Have you ever made coffee in a percolator? I must confess, I am something of a coffee snob (yes, I worked at Starbucks for awhile and have a thing for French presses). In my humble opinion, coffee is at its best when It is smooth and black and bursting with flavor—no cream or sugar to lighten things up for me. For awhile my preferred method of brewing was the French press, but now I use my percolator almost exclusively. Why? Well…
First of all, I love the way an old-fashioned percolator looks. Mine is from the 60’s, as is apparent from its design. My mom laughed when I first made her coffee in it--she told me her mother had one just like it and used it to make coffee every morning. J
Secondly, a percolator—in my experience—makes excellent coffee. Quite possibly the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. Oh goodness, it’s yummy! Don’t get me wrong—I still enjoy and appreciate a nice French press. But coffee in a percolator is a little lighter--no quick so thick and heavy.
After doing some research on percolating, I realized that most coffee experts and snobs (remember, I am a coffee snob too) very much disagree with my high estimation of the percolator (see here and here for example). I can understand the reasoning behind this—the water gets hotter than is desirable (when brewing coffee, the water should not get hot enough to boil), which causes it to extract too much acidity from the grounds. This creates a coffee that is bitter and unpleasant to drink. Or at least that’s what they say. However, like I mentioned above, I have had only good experiences with my percolator and intend to go right on enjoying it. J
What's your favorite method of brewing coffee?