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Not sure why the percolator got poo-pooed?
Almost quick. Not very difficult to clean. Good, strong coffee.

I suspect its a lack of familiarity in modern times. On a recent cruise, everyone was bewildered at that aluminum contraption, that ended up yielding really good coffee when properly used!
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French press type thingys simple do not make a decent strong coffee and instant is nowt more than warm excrement.
The coffee can be as strong as you like, you just have to adjust the amount of coffee and to a lesser extent the amount of time you let it brew.

dfn777: While a percolator can make a strong cup of coffee, I don't know anyone who would call it a "good" cup of coffee.

Still, bljones makes a good point. Almost anything that is hot and black tastes great when you sip it in early morning and watch a quiet anchorage come awake.

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The coffee can be as strong as you like, you just have to adjust the amount of coffee and to a lesser extent the amount of time you let it brew.

dfn777: While a percolator can make a strong cup of coffee, I don't know anyone who would call it a "good" cup of coffee.

Still, bljones makes a good point. Almost anything that is hot and black tastes great when you sip it in early morning and watch a quiet anchorage come awake.

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Admittedly I prefer a nice cup of tea first thing. Coffee I have after breakfast.

Plunger coffee makers don't make strong enough coffee as far as I'm concerned. Put in enough coffee ? If I get anywhere near enough coffee the plunger is not going anywhere, certainly not down.

As for perculators, nope nope nope. Dishwater.

The eastern europeans and arab countries drink coffee that is too much for me I admit. I can handle a cup now and then but that stuff is deadly. For mine the Italians perfected coffee making, all else is bland.

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We use a stainless steel percolator. This allows us to keep brewing coffee by simply adding water after the coffee's been poured out, and letting it percolate until the color is brown enough to suit the drinker. Obviously not for gourmet afficionados, but it keeps our crew awake.
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I have an aluminum camper peculator that I used to use before I found the French Press. The peculator just takes too long and heats the cabin up. I like the French Press because I just boil the water in a one quart pot, pour it in and let set for a minute or two. It make exactly 3 cups. I pour my first cup into my favorite cup and the rest into a hot carafe liberated from a Sheraton hotel. Cleanup of the French Press is easy. Just pour another cup of water into it, stir briskly with a long wooden spoon and pour over the side. I truly believe coffee grounds blend well with the environment and the fish don't mind a little caffeine.

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Hello all. We must have coffee i agree. If you have a 4 cup coffee maker mine is a cusinart and snip the hotplate wires it will work well on a honda 1000 gen or a 1000 watt inverter conected to at least 450 amp hr battery bank, in the morning you can make a home style pot of coffee.
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aha ... another plus for the stove top ... tip out the coffee holder, tap on the toe rail, ready to go again.

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@captbruce - How about a thermos style rather than a hot-plate style? It would save you clipping wires and still keep the coffee hot. OTOH, I guess most of those are glass vacuum bottles, which could be a bit fragile on a boat.

@TDW - the strongest non-espresso coffee I've ever had came out of a French press. Real coffee snobs use those for coffee tastings. They are a bit of a mess, but it's hard to complain about their output. I guess they can be fiddly about freshness and grind (but not so much as an espresso machine).

And if the stove top espresso machine you refer to is one of these: Moka pot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , then that's not espresso. That's something from one of the nether rings of coffee hell. Almost as bad as cowboy coffee ( Coffee preparation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ).

(But I'll freely admit, all coffee on a boat, just like all coffee from a campfire, is excellent.)

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@captbruce - How about a thermos style rather than a hot-plate style? It would save you clipping wires and still keep the coffee hot. OTOH, I guess most of those are glass vacuum bottles, which could be a bit fragile on a boat.

@TDW - the strongest non-espresso coffee I've ever had came out of a French press. Real coffee snobs use those for coffee tastings. They are a bit of a mess, but it's hard to complain about their output. I guess they can be fiddly about freshness and grind (but not so much as an espresso machine).

And if the stove top espresso machine you refer to is one of these: Moka pot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , then that's not espresso. That's something from one of the nether rings of coffee hell. Almost as bad as cowboy coffee ( Coffee preparation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ).

(But I'll freely admit, all coffee on a boat, just like all coffee from a campfire, is excellent.)

I guess I am out on my lonesome here, or at least I have a more European attitude to coffee than American. Stove top espresso machines are what they are, and the "Moka" type is one such variant. Their failing is as the Wiki article states in that they do not build up the full pressure of a heavy duty domestic or commercial machine. Nonetheless if I have to choose between Plunger type and Moka type then I know which way I am going and it ain't to the Plunger.

You can get a strongish brew out of a Plunger if you use the right ground and plenty of it but I'm still of the opinion that other than a proper nine bar pump espresso machine the Stove Topper is best.

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I guess I'm not understanding why so many people think the French Press makes a mess. The grounds go cleanly overboard instead of dumping a filter full of grounds in your trash bag, missing and getting half of them on the cabin sole.

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