2003-09-05 - 10:13 a.m.
(the sound of a percolator is very soothing, like oars on the lake)
The "pumping" percolator as we know it was invented by the French in 1827. This was designed to heat the water and brew the coffee in one operation by pumping the hot water through the grounds. This method violates every rule of making a good cup of coffee.