Looking for an old school coffee technique to impress your friends with? While stovetop percolators have fallen out of favor as it is notorious for producing some bitter notes in an otherwise good coffee it still remains a popular coffee maker choice for those who want to take a trip down memory lane. Percolators were once the preferred method of coffee making as it required very few moving parts, little investment and most importantly little space.
This brewing process is still commonly used when camping as it yields a good amount of coffee with little effort or weight. In fact, you can often find coffee percolators at sporting goods stores on clearance as most people would not think to get them there but stores still stock them.
Coffee percolation is the process of steam passing through the coffee beans. It is a simple process that requires little hardware or time. In fact, most coffee percolators often get confused with tea kettles for their similar shape. However, percolating coffee makers are much taller than traditional tea kettles.
To prevent an overly bitter brew we suggest paying close attention to the temperature. Higher temperatures with this brewing method are known to produce much more bitter flavors. If you enjoy a more bitter flavor than percolators would easily be the brewing method of choice. If not, then it is a pretty inexpensive way to make a retro cup of coffee.
This high volume coffee maker will be able to brew enough for your entire crew and then some. We like the durable enamel finish that not only looks great but is pretty hard to chip or dent. It’s durable finish and overall weight make it a great option for campers who are in need of a caffeine fix while outdoors. If you are looking for a high volume durable percolator than this would be the obvious choice.
Medelco provides another great option for those looking for a more refined look but still want an easy to use setup. This percolator is made of thermal-shock resistant glass which not only looks cool but is extremely durable. An 8 cup coffee maker should do the trick for most mornings and you can also store the remainder in the glass container for later without losing much of the flavor.
Another offering from Coleman, this percolator is made of strong stainless steel and retains the familiar no frills design of yesteryear. This stainless steel coffee peroclator makes for a corrosion and flavor resistant finish meaning your coffee will always taste pure with no remnants of previous brews. At 12 cups this makes for a great option for brunches or smaller get togethers.
The 8 cup coffee percolator made by Faberware is one of the most popular options for this home brewing method. It has a built in filter so there is no need to waste paper or have a need to carry them when camping. This unit is also dishwasher safe so there is even less worry about cleanup. The convenient “stay cool” handle makes for easy pouring and helps minimize the risk of burning yourself as we all tend to do before our morning coffee kicks in.
Cook N Home offers another retro no frills coffee percolator that can also double as a tea maker. The easy view top makes watching the percolation process a breeze. This pot also features a flavor resistant finish, a permanent filter basket, and is dishwasher safe. If you are looking for a stovetop percolator coffee maker that can also double as a tea kettle we highly recommend this model.
As you can see this is a great budget friendly home brew coffee option for those of us who prefer a slightly bitter flavor and an old school no frills approach to coffee making. We encourage you to give this brew process a try at home or while roasting marshmallows at the campsite.
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