I picked up one of these recently -
I’ve only made one coffee with it so far, but I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it was. They don’t have the best reputation, but I’d say that’s probably got more to do with the way they were used in the past and the terrible coffee that was put in them. Certainly if you have a look online there’s no instructional videos from anyone in the specialty coffee industry on how to use them. All the videos I watched on YouTube were by American baby boomers taking a trip down memory lane and putting 4 or 5 heaped tablespoons of store bought, pre ground coffee in their percolators then waffling on about how nice the coffee was that they made. Yeah right.
Still, they were worth watching as I learned the basic method then applied the sort of principles that I’d use for making any filter coffee, especially syphon or French Press. The coffee I got from mine was very similar to what I get from my syphon actually. Anyway, here’s what I did:
- Pre boil the water in the kettle
- Weigh everything. Brew ratio is always important and I used a ratio of about 1:13.
- Grind really course. Sort of what people used to recommend for French press. It needs to be course enough that not too much coffee falls through the filter holes into the water.
- As soon as the water had stopped boiling in my kettle I poured it into the perc and placed it over a medium heat on the stove. I popped the coffee in the basket and put it all together.
- Keep the heat relatively low as you don’t want the water to actually boil.
- Once I saw the water start to bubble in the sight glass I started a timer and let it brew for 3 minutes.
- As soon as it was done I took it off the heat and poured it into my mug. It was a bit hot so I let it cool and it was at its best between 5 and 10min later.