate shot (in a shot glass because she won't drink more)
and my oldest will ask if there's any hot water left for making tea.
-Chris
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