I don't know what the different parts of a dripolator are properly called. They've always been the pot, the basket where the filter and coffee go, the reservoir and lid. See my dripolator? Mama bought it from Reynolds Variety Store in State Line, Mississippi as a house warming present when the Little Family moved from Grenada to Oxford years and years ago. Reynolds is now just a clothing store, a sad departure from the lightly-dust-coated old fashioned treasure trove of a family mercantile. Dripolators can be found on eBay. I've bought several for friends from there over the years. This one is a Mirro brand. I love it!
Annnnyways. If you have (or your Mama has one and you can
Fill a kettle with cold water.
Put it on to boil.
I use a heaping teaspoon of COLOMBIAN coffee for each cup. That's one
Put the basket on the pot.
Put the reservoir on the basket.
Wait for the water to boil.
Put away the clean dishes while waiting. You know you need to.
YAY! Water's boiling. Pour the boiling water in the reservoir and try to take a decent photo of it happening! Use your imagination on what that looks like, okay? This is boiling water in the reservoir. It's dripping through the coffee grounds and the smell is pretty close to chocolate. Which you all know smells like heaven must to me.
Wait some more for the coffee to finish dripping.
Grab the camera and take a really neat looking photo of the dew on the spider webs in the predawn light while you wait.
It's DONE! I'm going to pour us both a cup of coffee. Mary Poppins is mine. I'll pour you the big white cup. It used to be Daddy's. He loved coffee and I think he taught me how to make it this way so he could have a supply of it if Mama weren't in the house to make it for him. Daddy was more than capable of making it himself but he was often in his work shop making furniture or in the garden. I never minded doing it. I think of him every time I pour up the water. I hear him say "Now Shug, you be careful..."
I like mine white and sweet. Unless there's chocolate to be had. Doctor it up any way you like.
Just in time!!!! Come on! Don't let it get cold...
Enjoy. I know I have...