Coffee is a staple beverage for many Americans. It can be brewed in a variety of methods, but the most common method is using an electric drip coffee maker. If you’re looking to brew your coffee on the stovetop, there are different types of pots and percolators that will do the trick! In this post we’ll take a look at how to make coffee in a stovetop percolator.
What is and how does it work?
Stovetop percolators are pots that contain a tube inside of them that has holes along the side. This type of pot is used to separate coffee grounds from brewed coffee by using gravity. The tube also contains a small chamber with an opening for water and another hole at the bottom where steam can pass through at the moment of boiling.
Stovetop percolators are made with a heat source at the bottom and they work by continuously cycling water from the bottom of the chamber up through this tube until it reaches near boiling. The steam will rise into the top chamber and as it does so, fresh cold water is then pushed into the bottom of this chamber.
Why should I use a stovetop percolator instead of an electric coffee maker or traditional drip coffee pot?
Stovetop percolators make better tasting coffee than electric drip coffee makers and traditional drip pots. This is because the stovetop percolator’s longer brewing time extracts more of the magnesium and calcium from the coffee grounds, which gives it a stronger flavor and bolder taste.
Electric coffee makers as well as regular drip pots brew water at such a high temperature that this strong flavor is lost in the process.
How to make coffee
When using a stovetop percolator, it’s important to understand the principle of how the water is boiled. The boiling temperature of water is dependant on its atmospheric pressure; this means that if you were to boil water at sea level which has a pressure of 760mmHg, it would reach 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit) and take about two minutes.
However, if you took the same pot and placed it above a mountain where there’s less atmospheric pressure, say 600mmHg, the boiling temperature would be lower at 90 degrees Celsius (190 degrees Fahrenheit).
This process can be done with other factors such as altitude or barometric pressure. For example, in Denver which has an elevation of 5226ft above sea level or in a region that experiences bad weather, the boiling temperature can be lowered to between 85 and 86 degrees Celsius (185 to 187 degrees Fahrenheit).
The most important thing to know about how a stovetop percolator works is that when you make coffee with this method, it’s not going to taste as strong as with other methods. This is because the water starts off at a low temperature and rapidly reaches near-boiling once it begins rising up through the percolator tube. The longer the water remains at this high temperature, the more likely you’ll end up with an even stronger flavor with your.
Tips for using your stovetop percolator
Here are some tips you should know when using your stovetop percolator,
– Make sure that the water you’re using is fresh and cold. If it’s warm or has other flavors to it, it will end up affecting the taste of your.
– The first few drops of brewed coffee may contain sediment which is why it’s important to pour this off before serving.
– Once you’ve finished pouring your desired amount, clean the pot by wiping the outside with a damp paper towel. Wipe out any remaining grounds inside along with lingering oils on the metal tube screen so that they won’t burn and affect future pots of coffee flavor.
Common myths about the appliance debunked
– It’s not true that the shape of your percolator maker affects the quality of taste. The reason why it exists is so you can see what’s going on inside without having to lift up the lid.
– The ‘flavor’ setting does not exist! You should use a medium heat to brew or else you may end up with excess scum and bitter tasting coffee grounds.
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