Here are the steps on how to make coffee with an electric percolator:
- First, clean the electric percolator. Be sure to wash it with hot water and soap before every use. Clean the interior part of the tube with a pipe cleaner or long, thin brush. Also clean the filter basket, percolator lid, basket lid, the inside of the pot and the water pipe. Cleaning your percolator will remove any unwanted taste and smell.
- Next, freshly grind the coffee beans for best results. Do not leave ground coffee unused for too long as the flavor will be lost.
- Put the tube in place.
- Place water into the electric percolator until it reaches just under the line on the tube where the basket will rest.
- Next, put the basket and add the coffee grounds.
- Tightly fit the lid on the basket inside the percolator.
- Switch the percolator on.
- Check the brewer until it stops percolating and switch it off.
- Take extra caution so you won’t burn yourself. Remove the percolator’s lid and remove the whole filter stem as otherwise the steam from the coffee will condense and drip over the used coffee grounds and will make your coffee bitter.
- Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy!
It takes about five to six minutes to complete the coffee-making cycle in an electric percolator. Some types of electric percolators have a light indicator to tell you if your coffee is ready. Be sure to unplug the coffee maker so it will cool down and eventually remove all the parts and clean them. Never submerge your electric percolator in the water when cleaning it since the parts will be damaged. Use a wet sponge or washcloth instead to clean the pot’s interior.
How much coffee should I use with an electric percolator?
You should use one heaped tablespoon for every five ounces of water if you are using an electric percolator. The amount of coffee and the type of grinds that are used for an electric percolator differs from a drip coffee maker or French Press machine.
Use a standard coffee measuring spoon and a coarse grind that is larger than sand or sugar particles. Use regular ground coffee but do not use the finely ground or drip coffee grounds since these are too fine and may flood the percolator basket.
If your percolator can hold 25 ounces of coffee you can make at least five servings. You can achieve this by dividing the amount of water you put in your percolator by five to determine the number of servings. If you like light coffee, use half of a standard coffee measure cup. For medium coffee, use at least three quarters and if you want strong coffee use a whole standard coffee measure cup.
Recommended electric percolators
Here are our recommended electric percolators:
This electric percolator is made of stainless steel and has a capacity of 12 cups. It weighs 2.9 pounds and makes two to 12 cups of coffee with a speed of a cup a minute, keeping it piping hot automatically. It has an easy-pour spout with a traditional design and luxurious stainless steel construction including the filter basket and perk tube for seamless cleaning. It features a signal light that indicates when coffee is ready to serve.
The Cuisinart electric percolator has a capacity of 1.7 liters and operates on 1500 watts. The cordless coffee maker has a concealed heating element with six preset heat settings for steeping tea and has a blue LED indicator light. Its features include a two-minute memory function, a 30-minute keep warm button and a 360-degree swivel power base for cordless convenience. It also has a blue backlit water window, removable washable scale filter and boil-dry protection with an auto safety shutoff system.
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