How to Make Coffee in a Stovetop Percolator

How to Make Coffee in a Stovetop Percolator

Do you know how to make coffee in a stovetop percolator? Or do you know why some people serve brewed coffee that is too strong or too weak? These are just some questions that I will be answering in this article.

Well, almost every coffee expert will argue that brewing coffee is the worst method of preparing coffee. I did plenty of research about it and found out that it could be true only when you don’t have the exact procedure of doing it.

For that reason, I found it necessary to address the topic using a comprehensive
step by step guide on how to make coffee in a stovetop percolator.

What You Will Need

     Before we get started, you will need a couple of things;

  • Coffee grounds or beans
  • Percolator 
  • Water 
  • Coffee grinder 
  • Stove 
  • Measuring spoon and cup 

As we can see, this list is made up of basic ingredients and equipment that every kitchen can effortlessly provide.

This guide on how to make coffee in a stovetop percolator have explained briefly how to grind the coffee beans, but if you already have ground coffee with you, well and good. 

How to Brew

To ensure you learn how to make coffee in a stovetop percolator, I have prepared you a step by step guide that is precise and easy to follow.

To ensure you learn how to make coffee in a stovetop percolator, I have prepared you a step by step guide that is precise and easy to follow.

Step 1: Decide the Amount of Coffee You Want to Brew

The first thing to consider when preparing coffee using a stovetop percolator is the amount of coffee you want to brew. Remember, eight ounces of water dissolves one tablespoonful of ground coffee. So, brewing the coffee by this ratio will not make your coffee too strong or too weak, it will just be perfect.

Step 2: Grind the Coffee

Grind the Coffee

Grind the Coffee

Next step is to grind the coffee beans. Avoid grinding the beans into powder since the fine particles can easily find their way into the water and finally into your cup. Also, coffee specialists believe that fine grind can cause the resultant coffee to be a bit strong. 

Step 3: Add Water

Here, add some water to the percolator pot observing two precautions. First, take precaution of the capacity indication line inside the pot, the water level should not go above the indication line. Secondly, add the exact amount of water that matches your coffee grounds. Otherwise, you will ruin the taste of your coffee.

Step 4: Put the Percolator Stem in Place

Stovetop percolators relay on the same principle to perk coffee. For this reason, they all have a chamber for the percolation to take place. Having that in mind, carefully place the percolator stem inside the coffee chamber by sliding it through, not dropping. At this point, your water and percolator should be in place.

Step 5: Add coffee Grounds in the Basket

Add coffee Grounds in the Basket

Add coffee Grounds in the Basket

In this step, add coffee grounds that you had prepared in step two into the basket. Note that some of the stovetops come with a percolator lid and 'spreader'. If your stovetop percolator comes with these parts, place the 'spreader’ on top of the grounds and snap the lid on the basket. 

Keep in mind that this method involves perking coffee using extremely hot water which can result in coffee being stronger than desired. So, I insist, stick to the ratio that we mentioned before for best results.

Step 6: Heat the Percolator

The last and final step is to heat the percolator, place it on one of the smaller eyes of your stove then turn on the stove.

The big mistake that most people make in this step is setting the stove to high heat. This causes the water to heat tremendously until boiling which makes the perking of coffee fast and vigorous resulting to poor quality coffee.

The most important thing is to brew quality coffee which can be achieved by heating water slowing and getting it close to its boiling point without actually boiling the water. For that reason, be sure to set the heat of the stove to be between low and medium.

When the coffee starts to perk, wait for 7 to 10 minutes before turning off the

Final Thoughts 

Having discussed everything you need to know on how to make coffee in a stovetop percolator, I can bet you enjoyed the tutorial, right? Brewing coffee comes with plenty of advantages. For instance, coffee tastes much better than it does when prepared using an electric coffee maker.

Also, experts say that percolators are forever. That is, they don’t wear out not to mention the fact that they are easy to clean. If you found the article to be helpful, I will be glad if you consider sharing it with your friends or leaving a comment.

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About the Author

I’m Megan Ann, mama to 2 and wife to James F. Core. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. In this blog, I try to write useful and informative articles to help you as much as I can with my knowledge.

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