How Long Does it Take for Coffee to Percolate?

You might think it takes a lot of effort to percolate coffee and that it takes a long time.

But, in fact, there are some definite ways to measure the proper time and it really never takes forever. It ‘s just that there’s a few more thing to do.

The actual time it takes for coffee to percolate of course depends on the method you use and the size of the coffee pot.

Stovetop Percolation

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Let’s take the stove method first. Many people believe the water should be brought to a boil.

It is a mistake.

If the water in the pot is allowed to boil, you are likely “burning” the coffee.

With each perk, you’ll notice the coffee in the dome darkening.

Too much heat releases a nasty burnt bitter taste.

You’ll be able to see the coffee bubble up through the glass dome to see how strong (bold) it’s getting.

Brewing should take about 5 minutes for a stove top percolator. That is a good base point  to figure out if it is ready.

Electric Percolation

Now electrical percolators are a little different.

These usually take 7-10 minutes, and there is less concern about boiling the water or burning the coffee.

An electrical percolator has a constant heat source.

Electric percolators also have temp sensors in the elements to heat the water to that optimal temp.

If you see steam it’s too hot and you are boiling the water.

What about Advantages and Disadvantages of the Various Methods?

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How long does it take to percolate coffee? The answer is it depends.

But I had a physics professor who said that “it depends” was the answer to most questions so I think we can be a little more specific.

Coffee takes from about somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes to percolate depending on whether stove or electric heat are being used.

Percolators are not really the most technological choice for brewing, but they in my opinion, produce the tastiest cups of coffee.

Stovetop percolators do run the risk of over-cooking the coffee.

You need to treat the act of stovetop percolating the same as you would cooking fine food.

Its an art not a technique. With practice you will inherently know the perfect brew for yourself.

Use five minutes as a starting point then adjust the time to suit your taste each time you make a new brew.

The disadvantage is that the modern coffee maker does all this for you requiring little to no attention to the brewing process.

The electric percolator takes away some of the inconsistencies of stovetop percolating but does require a little attention.

At the end of the day percolating makes a tastier cup of coffee so the advantages outweigh any negatives associated with the process.

Sure it take a little more work, but anything worth doing in life does

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