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Not Your Grandma’s Coffee – How to Properly Use a Percolator

Everyone has their favorite method of making coffee, but few readily admit to loving the percolator. While using a percolator has gotten a bad rap from coffee enthusiasts, there’s something homey and comforting about making a cup of coffee the way our ancestors did, back in the day. Luckily, with a few tricks, the coffee you get to drink won’t taste like it, too, is an ancestor – best relegated to the past. The three key elements to any good cup of coffee, but particularly with a percolator, are these: Water, Ratio, and Temperature. When using an electric machine or a pour over, we generally have guides – a measuring spoon, a scale, notches on a carafe. Percolators, especially old ones, offer none of these luxuries. Making sure you have the right amount of water, and the right ratio for your taste of coffee to water, will ensure that your coffee isn’t too weak or strong. Filtered water is of course ideal. Fill the bottom well with the right amount of water for how much coffee you want to make. Add …