Electric Percolator Instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

Before drip coffeemakers, homemaker's used an electric percolator to make the morning coffee. Percolators are still popular today and many manufacturers offer at least one style of the coffee brewing machine. Electric percolators are easy to set up and use. The key to great coffee is to buy high quality beans and to use coarser coffee grounds than you would in a drip machine.

Wash and dry all components of the percolator before the first use. Refer to your owner's manual to determine if the percolator can be submerged in water. If not, carefully wash the interior of the pot.

Fill the percolator with water to the fill line marked inside the pot. Some models have markings for less than a full pot of coffee.

Place the stem in the centre of the coffee pot and attach the coffee basket over the stem through the centre hole.

Measure 1 to 2 tbsp of ground coffee for each cup of water in the pot. Spread the grounds evenly around the coffee basket.

Place the lid on the percolator. Some models might have locking lids that are secured by turning the lid clockwise until it is locked in place.

Plug the percolator into an electrical socket. The coffee will begin brewing automatically. On most models, a light will come on when the perking process is done.


After you make the first few pots of coffee in the percolator, you can adjust the amount of coffee used to suit your own tastes. On most models, you can unplug the pot briefly for serving the coffee. Plug it back into the outlet to keep the coffee hot.

Things You'll Need

  • Ground coffee
  • Measuring spoons
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