This battered and worn Revere Ware copper bottomed percolator sat on my mother’s stovetop for as long as I can remember. Now, it looks vintage and it IS vintage.
As is the sound of coffee perking. How many of you remember this distinctive Maxwell House TV ad from the 1950s? That little perking song is such an earworm!
Maybe there was a time when my mom’s pot perked regular instead of decaf. I can’t remember, since decaf was the coffee of choice as she got older. But the pot was such a fixture in her kitchen that I had to have it when we cleaned out the house after she died.
Right now it lives on a shelf in my San Jose home office. I haven’t made coffee in it–I just like to look at it.
I came up in the Mr. Coffee era, so my own coffee pots have always been drip pots. Electric, of course. But in my own homes, we never heard the cheery sound of coffee perking.
However, when we visited my sister-in-love in Rochester, she’d perk coffee for us in an electric Farberware pot. I really did love her coffee. So I knew that I’d give a percolator a try in our second home in Rochester.
In August, as i waited for this house to be completed, I bought an electric percolator. We’ve been making coffee in it every morning since October 22. The verdict? We like the coffee it makes much better than that from any drip pot we’ve ever owned and it is certainly MUCH faster. We have a full pot of perfect coffee in less than 8 minutes. Our drip pots lag that by a long shot and as they age they are even slower. Plus the coffee in our drip pots are quickly exposed to air and get bitter after just a few minutes. Not true of perked coffee, in a largely air-tight percolator.
We’ve become converts to perked coffee and I expect to try mother’s stovetop pot (for the heck of it) as soon as I get home. Which we hope will be in March, Covid willing. We’ll end up buying another electric percolator, though.
Here’s the electric percolator I bought this past summer in case you’d like to know or even get one, yourself.
And I’d love to know where you sit on percolators vs. drip coffeemakers.
Let me know what you think in the Comments.