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132 of 136 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon November 25, 2009
This pot is very sturdy, paint is high quality, strong handle, lid is attached so it won't fall out. Comes in blue or red. I have never had to replace a stove top percolator because it was broken, but have owned countless expensive drip coffeemakers. Breakable carafes, clock to reset, takes up counter-space, buttons to fuss with, filters to replace. My simple pot lasts years longer, and the clean-up and maintenance is simpler. Now you can buy paper filters for percolators, but I think that is a waste of money. Like a drip, there is a learning curve. This type of pot does not have a water marker for example. But there is a simple instruction sheet in the box. But for taste, I get a full bodied dark coffee, and I do not need to buy the high dollar coffee I used to buy to get the same robust flavor. My opinion anyway.

CONS: Many of the new percolator pots have strainer baskets that are really flimsy in design, including both the Coleman and the GSI brand. The real problem is the upright stem, it tilts over if you know what I mean. You can bend it back, but I worry it will break over time. If they improved the basket assembly with a heavier grade aluminum like they used to make, or a stainless steel basket, I think it would solve the problem. I replaced the upright stem and basket in my enamel pot with a sturdy one from a old pot I found at a yard sale. Next issue, on models with the glass dome, some folks can break them. They sell replacements in 2 sizes at Amazon.com for less than a pack of paper filters and they work fine. I wish it had the additional bail handle, it would make pouring easier.

TIPS: Wet the inside of the basket before you put grounds in, to help prevent grounds from going through the holes. Use a medium ground blend. If you plan to use it on a camp fire, soap the outside of the pot and let dry for a minute before placing on the fire, to prevent soot stains. If you do it every time, it will stay looking like new. Don't cram the coffee grounds down into the basket either. Some folks like to heat the water good and hot, and then put the basket in, I don't as that is a good way to get burned.

RECOMMENDATION: Also good for heating water for tea, hot chocolate, and dishes. Great pot, has the attached lid which Coleman does not. Coleman sells a 12 cup (stainless steel with stainless basket), 14 cup (enamel), and a 9 cup (enamel)in this shape.
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2009
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Let me get this out of the way right up front - I am NOT a religious coffee drinker. I drink it mostly when I want something to warm me up, not as a morning wakeup. I purchased this percolator to use when camping, partly for the above reason, and also because my fiancée will not go anywhere near the woods without certain amenities, morning coffee among them.

I also considered a French press style coffee maker, but decided on the percolator since a French press would require an additional pot in which to heat the water. The percolator apparatus can be easily removed from this coffee maker and used to heat water for tea, hot cocoa, ramen, dish water, etc... I chose this particular percolator because the red speckled enamelware matches the dish set I also purchased. It is also just the right size for us as it makes four standard coffee mug sized cups, which is just right for the two of us.

Fit and finish are excellent, as was the packaging. Just took it out of the box, washed it, and added it to the camping gear last weekend. Used it Sunday morning and had the best tasting coffee I have had in years. Granted, part of it could have been the location, but I was still able to drink it with only a small amount of powdered creamer and no sweetener, which is unheard of for me. The coffee used was some cheapo vacuum packed half-caff, Folgers or Maxwell House or the like.

No gripes or complaints, but if you haven't used a percolator before be aware that the basket for the grounds is not really a filter. i.e. you will get grounds into your coffee if you don't use separate disc-style filters. It's not bad enough for me to worry about it as the amount of grounds that spilled through was very minimal; just something to be aware of if you are picky about such things.

