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Potsdam Boiler Coffee Maker

A Potsdam Boiler Coffee Maker is a flip coffee maker similar in principle to a Neapolitan Flip Coffee Maker.

Made of metal, it consists of two pots, one with a spout on it. Both are mounted on a stand, with the top one resting upside down on the bottom one. The top -- or rather, the one at the top at the start before you flip it -- has the spout.

You fill the bottom, plain pot with water, then fill a filter insert in it with ground coffee. You then put the spouted pot on it upside down, to act as a lid, and mount the two pots on their land.

The stand suspends the pots above a spirit burner. You light the burner and bring the plain pot with the water in it to a boil, then use a handle to rotate the pots head over heels, so that the pot with the spout on it gets flipped to the bottom. At this point the pot with the hot water is now on top.

The water drizzles down through the filter holding the ground coffee, and into the spouted pot at the bottom.

History Notes

Potsdam Boiler Coffee Makers were made in France sometime around the 1840s. They were often ornate enough for use at the table.

See also:

Coffee Makers

Coffee Percolator; Cuppitiello; Espresso Machines; Infusion Coffee Maker; Neapolitan Flip Coffee Maker; Potsdam Boiler Coffee Maker; Vietnamese Coffee Press

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Also called:

Russian Egg Coffee Maker; Bollitore di Potsdam, Uovo Russo (Italian)


Oulton, Randal. "Potsdam Boiler Coffee Maker." CooksInfo.com. Published 30 July 2006; revised 30 August 2007. Web. Accessed 03/19/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/potsdam-boiler-coffee-maker>.

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