Posted by on September 17, 2018

I found this nice Drip-O-Lator on Ebay several weeks back while perusing through the antique coffee makers.  This was the description that was given to me…

We are selling this early Drip-O-Lator coffee maker that is in very good overall condition. This is used and has some scratches and small dents to the exterior. The piece is clean inside and the metal clip that holds the grounds reservoir to the base is still in place. It has wood handles that are in very good condition with no splintering or chipping. The side of the pot body has nice etchings that don’t appear on every Drip-O-Lator.

It is in very good shape and had all of the pieces so I went for it.  It was fairly inexpensive for the quality and being almost 100 years old.  It had all of the pieces and I figure would offer a great way to enjoy more vintage coffee.

The parts

You will see all of the required parts for the drip-o-lator to work properly.  It has the bottom piece which also serves as the coffee pot, where the coffee will be collected.  You have the coffee grinds filter basket where the coffee grinds will go.  This is the middle piece that has all of the holes on the bottom.  On top of that the will be the top piece where the water will go.  It has measurements on it so you will know exactly (or close to) how much coffee you are brewing.  Then the lid will top the piece off.  When put all together it will look like this.

To Make Coffee

The difference between a drip-o-lator and a percolator is that you must use a different device to heat your water.  You can sit this drip-o-lator on the stove and turn on warm to keep the coffee warm but it is so much easier to just get another percolator or different device to heat your water.

I use a percolator so I can see exactly when the water gets to the desired temperature to brew the coffee.  While the water is heating, get your coffee basket and fill with the desired about of coffee and set it on top of the bottom pot.

After water begins to percolate, pour the water into the water holder on the top of the drip-o-lator to the desired cup level.  Put the lid on.  You can also turn the burner onto this drip-o-lator to “warm” to keep coffee at the desired temp level.  In a few seconds you can hear the coffee begin to hit the bottom of the pot.  It should take around 5-8 minutes for the coffee to drip down through to the pot.  Since the holes in the coffee basket are so small, it will allow the water to steep in the coffee grounds instead of running right through it.

When the coffee has finished dripping into the pot, you remove the top portions of the drip-o-lator and put the lid onto the pot to serve.

This makes a great cup of coffee!  Also it is very easy to clean.  Discard the coffee grounds into the trash and wash the coffee parts off.

Here are all of the pics of my drip-o-lator.  It is one of my treasured coffee makers and will be one of my go-to’s on the weekends when I have more time to make that perfect cup of joe.




  1. Dog Pack
    September 17, 2018

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    Awesome story my Brother! I do feel dated… 🙂

    • thebrofessor
      September 18, 2018

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      haha. I don’t ever remember the drip-o-lators growing up so you probably should. lol. Just kidding. I know you are a little younger and were born a couple years later than the 1930’s. lol

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    September 24, 2018

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  3. Josue Ramerez
    October 15, 2018

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    You actually make it seem really easy along with your presentation however I in finding this topic to be actually something that I think I might never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely vast for me. I am taking a look forward for your subsequent submit, I¡¦ll try to get the hang of it!

    • thebrofessor
      October 15, 2018

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      Yes it is much more complicated than coffee makers of today. It is meant for those who want to taste coffee the way it was made many years ago. Of course the coffee itself is going to be different. But the preparation is the same. It took me a little practice but I’m starting to get the hang of it.

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