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A Comparison of Pour Over Brewing Kettles
Every trade has its tools, and that of manual coffee-making is no exception. One of the most important tools — especially for pour-over brewing — is the kettle. As the appreciation for craft coffee continues to grow, so does the demand for a kettle that meets the needs of professional baristas and at-home aficionados. If you ask us, these are the best ones out there.
With an extensive selection of affordable pouring kettles, the Bonavita brand offers the best all-around value. Their kettles come in a variety of options, including stovetop, electric, and variable temperature. Water flows from these kettles slowly, responsively, and predictably, trickling in a straight line beneath the spout. Impressive flow control is available with all versions of the Bonavita kettles, but the stovetop model gets our vote for its comfortable handle.
Hario's Buono has reigned as the king of pour over kettles for years, its reign extending to coffee bars and homes alike. Holding up to 1,200 milliliters of water, it's ideal for baristas who brew up big batches. We find it lacking in precision – water flows reluctantly, at first, and arcs slightly behind the spout – but excelling in comfort, build, and beauty. Plus, the Buono's beehive design coordinates with Hario's V60 dripper and brewing accessories.
Kalita Thin Spout
The Thin Spout camps in the middle of this brew battle. Its moderate size, average flow rate, and simple design make it accommodating for just about any method, person, or application. A 700-mL capacity suits most single-cup brewers. In the hand, it feels comfortable and balanced. Water begins to flow at just the spot you'd expect and then arcs beautifully over the coffee bed.
Kalita Wave Pot
Is Kalita's Wave Pot the classiest around? You tell us. Beautiful polished steel, an elegant spout, and a wooden handle make this one handsome kettle. Additionally, its flow rate is among the slowest and steadiest that we've tested. The kettle's shape requires a severe posture, docking it a few points for handling, but it remains a strong and stylish option for all pour-over brewing methods.
Takahiro kettles have become known as the ultimate manual brewmaster's tools – and for good reasons. No other kettles offer this degree of flow control and build quality. Their carefully crafted pouring spouts release a thin trickle that faithfully responds to your every maneuver and falls directly below the spout. Available in two practical sizes, the Takahiros can accommodate a range of brewing apparatuses.
|Bonavita||Hario Buono||Kalita Thin Spout||Kalita Wave Pot||Takahiro|
|holds 1L||holds 1.2L||holds 700mL||holds 1L||holds 500-900mL|
|weighs 350-545g||weighs ~415g||weighs ~335g||weighs ~470g||weighs 325-390g-|
|pours ~125mL/min||pours ~150mL/min||pours ~105mL/min||pour ~100mL/min||pours ~90mL/min|
|Lowest price||Greatest capacity||Best control||Sharpest style||Slowest flow|