My parents were heavy coffee drinkers. If coffee had been technology, they would have been called power users. The morning routine was the same every morning: wake up, start a pot of coffee, and wash the dishes. By nine in the morning, we had consumed at least two pots of coffee.
This was in the 1970’s and coffee-making options were somewhat limited. For that matter, coffee options were somewhat limited. Folgers, Maxwell House, Sanka, Hills Brothers, Farmers Brothers, and MJB — these were the brands that you found at the grocery store.
My parents were fans of the big red can: Folgers. It was mountain grown, but we had no idea where this mountain was located. Admittedly, it truly was “the best part of waking up.”
I can only remember my parents using one method when it came to making their coffee: a stove top, glass percolator.
The bottom would be filled with water. The coffee was placed in a filter box that was at the top of a hollow stem that allowed the boiling water to circulate up through the coffee grinds. The longer you let the cycle repeat, the stronger you’re coffee would be. From the time I started drinking coffee (around fourth or fifth grade) until I graduated high school, this was the way I made coffee.
In college, I progressed to an electric Mr. Coffee, thanks to an older brother. If you read this blog, then you’ll know I further graduated to french presses, Aerorpresses, and different types of pour-overs.
I haven’t knowingly (or willingly) had coffee made on a stove top percolators since the late 1990’s, when my parents both passed on.
So, I'm wondering: Is there a place for nostalgic coffee making? Click To Tweet Of course, I wouldn’t go as far as to return to the red can. I would use better coffee.
I found this inexpensive glass percolator and I’m thinking of giving it a try. Your thoughts?