The part about the percolator made me smile. I grew up around percolated coffee - there was always a pot on the stove, but I wasn't allowed to drink it ("it will ruin your skin"). By afternoon, the stuff in the pot would become so thick that friends who stopped by would take their cups to the sink and add hot water to it. That's the way coffee was done on the farm back in the day. Even though it was off limits for us younguns, I did sneak a taste. YUK! It was awful! I didn't become a coffee drinker until I was in college and had a cup of really good coffee at a banquet at an upscale restaurant. What a revelation! I can still remember that moment as clearly as if it was today. Coffee, hot, black, and ...DELICIOUS! Who knew??? Been addicted ever since.
If you are in or near Savannah, GA, do try Savannah Coffee Roasters, currently available at Publix. Right now Savannah Seduction is my addiction. That and Joeffreys are my favorites, but I'll try any new brand that comes down the pike at least once.
Goodness sakes! My grandmother had a percolator that she kept going all day. She made coffee so strong it would rise up out of the cup and slap you in the mouth if you said a bad word! I always told her, "Nana, I'm just not the woman you are," as I would be adding water to a half cup of her coffee.
We had a percolator, too. Good memories! However, like JoAnn, I didn't develop a taste for coffee until my early 20's and then it was a cup of McDonald's with creamer that got me hooked.