Cuisinart PRC-12 Percolator
Cuisinart PRC-12 Classic
12-Cup Stainless-Steel Percolator
I got my percolator for my wedding and it has been great so far. It’s really durable, with most of the components made of stainless steel, which is nice compared to the plastic and glass parts that are found on drip machines.
There is, of course, never-ending debate about which method of making coffee is best, but I have been quite happy with the quality of the coffee from my percolator.
My biggest complaint about the percolator is that it’s somewhat of a hassle to clean, since any coffee residue that gets burned onto the inside of the pot can only be removed by awkwardly scrubbing the inside of the relatively deep pot. Nevertheless, it’s been my experience that all coffee makers have some difficult to clean places.
Another drawback, although it has never really bothered me, is that the percolator doesn’t have the popular option to start on a timer like most popular drip machines. Therefore, you do have to wake up and plug in the machine, bleary-eyed, rather than having it brew a few minutes before you wake up automatically. It’s a sacrifice, I suppose, but I find that it’s worth it for the durability and reliability of the percolator style.
Another benefit is that the percolator is set up so that you can neglect the use of disposable coffee filters if you use course ground coffee or discard the coffee at the bottom of the pot. This may appeal to your earth-preserving drive to some extent.
All in all, I would recommend this pot to anyone who wants a workhorse coffee machine made of parts that won’t easily break and that can be easily washed either in a dishwasher (for the removable parts) or by a brief scrub with a steel wool pad (in the case of the main unit).
This percolator is nearly identical to the Farberware percolator my grandmother had, so you know that the design has held up to the ages and helped people wake up in the morning consistently for years and years.
Coffee snobs may be reluctant to stray from their French presses or complicated espresso and slow-drip combo machines, but anyone who wants a classic cup of coffee won’t be disappointed with this.