Can you put a glass coffee pot on the stove? (+5 steps)

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you put a glass coffee pot on the stove?”, and how long do you percolate coffee on the Stovetop?

Can you put a glass coffee pot on the stove?

Putting a glass coffee pot on the stove is a bad idea. Too high temperatures or temperature fluctuations might damage the glass. 

Glass, ceramic, cast iron, or stoneware percolators should never be used directly on a glass stovetop because they are bad conductors of heat and they can potentially damage the surface of the glass stovetop. To protect the glass stovetop while using a percolator:

  • The bottom of the percolator should be checked for any rough spots. If there are any, do not place them on the stovetop.
  • Do not boil water to high temperatures or else the dried bottom of the percolator will become permanently stained.

Directions for using a glass percolator 

  1. First of all, remove the lid, the filter basket, and the pump. Then fill the bottom of the percolator with water in the ratio of 6 ounces water for every cup of coffee. Make sure the water level does not surpass the maximum water line to prevent boilovers.
  1. The filter basket and the stem should be placed in the pot such that the stem continues all the way to the bottom of the pot while the basket sits on top.
  1. Remove the top from the filter basket and add ground coffee(1 tbsp per cup). 
  1. Place the top or lid on the basket and the lid on the pot. Place the glass percolator on a stop top burner on low-medium heat. 
  1. Once the brew boils and reaches the desired color, remove it from the heat, place it on a heat-sensitive surface or a potholder, let it rest, and serve after removing the stem and the filter.

How long do you percolate coffee on the Stovetop?

Coffee should be allowed to percolate for 5-10 minutes. To percolate a full cup of coffee, 10 minutes are ideal. To percolate a single cup of coffee, 5 minutes are enough. If you remove the percolator from heat earlier than its desired time, the brew will be weak and watery.

How do you make coffee in a Glass Pyrex Percolator?

Glass Pyrex Percolator should never be placed on a glass stovetop. Instead, place them on gas burners and electric coil types of stovetops. When using a Glass Pyrex Percolator on a gas stovetop, always percolate on medium heat. 

If you are using the percolator on an electric stove, place a trivet between the bottom of the percolator and the stove coils.

Can I use regular ground coffee in a Percolator?

Yes, you can use the regular ground as well as coarse ground coffee in a percolator. However, the regular ground coffee can slip through the basket holes because of its fine grind. To avoid this problem, use the coarse ground.

Do you need a filter for a Percolator?

No, you do not need a filter for a percolator. The basket acts as a filter. It keeps the coffee grounds from slipping while allowing the water to move through the coffee.

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Is the Percolator better than the drip?

It all comes down to personal preference. Typically, percolated coffee produces a stronger brew as compared to the drip method. So, If you like your coffee with a bold taste, go for percolator. If you enjoy a mild brew, the drip machine is best.

Pyrex Percolator pros and cons

Pyrex percolator ensures transparency throughout the brewing process. You can observe the color of the brew and tell when is the brew ready to be taken off the heat. Other than that, the retro look of the percolator earns it bonus points. 

Unlike the steep electric percolators, glass percolators must be watched over during the whole brewing process. Carelessness in handling can not only damage the pot but also result in an over-extracted brew.

How to make coffee by the Cowboy method?

Things you’ll need

  • Coffee grounds
  • Water
  • Kettle or pot
  • Spoon or another utensil to stir with
  • Mug

Instructions for brewing

  1. Put 1Tbsp coffee grounds and 8 ounces of water into a kettle or pot.
  2. Boil the water with the grounds for about 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, let the coffee grounds steep and settle at the bottom of the pot/kettle for about 7 minutes.
  3. Pour the brew into the mug without disturbing the sediment. The brew won’t be as clear but that is how the cowboy style has to be.


In this article, we answered the question “Can you put a glass coffee pot on the stove?”, and how long do you percolate coffee on the Stovetop?


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