Earlier this week, in a seizure of nostalgia, I bought a stovetop percolator coffee pot. I thought it would be cool to make coffee like everyone did back in the Sixties! The kitchen would fill will the aroma of perked coffee! I could watch the bubbles in the little glass globe!
(For the past 10+ years I’ve made coffee daily in a Chemex glass pot, slow drip through fine-ground beans in a thick filter which is supposed to weed out all the oils and other unpleasantness.)
So here I am with a $20 super-cool retro stainless steel Farberware percolator, and a pound of my usual coffee ground coarse for perking rather than fine for drip. I’ve had perked coffee the past two mornings. And I dislike it intensely.
The color is ugly, for some reason. The beverage looks like dirt when I pour it into the cup. The bottom of each cup – and the bottom of the pot – are full of sludge. The flavor is…unpleasantly reminiscent of my parents’ house back in the '60s, when I was a little kid.
Am I doing this wrong? Or is perked coffee really supposed to be this fuckin’ awful? Does the pot need to “season,” like a beanpot or a cast iron skillet? Or is it always going to be this bad? Should I throw this thing out the window – or use it is a flower-vase – and go back to my yummy Chemex coffee?