December 26, 2014

National Coffee Percolator Day

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

It's National Coffee Percolator Day!

A percolator is a type of coffee pot that has two chambers. The bottom one is filled with water, the top one is filled with grounds. As the water heats and boils, it pushes up through the top chamber. It cycles back down to the bottom chamber (and up again). Sometimes this can cause an over-extraction from the coffee.

When I lived in Spain, my morning routine was the same every day: I would get up at 9am and have breakfast with Sol, the mother of the house. Our meal always consisted of crusty bread that we toasted then topped with butter and apple compote. Sol would also make a pot of coffee on the stove range using an old school coffee percolator - it created an unbelievably thick and strong brew. Mixed with a little sugar and heavy cream? Despite the sometimes awkward language barrier Sol and I had, it was the best breakfasts I ever had in my life.

Nowadays when I want a "special" cup of coffee, I use my French press which is sort of a percolator, right? I mean, water passes through swirling grounds extracting flavor, even more so when downward pressure is added.

If you don't have a percolator or a French press, don't stress. Food holidays - all holidays - aren't about being "perfect." It's about celebrating the best way you can!

Happy National Coffee Percolator Day!