Coffee percolators are the coffee makers capable of brewing coffee faster than the commercial coffee machines. In fact, these makers will not only allow you to brew the coffee faster but also in higher volume at a single stretch. Apart from that, the electric heating element of this Presto percolator works way faster than actual stove burners.
On the contrary, there is only one drawback of using the Presto coffee percolator i.e. the stakes of over-extracting the coffee. However, we are not sure if over-extraction will result even after you take care of the brewing time after switching the machine.
Also, make sure the brewing time will change the percolator depending upon which one you purchase. There are two coffee makers depending upon the type of the machine i.e. either 6 cup percolator or the Presto 12 cup percolator.
About Presto Percolator
The Presto 02811 percolator is a regular coffee maker resembling the stovetop espresso makers. Despite an equivalent brewing method, the percolator is nowhere close to the espresso. In fact, the percolator is very different from the Presto coffee pots as well.
However, talking about the Presto percolator, it is an electrical coffee brewer. It is a carafe plus coffee brewer plus water heater plus coffee serving vessel. You can perform all of these tasks on the Presto stainless steel coffeemaker simultaneously or individually.
Moreover, the Presto electric percolator works similar to that of any stovetop Moka pot. The only difference here is the presence of an independent heating element. Whereas, the Moka pots depend on the stove or other external heating sources.
Having said that, the Presto 02811 boils the water with its heating element at the bottom of the percolator. Thereafter, the warmer water itself starts rising upwards via the perk tube at the center. Water rises through the perk tube because the heating element boils the water faster beneath the perk tube. It gets the water rising upwards faster than from any other spot of the 6 cup electric coffee percolator.
In this manner, the perk tube introduces water in the coffee for extraction. It ultimately ends in brewing the coffee which drips down automatically. This is the final coffee which you can pour in the coffee mugs to sip it hot.
What Are Presto Coffee Makers?
The Presto percolator is a coffee brewing machine shaped as a carafe. It contains a heating element at the bottom of the carafe to boil the water inside. On the other hand, it will have a coffee basket at the top. Hence, the vapor and water rising above will enter the coffee basket and extract the grounds via a perk tube placed in the center of the flask.
Hence, the extracted coffee grounds will remain in the basket and the coffee(water) will drip downwards.
Presto Coffee Percolator Types
The Presto percolator comes in different sizes meant to produce different volumes of coffee. Further, there are two different types of Presto percolators which vary in sizes and have a different type of heating element respectively. Because of the variation in the size of the Presto coffee maker, their heating elements would change accordingly.
To be precise, the Presto comes in two different variants i.e. the 6 cup coffee percolator and 12 cup sizes. It means the 6 cup electric percolator can brew up to 6 cups of coffee at once. In the same manner, Presto 02811 12 cup stainless steel coffee maker brews up to 12 cups of coffee at once.
This is a useful provision for different types of people. For example, a person who makes coffee for more than half a dozen people will choose the larger Presto. Whereas, if a person who hardly has to brew coffee for more than 5 to 6 people will purchase the smaller product.
Both of these coffee makers have a huge difference in their final prices. The smaller coffee maker will cost at least half the price of the larger one. In addition to that, the larger Presto coffee maker will consume more power for brewing the coffee than the smaller one. Hence, the Presto has provided a useful deal by manufacturing differently sized coffee makers.
Working of Presto 12 Cup Percolator
The Presto 02811 boils the water and utilizes the rising steam to extract the coffee grounds. Having said that, the coffee grounds are located at the apex of the Presto percolator in a filter funnel. You may use the paper filter as a strainer to keep the infused coffee free from the solid grits.
Additionally, Presto coffee maker uses the active heating element for rapidly boiling the water. In the same manner, the pit at the bottom of the Presto coffee percolator will allow the water to boil faster at the center of its base. It will force the warm water bubbles upwards. Not to mention, the hot water has the tendency to rise above the colder water.
Hence, vapor, as well as the boiling water rising upwards via the perk tube, will reach to the tip of the Presto percolator lid. Thereafter the nozzle of the perk tube directs the flow towards the spreader plate of the coffee basket.
Similar to the perforated coffee basket, the spreader plate also has a perforated body. It allows the water to evenly passing inside of the coffee basket. Ultimately the temperature of the water and downwards flow of the water will extract the coffee.
Finally, the coffee(water) will drip down from the coffee basket from its perforated surface into the serving chamber of the carafe. This process will keep on repeating until you switch off the Presto stainless steel percolator.
Apart from that, the repetitive brewing process can often result in over-extracting the coffee. In fact, this is where the delicacy of using the Presto 12 cup percolator comes in. Keeping the Presto percolator switched on for a longer time will result in over-extraction. On the other hand, switching the percolator for a shorter time will result in under-extraction.
Hence, minding the brew time and using it perfectly for different coffee volumes is an intricate art.
Pros/Cons of Using Presto Percolator
Go through the positives and negatives of the Presto coffee percolator.
In the end, the Presto percolator is a coffee maker which uses its heating source to boil the water. Cleaning, washing the Presto coffee percolator is easy and so is its handling due to its temperature-resistant handle. However, Presto coffee maker does not brew coffee as good as the Moka pot. You can call this coffee maker only an equivalent to the Moka pots or the pour-over brewing methods.
Nevertheless, getting a legit coffee with an intense taste is not a bad deal especially with its economical price. You are getting more than what you pay for.