Brewing a good cup of coffee is a vital morning routine for me. There is nothing better than a freshly brewed cup to give that extra pick-me-up to make it through the day.
Yet the inception of induction cooktops may leave you wondering if you can make your favorite cup of coffee using the revolutionary induction technology.
I’ve been looking into this, as I’m a big fan of induction hobs, as well as a good old-fashioned percolator. Known for being simplistic and providing some of the best quality coffee outside of an expensive coffee machine.
You might be British if you stumbled upon this article.
I was first introduced to the term hob by my two aunts from the UK. After learning the term and using a percolator for many years, I think I might be the best person to talk about using a percolator on induction hobs.
By using a percolator with a magnetized base, you will be able to brew coffee on an induction hop. Percolators with non-magnetized will not heat up on an induction hob.
It’s easy to get a little lost with an induction cooktop, and everything it’s capable of. As well as knowing what you need to make the most of it.
So, let’s take a moment to explore induction cooking more deeply, as well as how to brew a great cup of coffee on it with ease.
What Is An Induction Hob?
An induction hob is a cooktop design that uses a vastly different method of heating than typical gas or electric stovetop. It does this through the use of an induction ring, which creates a magnetic field underneath the surface you are looking to heat.
This magnetic field transmits heat directly into the object. This happens due to the pan (Or any other magnetic object you place on the hob) completing the electrical circuit. Thus, beginning a process of transmitting heat through the completed circuit.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the advantages of an induction hob:
Induction cooking is one of the fastest methods of cooking there is. The circuit used in induction cooking is extremely effective at heating up your cooking surface. It far outperforms gas and traditional electric cooking options.
Gas and electric heating can be energy inefficient versus induction cooking.
This will be no shock to anyone who has been in the kitchen whilst they are cooking something with either of these methods. Feeling the temperature of the room quickly rise.
With induction cooking, minimal energy is wasted. As the circuit only places heat into the object(pots and pans) that is completing the circuit itself. Making it one of the most energy-efficient cooking methods available.
Easy to Clean & Use
Induction hobs are flat surfaces, making them a breeze to clean. On top of this, using an induction hob is a breeze.
Only requiring you to set the desired temperature you want the object to reach with one button, and then waiting.
What’s not to love about that?
Using an Induction Hob with Your Percolator
If you’re looking to use a percolator with your induction hob, you’re in luck.
As induction hobs are a great way to get the most out of the right percolator. Let’s explore what you need to know about percolators, and how to use them on induction hobs.
How Does a Percolator Work?
A percolator uses both heat and steam to brew a cup of coffee, as well as a wide variety of other beverages.
The lower chamber of the percolator contains water, which when it heats up, will begin to convert to steam.
As the hot air rises, the steam will be pushed into the chamber containing the coffee grounds, which are placed between the lower and upper chambers.
The steam then begins to mix with the coffee grounds to produce a fresh batch of brewed coffee. All ready to give you that extra spark in the morning.
If you want to learn more about the specifics of what a percolator can do, check out our detailed article exploring everything you need to know.
Can I Use My Percolator on an Induction Hob?
The very likely answer to this is: No. The reason for this has to do with how induction hobs work. They require a magnetic bottom to complete the circuit so that it can begin the heating process.
Many commercial percolators do not come with a metal bottom.
However, if you notice that your percolator has a completely metal bottom (Nothing except metal, not even a rubber strip), then it may be compatible.
Percolators That You Can Use on an Induction Hob
There is a wide range of induction hob-compatible percolators out there for you to use, and are inexpensive to pick up. Let’s explore one of the most popular options for induction hob percolating out there right now.
The GROSCHE Milano Steel 6 espresso cup is a prime example of a compatible percolator that you can use on an induction hob. With a completely metal bottom, it will easily attach to the induction cooking surface.
You can pick up a percolator like this in a variety of sizes, and we find that it provides some of the most delicious induction-brewed coffee out there!
Advantages of Using a Percolator on an Induction Hob
There is a wide range of advantages to using a percolator on an induction hob, which ties into many of the key advantages of induction cooking itself.
The even heating platform of an induction hob, as well as the efficient heating levels, ensures that your coffee is brewed at a steady temperature. Meaning you won’t burn your coffee grounds with excess heat.
The high level of control an induction hob provides is also a bit plus. Enabling you to find the perfect temperature level for brewing a perfect cup of coffee. This also plays a large role in the taste of the final product.
Lastly, induction hobs are one of the fastest cooking tops on the market right now. Meaning you can quickly heat up and brew a delicious cup of coffee with much less time than you’d need with traditional gas or electric stovetop.