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Universal Coffeematic
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Post# 929225   3/27/2017 at 14:20 by vintage1963 (Ohio)        

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Here is the latest eBay find. Mint, still in box, never used. I think these Universal Coffeematic percolators are beautiful, yet simple. I can't wait to try it out.

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Post# 929226 , Reply# 1   3/27/2017 at 14:26 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Wow - what a find!  Congratulations!   I've been using a Universal Coffeematic as the daily driver down in Ogden for a few years now - they are great perks and I also love the style.  Happy perking!!

Post# 929229 , Reply# 2   3/27/2017 at 14:50 by vintage1963 (Ohio)        

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Paul, do these perk quite fast?

Post# 929232 , Reply# 3   3/27/2017 at 15:06 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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No, they are a little on the slow side, but they make a great cup of coffee! 

Post# 929241 , Reply# 4   3/27/2017 at 16:00 by ea56 (So. Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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What a score!!! The first coffee pot that I had when I moved out on my own was a Coffeematic that I bought used for $3.00 at the Salvation Army. It made delicious coffee and I used it for about 8 yrs,then gave it to my sister who used it for several more yrs. Mine had the ivory colored base. I later found one like yours, but the chrome had worn off the inside and the copper was showing thru, so I didn't use it too much. You will really enjoy this pot! Be careful how you clean the inside, don't use anything abrasive so you can keep the chrome lining intact.

You will never find a new electric perk that will come anywhere near the excellent quality of this Coffeematic. Congratulations on your find!

BTW, I personally love perked coffee, and that's how I make mine daily. I use the old tried and true measurement of one tablespoon of ground coffee per cup, plus one for the pot, ie. if your making 6 cups, use 7 tbls. of coffee. This ratio gives a nice, strong, rich cup of coffee. I just keep a tablespoon from our flatwear in the can.

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Post# 929243 , Reply# 5   3/27/2017 at 16:17 by vintage1963 (Ohio)        

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Percolated coffee has a much better taste than drip coffee, at least I think so. I took one of my percolators to work and made a pot of coffee for the ladies I work with. They loved it. I told them to be patient, that it takes a bit longer while making but that it would be worth the wait. They agreed once they had a cup of percolated coffee!

Post# 929245 , Reply# 6   3/27/2017 at 16:56 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Don't you just LOVE NIB? What a great score! Congratulations!

Post# 929250 , Reply# 7   3/27/2017 at 17:19 by vintage1963 (Ohio)        

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Louie, I was surprised to see this come up on eBay. I was just browsing and there it was. I had been searching for Dormeyer and Cory percolators, which I did find as well but the Universal caught my eye. It really didn't cost as much as you might think and it was a Buy It Now so I leapt on it.

Post# 929258 , Reply# 8   3/27/2017 at 18:31 by ea56 (So. Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I agree Ed, percolated coffee is the best tasting, if its done correctly.

Sounds like you collect perc's. I too love collecting coffee pots/makers of all types. This desire to collect them started with my first Coffeematic. But percolators are my first love for coffee pots, both electric and stove top.

I love it when someone that appreciates them, finds a NIB like your new perc. They should be owned someone that will preserve and use them, they are really a lost art in craftsmanship.

Post# 929262 , Reply# 9   3/27/2017 at 19:14 by vintage1963 (Ohio)        

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I love hearing the sound a percolator makes while making coffee. It's very distinctive and evokes many childhood memories of my parents and grandparents making coffee too.

Post# 929322 , Reply# 10   3/27/2017 at 22:36 by vintage1963 (Ohio)        

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I just found out from the seller that this item was an estate find and it belonged to his/her (I don't know the gender of the seller) grandma. Apparently she loved to shop. I bet she didn't even know she had it.

Post# 929711 , Reply# 11   3/30/2017 at 13:38 by vintage1963 (Ohio)        

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Look what got delivered today! This is in pristine condition. It's also heavier than I expected.

Pardon the crotch shot reflection in one of the pics.

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Post# 929738 , Reply# 12   3/30/2017 at 18:13 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Love the hang tag!  And a NOS power cord to boot!  What a great find - congratulations again!!

Post# 929740 , Reply# 13   3/30/2017 at 18:19 by ea56 (So. Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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that is really a pristine Coffeematic! I've never seen a basket and spreader so shiny in one of these pots. I personally think one of the best features of the Coffeematics is the design of the basket and spreader. The design allows the perking coffee to filter evenly and at just the right rate of speed through the basket during the brewing cycle. Since the holes are so small you almost never get any grounds in the finished brew. No need for a paper filter disk, that would just take away from the rich flavor of good perked coffee. I know that you will enjoy using this pot.

Post# 929946 , Reply# 14   3/31/2017 at 15:10 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
Very nice

coffeemaker. My mom had Universal percs; two were exactly alike (circa 1950), and then she got another that was different (circa 1975). Yours is different than either style she had - maybe yours is from in between the ones she had.

Post# 929963 , Reply# 15   3/31/2017 at 16:39 by vintage1963 (Ohio)        

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Eddie, I have already made a few pots of coffee and they turned out pretty well.

Tom, I think this one is from 1955 or so.

I've been seeing other percolators that I would like to buy but I better not do it...

Post# 929964 , Reply# 16   3/31/2017 at 16:45 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Oh go on.... You KNOW you want to....  LOL



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Post# 929966 , Reply# 17   3/31/2017 at 16:52 by ea56 (So. Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I believe that the model you purchased is a 1954 model. I always wet the basket with water before I put in the coffee, this keeps any fine particles from sifting into the pot.

I know what you mean about finding other percolators, it has become an addiction for me, LOL. But since I don't have the room to collect washers, the perks are a great alternative. I rotate them. Since you posted about your new Coffematice I brought my 1960 Sunbeam AP-20 out of storage. Used it this morning. Boy is it ever fast! I brewed 8 cups in just over 8 mins, and it tasted great. I think I'll use this one for a while. I've been using my stove top perks for the past 6 mo., I could get spoiled by the convenience of this Sunbeam electric. I attached a photo. The basket and spreader are very much like the ones in your Coffeematic.

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Post# 929969 , Reply# 18   3/31/2017 at 16:58 by ea56 (So. Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Now Paul that's a real collection of coffee pots! You put me to shame! I have 4 electric perks, a Sunbeam C30 Coffeemaster vac pot, 8 stove top perks, 3 glass vac pots, a couple of manual drip pots and a Nicro vac pot, and I thought that was a lot! Over the years I've gotten rid of at least as many as I now have.

Post# 929982 , Reply# 19   3/31/2017 at 18:18 by vintage1963 (Ohio)        

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Eddie,that's a beautiful percolator! All nice and shiny. I'll get a shot of the Universal in action soon. I also wet the basket to keep the grounds in. I find that works well.

Speaking of other percolators, there was a Dormeyer Golden Goddess that went for $190!! I wanted it really badly but I tapped out past a certain price point. I'm keeping my eyes open for another one, though.

Post# 930247 , Reply# 20   4/2/2017 at 21:08 by vintage1963 (Ohio)        

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Paul, you wouldn't happen to have a Dormeyer Golden Goddess in that collection, would you??

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