Stovetop Percolators

by optimist

A good stovetop percolator can make fabulous espresso. You can use a stovetop espresso maker to make all kinds of coffee drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, and more...

Is It A Good Idea To Buy A Stovetop Espresso Maker?

If you're wondering whether or not to buy a stovetop percolator, then rest assured that buying one is generally a good idea. Of course there are some pros and cons to this idea, but in general, if you can't afford a high end Italian espresso maker, then a stovetop espresso maker can be a great substitute at a fraction of the cost of a high end automatic espresso maker.

A good espresso maker costs hundreds of dollars. There are cheaper substitutes available, however they don't make quite as good a shot of espresso. That's where stovetop percolators come in - they make great tasting espresso at a fraction of the cost.

Stovetop percolators are apparently the "original" espresso makers that were first used in Italy. So you're definitely following the best practices of espresso connoisseurs when you use one. 

Best Stovetop Espresso Makers:

Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker

This Bialetti Espresso maker is the original and best way to make authentic espresso coffee in your home. This model makes 6, 2-ounce cups of delicious coffee.

$34.99  $21.05

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Bialetti Mini Express, 2 espresso cup stovetop percolator

Bialetti’s mini express brings the great taste of espresso to your kitchen or even camping. Working on one small burner this fountain pours two shots in about five minutes, into...

$27.99  $18.75

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Bialetti 06909 6-Cup Espresso Coffee Maker, Purple

Bialetti's Moka Color stovetop espresso maker is a fresh new twist on the classic Bialetti design! Available in 4 bold colors, our new Moka Color makes the same great coffee in ...

$49.99  $39.99

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More Great Stovetop Percolators:

Coletti"Bozeman" Percolator Coffee Pot - 9 CUP Stainless Steel

Experience the nostalgia of percolated coffee with the Coletti 9 CUP Stainless Steel Percolator Coffee Pot. Are you bored with your automatic coffee maker? Then take control and...

$41.97  $34.97

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Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator

Brewing coffee on the stovetop extracts a fuller, richer flavor, and this Farberware Classic Series Stainless Steel 8-Cup Yosemite Stovetop Percolator is ready to brew four to e...

$15.99  $15.93

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Hamilton Beach Brands 40614 Coffee Percolator, Stainless Steel, 12-Cup,Pack of 1

Hamilton Beach 40614 S/S 12Cup Twist Lid Percolator. Hot flavorful coffee fast Detachable cord for tabletop serving and easy storage Coffee stays hot with gentle keep warm heate...

Only $39.92

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Cook N Home 8-Cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Coffee Percolator Pot Kettle, Tea

The Cook N Home 8-Cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Coffee Percolator Pot Kettle, Tea is made of mirror polished stainless steel to retain heat, is non-reactive, and looks great. Hol...

Only $24.99

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Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker

Made from luxurious stainless steel. Makes 4 to 12 cups of rich, flavorful coffee automatically; a cup a minute. Signal light tells when coffee is ready to serve. Attractive, tr...

$51.16  $45.00

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How To Use A Stovetop Percolator

Using a stovetop percolator is simple. Make sure it is clean, and seperate the parts.

Fill the water reservoir with the desired amount of water. Place the grounds filter on top, then add the grounds. The amount of grounds you use will depend on your preferences - I like strong coffee so I tend to use two or three teaspoons of grounds to make one shot of espresso. I generally press the grounds down evenly, though this is not strictly necessary. Then, screw on the top part of the percolator and put the percolator on the stove. After four or five minutes, your espresso will be ready!

Best Stovetop Percolators

The best stovetop percolators are easy to use, and make great espresso. The Bialetti percolators are among the best stovetop espresso makers out there, although these days there are some other good options available as well.

Making A Cappuccino With Your Percolator

My favorite coffee drink is the cappuccino, and it's simple to make one with a percolator.

Simple set your percolator on the stove, and while the espresso is being made, make your milk froth. It's important to remember that a cappuccino is 1/3 espresso, 1/3 warm milk and 1/3 milk froth. I like to pour out my milk into a micro-wave safe bowl and then microwave it for one minute.

After that, I simply froth it quickly using my hand-held coffee frother.

After I've poured out the espresso into my mug, I pour an equivalent amount of warm milk into it as well, and then I carefully pour my freshly frothed milk on top. I like to sprinkle some chocolate powder on top, to make my drink even more yummy!

Updated: 03/08/2012, optimist
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