Statistics by the National Coffee Association Survey of 2013 asserts that 83% of American adults drink coffee making the country the largest consumer of the beverage drink.
While 58% of coffee drinkers brew their drink in the same way every morning, more people are becoming concerned with how to achieve that perfectly flavored cup.
The percolator may have met its fair share of competition in recent times but many argue that this device still remains the best way to make oneself a fresh ground cup of coffee.
This is provided a careful control of the brewing process is observed. Percolated coffee has been praised for being hotter and an inexpensive means since aluminium lasts longer and is cheaper to acquire.
This wonderful device has also been praised for its ability to be used in various locations owing to the fact that one is not limited to electricity as any source of heat can be used for the process.
The device works by passing boiling water up and down a vertical tube over grounds placed on top of the basket then gravity pulls down the cooled water and the process is continued in a cycle.
One of the unyielding challenges has always been how to keep grounds out of percolated coffee. A lot has been said on the topic but in reality it couldn’t be any simpler to keep the grounds out of your coffee.
Coffee lovers agree that the rule of the thumb should be to leave the grinds coarse as this will prevent them from going through the filter as the boiling water cycles.
It goes without saying that clean filtered water and a clean coffee pot should always be used before starting process as any dirt translates into the flavor of the coffee.
Freshly roasted beans should also be kept in air tight containers away from light rather than in a freezer.
It is also advised to wet the basket before adding the grounds as this goes a long way to help prevent the small grinds from sifting through.
Rapid boiling is another tip to take note of as it causes the grounds to overflow out of the basket and this will make the coffee bitter.
Once the process is done one not should be in a hurry instead give the coffee a few minutes to rest and to allow any grounds that may have sifted through to settle.
When pouring a mesh strainer is recommended for use.
The relentless percolator has stood the test of time since its early invention days in the 18th century when the inventor Benjamin Thomson promoted the drink for its stimulating benefit.
A lot has changed over the years for this revolutionary device from the introduction of the drip coffee maker in the 1970’s to the most recent French press.
But the true coffee lovers insist on the convenience of the percolator.