Those who have read my past blog will probably recall my percolator obsession. My motto is "When you see an old percolator, buy it." The newer models don't brew as well and will only do if there is no alternative. The specimen shown here came from a garage sale in Williamson, NY. When I saw the sign for the house sale on the way to our camp, I knew I'd come by the next day to look for a percolator.
A good price for one of these is certainly no more than five bucks. This one cost me a buck. Always check to be sure the cord is in good condition -- it's the part that is most likely to go first. Keep the cord dry and check it regularly to be sure it's not falling apart.
Aside from the storage space they take up in my basement, once a unit is put into use, it is easy to store in a cabinet -- unlike a Keurig, which generally takes up counter space. A one pound bag of coffee takes up half the space of a box of 12 K-cups -- but makes about eight times as much coffee. Aside from taste, the economy of space is the reason I love percolators. That, plus you can keep multiple cups warm for an extended period of time. When we are entertaining, I can get two going -- one with regular and one with decaff. Guests always love the taste of perked java.
And when it's all said and done... there is a cool factor to a percolator that you don't get from a drip machine!