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.
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.