More than 10 years ago, I bought a stovetop coffee percolator, just in case I might need it. I never used it.
I figured it was simple to use-- just put water in the bottom, coffee in the top, and boil on the stove, right?
Well, yes, but there's a method to using it-- otherwise, the coffee will be no good.
So today, I finally taught myself the right way to use a stovetop percolator.
How much water and coffee depends on how many cups you want; I made four.
Four cups of water, five tablespoons of coffee. Note that the standard is ONE tablespoon of coffee to ONE cup of water, but I like my coffee a bit stronger, so I add an extra tablespoon.
You don't need to add a coffee filter if you use coarse ground coffee, which you're really supposed to use for percolators anyway. To get coarse ground coffee, you have to buy whole bean coffee and then grind it with a coffee grinder on the coarse setting.
Once you've added your water in the bottom and coffee in the top, put it on the stove. If you have a gas stove, use medium heat; if you have an electric stove, use medium high heat. Bring the water to a boil.
Watch the top of the coffee pot. It will have a see-thru knob. When you see water coming up through the knob, reduce the heat a notch or two and start the timer.
You want it to "percolate" for 8 minutes.
When 8 minutes are up, turn off the heat and remove the coffee maker. Let it cool for a couple of minutes.
Notice I wrote this shortly after I wrote my previous article about popcorn. Yep, I had popcorn and coffee. What a combination, for a lonely Sunday evening.