Despite the 1970’s kitsch-ness of the electric percolator, they are very good at making coffee and the delightful coffee smell you get when brewing-up is sublime. Here’s an advert from the time.
Top tips for keeping your coffee percolator in good order:
- Descale using a kettle descaling solution as needed
- Keep the coffee strainer clear of debris
- Make sure the lid always fits between the strainer and the percolator body
A colleague found this percolator while clearing out an abandoned office cupboard. I suspect that this one might have been bought as a wedding present way back and had ended up in the office when someone had decided play the role of barista at work.
It was missing its power lead and was headed for the recycle bin, when I intervened.
The power lead needed was an obsolete design used on British appliances of the era and was similar in design to the more modern and current, IEC C13 or ‘kettle lead’. However, modern kettle leads did not fit this percolator.
More drastic action was needed. Luckily, I had an old appliance I no longer needed, so I scavenged a board mounted IEC C13 socket from it and replaced the one originally fitted.
After some soldering and a bit of jiggery-pokery, this Sona Percolator now brews coffee using an up-to-date power lead.
Cost of replacement: £40. Cost of upgrade: £0.