Brewing coffee with a percolator

What you'll need:

12 cup Percolator

4 ounces coarse ground coffee. When we use a percolator while camping, we love using our Great Basin Blend or Guatemala Single Origin. 

64 ounces (8 cups) of water

Step 1

Take the stem and basket out of the percolator body. Add 8 cups of water.

Step 2

Bring water to a boil.

Step 3

While the water heats up, grind your coffee. You want to use a fairly coarse grind to prevent the fine grounds from slipping through the basket into the pot. Take note of the setting you use so you can adjust accordingly for the next batch.
Add the grounds to the basket. 
Step 4

Once the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer to prevent burning your coffee and ending up with an ultra bitter cup. Place the stem and basket into the percolator. Make sure the lid to the basket is tight to prevent grounds from escaping. 

Step 5

If water does not start percolating within a minute increase heat slowly and incrementally. Take a note of the time (or start a timer) when the water starts to percolate through the coffee so you can replicate or adjust the next batch. How long you let it percolate with depend on how you like your coffee but it should take between 6 and 10 minutes at most.

Step 6

When it’s ready, take it off the heat. Before you start pouring your coffee into mugs, take out the basket and stem to prevent grounds from getting into the brew.

Percolator coffee is best enjoyed with friends around a campfire.


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