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Espresso Recipe - Ristretto
Ristretto or 'corto' as it is popularly called is a hot favorite of coffee lovers who would like to experiment on different varieties of espresso types. This espresso coffee is prepared by a very small shot of espresso. A shot is made of 1 to 1 1/2 ounces...
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How Long Do I Percolate Coffee For In A Stove-Top Percolator?
Q: How long do I percolate coffee for in a stove-top percolator?
A: How to Use a Percolator for Making Coffee: Fill pot with water for the number of cups of coffee you want. Try not to over fill it, as it will either boil over or seep out from the lid on an electrical percolator. Place coffee grounds in the basket: 1 tbs per cup of water is recommended. Fit basket into the urn and place on stovetop or plug into outlet. (for stove percolator) Heat the water to boiling. With an electrical percolator, nothing more will need to be done as it has a constant heat source. You may however, wish to lower the heat somewhat on a stove top percolator so it will not boil over. The boiling water will be forced up through the coffee grounds and the brewed coffee will accumulate in the pot which holds the water. You’ll be able to see the coffee bubble up through the glass dome to see how strong (bold) it’s getting. With each perk, you’ll notice the coffee in the dome darkening. Brewing should take about 5 minutes for a stove top percolator and about 7-10 minutes for an electrical percolator. (Important) Remove the filter basket with the used grounds and pour. If you do not do this, you will end up with coffee grounds in your coffee cup. You may anyway depending on the grind you’ve used. The finer the grind, the more chance you’ll have for grounds to filter through the holes in the basket. Obviously, you would not want to use an Espresso grind.
I use a percolator all the time and love the end result. Stove percolating is a bit trickier because it is easier to burn the coffee by using too much heat. Additionally, I use a paper filter in the brew basket as it eases clean up. It may also reduce sediment.
Just a correction on the answer about "boiling" the coffee on the stovetop. I have run accross this VERY COMMON MISCONCEPTION about percolators time and time again on the net. Contrary to popular belief you absolutly don't want to "boil" your coffee in a stovetop percolator and ELECTRIC PERCOLATORS DO NOT BOIL THE COFFEE!!!! A water temp just under boiling (200 deg) is optimal and the laws of thermodynamics take over to force the heated water through the perk tube and over the grounds. Too much heat IE; boiling releases the nasty burnt bitter taste we all hate. Electric percolators have temp sensors in the elements to heat the water to that optimal temp. If you see steam its too hot and your boiling the water.