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Why A Stainless Steel Percolator Is The Best Coffee Pot

Updated on March 22, 2013

The Farberware Yosemite Classic is the Coffee Pot For Me!

This is exactly the kind of stainless steel coffee pot I have, and it actually costs a little less today than it did 10 years ago!
This is exactly the kind of stainless steel coffee pot I have, and it actually costs a little less today than it did 10 years ago! | Source

Two Ways To Best Brew Coffee

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator
Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator

This is just a great little percolator. When I got mine ten years ago, it cost about $22! It's quite a bargain now.

Tops 55700 Fitz-All Replacement Percolator Top, Glass, 13/16-Inch to 1-1/2-Inch
Tops 55700 Fitz-All Replacement Percolator Top, Glass, 13/16-Inch to 1-1/2-Inch

Go ahead and order this glass percolator bubble top to replace the plastic one that comes with the percolator. It just screws right on and off again for easy cleaning. You'll never have a problem with it.

Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer black
Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer black

If you just can't wait for your first cup of coffee, this is a dandy little item. You can make yourself a quick cup of coffee in about 3 minutes if you heat the water in your microwave. This is another item you buy once and buy right. It's very high quality, durable plastic that will last forever.

BUNN BCF100-B 100-Count Basket Filter
BUNN BCF100-B 100-Count Basket Filter

You do need a coffee filter with the Melitta one cup. Instead of buying the expensive cone shaped filters, I just get regular filters and fold them into a cone shape. Remember to put your paper cone and coffee grounds into your compost bin!


There’s lots to like about an old-fashioned percolator!

Lately I've seen a picture of a stainless steel percolator circulating on Facebook with the instruction to "Like and share if you remember this and know what it is." Well, of course I know what it is! I have one in my kitchen right now, and it's full of good strong coffee!

I've had my share of other kinds of coffee makers, but none of them can hold a candle to a plain old, stainless steel percolator. I know lots of people want a coffee maker that can be programmed and makes steamed milk and wakes you with the sound of birds singing by a waterfall, but not me. I want a coffee pot that will make good strong coffee and never break!
With a stainless steel percolator, you buy it once and buy it right! That's why I love mine!

I got my coffee pot from Amazon about ten years ago. I expect it to last me the rest of my life and then some. It's a Farberware stainless steel coffee pot for camping. I can use it on an electric burner, a gas flame or over an open fire. If and when all our support systems fail, or in the event of a natural disaster that knocks the power out, I can go out in my backyard, build a fire and make a pot of coffee. You can't do that with an electric coffee maker, no matter how many bells and whistles it has.

The one thing I didn't like about my Farberware coffee pot when I got it was that it came with a plastic bubble on the top of the pot. That's the clear part where you can see the coffee perking. That thing didn't last any time at all, so I ordered a glass bubble, and it has lasted years and years with no problem.

A coffee pot that’s built to last and needs no accessories is good news for planet earth!

In addition to making great coffee, my stainless steel percolator is environmentally friendly. As I said, I will never need to buy another one. It isn't made of plastic that will someday end up in landfill or the ocean. It doesn't have a glass pot to break. It doesn't need paper filters. When I die, one of my family members can take it and keep right on using it. Failing that, it can be recycled right back into usable steel.

When you choose a metal coffee pot for yourself, be sure to get one that is stainless steel, not aluminum. Even though aluminum is highly recyclable and has lots of the good qualities of stainless steel, it is not good for your health. This is especially true with a coffee pot that you will use day in and day out at high temperatures. Under these conditions, more and more bits of aluminum will leach away. These travel your bloodstream and deposit themselves at various points in your body, including your brain. There is a strong suspicion that this can cause Alzheimer's disease, so just avoid that and get a stainless steel percolator!

How To Brew Coffee In A Percolator

It does take just a little bit of patience to make coffee with a percolator. You have to measure the water and the coffee and place the pot over a high flame or on an electric burner set on high. It takes about 15 minutes to start perking. When it does, you need to turn down the heat and let it perk for 7 minutes for good, strong coffee. With my electric burner, I just turn the heat off altogether when the coffee starts to perk and just wait until it stops perking. That takes just 7 minutes, and it turns out perfect.



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      Sally Branche 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Yes, I've been noticing that Suzanne Pleschett has a coffee pot like mine in the old Bob Newhart show, except hers is red! I have a friend who says visiting my house is like stepping back into the 70s! ;D

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      That's an "old-fashioned" coffee pot? Sigh. It's like when I heard someone mention that music systems with CD changers were "20 years ago". Has it been that long?

      I got a coffee maker as a gift and am endeavoring to use it more often. I don't consider myself old.

      Voted up and interesting Sally :-) Enjoy your coffee!

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      Sally Branche 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Well, you have to use your percolator! It's the only way to get a decent cup of coffee! Thanks for your kind words and vote! ;D

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      anndango 4 years ago

      Hi SallyTX. Ya gotta love those percolators! We do have one, but haven't used it in years. I remember the one my grandmother used on her stove, and the sound of the coffee percolating. Voted up and useful.