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May 1, 2002 11:58 AM


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I was in a hardware store today, by the section where various appliances were kept, and I was surprised to see a percolator. I'm amazed that anyone would buy a percolator, since percs are simply incapable of making decent coffee, and drip pots can be had inexpensively. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
What is your guess as to who might buy a percolator?

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  1. Percolators are good for camping trips, but that'sa bout it. They were once popular, so I guess IF anyone is buying them, they're just old-school, or they like that kind of coffee. Could be anyone.

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    1. re: Alan H
      Vanessa On The Town

      When we go camping, we actually take our French Press to make coffee. We just heat the water in one of the cooking pots. Of course, that's only for car camping and you have to be sure to pack it, so that it doesn't break. You can always stuff it in with your sleeping bag.

      1. re: Vanessa On The Town

        I have an unbreakable lexan two cup press I use when camping and backpacking. Combined with my hand grinder and mini espresso maker I do just fine...

        1. re: The Rogue

          OK, I should have been more specific. I meant backpacking, where things like glass, or a grinder would be out of the question.

          1. re: The Rogue

            Hope you don't wake up the cattle. LOL
            See what Billy is holding?

      2. When I was in college and living in the dorms I use an old percolater I picked up for $1 to heat water for herb tea, massage oil, and cheap sake. I removed the innards and would just fill it a third of the way with water and place the bottle to be heated in the water. Then I plugged it in and soon the sake or massage oil was toasty warm. I can't think of any other use for a percolater.

        1. If it's one of those tall narrow ones you can use it to steam asparagus. Much cheaper than buying an asparagus steamer.

          1. I sure like Steve's use of a percolator better than mine. We take a degutted percolator with us when we travel. Use it to heat water for Folgers singles. Keeps us alive until breakfast. Well sorta.

            1. Yep I am old school. I LOVE stove-top percolator coffee. Strong, hot and dark. I use freshly cooked beans and grind just enough to fill the basket. Sometimes I throw in an eggshell which MAY cut the bitterness. What other method lets you control the brewing time ?
              I love driving past the corner Starbucks in the a.m. with my 20 oz. travel mug full of steaming good stuff and watching the yuppie scum queue up for their dose of stylish caffeine. What a boring world this would be if we all had the same taste......

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              1. re: gourmound

                Humorous, but I am neither yuppie, or scum, and I like Starbucks quite a bit. Ironically, for all the Starbucks bashing and accusations of high prices, they are as inexpensive for a large coffee as anyone else in the area.

                1. re: Alan H

                  The quality of Starbucks is good. It is a coffee that tastes good black a telltale sign of excellence.