As you can see, I have 3 electric ones (back row), but I don't use them. About half of the others are for drip coffee - the early version of the Melitta filters we use today. I don't use those either, except just when I want to try one out. It's the percolators that have won my heart. The one we use every day is the one in the second row with the upcurved handle. It's a nice heavy weight of aluminum, made by Wear-Ever, and the handle is beautifully designed. There are also two Pyrex ones, and I have used them in the past, but I don't like having glass objects around all the time. James has broken a few Pyrex dishes and teapots, and I worry a bit about breaking the glass coffee basket insert myself, so these stay in the basement. The enamel one in the middle is a bit of an orphan - not aluminum like the others, and with a mismatched lid, but it was in a box lot with other stuff, so I kept it.
We used to have electric coffee makers like everyone else, but I found that they all burned out too quickly, no matter how expensive they were. And there were also problems with the filter getting blocked and overflowing, which was most annoying. Finally, we don't have that much counter space, and the coffee maker sat there all the time, taking up room. When our last one burned out a few years ago, in desperation I pulled out a vintage percolator that I'd picked up at an auction, and looked up instructions in an old cookbook of how to make perc coffee. It turned out great, and we've made coffee on the stove ever since.
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