remember the sound of the coffee pot
burbling? That meant that the coffee would
soon be ready but also that you'd better
turn the heat down or, in earlier times,
take the coffee pot off the front of the
stove. Otherwise it would boil over and
there would be coffee spitting everywhere.
percolator had the advantage of brewing
coffee as strong or mild as you wished.
The bottom of the pot was filled with
water, a little perforated tub was placed
on a long tube that was set on the bottom
of the pot. The little tub was held above
the water and filled with ground coffee.
Then, put the lid on the pot and off you
go. Once the boiling water burbled up
through the tube and seeped back down
through the coffee, you could keep that
cycle going to get stronger, more
flavorful coffee or take the pot away from
the heat to keep the coffee milder.
forms of the percolator appeared over the
years. The pyrex version was very popular
but then shiny electric models replaced
their stove-top foreruuners. The process
was still the same.
distinctive percolating sound was
eliminated in the two-piece drip coffee
maker. The top chamber is filled with
coffee, then hot/boiling water poured over
this. The water worked its way through the
coffee grounds absorbing the flavor and
color and seeped through the holes in the
bottom of this upper chamber. You then
pour the coffee out of the spout of the
bottom compartment. No boiling over here.
And today? So
easy! You can go old-fashioned with an
electric drip coffee maker, use your
espresso machine or just pop a pod in the
coffee maker (and more plastic to the
landfill). Coffee is so popular in Canada
(Canada is #10 in the world for the number
of coffee drinkers) – a comfort drink now
in COVID times but more commonly, an
excuse to get together with a few friends
for a bit of socializing.
Onoway Museum (yes, it's open) and have a
look at some of the treasures in the
watch the coffee
brewing in the glass
bubble at the top of
the aluminum coffee
clear glassware lets
you see your coffee
brewing. This pot is
missing the aluminum
upper tub which holds
the coffee grounds.
Wear-Ever aluminum drip
coffee made the process
easier – and less messy.
of Koban coffee sold
for 75¢ at Eddy Dales