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Old 03-02-2014, 09:21 AM
 
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which do you prefer and why?

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Old 03-02-2014, 09:23 AM
 
Location: The Mitten.
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A percolator is a coffee pot. Can you be more specific?
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:28 AM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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I think maybe they mean a drip style like Mr. Coffee.

For years the only game in town was a percolator, either electric or heat/flame powered.

I did a mental calculation and I have several, which include a glass one, a steel, copper bottomed one and a metal camp one (I use that one when the power goes out. On the grill in warm weather or in the fireplace when it's cold.).

Personally I think the drip style gives a better tasting coffee (keeping in mind I hate change and resisted getting one for years). The coffee is done when it's done, and it's done quicker, than with a percolator where you can overbrew the coffee.
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:34 AM
 
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Drip style coffee tastes better. I prefer a French press over either of the two though.
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:36 AM
 
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I'm a french press pot person, myself. It leaves the most lovely sludge on the bottom of the mug. Coffee made this way has a more "body"...though I've never been known to turn my nose up at a good mug of auto-drip coffee!
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Old 03-02-2014, 09:36 AM
 
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thank you north beach person. I wanted to compare drip coffee maker to percolator
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:22 PM
 
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I have had a "drip" coffeemaker for many years, after my percolator died on me, and so decided to try the percolator once again. I will never go back to "drip". The percolator makes the coffee taste so much better, and makes the house smell so good in the morning. To each their own, though.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Definitely percolator. Most commercially available automatic drip machines do not brew coffe at a nearly high enough temperature, which affects flavor. My classic Cuisinart stainless steel percolator was damaged in a move, and prior to replacing it, tried to limp by with an automatic drip machine we had on hand...mistake.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:31 PM
 
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A percolator, by its very design, will overextract the coffee grounds as it sends boiling water (too hot for proper extraction, which should be between 195F-205F) and also recycles already brewed coffee through grounds a second and third time before it automatically shuts off (assuming you have a auto shutoff). Given the same quality beans, roast level, age, coffee from a percolator will always be more bitter than that of a drip coffeemaker.

That said, if there isn't enough power going to the heating element of a drip coffeemaker (which is true in virtually all "budget" models that only reach 180-185F instead of the recommended 200F), then the coffee will be more sour than that of a percolator.

So if you're only going to spend $30-$40 on a drip coffeemaker or percolator, the real question is: do you prefer your coffee more bitter or more sour?

The alternative is to boil your own water and make a press pot or pour over. Or spend more on your drip coffeemaker that gets to 200F.
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Old 03-02-2014, 02:28 PM
 
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I prefer percolators or French Press with water from an electric kettle....but not the cleanup. I'm a little nervous about grounds in the disposal, too, which is a big ongoing debate.

So I default to a large drip with paper filters when I'm going to be busy and drinking alot of iced coffee and living in FL that's practically always. Dump, wash the carafe and go.

But I just bought a mini Keurig model too, for the times when I just am not in the mood or have no time for either of the three. I had one before and it died in 2 years. It's also way too expensive but ...

It's ok. I use Half Caff coffee. Except when I'm craving a really rich bold roast - my favorite.
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