One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A machine for making coffee, consisting of a pot in which boiling water is circulated through a small chamber that holds the ground beans.
- ‘It is a quaint and relaxing venue, a home to connoisseurs of blend, bean and cream, and a portal for percolator punters like me.’
- ‘On aluminum percolators, remove hard water deposits with either a soap-filled steel wool pad, or by perking with 1-2 tablespoons cream of tartar dissolved in water; rinse thoroughly.’
- ‘The office microwave and coffee percolator were also taken.’
- ‘Undaunted, she has another project in the percolator but will only say it involves the 20th century and is international in flavour.’
- ‘She's a self confessed coffee snob and brews up her beans in a small percolator.’
- ‘As he plugs in the percolator, and rummages through the refrigerator for coffee, he hears a knock on the door and runs over to answer it.’
- ‘Skits included his impressions of a coffee percolator and a baby discovering hands, and a sketch in which he appeared as a famous tenor being interviewed by a bright female journalist.’
- ‘Jerking the basket away from the grinder he slammed it into the percolator.’
- ‘Before anything else she sets up the percolator, thankful that the practicalities of starting work coincide with the means of her continued survival.’
- ‘When the percolator stopped, I found the cabinet with coffee mugs and pulled out two (one chipped, the other with a long-faded decal), rinsed them out just in case, and poured the coffee.’
- ‘But I still say that there are no mineral or animal coffee beans in my percolator.’
- ‘All over the world, bottles of red wine are being uncorked and coffee percolators are burbling away pleasantly in anticipation.’
- ‘A few hours later, an elderly man wakes his wife up with the aroma wafting from their weathered percolator.’
- ‘Did the enamel percolator plop-plopping on the gas stove at home ever seem really adequate again?’
- ‘But one day I got my own grinder and started grinding my own for use in a cafetière, then increasingly more deluxe coffee makers, and eventually a stove top percolator.’
- ‘If I'm feeling indulgent, I'll get a cup of coffee from the percolator.’
- ‘She intended to work into the evening and so had put a full pot into the coffee percolator.’
- ‘He always made a full pot in an old electric percolator that scorched everything.’
- ‘In 1954, rummaging around a Bavarian castle in search of rare musical gems, he happened instead upon a piece of manuscript being employed as a strainer in the caretaker's percolator.’
- ‘After debating this issue for decades, scientists have concluded that coffee made in a percolator or with grounds in a pot (cowboy-style) contain cholesterol-raising compounds.’
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