These days, coffee machines and percolators come in shapes and sizes, but perhaps one of the most interesting models is the Presto 02811. No, this isn’t your usual costly coffee maker, this is a simple, stainless steel coffee percolator with a unique design that make it worth a look.
While you clearly know that Presto 02811 is a coffee percolator, its design is a bit if a departure from conventional percolators. First off, it looks nice sitting on your kitchen counter with an elegant stainless-steel design. The compact size of this 12-cup electric percolator compared to other electric percolators stands at 13 inches tall and is 8 inches wide.
Some wrap around paper filters are provided along with every purchase of this electric percolator, but you can always buy more #4 paper filters. You need some hands-on experience to get the percolator going, especially the parts, but that doesn’t rob the coffee its rich taste. In any case, the stainless steel part gives the coffee a better taste as compared to plastic casings that add foreign smell and taste to the coffee brew.
Ease of Use
On the Presto 02811, you don’t get any digital buttons. Instead, you have a classical look that’s is easy to use. All you have is a signal light on the lower flank to alert you that your coffee is ready to pour. You no longer have to guess whether the coffee is ready, considering that a percolator takes time for the water to boil and slowly drip through the grind. The time it takes to get ready depends on the strength of the coffee you want.
When everything is ready, you get an alert. The sprout forms an important part of this percolator, especially when you don’t want to end up with coffee that comes gushing out of the coffee maker too quickly. Since there’s no way to see the coffee inside the pot, a good sprout comes handy. The easy-to-pour sprout sends the fresh, hot coffee straight into your mug without spilling it. This is where most buyers really love the 12-cup percolator – aside from the shiny, stainless steel exterior, of course!
The Presto 02811 Coffee Maker will be a fine addition to your coffee service if you find yourself preparing coffee for many guests at one time. Also, whether you personally love your coffee and need it well done, this appliance is an elegant way to make an impression without spending too much.
Is there a better alternative?
There aren’t a lot of options that let you brew your coffee and alert you once it ready and have such a great design as the Presto 02811 coffee maker. There are, of course, the models that let you make a pot of coffee, such as the Cuisinart PRC-12, and have a transparent knob and a stainless steel body that reveals the progress of the brew cycle. Others let you make a pot of coffee such as the Farberware 47053 and costs considerably less, but lack the drip-free sprout.
Should you buy it?
Yes. The Presto 02811 isn’t over-priced for what it does. If you’re someone who has guests around and need an option that can prepare between 2-12 cups, you’d be hard pressed to find a better alternative.
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