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Old 05-09-2016, 08:30 AM   #1
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I was reading another post about how bad 12v coffee makers were and it got me to thinking. I purchased a stovetop percolator from Cabelas so I could make coffee without starting the generator. I tried it out at home and the few times ive done it have been a disaster. Either Im using too much heat or not letting it go long enough, i dont know. Ive had the basket overflow and the coffee be filled with grounds, horribly weak coffee and some that you could stand a spoon up in. Does anybody have some tips or instructions on brewing a good cup of coffee using a percolator. I need to know how much coffee for a fairly strong cup as well as how long and how much heat. I figured making it in this manner would leave me with a great cup of coffee but it has ended in defeat.
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It's a messy method. How would you clean out the grounds in an rv? I use a drip basket and disposable filters - much easier.
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Actually this one works great

Amazon.com: Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator: Kitchen & Dining

We put a regular paper basket coffee filter in it and that solves the cleanup issue. You just need to tear a small hole in the filter for the center tube to go through. Fold the filter into quarters and just tear off a small portion at the point.
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that is all we use, we dump the grounds after in a plastic bag, I dont rinse I just add more coffee for the next pot, then rinse outside, I let it perk for 9 to ten minuets, I use a lot of coffee so it is strong

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I was reading another post about how bad 12v coffee makers were and it got me to thinking. I purchased a stovetop percolator from Cabelas so I could make coffee without starting the generator. I tried it out at home and the few times ive done it have been a disaster. Either Im using too much heat or not letting it go long enough, i dont know. Ive had the basket overflow and the coffee be filled with grounds, horribly weak coffee and some that you could stand a spoon up in. Does anybody have some tips or instructions on brewing a good cup of coffee using a percolator. I need to know how much coffee for a fairly strong cup as well as how long and how much heat. I figured making it in this manner would leave me with a great cup of coffee but it has ended in defeat.
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To avoid these problems we simply use freeze dried coffee. You can get some pretty good coffee from some of these packets available at Starbucks and other sources and we like it, we call it our camping coffee.
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Stove top is better than no coffee, but delicious coffee is worth running the gen for
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Does anybody have some tips or instructions on brewing a good cup of coffee using a percolator.
Hi mojoracing, I don't put a lot of thought into mine and it seems to work fine. I put a typical drip coffee maker paper element into the basket (with a slit in the bottom for the tube) to make cleanup easier. I typically put about 3-4 small scoops (maybe 1 tablespoon each??) of coffee in (for an 8 cup pot). Then I put on the stove with heat on about medium until it boils then reducing to a lower heat (but still boiling/percolating) for maybe 5 more minutes (??? not sure, haven't timed it).

I'm not a coffee snob so my coffee may actually be very bad and I'm just not smart enough to know!
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I use a 1969 metal pot i like my coffee strong it makes great coffee much better than a drip style you just have to make a few pots to get it the way you want it every time
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I am trying to find a method to make coffee quickly for an early morning departure without using a generator. I just bought a small french press, but don't like all the "mud" at the bottom of my cup. Any ideas on filters, brands and models that might be better?
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We have a Cabelas 12 cup stove top percolator coffee pot

We use a regular coffee scoop ........4 well rounded ones

Bring water temp up to a boil......first sign of 'perc' in top turn burner down to low and let coffee 'simmer' for 10 minutes.
(Heat should be just high enough for perc to happen)

After 10 minutes...
Remove from heat......remove basket/perc tube
Poor small amount of COLD water across surface of coffee.

Fill up mugs then place pot back on burner on LOW to keep warm

Enjoy.
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I am trying to find a method to make coffee quickly for an early morning departure without using a generator. I just bought a small french press, but don't like all the "mud" at the bottom of my cup. Any ideas on filters, brands and models that might be better?
Don't grind it so fine, medium or corse grind.
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Being from Washington state (and a shift worker for 27 years) we are coffee snobs. That said I love just about all coffee, even cold and day old. Thank you boilerhouse. Our favorite methods in order are espresso, drip, french press, percolator. If you are determined to use your perc. you should use the filters that go in the basket. You can even get the "coffee biscuits" that you just drop in the basket for no brainer measurements.
We use a Hamilton Beach in our MH and it works great for us. DW does not like it cooking on the burner so after a pot is made it is decanted into a thermos.
Good luck and keep trying. You will get it.
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An REI thermos with french press works well. Boil water, add 10 grams of coffee per cup of water to the Thermos, add the hot water, let steep for 5 minutes, push the plunger down and pour your coffee. Enjoy!!
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