The Farberware Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator is a large stovetop percolator that can boil enough coffee for a pretty large crew — up to 40-ounces at a time — and it will only set you back $25. There's even a larger 12-cup version available! But, while we sometimes got a good cup out of this brewer, overall we found the entire process difficult to dial in and keep consistent. There are a lot of small parts to keep track of, and you have to keep a watchful eye on the glass knob up top to see when the pot starts percolating so you can start a timer. If you don't, you are guaranteed a very bitter cup. We walked away feeling frustrated or disappointed more often than not — an emotion you don't want to feel over your morning cup of Joe.If you're in the market for a brewer that can caffeinate a group, check out the Planetary Designs French Press, our Top Pick for Large Groups. This insulated press has a patented filter system that stops extraction when plunged, so you don't get a bunch of sludge at the bottom of the pot. We also really love the Bialetti Moka Express 9-Cup, a stovetop espresso maker that's easy to use, versatile, and delivers consistently excellent flavor.
Farberware Yosemite Review
Cons: Heavy, has lots of pieces, inconsistent flavor, brew recipe hard to dial in
Our Analysis and Test Results
If you're heading out camping with a large crew, the well-priced Farberware Yosemite 8-Cup Percolator is a viable option. Brewing up to 40-ounces at a time, it will fill a lot of cups. However, there are easier and better options for the flavor-minded camper.
This stainless steel percolator is made up of 6 components: the main pot, percolator stem, a small spring, the filter basket and cover, and the lid with its see-through glass knob. After filling the pot with the amount of water you desire, the stem, spring, coffee-filled basket, and its cover all stack inside. Clip the lid on, place on a burner, and keep an eye for when water starts bubbling up into the glass knob on top. Once this begins, percolate for 5-7 minutes, depending on your desired strength.
Percolators are a classic brewing method that many people love — though there's a reason coffee professionals don't use them. Coffee acidifies when it is boiled or re-heated, so the drawback of a percolator is that it's very easy to end up with a burnt, sour, boiled flavor. Conversely, if you don't percolate long enough, you get a weak and watery under-extracted cup. While we sometimes got decent flavors out of this brewer, more often than not we ended up missing the mark in one of the ways described.
If you need to please a larger group and want an easier way to achieve consistently excellent flavor, we recommend the Planetary Designs French Press or the Bialetti Moka Express.
Ease of Use
The Yosemite falls short in this category for several reasons. There are a lot of parts to keep track of, so this brewer isn't very conducive to traveling around and car camping. The water measurement marks on the inside of the pot are hard to see, finding a good-tasting brew ratio is difficult, and brewing requires having a timer to time the percolation. It's very easy to under or over boil, so it's hard to keep things consistent. Finally, when cleaning up, the filter basket on the Yosemite is rather hard to clean, and the curved lip of the pot makes getting all the water out almost impossible. Long story short, this is not an easy brewer to use compared to all the other options in this review.
Top marks for the Yosemite in this category, no surprise. With a maximum yield of 40-ounces (five 8-ounce cups), this is a worthy option for a small army of sleepy campers. However, the Planetary Designs French Press is easier to use, available in both 32 and 48-ounces, and far more pleasant to drink. It will cost you more, though.
Tipping the scales at 27.7-ounces, the Yosemite is wide and takes up a lot of room. It also has a lot of pieces, and the top percolator knob is glass and could get broken (though it is quite thick). While this is perfectly acceptable for car camping or RV travel, it's not an option that we would turn to for adventures where space is limited.
As mentioned above, this brewer weighs a whopping 1 pound, 11.7-ounces, making it one of the heaviest in our review. If you're in a car, van, or RV with a lot of space, this may not be an issue, but there are still better options to consider based on flavor and ease of use.
This percolator is the cheapest large brewer in our review. It gets the job done but, unfortunately, the coffee doesn't taste great. If you care about flavor and ease of use, we think your dollars are better spent on another device.
We wanted to try this percolator out because it's cheap and can produce a lot of coffee at once. Unfortunately, it fell short for us in a lot of ways, and we walked away with the assessment that, across the board, other items in our review are easier to use, more conducive to camping, and able to produce a better flavor.
— Penney Garrett