A stovetop percolator is a brilliant way to make rich, high quality coffee with an authentic taste. Our selection of whole bean and ground coffee for your percolator includes blends and single origin options in a variety that is guaranteed to satisfy your coffee needs. Each and every one of our speciality coffee options have been carefully selected from, and roasted by, some of the finest UK roasters you can find. Our extensive range of beans originate from all over the world including Africa, Asia and South America; so, the only problem you’ll have is deciding which one is your favourite! Our range includes a variety of whole bean and ground options with rich flavours and unbeatable aromas, all ideal for brewing with a stovetop coffee maker. Find your perfect percolator coffee below.
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Making Stovetop Coffee
Stovetops, also known as moka pots or percolators, are a form of coffee maker invented by the Italians in the 1930s. These machines brew the coffee by passing steam through your grounds under high pressure. You need to place your water in the bottom of the machine; this area is called the boiler. The coffee is then added to a filter in the middle, and the upper part receives the prepared coffee. The water can be heated through induction, hence the name “Stovetop”, although some newer machines have their own built-in heating elements. These newer machines are often referred to as Moka pot coffee makers.
When the Stovetop is heated, the water will boil and turn to steam. This steam will then pass through the filter and, upon condensing in the upper chamber, produce a strong, clean cup of coffee. The steam produced by your Stovetop is at a very high temperature and under a lot of pressure, but the water that passes through the grounds is no hotter than 90 degrees Celsius, which is the same as the temperature used by other coffee makers. Basically, the Stovetop is a must-have item for any kitchen!
Why should you choose a Stovetop?
Where to begin! Stovetop coffee machines are very versatile and can be used with a range of different speciality coffees to achieve the top-quality brew that everybody loves. They are really simple to operate, and because of this they have become extremely popular; it doesn’t hurt that they look very retro and cool too! The flavour that you get with the Stovetop depends on the coarseness of the grind, the temperature that the water is heated to, and the type of grounds you use – so you have a lot of different opportunities to find your favourite style. If you rely on your coffee for that morning pick-me-up then you’ll love the stovetop as it has a similar extraction ratio to a conventional espresso maker and produces a much stronger coffee than a standard drip brew. Another reason to choose the Stovetop as your brewing method of choice is that, with the right bean selection, a Stovetop machine can produce a satisfying crema. You may notice that the brew produced will hold a lot of similarities to that of an espresso, however the lower pressure that it is produced at (just two bar, compared to nine bar for an espresso) means that there is distinct difference to the flavour.