There’s always something new coming onto the coffee scene, reinviting debates over extraction times, temperature preferences, and the constant struggle for the perfect cup to start your day. What’s old is new again with the popular resurgence of percolators. They’re reliable, and when well-made they verge on indestructible.
Brew over gas, electric, or a campfire with sturdy stainless steel, or have all the convenience of an electric drip coffee maker without sacrificing carefully extracted flavor to paper filters. Instead of paper and plastic, percolators hold grounds using a round metal basket under a straw like tube.
Glass knobs on the lid allow you to watch the water perc through the tube and over the grounds. The reusable basket means no contact between your robust coffee and malleable plastic baskets, unlike drip coffee makers. Tinkerers can appreciate the adjustability of a stovetop model, but electric options exist for those looking for a robust cuppa without any desire to break out science early in their day.
Dense 18/8 stainless steel keeps brewed coffee from burning while percolating, and the heavy duty construction keeps your coffee hot longer, while the lightweight aluminum basket conducts heat efficiently without adding excess bulk. A glass indicator on the lid lets you watch the liquid change from water to coffee as it recirculates. Gauged cup measurements make for easy measuring and portion control, and a stay- cool wood handle prevents accidental finger burns.
Moka pots are an incremental step past standard percolators in terms of adjustability. The addition of a pressure element allows careful tinkering to create a brewed coffee with the robustness of percolator brew, and the intensity of espresso, without careful shot pulls or a lesson in ristretto technique. A note about serving sizes- unlike percolators, which use the standard 6oz “coffee cup” measurement as a serving, Moka pots count servings in espresso shot sizes, meaning that this 4.4oz model makes just over 2 servings.