Bottom line, this is a very good coffee pot with excellent fit and finish, you won't be disappointed.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2009
Color Name: RedSize Name: 8 CupVerified Purchase
Worked great on our camping trip. My only complaint is that the clip that holds the lid onto the handle is very thin metal and bends easily - thus it's come off and I'm worried it will eventually break. The inside piece that hold the coffee grounds is made of the same thin metal and bends easily also - you have to be careful handling the bottom of the stand, so it won't break off and be unusable.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2010
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After one weekend and three pots of coffee, the bracket holding the lid to the handle broke. The metal holding it is a VERY thin and bends almost as easy as solder. The basket and tube/base are made from the same material. For $28 you think they could have used a little more rigid metal, especially on the lid bracket since it is opened and close frequently. I am tempted to send it back.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2011
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Upon receipt of the blue enamel percolator coffee pot I discovered that it had a chip on the lid. When I contacted GSI Outdoors via email and requested a replacement lid they told me to contact the manufacturer, who is located in Mexico.

Would not purchase from GSI Outdoors in the future.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2011
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This coffee pot just isn't very durable. The basket and the stem flex very easily, the plastic knob on top always wants to fall out, the cover's attachment to the pot is flimsy. Mine hasn't broken yet, but I just don't see it lasting very long. Do yourself a favor, spend a bit more money and get something that is built better. Coffee is too important to risk it on this. :)
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2012
Color Name: BlueSize Name: 8 CupVerified Purchase
The coffee pot was missing the percolator when we received it. Also, the plastic bubble on top wouldn't stay in place. It keeps coming loose and falling out. I plan to return this item. We found a very similar item at Wal-mart for $14, percolator included.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This coffee pot was exactly as it was depicted. It is really nice and works perfectly. Was also shipped promptly and arrived in excellent condition. I would highly recommend this product!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2012
I bought this "classic" coffee pot but wish I hadn't bothered. The plastic top piece refuses to stay screwed in and I'm constantly misplacing it. The aluminum grounds basket is flimsy, flimsy, flimsy and the bottom part is always warping or coming off. The aluminum clip that holds the lid to the pot is also flimsy; it bends and warps and constantly comes un-clipped from the handle, causing the lid to fall off--this is irritating when storing the pot, but even moreso when trying to use it. Trying to bend it back into shape only helps for a few minutes, and eventually the clip is going to snap in half due to the constant stress of re-bending. The handle gets almost as hot as the rest of the coffeepot, requiring both vigilance and a hotpad to keep from burning your hand.

The only good thing I'll say about it is the enamel doesn't chip unless you abuse it. But I will be replacing this product as soon as I can find a good deal on a better one.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 7, 2009
And still good for other things.

The three ways:
1-Percolator; just use the percolator as directed. Coffee in the basket on top of the tube that holds it up (medium to coarse grind). Takes a little practice to get this right, as you have to work off time, sound, and smell of the coffee. Perc is OK, but just one option.

2-Cowboy coffee; bring water to a boil. Add one to two tablespoons of coffee per cup (medium to coarse grind), and a dried eggshell. Heat to a boil again, then remove from heat. Let sit for three to five minutes. Add some cold water to help the grinds settle. Optional: strain through a sock (preferably clean and unused). This can be surprisingly good, if the cook pays attention and doesn't overcook it. If milk or creamer turns it grey rather than brown, you've gone way past 'done'.

3-Turkish coffee; Surprised? Look at the taper of the pot. Much like a traditional Turkish pot, but bigger. Fill only about 1/3 of the pot with water. Add two tablespoons of very fine grind coffee (powdery, Tchibo Exclusive Premium Ground Coffee is ground about right), a pinch of cinnamon or cardomum (optional), and a two teaspoons to a tablespoon of sugar per eight oz cup (yes, traditionally Turkish coffee goes in four oz or smaller cups, but this is a big pot, and the numbers are easier). As slowly as possible, bring to a boil until the foam reaches the top (without boiling over). Remove from heat and let the foam fall. Boil again and let foam fall again. Boil a third time and let foam fall. Serve. Expect some grinds in the bottom of your cup, and share the foam. Lemon can go well with this, but straight up will give your day an industrial grade kick-start.

And of course, you can boil water in it (what mine gets the most use for). On the stove, it looks a bit rustic, but if that works for you, the other qualities of this pot (durability, flexibility, and suitable for home or camping) make it a winner.

E. M. Van Court
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