Stove top percolators have fallen out of favor since electric versions of coffee makers were introduced. Yet, a stove top percolator has the advantage of being always available for use and has no electrical parts that can fail leaving you without that much needed morning cup of coffee. Using a stove top percolator is simple and easy and because it contains no electrical parts is simple to clean after the coffee is gone.

Things You'll Need

Fill the percolator pot with water to the fill line inside the pot.

Place the percolator stem inside the coffee pot and slide the coffee basket over the top of the stem.

Place the desired amount of coffee into the basket. Generally this is 1 tbsp. of ground coffee for every cup of water.

Place the basket lid on the basket if your stove top percolator came with one. Not all models have these.

Place the lid on the coffee pot and set the coffee pot on the smallest stove eye.

Turn the heat on the stove eye to medium high and let the coffee begin to perk. You will see the coffee perk, or boil, through the glass lid of the pot.

Allow the coffee to perk 6 to 8 minutes. Turn the heat to low to keep the coffee hot for drinking.


  • The longer the coffee perks, the stronger the coffee flavor will be. Over-perking coffee can lead to bitterness.

    Stove top percolators are great for camping trips. They can be set on a rack over an open campfire or on a camp stove for making that morning cup of joe.

    To remove built up sediment on the inside of a stove top percolator, brew a pot of vinegar water for ten minutes. Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar and fill to the fill line with water. Wash thoroughly after the pot has cooled.