how to use a old glass coffee percolator

How to Use an Old Glass Coffee Percolator

Glass percolators are an iconic way to make a fresh pot of coffee. If you have an old glass percolator, here is a simple guide to get you started.


  • Clean the Percolator

    Make sure you thoroughly clean your glass percolator before using it. Use dish soap and hot water, or a mixture of vinegar and warm water. Then run a cycle without any coffee or water to clear out any soap residue.

  • Grind the Coffee

    Use a medium-fine grind for your percolator. This is slightly finer than what you might typically use in an automatic drip machine.

  • Add the Coffee and Water

    Pour 2 tablespoons of ground coffee into the basket. Then fill the percolator with cold, filtered water to just below the level of the top of the basket.

  • Set the Lid and Heat

    Place the lid on the percolator and turn the heat to medium-high. Once the percolator begins to perk, reduce the heat to medium. Once the brewing process is completed, the percolator will make a distinctive “burping” sound.

  • Let the Coffee Steep

    For optimal flavor, let hte coffee steep for 2 to 3 minutes after brewing has finished. This will ensure that you get the best flavor from your coffee.

  • Serve

    Once your coffee is finished brewing, use a cloth or oven mitten to remove the top of the percolator. Slowly pour the coffee into mugs. Enjoy!


  • Make sure to clean the percolator after every use.
  • Check the seals on the lid to make sure they are tight and secure.
  • Regularly descale the percolator to help keep it in good working order.

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