What a wand is to Harry Potter, a gooseneck kettle is to a home barista. Not that you should swish and flick a Fellow Stagg or try to transform the dog into an iguana with a Hario v60 Buono, but with the proper use of the right kettle, you sure can conjure up some other-worldly magic.
But, what is a gooseneck kettle, why should you invest in one, and where does the average muggle start?
Life-altering coffee is the result of having maintained maximum control of every element. When brewing with a Hario v60, Chemex, French Press, or another manual method, a precise, delicate, and controlled pour is far better than glugging hot water from a wide-mouthed teapot. The gooseneck has a long, thin, and curved spout protruding from the foot of the steel kettle. It is designed to help baristas achieve the needed finesse to master the art of brewing. With one of these babies, you take control of the water, a vital element in the practice of caffeinated sorcery.
“Sold,” you say, “I’mma go get me one!”
Here are three fantastic gooseneck kettles that are sure to make your coffee all the more tasty.
Hario v60 Buono Kettle ($35-$80)
First of all, meet the Hario v60 Buono.
The Buono is a perfect beginner kettle, and perhaps the most popular among home-brewers. It is simple, affordable, and light-weight. Unlike some other kettles, however, with the Buono, it is even more of a necessity to control the speed of your pour with a delicate motion. Only fill the Buono half to three-quarters of the way full to achieve an appropriately tamed distribution of water.
Some newer models have the added heating base which was definitely a needed addition!
Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle ($50-$100)
Traditionally, the Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle, our second recommendation, is like the DeLorean in “Back To The Future.” It’s got some uniquely awesome qualities, but it is a clunker to look at. The electric base allows you to set the desired temperature, features a real-time digital display, and quickly heats the water, giving you and the stovetop a needed break from one another. These attributes make the Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle a top contender in the barista world.
Fellow Stagg Pour-Over Kettle ($80-$160)
Lastly, meet the beautiful Fellow Stagg. A minimalist, stainless steel kettle, sold in three glorious finishes (Matte Black, Polished Steel, Polished Copper), the Fellow Stagg wins the prize for the most elegant. Its gorgeous and modern design will make your coffee counter sleeker than a white girl’s Pinterest board. The counterbalanced handle achieves an even pour while the built-in thermometer allows you to heat it on the stove and aids in keeping track of water temperature.
If more is what you want, Fellow offers all the fixings. The Stagg EKG/EKG+ Electric Kettle won the Red Dot Design Award in 2018. Its electric base heats the water, holds the temperature, and, unlike the Bonavita, even offers a timer. But, wait, there’s more! The EKG+ syncs with a Brewbar Tablet App with which you can turn the kettle off and on remotely, and even keep track of recipes. The only downfall to investing in a Fellow Stagg is the dent it can make in your bank account, but if top-of-the-line is what you want, it will certainly be worth it.
So, honor the bean by investing in a gooseneck kettle. You can’t go wrong with any of these options, and once you get started, you’ll be well on your muggle-way to something truly magical.