I love a good pour over coffee. I’m still working on my technique, but with good beans you can’t mess up too much. As with other types of brewing coffee, pour over requires a few pieces of equipment. One of those is a kettle with a long, thin neck (or spout), often called a gooseneck. When choosing a kettle, do you go the electric route or stove top?
Make it easy for beginner pour over coffee brewers
As a beginner in anything, you want to make things as easy as possible. If the process or task is difficult and you don’t succeed the first few times, you’re less likely to try again. So make things easy for yourself and increase your chance of success. You try the harder stuff later.
This ease of use is why I recommend going with an electric kettle to start. It’s worth paying a bit extra for a consistent kettle that will deliver results, especially for a beginner.
I have the Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle and I absolutely love it! It heats up fast, holds the temperature well and pours very smoothly – all huge pros for a beginner pour over coffee maker. The first time you use it you set the temperature (I go for 93 Celcius for my pour over, but 92-97 is the acceptable range) and that’s the temperature your kettle will heat up to every time you turn it on. The pouring technique is the difficult part of making a pour over coffee so you can focus on perfecting that instead of worrying about getting your water to the right temperature.
You can always go for the set temperature version of this kettle, which is cheaper. If you’ve already got a water kettle whose temperature setting you can rely on, then go for the stovetop version. I really like how the Bonavita kettles pour, so I’d recommend the Bonavita Stovetop Kettle, with the Hario Buono Drip Kettle a close second.