How to Make Coffee in a Percolator

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A percolator is a type of coffee maker that uses a filtration system to brew coffee. It consists of a pot with a chamber at the bottom for holding ground coffee beans and a separate chamber at the top for holding hot water. As the water in the top chamber is heated, it percolates, or filters, through the ground coffee in the bottom chamber, and then flows back up into the top chamber, where it is ready to be poured. In this guide, we will go over the basic steps for using a percolator to make coffee.

How to use a percolator

Before you begin, make sure that you have all the necessary equipment. This includes the percolator itself, a coffee scoop or tablespoon for measuring the ground coffee, and a mug or carafe to pour the coffee into. You will also need cold water and ground coffee beans.

Step 1: Fill the bottom chamber of the percolator with cold water. The amount of water you use will depend on the size of your percolator and how much coffee you want to make. As a general rule, use one scoop or tablespoon of ground coffee for every six ounces of water.

Step 2: Place the ground coffee in the filter basket, which is typically located in the top chamber of the percolator. Make sure the filter basket is securely in place.

Step 3: Place the percolator on the stovetop and turn the heat to high. As the water begins to boil, it will percolate through the ground coffee and then back up into the top chamber. This process will continue until the water has all percolated through the coffee and the coffee is ready to be served.

Step 4: Once the coffee is ready, carefully remove the percolator from the stovetop and pour it into a mug or carafe. Be careful, as the coffee will be hot and the percolator may be heavy. If you want to serve the coffee immediately, pour it into a pre-warmed mug or carafe. If you want to keep the coffee hot for later, pour it into a thermos.

Some helpful tips

  1. Be sure to adjust your coffee-to-water ratio as you learn your preference
  2. Clean your percolator after every use.
  3. Experiment with different types of coffee beans and grinds to see which you like best.

Percolator coffee is often strong and rich, with a full-bodied flavor. It is a great option for coffee lovers who enjoy a traditional and robust cup of coffee. Keep in mind that it can take a little bit of practice to learn how to use a percolator and brew coffee to your liking, but with time and patience, you will master the art of making coffee with a percolator.


In conclusion, percolators are a simple yet effective coffee-making device, that can produce a great cup of coffee with a little bit of patience and practice. Just remember to measure the coffee and water correctly, clean your percolator after every use, and experiment with different types of coffee beans to find your perfect brew.

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