Texsport Enamel 12 Cup Percolator Review

As I’ve said before, there’s nothing like leaving the city for two free weeks of camping, only to realize once you’ve set up the tent that you forgot the coffee pot.

Especially when three other couples are involved and they all know you agreed to bring it.

texsport_porcelain_enamel_12cup_percolatorSo when this happened to us last summer, the wife and I made the mutual decision to fund the group’s coffee habit by driving ten miles each morning into the city limits for Starbuck’s.

That was, of course, until a brilliant couple pulled out their own Texsport Enamel Percolator from their camping gear. It pays to have friends who come prepared.

First off understand that percolator coffee isn’t typical drip coffee. If you want weak, transparent slop, there’s always a corner store or coffee house.

But if you need a thick, strong brew that will snap your eyes open by the smell alone and put hair on your chest, you can’t go wrong with this one.

What We Liked About It

The Texsport Percolator looks like your typical cowboy coffee pot with extras.

It’s appealing and colorful; a 12 cup pot with light blue enamel overlay on thin sheet steel.

The pot is lightweight and easy to toss into a bag or set on a campfire. There are no cords or plugs to get in the way.

This is a typical cowboy-style coffee maker. And it was a trooper for 6 greedy coffee fanatics.

The top is one piece, which was nice. No plastic bubbles are involved with this coffee pot. The lid clips firmly in place and lets you multitask as it does its job.

You can easily put this percolator on the campfire, prepare breakfast; and by the time you’re finished cooking the bacon, coffee’s ready.

The end result is a hearty brew that gives you plenty of energy for the rest of the day.

One pot was enough for the group and by the end of the first week, we were all actually fighting over who got to make coffee each morning.

What Were The Negatives?

My only concern came from the weakness of the basket stem.

I wasn’t familiar with Texsport coffee percolators, so when I went to prepare the brew for the clan the second morning, I was surprised by how easily the stem bent.

10172075Honestly, I worried I had broken it.

A little twisting and tweaking made it bend right back and fit easily into the base, but I wasn’t sure if that was normal.

I told the couple who brought it and apparently that happens all the time. But it’s never snapped for them.

If you don’t use proper fitting filters, or paper towels like we did, you’ll have grounds in the coffee. If nothing else, you can always strain it through regular drip coffee filters.

The handle is made of the same thin steel with enamel coating as the rest of the pot, so it’ll be hot to the touch. Just be prepared or hang out with people who are.

Our Conclusion

The percolator doesn’t look or feel strong enough to last forever, but it does the job. To be honest, the last thing you want on the campfire is a heavy monstrosity.

And at its price point, it really is a good deal. From now on when we go camping, we’ll make it a point to make sure our friends remember to bring their Texsport Percolator as a standby.

We give the Texsport at a solid 4 star rating for its appearance and versatility outdoors

4 / 5 stars     

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