Brew 4 to 12 Cups With Home Percolator Coffee Makers

The below Percolator Coffee Pot reviews are for home coffee percolators. For reviews on commercial coffee urns - click here.

Also, the reviews of the coffee urns here are for electric urns, not for stove-top coffee percolators.

Remember the good old days, waking up to the delicious aroma of mom's perked morning coffee?

The pleasant bubbling and gurgling sound of the boiling coffee perk evokes nostalgic memories in many people of the old pre-auto-drip days, when percolators were the standard for brewing coffee.

Boy, was that hot delicious coffee, REAL coffee! - they will exclaim to the sound of the boiling perk and the intoxicating aroma of the coffee filling the air. One of the advantages of coffee perks is that, indeed, they make piping hot coffee, unlike many drip coffee makers of today.

However, if you'll ask coffee experts, many of them will tell you that perk coffee is the worst coffee you may ever taste. The coffee percolator works by continuously and repeatedly heating the coffee grounds. The water is drawn upwards through a tube onto the coffee grounds that are placed in a filter, and it then the brewed coffee liquid runs downs and then back up over the grounds again in a circle. So what happens is that the percolator not only boils the water the a very hot temperature, but it also keeps running the already brewed coffee over the grounds and so it over-extracts the coffee flavors. This is why you sense the delicious coffee aroma, but in fact the taste of the coffee will suffer.

Still, there are different people and different tastes, and many people just happen to prefer perked coffee over dripped filter coffee.

For people who have been using coffee perks for decades, drip makers never come to mind; they love the coffee making process and the taste of perc coffee and won't exchange that for drip coffee.

There are others who just got fed-up of drip coffee makers and decided to switch over to percolator coffee.

4 to 12 Cup Stainless Steel Electric Percolator Coffee Pot

The Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffeemaker is an electric stainless steel coffee percolator designed for home use.

It brews 4 to 12 cups of coffee at about the rate of one cup per minute. The coffee perk is ideal for households with one or several coffee drinkers. In about 10 minutes the percolator brews a whole pot of coffee.

As usually with perks, it makes hot coffee. Beware! the perk itself is hot, too; so be especially careful with children.

Depending on your taste-buds, the perk coffee may even be delicious. It has no plastic on the interior, so you won't experience bad plastic tastes or its alleged health hazards.

The percolator coffee pot features a light indicator that signals when the coffee is ready. The cord of the percolator is detachable for easy storage.

Downside of the Percolator Coffee Maker

Now, here are some things that you may not like about this percolator coffee machine...

  • It makes some noise, just as coffee perks usually do.

  • It has a very short plug.

  • No auto shut-off, no on/off button.

  • No strength settings.

  • No way to determine on the outside amount of coffee left in the perk, neither a glass spot on the top to peak inside.

  • It's made of lightweight, think steel, looks/feels a bit flimsy.

  • Lid sits tight on the perk and may take some effort to remove.

  • Expect build-up, especially in spout. Cleanup may be tedious.

  • Grounds may get in, floating in the pot. To solve this, try using wrap-around paper filters, like the Melitta coffee filters, sitting them into the grounds basket.

    This will prevent coffee particles from getting into the pot. It will also prevent the metal filter from clogging.

  • Your coffee may not be as strong as you would wish. Some people say that you need to add much more coffee than with drip coffee makers to get the same strength.

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    Commercial coffee urns - for commercial coffee pots reviews.

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