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Coffee Percolators... Yes or no?

Updated on July 11, 2011

One day last February, I woke to a severe afternoon snowstorm and plummeting temperatures, hovering around 27 degrees. Let me explain, I work the graveyard shift and thus, sleep during the day. Sleeping during the day is a challenge. One must battle the persistence of light, it seeps in through the smallest of openings, and the usual daytime sounds, and I can’t tell you how many people call, knowing full well that you sleep during the daytime hours.

On this particular occasion, I woke after a mere four hours of sleep, to the sound of the dogs barking at the mailman, and the happy sounds of children sledding down the hill. They may have been having a good time, but I wasn’t. I laid in bed for a spell attempting to get back to sleep, but to no avail. Like it or not, I was up for the day, and facing another long night at work.

On such occasions, I have one solace; strong, black coffee and lots of it. Wearily I made my way downstairs and prepared the coffee pot. I stood there waiting. There was total silence. The coffee pot had brewed its last pot. The darn thing was less than a year old. What gives? In any case, this was of course, the last straw. I was livid. I stormed upstairs, and woke my husband, informing him of this latest development. On and on I went about the evils of planned obsolescence, and poor quality products. My very patient and long suffering husband listened as he got dressed. Off he went to the nearest coffee shop to buy me a cup of coffee. Meanwhile, I was still steaming. My husband had left the house, the dogs had sought refuge under the bed, and the cats were nowhere to be found. All living things were anxious to escape my wrath.

I sat and contemplated my dilemma. I didn’t want to shell out money on yet another inferior item. Suddenly it occurred to me that my parents had owned the same coffee pot for years. A shiny percolator with a little clear knob on the top that allowed you to see the actual coffee being perked. Excited I opened my laptop and went straight to my favorite online auction site, entering “vintage percolator” in the search engine. To my delight, there were quite a few available, and I settled on a lovely chrome number that had barely been used. It was made in the 1960s, and it was still working! I won that little darlin, and it makes the most delicious coffee imaginable. In addition, I no longer have to invest in coffee filters. Innovation is wonderful, but there are times when old school is definitely better. Others can buy the new fangled numbers with all the bells and whistles. I will stick to what I know works!

Which do you choose?

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    • BukowskiBabe profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the middle of it all.

      Ah, nothing like a good cup of Joe! Thank you for commenting, and I look forward to following your Hubs.

    • Peter Allison profile image

      Peter Allison 

      7 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Hey Bukowski Babe thought provoking hub! You cant beat a percolator for quality - but I like to get my coffee quick so have transferred to a Mr Coffee (don't un-follow me because of that!) I look forward to some good Peets Coffee tomorrow!


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