A coffee kettle is fundamentally like any other kettle. It is a device used to heat up water and then pour that water over something so that, whatever that something is, diffuses into your hot water. That “something” is usually tea or coffee.
But there are a few differences between a normal kettle and a coffee kettle- namely, the spout. Tea is a little more forgiving about your pour technique. At least, as far as we coffee drinkers know, it doesn’t seem to make much difference.
With manual brewing methods like the pour over method, the pour technique can really affect the end result. Temperature is also extremely important to the flavor of your coffee.
While you can manage to perfect both of these things without a specialized pour over coffee kettle, it is far more efficient and reliable to use a kettle that’s designed for the job. In this article, we’ll talk about how the temperature and the pour affect your brew and then take a look at how different coffee kettles can help you achieve perfection.
When brewing coffee, getting the water right is essential to brewing a good cup. Here are some of the reasons water is so important:
A well-executed pour is one that is:
The key innovation that a pour over coffee kettle offers is the spout design. The slender goose neck design regulates the flow of water in such a precise way that you can effortlessly maintain a steady, consistent stream of water for your coffee.
With that taken care of, all you have to worry about is temperature and making sure that you move the kettle to create concentric circles throughout the grounds for an even soaking and extraction.
Any good kettle for pour over coffee needs to have that signature goose neck spout. Everything else is a matter of your own personal preference.
For example, you can find an electric coffee kettle which allows you to program specific water temperatures so you no longer have to either guess what the temperature is or repeatedly measure it with a thermometer.
Pour over coffee kettles come in a wide range of prices ranging from “ok, I can handle that” to “dear god, why would anyone spend that much money on a kettle?” The different price points offer different features.
Here are some of the features you will find. Pick out the ones you find most important for you and then start shopping around for a kettle that suits you.
If the one you want the most is a little too close to that “dear god” price range, consider the fact that it will likely last you a lifetime (or quite a few years if it is a good electric one).
Also remember that you should give it a thorough cleaning every 4-6 weeks. Even though it’s just holding water, that water can start to leave some mineral buildup that will affect the flavor and can start to clog up the spout. Use baking soda and hot water. Or do a vinegar soak to deal with tough build up.
Josh is the founding owner of Coletti. He and his wife, Katie, stepped-out in faith in 2015 with the intent of translating their love for coffee into monetary support for organizations bringing justice to the world’s poor. Josh is a Christian minister, an army chaplain, a veteran of two wars, and father of seven (six girls and a boy).