How to Brew Coffee in a Percolator

One of my cooking groups kept talking about how the best coffee is brewed in a percolator. They were popular in the 1950s and 1960s, but not today. I found one at a thrift store and took it home. It was missing the instruction manual. I looked online and found out how to use it, so I am passing along the information. My percolator is electric, but the instructions are still good if you have one to use on the stovetop.

This is a great way to have coffee for a crowd, or if you drink multiple cups a day. I refrigerate it for iced coffee.

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 cups for my coffee pot

Source: Internet



  1. Take all the parts out of the percolator.
  2. Put the water in. I put the maximum number of cups my percolator holds, 8 cups.
  3. Put the basket assembly, minus the cover, in the hole at the bottom of the percolator.
  4. Use a coffee measure. If you don't have one, it is equal to 2T ground coffee. Use half the scoops as the number of cups of water you put in. Since I put in 8 cups of water, I used 4 scoops of coffee. Put your finger over the hole in the basket to prevent coffee from going through.
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  6. Put the basket cover and the top of the percolator on. If you have an electric percolator, plug it in. If not, put on the stove. You will see the coffee percolating through the glass top. When the coffee stops percolating, it is done. For my full coffee pot it took about 15 minutes.
  7. If you are drinking the coffee hot, pour and enjoy.
  8. I am going to have iced coffee. I unplugged the percolator, removed the top and the basket to allow the coffee to cool.
  9. When cool enough, pour into a pitcher and refrigerate.
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  11. To serve, put in ice in a glass, and add the coffee. Add sweetener and milk or creamer if desired.

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December 22, 20180 found this helpful

I have been using a stove top percolator for years. It makes very hot coffee, which I love. It is definitely cheaper than buying all the little coffee pods and adds less waste to the landfills. When I can find one at a yard sale I grab it.

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