Revisit The Vintage Percolator

You have to read about John Poole’s mother’s coffee pot in his blog, Hawkins House. It’s old, it’s dented and seen better days and I’m looking for one just like it!

In his blog post he explains how the percolator works – “For those who are unfamiliar with this simple, but effective, piece of technology, there is a strainer sitting on top of a hollow tube. The tube has a flare at the bottom.

Ground coffee is placed in the strainer, and the strainer-tube assembly is lowered into the percolator, which is filled with fresh water. You put the lid on and then place it over a flame on your stove top, and as the water begins to boil, it “perks” up through the tube, is caught by the little glass plug on top, is deflected back down into the strainer, flows through the coffee grinds, and then drains back into the percolator’s main body.

And after a few minutes of that, you have the best imaginable tasting coffee in the world!”

Tomorrow we’ll look at Funky Vintage Percolators. I never knew they were so popular and there were so many. Mind boggling.

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5 responses to “Revisit The Vintage Percolator

  • AlexandraFunFit

    Hi again: I actually (because I worship John, and by extension, his friends) went through a number of boxes looking for that percolator. Then I even made a phone call to a relative who would know its disposition. And I’m sorry to report that it has disappeared. No-one seems to know who inherited it. Dang…..the search continues!

  • John Poole

    AFF: My percolator is still sitting here in the pot closet by itself. Unless your visiting percolator is hiding behind all the pots, of course… 🙂

    RVA: Once, many years ago, we sold an old timer at a family tag sale for about $4. You know, the kind you plug in the wall with a long, fabric-clad cord, then plug the appliance in the other end, then turn the large, baklite (sp?) knob, until it’s finished ticking and rings its bell. I am still to this day regretting selling that timer.

  • AlexandraFunFit

    Hmm, I think there may be one like that sitting around my house. I’ll double-check. It might have run off with John’s, though!

    • ramonasvintageapplianceforum

      Wish you’d send it to me!! lol

      My fancy stainless steel coffee maker
      with the timer, brew settings, clock and fancy gizmos died. Hubby
      went out and bought a Protor Silex for $9.99. (He was so proud of

      It makes coffee. It’s impossible to clean and the paper thin carafe will
      be broken after a few more washings. Oh well, such is life!

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