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What's the difference between a percolator and a moka pot?

A moka pot is what some call a stovetop espresso maker; I find this to be a bit of a misnomer, because the result is rather different than proper espresso. Water is put into a bottom vessel; coffee ...
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Does a percolator make "better" coffee?

If you like it better, it is better. If not, it's not. But evidently, it is for your friend. While I don't use one at present (nor own one at present) I've stayed at a place where a percolator ...
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Does a percolator make "better" coffee?

First things first, you should decide if it's better than any other brewing method, or not. Decide your cup by tasting and experimenting. (By the way, it's unclear what you mean by "regular brewer" in ...
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Why does espresso taste different to percolator coffee?

Espresso tastes different than percolator coffee, but not necessarily better. Espresso extraction produces a more concentrated drink with a different set of compounds that you would get with ...
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What is the difference between the terms percolation and brewing in English?

Brewing is a part of every coffee preparation method: it's the time when the water (or steam) is in contact with the grounds. It is a generic term. Percolation however, would only be used when making ...
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What are low-maintenance and plastic-free options for making coffee?

A French Press lasts forever. Or until you drop it, whichever comes first. I have a stainless steel thermos French Press which is bullet proof and keeps coffee warm for hours. Or you could be a ...
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Can I use my electric coffee pot on the stove?

Not a good idea. Electronic kettles usually contain PVC or other plastic parts in the electronics. During normal operation, the heating element might be located far enough away or insulated from the ...
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How can I keep several pots of coffee warm?

Actually, this answer will eventually boil down to the forecasting of time dependent expected coffee consumption function of your guests. You may expect that, right after a meal or right after they ...
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How much coffee grounds do I use for a large percolator?

I am a big fan of ignoring volumetric measures and using weight instead. Especially for a huge pot like this one, any old kitchen scale should be precise enough to allow a good dosage (for just a cup ...
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Is it safe to say that same type of coffee used with an espresso machine is ideal for a moka pot?

First, let's clear the misconception. The posted photo in the question is a moka pot. This is a common misconception all around the globe and also discussed in Coffee SE a few times. Please see the ...
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Why does espresso taste different to percolator coffee?

In essence it's pressure, temperature and how coffee is generally ground for the method that make the difference. Espresso forces water at high pressure (generally about 250PSI) and a specific ...
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What's the difference between a percolator and a moka pot?

These two things are clearly not the same. Here are my reasons: Moka pots - They use small amounts of pressurized water flowing through the coffee grind to make a fine stovetop espresso. The brewing ...
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What is the difference between the terms percolation and brewing in English?

In the world of coffee, the two terms are basically interchangeable - as long as you are talking about water passing through coffee, and that it is also being passed through some sort of filtration. ...
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Does a percolator make "better" coffee?

I've been getting the idea that percolated coffee has a strong retro component to it. I remember my family had one of these as I grew up: Pretty darn cool looking, isn't it? But it is highly ...
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What type of coffee maker is this?

This is a typical moka pot. The confusion may stem from the fact that the principle of a moka pot is somewhat similar to a percolator, just without a back flow (sort of a “one way percolator”), and in ...
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What is the difference between the coffee brew from a moka pot and percolator?

In a stove top coffee maker the water is boiled in the lower chamber, the steam pushes the water at low pressure upwards through the grounds before reaching the upper chamber, let's call it decanter. ...
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What are low-maintenance and plastic-free options for making coffee?

What nobody has mentioned so far is a simple pour-over setup. Basically like the drip machine, just without the automatic and plastic parts. Assuming that you have an electric or stovetop kettle (or ...
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What are low-maintenance and plastic-free options for making coffee?

Most types of stainless steel are not fully rust proof. For a good compromise between high effectiveness rust resistance and cost, look for products made of 316 stainless steel. This type of steel is ...
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Is it safe to say that same type of coffee used with an espresso machine is ideal for a moka pot?

I think its wrong. Each method for coffee have speciality details. Absolutely grind size for espresso machine is different with mocha pot. You can use the same grind size with different ratio. Ant ...
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How do I bloom coffee in a large percolator hopper?

You would bloom a large percolator the same way you would bloom in a pour over. Of course, there are different ideas about how to bloom for pour over. From the website Hand Ground: Use a 1:1 coffee-...
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What is the difference between the terms percolation and brewing in English?

'Percolation' refers to any brewing process where constantly moving water passes through a bed of coffee in a filter. This water can pass through once (pour over, Chemex, batch brew etc) or multiple ...
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What is the difference between the terms percolation and brewing in English?

In an academic article (in English language and authored by two Italian authors) espresso preparation is divided into these three steps: Grinding of the roasted coffee Coffee powder dosing and ...
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What is the difference between the terms percolation and brewing in English?

To me a percolator is a just a mechanism. You have a heater at the bottom, a tube, and a check value. The water enters the tube and some of the water is vaporized and it pushes the hot water to the ...
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