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Old 07-03-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Stove Top Percolator 101?

I need some guidance in making coffee in my new stove top percolator! I like my coffee full bodied, but I'm not sure how long is long enough. My pot does not have a glass top. It is an enamel pot. Adjustments can be made but I hate ruining pot after pot of coffee experimenting if someone would be so kind as to help. Thanks
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Honestly you are going to have to makes a few pots for yourself before you find the right combination. Everyone has different taste and theirs might not exactly fit yours.
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My 2 cents worth. Get a teakettle and a Melita #6 filter cone. No mess, great coffee. We have a filter holder that fits into a thermos, so the coffee stays hot.
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A great idea. I may dump my instant coffee and do the teakettle/filter cone thing. Thanks!
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I need some guidance in making coffee in my new stove top percolator! I like my coffee full bodied, but I'm not sure how long is long enough. My pot does not have a glass top. It is an enamel pot. Adjustments can be made but I hate ruining pot after pot of coffee experimenting if someone would be so kind as to help. Thanks
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Once it starts perking, set a 30 second timer, pull it off the heat and pour 1/4 of a cup, and put the pot back on the heat, if it's weak taste again in 30 seconds, if it's right yank the pot off the heat and enjoy.

You'll get a good approximation with the very first pot.

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Old 07-03-2013, 06:07 PM   #6
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I need some guidance in making coffee in my new stove top percolator! I like my coffee full bodied, but I'm not sure how long is long enough. My pot does not have a glass top. It is an enamel pot. Adjustments can be made but I hate ruining pot after pot of coffee experimenting if someone would be so kind as to help. Thanks
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I am not a coffee drinker, but carry a Revere Ware percolator in my Minuet and a Revere Ware Drip Coffee Maker in my Overlander. The directions that I follow were found on a vintage Revere Ware site, but should work with most stove-top percolators with minimal revisions:

Coffee Perking Suggestions
  • Find the beverage cup markings on your coffee pot for easy measuring, and fill to the desired serving level with fresh cold water.
  • (Water should not touch the bottom of the coffee basket.)
    • To help prevent sediment in the brew, run water
      through the percolator basket before adding coffee.
    • Measure proper amount of percolator or regular grand coffee into the basket.
    • Insert basket assembly into percolator. Cover.
  • Place over direct heat.
    • When perking begins, lower the heat to perk gently for 6 to 8 minutes.
    • Rapid perking (boiling) causes bitter flavor and grounds in the brew.
    • Coffee may be served more easily if basket assembly is removed before pouring.
    • Brew proper time at correct temperature.
    • For percolator coffee, perk 6 to 8 minutes.
    • A clear, rich, brown, flavorful cup of coffee is best achieved when brewed without boiling.
  • Coffee is at its peak of flavor immediately after brewing.
    • It can be kept piping hot for serving later,
      but after 30 minutes, coffee loses its flavor rapidly.
  • For strong brew, use 1 coffee measure (2 level teaspoons) of coffee to each 6 oz of water.
  • A coffee serving is 5-1/2 oz of finished brew. Therefore, instructions are written for servings of coffee, not measuring cups.
  • The measurement markings on the percolators are for 6 oz of water per serving. This allows 1/2 oz for absorption by the grounds and for evaporation.
  • Making a full pot of coffee is preferred, but do not make less than 3/4 capacity of the coffeemaker.
  • If mineral deposits collect on flameware, boil a solution of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water for about 20 minutes. Or use the newer product CLR, available at Walmart.
  • Cool before washing, to remove mineral deposits or discoloration from coffee, for other cleaning problems, use non-abrasive cleansers such as baking soda, Bon Ami, Zud, Ajax, Comet or plastic or nylon pads such as Dobie. Do not use metal or abrasive pads.


Revere Ware Stove-Top Drip Coffee Maker Suggestions:
  • Rinse the lower part of Drip Coffee Maker with hot water, place upper part in position and remove the combination water spreader and measuring rod.
  • Place in basket of upper part one slightly rounded tablespoon of drip grind coffee for each cup.
  • Replace water spreader and pour boiling hot water to level desired on measuring rod.
  • Cover. In approximately 7 to 8 minutes (for 8 cups) hot coffee with the most delightful aroma, taste and clarity will be yours for serving.
  • Remove upper part and transfer cover to lower section.
  • Revere Drip Coffee Makers will make 8 to 10 actual servings of coffee.


Good luck with your project.

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We have an old enameled percolator and use Folgers Classic roast dark or black silk. Percolate till it smells like strong coffee. You won't need a spoon...
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Thanks so much to all .... Overlander 64 this is just what I needed. We will soon be going to our first rally and not quite sure how well we will fare without plenty of electricity. I do need my coffee and am much happier with GREAT COFFEE!
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I learned to make perc coffee in the same Revere Ware percolator and 6 minutes seemed to be just the right amount of time... just make sure that you catch it at the first strong perk and lower the flame to the point that you just have a strong steady perk.
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I do need my coffee and am much happier with GREAT COFFEE!
OK, I'll start the flame war. IMHO, you're not gonna' get great coffee out of a percolator. What makes it "perk" is that it boils at the bottom and the bubbles from boiling is what sends the boiling water up the percolator tube. And 212 is too hot for making great coffee. It over-extracts the alkaloids and the coffee gets bitter. Consider either a Melitta style system or a French Press. That way you can boil your water, let it cool just a bit and then brew. And grind the coffee JUST before brewing.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. People are passionate about their coffee. Maybe more so than tires, hitches, etc. So flame away, while I enjoy a great cup of coffee!
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:54 AM   #11
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AirsDream, I'm guessing you don't like your coffee boiled over an open fire with a pinch of salt and egg shell in it either...

Just kidding, we love our French press, too: Amazon.com: Profile For Arizona Airstreamer: Reviews
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We use the same French press insulated by Bodum and live it. I bought a neoprene lunch sack at TJ Max for keeping it scratch less while traveling and also to keep our coffee hot longer. It is not cheap--think about $100. I also found a nice and cheaper one after I bought my Bodum at Ikea. It was insulated and about $28. This was a year ago. I didn't buy it cuz already had Bodum but looked nice and a local restaurant has the Ikea one. We live in the northwest where we love our coffee!
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:14 AM   #13
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I use a thermal french press that I bought at Starbucks a few years ago and it works great for camping. They don't sell them in stores anymore, but looks like you can still find them on e-bay. In a pinch I also use instant Via in case I run out of fresh ground...

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I learned to make perc coffee in the same Revere Ware percolator and 6 minutes seemed to be just the right amount of time... just make sure that you catch it at the first strong perk and lower the flame to the point that you just have a strong steady perk.
Good instructions. Big thing is to lower the heat and just make it perc at a nice pop pop. When time up, Then remove from heat and let it sit a few minutes. Serve in favorite heavy mug.

Something just seems right about a stove top perc pot on a camping trip. Better yet, on a wood fire. Yup.

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