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Grimakis
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Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013, 5:46am
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I have recently acquired a Farberware Electric Percolator from a flea market.

Does anyone still favor these? Or has perc coffee gone the way of the dodo?
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Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013, 8:13am
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Yes - "favoured" as in they are often very nice retro items with a charm of their own, and some are quite theatrical as they go through the process. I have a glass Proctor-Silex one from the 60's that illuminates inside as it brews.  Quite a conversation piece.

No - not favoured, as in most make somewhere between very bad and just about acceptable coffee.  Some are less bad than others though.

The worst bring virtually the whole pot of water to the boil before any percolating takes place, and then just boil away.  

Some others (mainly the electric ones) have a better design, where a small amount of water is flash boiled in the base, and pumped up and through the coffee.  As it falls and stratifies a little, it is then the colder bottom water that goes through the process (you can watch this happening in the electric glass ones).  

Ultimately though, even with these, when you get part way through the process you are reboiling already brewed coffee, and that isn't a good thing.

Try it though - they are fun to use. You'll probably need fairly coarsely ground coffee to avoid too many grounds in the cup, although you can get filter papers to line the basket in some.
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Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013, 8:43am
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I had one in 1974, a gift from my stepmom who made The Best coffee in hers--but that was then. LOOK at the bottom of yours to see if it has Made in USA embossed on it. For years now they've been made in China and quality took a big decline.

Percolators sort of 'boil' the grounds and I haven't used perc method in a long time---would not want to 'boil' the good stuff I'm dripping these days.
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Posted Fri Apr 5, 2013, 7:41am
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Thanks for the info everybody.

msboo Said:

I had one in 1974, a gift from my stepmom who made The Best coffee in hers--but that was then. LOOK at the bottom of yours to see if it has Made in USA embossed on it. For years now they've been made in China and quality took a big decline.

Percolators sort of 'boil' the grounds and I haven't used perc method in a long time---would not want to 'boil' the good stuff I'm dripping these days.

Posted April 4, 2013 link

Mine is made in USA. Hopefully higher quality than the Chinese models.

The coffee is acceptable. It isn't incredibly flavorful, but it isn't entirely devoid of flavor either. As a college student, this is probably the most convenient way to make coffee in a dorm room, although I usually make Turkish coffee on my hotplate.
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Posted Sun Apr 7, 2013, 1:31pm
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Hey, what kind of coffee are you using in your Farberware?
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 5:53am
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Dunkin' Donuts Original, and UC Breakfast Blend, which a custom roast by Omar's for the University of Connecticut.
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 6:22am
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For my money, the easiest way to brew coffee is a manual pour over drip cone, it also happens to be one of the best ways too, regardless of the money involved... which is not much at all.
Nothing wrong with using what you have but you will find a HUGE improvement in your coffee if you use FRESH beans FRESHLY ground just before each brew.
Fresh beans are less than two weeks FROM THE DAY THEY WERE ROASTED.
Fresh grinding is less than 15 minutes before brewing.

 
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Posted Mon Apr 8, 2013, 10:11am
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Amen----on the fresh roasted/ground beans!
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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2013, 8:30am
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I would, but I really don't have the space to do such things. Small living arrangements at the University. After I graduate, I anticipate grinding.

At the moment all I do is grind for Turkish in the mortar and pestle.
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