The Percolator is one of the more familiar methods of brewing coffee in the U.S. It works by sending boiling water upwards, through a tube to the top of a perforated basket, where it rains down over the coffee grounds, and back down into the boiling water to start the process repeatedly. Many people still enjoy this old favorite, and with careful timing you can get a wonderful cup.

To 'percolate' means to filter through. It also means to become spirited, lively, just like the bubbling you see inside the glass top of non-automatic percolators. The glass top helps you to see the changing color of the brew and determine its readiness for consumption.

Approximate brewing time for about 6 cups: 5 min. Approximate brewing/serving size: 5 oz/cup.

Stovetop percolators should be watched while brewing, so they can be removed from the heat source when brewing is completed. If left on the heat source for too long, they can cause over-boiling, which tends to release bitterness in the coffee and mask distinct flavors and tastier blends.

Electric percolators make a consistent brew by automatically stopping the percolation when the coffee is done. Most automatically switch to a warming mode after brewing is completed.

Clean your coffeemaker on a regular basis, in order to keep your coffee tasting great every time.

And, of course, use the best coffee you can find. You'll find our selection on the Coffee Beans page. Buy only the amount you'll use within 2-4 weeks, and store it properly. Learn more about coffee and coffeemakers in our brief Coffee Guide.