I’m a tea girl myself but the mister is a coffee drinker.
I confess I do not make the best coffee, as a result.
We own a couple of drip systems, electric, and one of the, ‘just pour it over the grounds’, set up. The problem has been that the measure of coffee is not really second nature to me and it never comes out the same way twice it seems. My solution has been to let the guests do the measuring, which has worked so far, but no good for the day to day.
He has owned several French presses over the years but they always prove unsuccessful. Mostly because, I’m guessing, it requires some tweaking to get it just the way you like it. Varying the coffee, but also the amount of water, how long it sits etc. Unfortunately patience is not his strong suit. He, inevitably tries it once, it’s not quite right, and that’s that, as it were. Fine, not for him, I get that.
He had developed the habit of hitting Timmy’s or Starbuck’s at some point in his day, but lately I have lured him away from this. He’s a cheap bastard, at heart, and it irritates him. So I have been making the Melita pour it over the grounds type, stocking cream in the house, and even adding a little cinnamon or nutmeg in keeping with the season. I am doing the measuring and tweaking, and it seems to be meeting with success. I have learned to do one large cup just the way he likes it.
In looking for some silly side gift for him for Christmas I came across an old style percolator on sale, and thought I’d give it a try. It’s not an electric one, it goes on the stove top, which, while it’s a little fussier to watch over I’m certain I can manage.
Now, at last, we come to my questions.
Do I use the same coffee grounds, for this system, as I am using for the Melita pour through method? Or do I need different grounds, and if so, what should I be looking for? He likes rich, full bodied coffee, by the by.
Secondly, any idea of the measure I should use, assuming I get the correct coffee?
Thirdly, how long do I leave it boiling/percolating on the stove top before it’s done?
I greatly appreciate your help with this, I think he’d find fresh percolated coffee a nice change, but would like to make a decent shot at getting it right. Experience tells me if I leave it to him, to figure it out, he’ll grow frustrated, when it’s not right first try, and the percolator will be collecting dust in the pantry for years to come!