Where to get a kettle for your pourover brewer

I fell in love with Chemex coffee on the Coffee Crawl. So I bought one (from Bunker Coffee… I love Bunker Coffee). Bunker doesn’t sell them online – but Wolff Coffee Roasters does (I’m the proud owner of a 6 Cup). Readers outside of Brisbane should check their nearest specialty coffee place.

Getting hold of the Chemex was only half the battle. Proper pourover coffee needs a special kind of kettle – a kettle that produces a slow, but sustained, flow of water for a long enough period.

Here’s Intelligentsia’s brewing guide.

Intelligentsia Chemex Brewing Guide from Intelligentsia Coffee on Vimeo.

So. I went kettle hunting. The cafe kettle of choice is the Hario Buono Kettle. Which looks like a beehive. It retails for $75 (not including postage) (from CuppaCoffee, or BeanDrinking).

It’s a nice looking kettle – and you’ll notice it looks exactly the same as the kettle in the Intelligentsia video. Because it is.

But I didn’t want to pay $75 plus postage for a pouring kettle.

I had read rumours of a cheap kettle you could find in Asia somewhere. And that oil pourers were also an option.

Peters of Kensington have some interesting looking oil pourers. This one is 250mL, and $16. I wanted slightly more capacity. And the ability to put the kettle on a stove if we’re camping or something.

So I took the search to Hong Kong. Online at least. And I found these bad boys on Homeloo.com.

This 700mL bad boy is $23 (US). It’s the one I picked.

This slightly smaller kettle is just $18 (US).

Postage on the bigger one was just $13.20. Bargain. And it pours like a charm.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Aeropress

I use the Aeropress for coffee at work – and when I’m travelling. It’s a terrific invention and you should get one.

Here’s a nice users guide from Has Bean (PDF) (which is one of my favourite coffee blogs and you should read it).

And a video too. Which is brilliant:

Coffee on the Web: Brew Methods

If you’re at your wits end trying to figure out how to get the best out of your coffee equipment, be it stovetop, syphon, plunger, or something a little more fancy, check out brewmethods.com a comprehensive repository of different methods of preparing your morning cup of coffee.

It links to all sorts of reputable tutorials for all sorts of brewing. Video and otherwise. Check it out. What a resource.

Here’s a syphon tutorial from Intelligentsia:

Syphon, Intelligentsia from The D4D on Vimeo.

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