Drip or Percolated coffee...which is best?
Stove top coffee percolator
Is there a difference between drip and percolated when it comes to taste? Coffee at home is not as good as when I purchase a cup...even from a gas station.
Yes, there is a difference between coffee from a drip brewer and coffee from a percolator.
If you use a quality drip brewer you will almost always preserve more of the subtleties of taste that are lost with a percolator.
A percolator isn't great for getting the best from a good coffee, but it does make a great cup of Joe. A nice, strong cup of coffee.
The only problem I see with a percolator is that the water is a little too hot when it hits the ground coffee. A little too close to boiling point. With pour-over coffee makers, for example, one typically waits 30-45 seconds for the boiled water to cool by a few degrees before pouring it over the coffee.
That said, I have made percolated coffee often enough, and have enjoyed the result. The coffee has a rich, bold feel that is often lost, particular with cheaper drip brewers.
So if you like strong, rich coffee, you may well want to try a percolator.
One coffee percolator we can recommend is the Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker .