Organic Coffee for Percolator

We have written about the best ways to make coffee including the use of a French press, adding coffee to water and boiling like Grandma did on the farm and pouring boiled water over coffee grounds like they do in the Eje Cafetero of Colombia. But what if you routinely need to make coffee for 50 or 100 people? And what if you still want great coffee? You will probably use a percolator with organic coffee. If you have not used one, what is a percolator and how does it work?

Coffee Percolator

A coffee percolator is a large container that heats water with a heating element at the bottom. Boiling water rises up a central metal tube and drips through ground coffee which is contained in a metal device with perforations like a strainer. The hot water extracts the coffee by circulating up the tube, through the coffee down to the container and then back up the tube to pass over the coffee. The heating element reduces temperature when the coffee is done. This happens by a thermostat that reads the temperate of the water higher in the container. A problem with percolators is that if the cycle runs too long it over extracts the coffee resulting in a bitter taste. Use about a tablespoonful of coffee for each cup of water which works out to about 2 ½ cups of ground coffee for forty cups of water.

Organic Coffee for Percolator

The Café Altura organic coffee web site as a few suggestions about the best coffees for a percolator.

Coffee percolators were all the rage before automatic drip coffee makers took their place. Still, many coffee aficionados prefer percolators because they brew rich, full-bodied coffee that is full of flavor. People who want to have full control over how long the coffee percolates choose glass stovetop percolators, while those who want to automate the process use electronic percolators.

When you use a percolator, some coffee will taste better than others. Consider the roast and the country of origin in order to pick the best coffee for your percolator.

They suggest that a dark roast is more likely to come out bitter when over brewed in a percolator and light roasts end up tasting watery. Thus they suggest a Goldilocks approach of sticking with medium roasts.

Their suggested sources of organic coffee for a percolator are these:


But where, for example can you get organic coffee from Colombia?

Here is a short list of Colombian organic coffee brands as well as high grade Colombian coffees that are essentially same-as-organic but without official certification.

  • Volcan
  • Sostenible
  • Linea Roja
  • Origen
  • Frailes
  • Juan Valdez
  • Oma
  • La 14
  • Aguila Roja

As we have often mentioned it can be difficult to get antioxidant rich organic coffee from Colombia out of Colombia. If you are interested in any of these products please contact us at Buy Organic Coffee for assistance.

We will be pleased to help you obtain smaller quantities of green coffee or roasted organic coffee for personal use. And if you are interested in wholesale coffee in shipping containers please contact us for a quote.

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