How to clean a large coffee percolator?


Cleaning a coffee pot of large percolator will not only make it last for a long period of time but will also add to a delicious cup of coffee. Over time, residues of oily coffee develop in the percolator, as well as the buildup of minerals in the water.

Cleaning the Stains inside a Percolator Coffee Machine:

  1. Take white vinegar and equal portions of water. Vinegar dissolves mineral deposits naturally.
  2. Take the percolator, fill it with water mixed with a vinegar solution. Turn the stove burner on. If it’s an electric model, switch the power on.
  3. Once you’re done with percolating process, turn off the stove, allow it to cool. Once it’s cooled off drain the solution. Repeat the process again.
  4. Pour in some clean water to your percolator. Fill it in totally. Turn it on again. Throw away the water as soon as it is perked. Repeat this process.
  5. Add some baking soda, approximately half a cup. Keep adding the white vinegar slowly. Do this process until the mixture boils.
  6. Close the lid of the percolator. Shake the percolator gently for 1-2 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with water several times. This will remove all stains. A non-abrasive wash pad can also be used for scrubbing.

Cleaning your Percolator Basket:

Your coffee maker should come with an instruction manual with clear cleaning instructions in it, if you do not have one, do the following:

  1. Remove the used coffee ground and remove the filters. Completely empty the percolator.
  2. Fill up your percolator to the max limit with water and white vinegar solution.
  3. Close the lid after the basket has been placed in the percolator again. Let it perk.
  4. Let the vinegar solution stay inside for around 15 minutes once the cycle has ended. This allows the solution to dissolve the stains and remove them from the basket.
  5. Drain the water and vinegar solution. Allow the appliance 15 minutes to cool down.
  6. Finally, make sure you thoroughly clean all the internal and external parts including the basket of the percolator. Use a mild detergent or a dishwasher.
  7. Do not mix vinegar and mild detergent during the process.

Does percolated coffee contain more caffeine?

The factor that can directly affect the caffeine content of coffee is the type of fermentation method used to make coffee.

As a general rule, the more time you allow to brew the coffee, the higher the caffeine content will be. Even with espresso, there can be fluctuations in caffeine levels as espresso can be brewed for a longer period of time or even a shorter period of time.

How do you clean a coffee urn?

You should clean coffee urns daily (urns that are automatic) after the last brew by following the steps below:

  1. Perform a brewing cycle with very hot water.
  2. Once you’re done spraying hot water into the liner, Brush the urn entirely and carefully. You can use a brush that has a long handle.
  3. Completely drain the water out of the percolator.
  4. Repeat the first step.
  5. Wash the baskets with an urn cleaner and rinse well.

Can you use a filter for percolator?

Yes. Using a filter will make a cup of coffee tastier. A filter will not allow grounds to get into your coffee. The filter also filters out the oils contained by the coffee beans. The oil can increase LDL level cholesterol in the blood. We all know too much LDL is absolutely not good for the heart.

Can you use regular ground coffee in a percolator?

Yes. But, a percolator filter basket is thinner than the filters in the regular coffee machine. Always use coarse grinding (not completely ground, with visible bean chunks) to grind the coffee. Fresh ground coffee is always better than store ground or canned.

How much coffee do you put in a percolator?

For every 8oz of water, you’re going to need about 1 tablespoon of ground coffee. Use a coffee scale if you want to precisely measure your coffee.

How much coffee do I need for a 30 cup percolator?

For regular strength, you are going to need about 3/4 cups of coffee ground. About 2 cups for strong coffee. For double the strength use two 1/2 cups for each of the 12 cups.

The minimum quantity required by the percolator to prepare coffee is 12 cups. Use the typical coffee maker or grind your beans in medium coarseness.

How long should you brew the coffee?

You should brew coffee for around 5 minutes if you’re using a stove-top percolator. For the electric percolators, allow 7-10 minutes.

Take care and caution when brewing or the outcome will be bitter.

Can you make tea in a percolator?

Yes, you should have no problem brewing a whole cup of tea. Fill your percolator with 8 cups of cold water until it reaches the 8-cup line.

Put the basket and the rod in the pot. Put in three tea bags in the basket.

In case of loose tea, place the filter in the basket. Add three teaspoons of tea. Connect the percolator. Let the percolator run until the end of the perking cycle.

Your tea will be ready. is reader-supported. When you buy via links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. Sellers provide a commission from their profit.