What Is The Right Percolator Coffee Grind For You?

What Is The Right Percolator Coffee Grind For You?

There is nothing more satisfying than the smell of coffee reaching every corner of the room while you're just lying in your bed, contemplating on your to-do list for the day. Coffee percolators do it very well and the aroma really gets into you throughout the brewing process. It's stimulating and it sets you in the right direction. But what is the right percolator coffee grind that creates this aroma and more importantly, its fantastic taste?

Popular Coffee Grounds

First, let's look at what coffee grounds are available in the market today and check out which ones are preferred by consumers like you.

PRODUCT
GRIND OPTIONS
ROAST
RATING
Course
Medium
Medium
Medium
Medium or Whole Bean
Medium
Medium
Medium
Fine or Whole Bean
Dark
Medium-course or Whole Bean
Medium
Medium-fine or Whole Bean
Medium
Medium or Whole Bean
Medium
Medium or Whole Bean
Medium
Medium
Medium
Medium or Whole Bean
Medium
Medium or Whole Bean
Medium

Grind Levels

Coffee grounds are typically classified into 7 types. The shorter the length of time of the brewing method, the finer the ground needed:

  • Extra course - used for cold brew coffee
  • Course - ideal for French press and percolators
  • Medium-course - for Chemex coffee machines
  • thumb-tack
    Medium - for drip type coffee makers
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    Medium fine - for Aeropress brewers
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    Fine - for Espresso machines
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    Extra fine - for Turkish coffee style of brewing

Roast Levels

Coffee Bean Roast Levels

Different roast levels of coffee beans

You may have noticed that most brands indicate the roast level in their packaging. There are essentially three roast levels - light, medium and dark.

Light roast (also known as Cinnamon roast) brings out the raw flavor of the coffee beans. It is roasted in such a way that the beans have barely had their first crack. As a result, they are dry and have a light brown tone. This type of roast is the least desired due to its sour taste.

Medium roast (also known as City roast or Regular roast) is the most popular roast level because of its balanced taste. It is neither roasted too briefly, nor is it burnt all throughout. The beans undergo a complete first crack, which leads to a dry but medium brown tone. It's in the Goldilocks Zone, that's why most consumers prefer it.

Dark roast (also known as Turkish roast or French roast) is the strongest flavor of the three. The beans are roasted long enough until they are in the late stages of their second crack. This level of roasting is easily recognizable because the beans are shiny and have a dark brown tone.

A percolator coffee grind usually falls in the course grind and medium roast category. Then again, experimentation is key here. The given types are just guidelines for you to get started. The taste you prefer is ultimately up to you. So don't be afraid to test various grind types, brands and ratios. Over time, you'll eventually find the flavor you desire.

Popular Coffee Percolators

Coffee percolators have been around since the 1800's, but it wasn't until later in that century that they began to evolve. Nowadays, we have electric percolators that can control the temperature to get the perfect brew for your percolator coffee grind of choice.

There are three brands that often compete with each other. They are Farberware, West Bend and Hamilton Beach.

The Farberware 12-Cup Percolator is a great looking, stainless steel electric percolator that can make enough cups for the entire gang. It can make one cup in a minute.


The West Bend Classic Electric Percolator will keep your coffee warm for a long time. If you’re the type who likes to have long conversations, then this one’s for you.


The Hamilton Beach 40616 12-Cup Percolator is the most inexpensive of them all and is packed with the same features as its rivals.


Head over to our Coffee Percolator Buying Guide for a more detailed review of each of the products above.

Once again, check out the chart above for your choice of percolator coffee grind.

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