I have wanted a stainless steel stovetop percolator forever! In my opinion, there is no better way to make coffee but they are usually +$40.
I found one at my thrift store for $8.99 and almost did a dance. The only problem? I did not know how to use it!
Tutorial: How to Use Stovetop Percolator
So how on earth did you make coffee in one of these things? It is very simple! I did some research and then came up with this tutorial:
Basically you take the centre post and filter out, fill the base with water and put the post and filter back in with the coffee. You put it on medium high heat and let it percolate for 8 minutes.
In my video tutorial you will see how all the grounds sort of fall out everywhere so I did try making the coffee with a filter but it just did not taste as pure and beautiful.
See how shiny I got the percolator???!!! Looks brand new!
My solution was to use my Bodum coffee press after I brewed the coffee.
It kept the little ground of coffee out without impacting the flavour. Of course you could just use a sieve and/or get coffee that is large ground.
Iced Coffee & Milk Frother
As much as I like hot brewed coffee, I have fallen in love with iced coffees. My milk frother died so I invested $10 in a Fresco Milk Frother. I just can’t live without iced coffees in the summer!
I came up with a very simple recipe: 1/3 glass of cold coffee + 1 tbsp icing sugar and…
2/3 of a glass of milk.
Let your milk frother do all the work and then add ice.
OMG, such yumminess! The best made coffee on ice finished with a milk frother. This is what I dream of when I think of summer. Delicious!
The stainless steel percolator was in kind of rough shape (see photo above) when I picked it up but after I used my PC Green All Purpose Cleaning Putty Super Strength on it, it gleamed! It makes the best coffee, scents our entire house and now I can have iced coffees from my foodie dreams with it. Not bad for under $10!
Sarah Broadfoot says
I just read a great tip on Twitter for iced coffee – use ice cubes made with coffee so they don’t water it down. Smart, huh?
Suzie Ridler says
Oh that is amazing Sarah, what a genius idea! OK, going to try that too. Thanks!
Let it settle for 90 seconds after the heat is off. Pull the basket and pump out then pour it. No need to filter it. Just use gravity. I don’t get grounds in my coffee.