We’ve had our latest coffee maker for about 2 years. It still works - kind of - but the lid has water trapped in it and about half of the time you have to unplug it and plug it back in to be able to turn it on. Oh yeah - and when you pour coffee it makes a puddle beside your cup no matter how you hold it or twist the lid. The one we had before it lasted about 2 years too. I started looking around online for coffeemakers that would last for more than 2 years - but that ’s not all! Since I was making a list of possibly unreasonable demands I also added:
1. Makes hot coffee - I want to be able to put milk in it without it going lukewarm.
2. Makes strong coffee.
3. No plastic parts in contact with water/coffee - I can taste it and know it isn’t good.
We’ve used a french press (strong, but not hot enough) and tried the cold brew method (strong, great for iced coffee , but a hassle for not-hot-enough coffee.) I’ve had everything from a $20 Mr Coffee to a $70 stainless thermal carafe coffee maker. I know this all sounds whiny and spoiled - waaah - feel sorry for me with my coffee maker problems! But really it is just one more example of the disposable crap mentality that I don’t want to be a part of. I don’t want to buy a new crappy coffee maker every 2 or 3 years, I don’t want to throw away a broken crappy coffee maker every 2 or 3 years. I could quit drinking coffee, but then I could write this post about crappy pencil sharpeners, crappy dishwashers, crappy cars, crappy socks - this is bigger than the coffee maker. I just want something that does what it supposed to and does not need to be replaced regularly.
Okay - deep breath - in my studies on the interwebs I came across electric percolators. Several reviews I read mentioned that the percolator in question was purchased to replace a percolator that had died after 30+ years of daily use. Others mentioned how hot the coffee was - or how strong! And guess what? A lot of the percoltors I saw had no plastic parts! I looked around on ebay but didn’t find anything reasonable, so finally I chose a percolator on amazon and put it in my cart but didn’t buy it right away.
A few days later I found this percolator at goodwill:
I thought the cord was missing, but it was wrapped around the stem inside. There weren’t even fingerprints on it - it had never been used! It was $8.78, I feel like I have a piece of artwork in my kitchen, and it makes steaming hot, strong coffee. If you visit me in the next 30 years I’ll offer you a cup.