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 06973 Mini Express Stovetop espresso percolator, 2-Cup, Aluminum

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...

Only $27.99

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Bialetti 06969 venus Stovetop espresso coffee maker, 6 -Cup, Stainless Steel

For those preferring a smoother coffee taste, the Bialetti 6-Cup Venus combines beauty and elegance in a tastefully designed stovetop espresso maker. Bialetti's legacy of qualit...

$44.99  $34.17

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Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Percolator (3 Cup, Strawberry)

In Italy, where the kitchen is the heart of the home, where cooking is a passion and where meals bring friends and family together, Bialetti is found in nine of ten households. ...

Only $34.99

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More Great Stovetop Percolators:

Farberware 50124 Classic Yosemite Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator - 8 Cup, Silver

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...

Only $17.34

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Stovetop Percolator Coffee Pot, Glass, 8 cup (40 oz) ...

Watch as you brew fresh, hot coffee with our 8-Cup Glass Percolator. This high quality coffee percolator is made from lab quality borosilicate glass. Our percolator comes comple...

Only $15.99

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GROSCHE Milano Stovetop Espresso Maker Moka Pot 9 Cup- 15.2 oz, White - Cuban Coffee Maker Stove ...


Only $29.99

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Bialetti 06800 Express Moka Pot, 6 -Cup, Aluminum Silver

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.

Only $27.87

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Farberware 47794 12-Cup Stovetop Percolator, Stainless Steel with Glass Blue Knob

Brewing coffee on the stovetop extracts a fuller, richer flavor, and this Farberware stainless steel 12-Cup stovetop Percolator is ready to brew up a dozen 4-ounce Cups of your ...

$34.99  $32.48

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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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