Making coffee with the percolator

You will probably have heard of it, a percolator. It's a mini coffee maker that used to be unimaginable. The percolator has never made it easier to make coffee manually. The percolator is also known for the fact that you can easily make coffee without electricity. This can be useful when you go camping, for example.

The percolator is still widely used today, but what has changed? How do you make the best cup of percolator coffee? What do you need for this? And most importantly, does it taste as good as a cup of coffee from a regular coffee maker? These are all questions that we will answer for you in this article!

How long does it take to make coffee with a percolator?

Making coffee with a percolator falls under the category of slow coffee.
Brewing coffee with a percolator can take up to 10 minutes.
You can make several cups with this.

What is the best percolator?

There are many types and sizes of percolators. For example, nowadays there is already an induction percolator, for people who only have an induction plate. You can make this mini coffee maker as expensive as you want. For example, you can opt for a percolator with stainless steel, so that it lasts extra long. Perhaps you have a large family that likes to drink coffee, then a larger percolator is also useful.


For this test we use a large induction percolator with stainless, this costs € 100.
We also used a mini percolator, which has all the basic needs of a percolator, this costs € 7.50 . Both devices are easy to order online.

What is the best coffee for the percolator?

The percolator uses ground coffee. Which flavor and brand completely comes down to your preference. For this test we use deliciously ground White coffee, which in addition to its taste also provides an irresistible smell!
Be aware that the percolator is not designed to make an espresso.

How do I make percolator coffee?

It may look a bit exciting, but it's easier than you think!
However, there are a few things to watch out for. However, if you follow this step-by-step explanation, you'll be fine.
To make percolator coffee, you don't need anything more than the percolator itself and ground coffee.

Step 1.
Fill the percolator with water.
You determine the proportions when making coffee with a percolator.
A handy tip is to first fill your cup with water, and then put it in the percolator. to pour. This gives you exactly enough coffee for what fits in your cup or cups.
The percolator consists of different parts. In the photo below you can see that the percolator consists of the lower water reservoir, the filter in the middle for ground coffee and the upper cabin intended for the final coffee.
Pour the water into the water reservoir located on the bottom of the percolator. You do this by first unscrewing the percolator, and then removing the filter for ground coffee.

Step 2.
Place the ground coffee filter back on the lower water tank. And then put ground coffee in it, with the taste of your preference. In some cases an extra metal filter plate is included. You then have to place this on the ground coffee. If that's not the case for you, then you don't have to worry about this.

Step 3.
Tighten the top half of the percolator again with the rest. You can then place your percolator above a heat source. Pay close attention to whether or not you have an induction percolator.If this is not the case, then of course do not heat it up on an induction plate!

Step 4
You have to pay extra attention to this step . There are 2 important things that can go wrong if you don't pay attention. If you want to heat up the water in the percolator, make sure you do it on a medium to low heat. If you don't do this, a lot of bitter ground coffee pieces will end up in your coffee.

Secondly, it is important that you stay close to your percolator when it is heating up. When you heat up the percolator, you will hear the water bubbling, because it will start to boil.
As soon as you no longer hear the water bubbling, remove the percolator from the heat source. If you don't do this, your percolator can break quickly, and we obviously don't want that.

Once you've done this, it's best to wait until the percolator has cooled down, or you can grab the percolator with a cloth and pour the coffee into your cup. From that moment on you can enjoy a delicious homemade cup of coffee!


How does a percolator work?

The operation of a percolator is simple yet interesting.
It goes like this.
When the water in the water tank is heated by the heat source, the water slowly but surely starts to boil, causing it to to rise. This water rises through the tube located at the bottom of the filter.
Due to the pressure, the water passes through the ground coffee straight to the upper cabin. Through this process, the water takes all the aromas with it, for a delicious cup of coffee full of taste

How does the coffee taste from a percolator?

Of course it is important with this question whether you have mastered the correct water-to-coffee ratio, and that there are no bitter particles in your coffee. This is a matter of practice and try. Once you master this technique, you can make coffee that may be even tastier than any other coffee maker.

A cup of coffee full of delicious aromas like you've never tasted before. In case you were wondering, the coffee tasted the same in our case from both percolators we tested. The difference in price is therefore in the durability and handiness of the percolator.

Disadvantage of the percolator

Brewing coffee with this percolator is a technique that you will have to master, and more importantly, get a feel for it. You'll have to try different speeds and ratios to find out what you like best. Unlike a coffee maker that does all this for you.

3 useful tips for the best result

1. Make sure you maintain a water-to-coffee ratio of 70 grams of coffee to 1 liter of water.

2. Use ground coffee with a medium grind. This will be best absorbed by the water and will ensure the best result.

3. First fill your cup with water and then put it in the water reservoir, so you have just enough coffee for your cup!

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