This magnificent percolator was a thrift shop find. When I spotted it among several inconsequential artifacts on the top shelf in the back of the store, I couldn’t believe it was in such pristine condition. On my tiptoes, I pushed my way through a couple of naked troll dolls and a used Flowbee to grab it. A couple of bucks later, it was mine.
David once told me that his beverage instructor at culinary school said that the best way to prepare coffee was in a percolator. I hadn’t used one since college, and when I did use it, I didn’t have the proper grind, so it tasted strong and gritty. I wanted to give it another try. Unfortunately, I don’t own a burr grinder, so David bought a bag of Peet’s House Blend and ran it through the one at Kroger.
After washing my new prize several times, I got ready to prepare a fresh pot of coffee. I was a bit nervous that maybe this fabulous find was just beautiful on the outside, an immaculate gadget that didn’t actually work. I carefully poured water in the pitcher, anticipating a leak. Nope. It held. Next, I filled the basket with coffee and stationed it back inside the pitcher. Again, it held. Lastly, I unraveled the cord and plugged it in. Almost instantaneously, tiny bubbles shot upward and the gurgling started. Woo-hoo!
It was good! Certainly better than the standard coffee maker version. Most people don’t use percolators anymore, but even if you have a nice Keurig, I recommend trying a percolator. It allows you to slow down and savor the brewing of a fine cup of stump water (as my dad calls it).