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    Smile electric coffee perculators

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    HI all have just started to brew my coffee in a westinghouse electric percolator cp1 made in the 1960's found two of these

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    shop for about nz $7.00 dollars. and they make wonderful coffee have used my own roasted Ethiopian harrar and indian

    mysore plantation a both roasted to second crack the Ethiopian harrar has a nice strong snap to it to me it tastes nicer in

    the percolator then in my espresso machine. was wondering if any others out there were using this brew method and what

    coffee your using would be interesting to hear your views on this method of preparation. here is a picture of the percolator



    regards shane
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    I have one in the office. Makes great coffee. Better than the French press we have previously.

    I found that using cold water to boil first gives it a richer flavor.

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    HI there okitoki

    nice to no others are using this brew method when i looked for were they were made was happy to see

    that my two westinghouse percolators were stamped with made in new zealand made good things back before the 60's

    what variety or origin of bean do you like to use in your percolator ?

    regards shane

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    This is a very intriguing bit of equipment. My friend used to have a sunbeam electric percolator in the 90s that looked like a coffee pot - not quite as unique looking as this but, likewise, it made a really decent cup.

    Does anyone know if there are many of these things around or how many manufacturers made such items? I like their look. Must keep an eye out in secondhand stores and the likes. Any more pics?
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    What's the 'Go' with boiling the water first?
    Do you put boiling water into where you would normally put cold water then switch it on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fg1972 View Post
    What's the 'Go' with boiling the water first?
    Do you put boiling water into where you would normally put cold water then switch it on?
    I read some where that with cold water it would take longer to fully reach the temp to switch off. So the longer it takes, the more water would be brew to the top to drip down.

    When I first tried it, I did notice the taste was richer. Seems to work, So I kept on using cold water from the water dispenser.

    mine is a Russell Hobbs one I picked up from an old couple who had it for awhile. Makes good coffee still before I discovered home espresso
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    Mr Slurpy asked a question hoping for some informative feedback--come on guys lets keep this forum what it always has been, friendly and helpful without the c.......p!!
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    Shall I lighten the mood a little?

    When I was a wee lad, I used to think that a "Percolator" was actually a "Perkyoulater" because after you drank it you felt refreshed from the caffeine hit, thusly the description was in the name Perk-you-later....I really was dense child at times; I only wish I could proclaim that I grew out of it :P
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    I found an old glass stove top percolator in the dark corners of one of my mums cupboards the other week. I don't believe I have ever tried coffee using this type of brew method. Sounds like it could be interesting way to brew a fruity central.

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    Another comment about this Mr Slurpy, I have never tried the difference between cold & hot water in my stove top percolator so don't know if makes a difference or not. Will try in the next few weeks though. I do think that when boiling water on the stove cold water takes longer to boil but once it reaches the ambient water (not boiling temp) temp it would heat at the same rate for the same volume of liquid and energy applied.
    But, because there is a much longer period of time when compared to boiling water in a comparison then there would be, and I am making assumptions based on scanty information, a much longer brewing time where the vapour and steam start to infuse, so maybe there is merit in a cold vs hot water brew.

    As I said, I have only ever used water at ambient temperature from the tap so can't say. But think as long as water is below the temp at which it starts to give off steam/vapour then actual percolation would be the same I would presume. Could be totally wrong.

    I certainly think that the grind would be the biggest variable though.

    Still love the look of this Westinghouse and will be keeping an eye out in shops for an old electric percolator of similar making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariner View Post
    Another comment about this Mr Slurpy,
    Bloody invisible ink!

    I think Shane has done exactly what he should have. Responded to the helpful posts and ignored the rest. Well done. Carry on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboy_1999 View Post
    Bloody invisible ink!

    I think Shane has done exactly what he should have. Responded to the helpful posts and ignored the rest. Well done. Carry on.
    Sorry, have fat fingers that pressed send instead of a letter on the iPhone....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve82 View Post
    I found an old glass stove top percolator in the dark corners of one of my mums cupboards the other week. I don't believe I have ever tried coffee using this type of brew method. Sounds like it could be interesting way to brew a fruity central.
    Same. We had one in the '60s when I was a whipper snapper. It had a wire triangle placed under the base to stop contact between glass and red hot element coil. As I recall condensation funnelled down through the basket of coarse grounds and back into the boiling water. Yuk. The result after many minutes of this process was bitter and unpleasant, which I suspect is why these percolators had a short-lived history. We returned to Pablo instant coffee, before a neighbouring Italian family introduced us to the the mocca pot, and freshly roasted coffee from the local continental deli. Years later I discovered the glass thing in dad's shed and threw it out - should have kept it as an ornamental curio.

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    I have a few percolators at the Snobbery, most of them my kids have bought for me at garage sales and school fetes etc.
    ...and yes, they do produce a bitter brew but some people like that (just ask a Guinness beer drinker if bitter is better).

    I'll add some pictures to the thread sometime...

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    here you all go some more pictures of my percolators.
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    okitoki like that chromed percolator looks like it makes lot of cups.

