how to use a old glass coffee percolator

Using a Vintage Glass Coffee Percolator

Many coffee veterans who have been enjoying their morning cup of Joe for years are familiar with the classic glass coffee percolator. If you’ve found an old-fashioned glass percolator and aren’t sure how to use it, this article is for you. Read on to learn all about using the vintage glass coffee percolator.

Preparing the Percolator for Use

  • Soak the percolator, including the filter and basket, in hot soapy water for at least 20 minutes.
  • Rinse out the inside several times until the water runs clear.
  • Check all of the components, such as the handle and top, to make sure they are properly attached and secure.
  • Fill the coffee level with cold tap water, up to half an inch below the spout.

Brewing with a Glass Percolator

  • Pour coarse ground coffee, such as for a French press, into the filter basket.
  • Place the filter basket in the percolator.
  • Attach the top of the percolator and turn on the heat source (stovetop or range).
  • Keep an eye on the process. As the water begins to boil, a distinctively percolating gurgle will start to sound.
  • Allow the coffee to percolate until the desired flavor strength is reached (typically between 5 to 15 minutes).
  • Turn off the heat and remove the filter basket.
  • Hold a spoon near the spout to make sure it runs steady and not too hot.
  • Pour a cup of hot percolated coffee, add creamer or sugar as desired and enjoy!

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Empty the contents of the percolator, including grounds and filter basket.
  • Rinse out any grounds that may remain, especially around the edges.
  • Fill the percolator with hot, soapy water and allow to sit for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse the percolator well.
  • Pat dry with a soft cloth and store until the next use.

Using a vintage glass percolator is a unique way to experience the fresh, bold flavor of classic percolated coffee. With a little practice, you’ll fall in love with the taste and convenience of making your favorite cup of Joe with a warm and inviting glass percolator. Enjoy!

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