When the carafe on my last drip machine broke, I was about to buy a whole new machine since replacement carafes cost only a dollar or so less than a whole new machine.
I mentioned this carafe-pricing scam in a conversation with Smother-in-law and she mentioned that although she hates coffee, her late husband took a thermos of it to work every day and that the old electric percolator was probably still
in the back of one of her cupboards. It was; but the cord,
For the $3 cost of a cord, I had a “new” coffee pot–a considerable savings over a $15 carafe or a $16 whole new machine.
This percolator has a very-low-wattage heater because it dates back to a time when 60 amp electric service was state of the art. It takes 15 minutes to brew a full pot. Maybe the newer percolators overcook the coffee, but this one, with a 450 watt element vice the 1200 watts of either a modern percolator or a modern drip maker, makes excellent coffee.
I use either coffee filters especially made for percolator baskets, or I carefully punch a hole in a drip filter for the stem. I also remove the grounds as soon as brewing stops to avoid nasty-tasting re-brews while keeping my coffee warm.
I also have a camp percolator. It needs constant attention to keep it from boiling over, but I like the taste of the coffee better than drip coffee. Again, I filter and I immediately remove grounds as soon as the coffee’s done.
Properly percolated coffee has a better aroma and flavor than drip coffee IMHO.