Best Pour Over Kettle for Coffee
Pour over kettles are really only relevant to the world of pour over brewing, and that type of coffee brewing has really grown in popularity. Personally here at the "Perfect Grind," we also believe that these also look super cool, and they can of course be used as an ordinary kettle.
You will hear these types of pour over kettles on the UK market now and they do come with some strange names such as, gooseneck, digital and variable temperature control kettles.
We will explain all of these different types below and explain the importance of temperatures, being able to control the temperature, and why having the right type of spout really makes a difference.
In truth, we believe these are a "nice to have." No-one really needs a pour over kettle as an ordinary kettle will do the job. The pour over just gives you a great deal more control when pouring, and also allows you to have very accurate control over the temperature of the water.
When it comes to making pour over coffee the things that you really need are fresh beans and a good quality grinder, ideally a burr grinder. By having a pour over kettle, then you will always get a lot more control when it comes to adding the water to the fresh grind.
These type of goose neck or long neck kettles, you can fully control how much water comes out of the spout. You can also control the pace of the pour and that is also important.
Why Buy a Pour Over Coffee Kettle?
The main advantages of buying a pour over kettle are:
- They give you excellent control for accurate pouring
- They look great visually
- You can closely control the temperature of the water
- Some come with a built in timer
This type of kettle is mainly used by coffee lovers who want to try the "pour over" brewing method to make their coffee. You may have seen these in some stores that sell kitchen hardware. In fact I have heard people refer these to as "funny looking," or "strange looking" kettles.
I have even heard them referred to as "antique kettles." In the main though, the reason why people pick these gooseneck spout kettles is that it allows them to make great tasting pour over coffee.
If you don't plan on doing that, then you really don't need to buy one of these at all.
Tips for Picking the Best Pour Over Kettle
There are plenty of good choices to be had and your choice will come down to 2 main factors:
- How much do you want to pay?
- What style you like the look of the most?
These kettles cost anything from around £20 for a basic kettle, and all the way up to £60 if you want one with all the features, that will include swivel bases and full timer and programmable controls.
There are about 100 different models of these in the market place so I have narrowed these down by those that get the best buyer reviews.
It is also worth adding that I also look at the number of reviews. Newer kettles can rate very highly with just a few good reviews and that can be misleading.
I like to see consistent ratings from a large number of buyers as that gives me a lot more confidence. So a product with a rating score of at least 80% buyer satisfaction, and confirmation of that by over 100 buyer reviews is a solid method of doing this.
Based on those criteria I have created a top 5 list below.
Underneath the list I have also included a full coffee kettle buying guide. That will help you understand the many features to look for. It is a great guide for beginners.
5 TOP BUYER RATED POUR OVER KETTLES
I have reviewed, in a lot more detail, the top 5 rated pour over kettles that are currently available at Amazon UK.
Below, you will find summary reviews on each of the above kettles.
Pour Over Kettle Buyer's Guide & Information
In this section we have included a beginner's buying guide to buying a pour over coffee kettle. If you have already had some experience using one of these, then there really is no need to read this section.
If however you are considering entering the world of what is called "hand crafted" coffee making, then this guide will really help you out. Pour over coffee brewing is extremely popular in the US and in Canada.
It is gaining in popularity in the UK, but is certainly far from widespread. So before beginning our guide with information on kettles, it is a great idea to understand exactly what the pour over coffee brewing method actually is.
Pour Over Coffee Brewing Method Explained
The easiest way to see this end to end process is to watch a short 5 minute video, which we could encourage any beginner to watch.
If you have watched the video above, you can see that there are a number of different parts to the process. The amount of coffee is important, the grind is very important and then the pour over process is what really makes the difference.
Now you could still do this with an ordinary kettle, but it is just not the same, as you don't have that full control, that gooseneck kettle will give you.
For consistency you should always use the same weight of coffee, the same coffee to water ratio and also the same time period to make very high quality coffee on a consistent basis.
To do that properly you will need four key pieces of equipment which are:
- A set of accurate kitchen scales
- A good quality burr grinder
- The gooseneck kettle
- Some type of pour over coffee filter such as a chemex brewer
Now if you don't have those, then of course you can still brew pour over, but it does become a lot more of a trial and error process. Now I don't want to bore you with why you should have all of the above equipment.
This article is simply about the pour over kettle so I will focus on that important piece of equipment, and what features are available.
Gooseneck Coffee Kettle Features
Here are the important features and the main reasons why you should use a pour over kettle to make pour over coffee.
Water Volume & Control
When brewing using this pour over method, being able to control the pour, and also full control of the volume is vitally important. Yes you can use an ordinary kettle, however those are actually quite difficult to control.
They have large wide spouts and the water tends to flood out and that greatly reduces the control that you have. When volume and control are so important, then this is not a great solution.
Any coffee kettle with a long shaped swan or goose neck spout will always give you better control.
The process involved means concentrating water using a slow pour. It also means starting at the centre and slowly moving out to the edges using concentric circles.
It is virtually important to use a goose neck kettle to be able to achieve that type of pour, and also to keep it slow and steady. The gooseneck kettle does this to perfection.
Design & Practical Use
Many first time buyers of these kettles buy the one they like the look of the best. That is a natural desire of course, but always make sure it is practical to use. When we say that we mean you should think of the capacity, the balance of the kettle, and the grip of the handle.
Avoid going for something super shiny just because it looks really good.
Electric or Manual
This one sounds obvious but some buyers overlook this all too easily. There are electric kettles and there are also gooseneck kettles that can sit on a stove or a hob.
You should buy the one that suits your needs the best. The electric option is always going to be more expensive as it needs to have a heating element, and some form of temperature control.
Now we have always believed in trying to sort out the waffle from the over enthusiastic coffee lover. Some coffee experts are insanely protective of the exact temperature coffee should be brewed at.
Most of us coffee addicts are not and we want to explain that here. It is a fact that boiling water will burn coffee granules and will make your coffee taste bitter. Now some coffee experts take this to a whole new level, and almost become paranoid about it.
Ideally the temperature should be just below boiling. For example if you were using an ordinary kettle you should boil it, leave it for 30 seconds and then pour the water. That really is accurate enough for most people.
Some of these coffee kettles allow you to have highly accurate temperature control and these will typically have LED displays that show the temperature, and allow you to make minor adjustments.
Coffee Kettle Key Facts
You really should only buy one of these if you are thinking about using the pour over coffee brewing method. They are really nice to look at, and some UK buyers simply buy them because of that.
However the majority of people buy these for the pour over method, be that coffee or tea. The entire brewing process is really all about the experience of making this coffee type.
That concludes my reviews on the best pour over kettles that are currently available in the UK market. Hopefully it has helped narrow down your choices a little, or pointed you in the right direction.