How to make percolated coffee

Updated November 21, 2016

While percolating coffee is not the most ideal way to make coffee, true coffee lovers will appreciate the variation in taste that percolating coffee gives from standard coffee makers.

Determine how many cups of coffee you would like to make.

Pour this amount into the urn of the percolator.

Place 1 tbsp of coarsely ground coffee grounds per 1 cup of water in the basket of the percolator.

Place this basket into the urn and heat on the hob. Percolating coffee is also a great choice for suspending over a campfire and heating to a boil.

Heat the water until it boils. When the water boils, it will push through the coffee grounds and the water will begin to brew. This brewing process takes about 5 to 7 minutes.

You can gauge how strong the coffee is by viewing the brewing of your coffee through the glass dome of your percolator. The darker it gets, the stronger it gets.

Remove the basket full of coffee grounds from the urn and pour to enjoy.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee percolator
  • Coarsely ground coffee
  • Hob or camp fire
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