If you grew up in the 1940s and 1950s, it’s more likely you saw a coffee percolator like one of these on your parents’ stovetop. The origins of the percolator go back to about 1818 in France. Prior to that, coffee was made in vacuum pots or boiled. By the middle to late 1800s travelers immigrating to the United States from Europe brought these percolators with them. Many of these pots made coffee for families that used wood stoves on their journey westward.
Stovetop coffee percolators are known for their simplicity, ruggedness, and flexibility. You can use them on a campfire just as easily as you can at home on your stove. The trick to making a superb brew with these percolators is to make sure that you do not apply too much heat – the coffee must perc at a slow, steady rate so that the water is kept at the ideal temperature to extract the full flavor from the grind without burning.
Most of the makers come with plastic domes, but it is easy to replace them with a glass dome kit.
Farberware Classic Yosemite Stainless Steel Percolator
Sleek and contemporary, this gleaming percolator brews from four to eight cups of coffee on the stovetop for full, old-fashioned flavor. A permanent filter basket (no messy paper filters needed) provides modern efficiency. The handle is synthetic (to stay cool) and slightly textured, a combination ensuring safe, comfortable pouring. Because the percolator is made of highly polished 18/10 stainless steel, the beauty of its gleaming mirror finish is long-lasting. To fully maintain the finish, the percolator should be hand-washed, although the filter basket and glass cap can go into the dishwasher.
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Copco 4- to 8-Cup Polished Stainless Steel Stovetop Percolator
The percolator’s polished stainless steel exterior and stepped base give it a vintage look and its brewing methods are strictly old school; however, its construction is completely up to date. This pot brews about 4 to 8 cups of coffee and a handy water level indicator etched into the side ensures that brewers add the appropriate amount of water for their grinds. For safety, the plastic handle stays cool over a hot burner and the spout provides dripless pouring.
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Coleman 14-Cup Enamelware Coffee Percolator
Make coffee for the whole gang, at the campsite or at home, with the Coleman 14-Cup Coffee Percolator. The enamelware percolator is durable and stands up to heavy use. A clear-glass knob in the percolator lid lets you see the coffee as it brews, so you can decide whether it is dark enough for your liking. The Percolator is designed with a large handle for easy pouring and is easy to disassemble and clean.
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