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    10 cups

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    Nice, this looks a lot like the old Sunbeam (I think that it was a sunbeam) one that my friend had. Looks shiny and newish, do they still make these? Must investigate further......

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    Don't know.... Bought used. Inside was a little bit old and abused looking when I bought it. However I think the previous owner kept it very cleaned and polished.

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    Does it make a good cup? I still really like the look of the old Westinghouse unit but the RH you have is also a consideration.

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    Gave a nice and thicker flavour compared to a French press

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    The search has begun, a few in the US for sale but not much here in Aus. Will have to keep a search saved and start cruising the second hand stores.

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    Funny this thread should come up now. My mum is moving into an apartment after 50 years of living in a house and in the process of sorting through all the stuff lookie what I found. Still in its original box (A bit the worse for wear after 40 years of storage.) and complete with instructions and warranty card:

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    For those who can't get enough of that 70's Avocado Green a few more pics:

    P7020120-Resized 800.jpg P7020121-Resized 800.jpg P7020103-Resized 800.jpg P7020104-Resized 800.jpg P7020105-Resized 800.jpg


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    Quite retro chic! Did your mom hold percolator parties with her party percolator (or pick a peck of pickled peppers)?

    Is it translucent? I see a cup scale on the outside of the perc but can you see the water level through it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    Quite retro chic! Did your mom hold percolator parties with her party percolator (or pick a peck of pickled peppers)?
    Plenty of parties prevailed on the patio with plowed people perusing the peppers and pickles while the pleasant peruvian perfume pouring from the percolator proclaimed its preparedness for people to partake.

    Is it translucent? I see a cup scale on the outside of the perc but can you see the water level through it?
    No, it's solid metal. The scale is stamped into the metal and protrudes far enough on the inside that it is easily readable.


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    I'm just wondering if you had the old dark brown Pyrex collections too to go with your avocado coffee pot sitting next to the fondue pot.


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    Plenty of parties prevailed on the patio with plowed people perusing the peppers and pickles while the pleasant peruvian perfume pouring from the percolator proclaimed its preparedness for people to partake.
    Hehehe. Nicely done. Just as well I didn't ask if she chucked wood or sells seashells.

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    So you didn't give it a run to see if 1970s brewing equipment could produce brew good enough for milleniumum tastes? I imagine it would be a collector's item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    Plenty of parties prevailed on the patio with plowed people perusing the peppers and pickles while the pleasant peruvian perfume pouring from the percolator proclaimed its preparedness for people to partake.
    I think you win the alliteration prize with that one - Java :-)

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    skip to 1:20 to avoid the bad music at the beginning :P

    guess this guy has a fetish for avocado green appliances

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    Quote Originally Posted by okitoki View Post
    I'm just wondering if you had the old dark brown Pyrex collections too to go with your avocado coffee pot sitting next to the fondue pot.

    Fondue oh yeah! For quite a few years it was the thing to do at parties and we did it up whole hog with 2 oil pots going along with a cheese pot. And yes, those pots were still there and no I didn't take them!

    To make this an on-topic post this particular brewer was made/bought at the end of the percolator's reign. Mr. Coffee had been out for 2 years and was taking over the market. In fact when this unit was bought at the end of December 1974 the percolator market was pretty much dead. The automatic drip brewer had been born and overnight the percolator market was toast and the coffee industry would never be the same. With the better brewer people started clamoring for better tasting coffee and voila! The specialty coffee industry arises!

    While I don't foresee ever brewing coffee in the percolator again it works nice for serving hot apple cider at parties!


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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    So you didn't give it a run to see if 1970s brewing equipment could produce brew good enough for milleniumum tastes?
    Nope!

    I imagine it would be a collector's item.
    Very possibly.


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    Found one by breville at Myer. Bit pricy thoughImageUploadedByCoffeeSnobs1372935332.636881.jpg

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    Like the look of that brevelle.... May check it out next time I'm at Myers. Thanks for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    For those who can't get enough of that 70's Avocado Green a few more pics:
    That thing is a monster!
    I doubt any percolator that size was ever sold on Oz.

    I love the box:
    "Fresh 'n Bright color ...heat resistant finish... in keeping with color trends today"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    That thing is a monster!
    I doubt any percolator that size was ever sold on Oz.
    Y'all should consider yourselves lucky then! They're still a regular feature at family gatherings/picnic's/events here!

    I love the box:
    "Fresh 'n Bright color ...heat resistant finish... in keeping with color trends today"
    Of course the ones you see today aren't in such flash colors! People who think they're green today didn't live through the 70's!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    Of course the ones you see today aren't in such flash colors! People who think they're green today didn't live through the 70's!
    urgh... I was born early 70s so I remember some of the cloths and appliances that were the 70's Orange instead... but i had a Corolla that was avacado green as my first car
    17689kl-70er_Jahre_Groovy_Hemd_orange-Hippie_Hemd_orange-70er_Mottopartie_Hemd-Paul_Panzer_Verkl.jpg

    *yes, I believe I had the same type of shirt when I was a kid

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
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    that is the king of percolators dam I could get caffeine madness with that what a way to go.



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