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Mind Reader 6 Cups Percolator Coffee Maker, Silver (CSTOVE-SIL)Mind Reader 6 Cups Percolator Coffee Maker, Silver (CSTOVE-SIL)
Item #24417945
  • Percolator with six-cup brewing capacity
  • Comes in silver and made of aluminum
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Coffee Pro® Home/Business 50 Cup Double Wall Percolating Urn (CP50)
Item #842171
Model #CP50
  • Double Wall Urn
  • Ideal for home or office use
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Better Chef® 12-Cup Coffeemaker, RedBetter Chef® 12-Cup Coffeemaker, Red
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Item #520580
Model #93575784M
  • Red
  • Capacity: 12 cup brewing capacity
Coffee Pro Commercial 80-Cup Percolator, Stainless Steel
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Item #842170
Model #OGFCP80
  • 80 cup capacity percolator
  • Built-in coffee filter, no need for disposable filters
Coffee Pro Commercial 36-Cup Percolator, Stainless Steel
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Item #842172
Model #OGFCP36
  • 36 cup capacity percolator
  • Built-in coffee filter, no need for disposable filters
Percolators are cooking appliances used to brew coffee. Percolation continually cycles the boiling brew through the coffee grounds until it reaches the required strength, producing a cup of beverage with a pleasant aroma and unique flavor. Although similar in design and functionality, coffee makers that brew in this way come in different sizes and with varying sets of features. Browse the wide selection of coffee makers at Staples in the coffee, water, and snacks section.

Size and capacity
A model's capacity is the number of cups the percolator coffee pot can hold during the brewing process. Most can brew around 12 cups. A user should choose a model that is big enough to brew coffee for a household or an office. Some feature up to 36 cups in capacity and are ideal for users who enjoy serving coffee to guests. Smaller models with a capacity of 4 cups are ideal for personal use.

Stovetop and electric percolators
Stovetops use heat from the stove's burner to fuel the percolation process, whereas electric models come with a heating element at the base. Brewing coffee with a stovetop unit requires a little more attention to avoid brewing for too long. When using electric models, the user monitors the coffee pot a few times since it automatically switches off when the coffee is ready. An electric percolator is less mobile since it can only function next to a power source. Unless it has a detachable power cord, an electric percolator stays plugged in on the countertop. Stovetop percolators are relatively mobile, making them ideal for outdoor events such as camping. They're the ideal choice for anyone living in an area with regular power outages.

Consider the design and special features
They come in various designs. The stainless steel model, although heavy, is strong, durable, and easy to clean. The plastic cased model, though relatively delicate, is light and easy to carry around and may come in a range of colorful designs.

Some models come with coffee pots with a "keep warm" function, keeping the coffee at a drinkable temperature. Coffee makers with cool-touch handles are ideal for protecting users' hands from scorching while they serve coffee. Some include dishwasher-safe removable components, such as the spreader cover and basket, making the cleaning process easier.

What kind of coffee is ideal for brewing in a percolator?
Medium roast coffee beans and grounds are most preferred. A light roast's subtleness loses its flavor in the percolating process, while the dark roast may brew bitter coffee.

What are microwave percolators?
These types use microwave technology to brew coffee. Although uncommon, microwave percolators are more energy-efficient than electric models. They are prone to spilling during the brewing process and produce less tasteful coffee than stovetop and electric models.

How long should you brew coffee in a stovetop percolator?
Brewing should take about 5 minutes for a stovetop unit. Delaying the brewing process may yield bitter coffee.

Do you need to use a filter in a percolator?
These units do not technically need filters since they come with in-design filter baskets. The filter basket cover ensures the water drips into the basket evenly.