If you’re tired of paying high prices at coffee shops or for mornings when you want to enjoy a great cup of coffee in the comfort of your own home (and pajamas), it’s time to try a coffee percolator. A coffee percolator repeatedly cycles hot water through coffee beans using the gravity inside the stainless steel or aluminum pot until the preferred strength of the coffee is reached. A more time-intensive mode of brewing than electric drip coffee makers, many coffee devotees swear by coffee percolators as being the best way to achieve the perfect cup of coffee. And what is better than that?
There are three styles of coffee percolators, including electric coffee percolators, stovetop coffee percolators and Moka brewing. While electric is faster and doesn’t require as much supervision, stovetop can provide users the ability to customize the heat of their coffee. Moka brewing was designed by Alfonso Bialetti and uses vapor pressure above the water, passing it through the grounds and filter and into a receptacle. Often used in Italian restaurants, the Moka style is commonly found in Europe and ideal for those who like espresso or strong cups of coffee.
Whether you’re looking for a coffee maker for one or something that can serve a large group at once, there’s a coffee percolator for every caffeine fan.
1. Farberware 2-4-Cup Percolator
Brew your coffee quickly and efficiently with the Farberware 2-4-Cup Percolator, which gives users the benefits of a coffee percolator without the extended wait time of a traditional stovetop pot. Made from durable stainless steel, the Farberware has an automatic ‘keep warm’ function that makes it easy to go back for a second or third cup of coffee without having to warm up your beverage. The Farberware has several built-in safety and convenience features, including a cool-touch lid and handle and a detachable cord for easy pouring and storing.
Pros: The Farberware is a fast brewing coffee percolator and can brew one cup per minute.
Cons: The Farberware can brew four cups at most, compared to the Coletti, which has a nine-cup capacity, although both coffee percolators are almost the same size.
2. Coletti Bozeman Percolator Coffee Pot
Get a great cup of coffee no matter where you are with the durable and rugged Coletti Bozeman Percolator Coffee Pot, which is safe for use on stovetops and over campfires. The Coletti features an extra-large nine-cup capacity that makes it ideal for serving large groups. The stainless-steel percolator is finished with a glass cover knob and attractive rosewood handle that gives the percolator a traditional feel and makes it safe to hold even with boiling water inside.
Pros: Coletti advertises its combination of boiling water and convection process as the perfect recipe for getting the hottest cup of coffee possible without ruining the integrity of the beans.
Cons: The Coletti can be used without filters, but if you choose to use filters, only Coletti-brand filters will fit.
3. Bialetti Moka Stove Top Coffee Maker
Make coffee like the Italians with the iconic Bialetti Moka Stove Top Coffee Maker, which makes one mug or 9.2 oz of coffee, perfect for those who like their cup of joe rich, velvety and strong. The polished aluminum percolator is designed and made in Italy in the classic Bialetti shape and comes with a two-year warranty.
Pros: Each Moka comes with the patented Bialetti safety valve.
Cons: Unlike the Coletti and Farberware, the Bialetti is not dishwasher safe.