A gooseneck kettle is one of the main tools you can use for pour-over brewing. It is very useful when it comes to making great-tasting pour-over coffee with its elegant gooseneck spout and ergonomic handle. It is a common fixture in coffee shops and even in home kitchens not only because it is highly functional but also because of its attractive modern design. It has become an iconic symbol for contemporary manual coffee brewing.
Tea Kettle vs Gooseneck Kettle
The gooseneck kettle has been designed specifically for pour-over brewing. Although you can still try making pour-over coffee using a traditional tea kettle, using a gooseneck kettle does make the job easier and more effective.
A traditional tea kettle has a small spout and a large opening which makes it efficient when pouring large amounts of water. However, when performing pour-over method, precise pouring is an important factor to achieve a balanced and flavorful pour-over coffee. Using a tea kettle could be quite challenging as it would be harder to control the speed and the amount of water that would go on the grounds which may lead to an unevenly extracted coffee.
Benefits of Gooseneck Kettle
- Controlled Pouring. Even extraction is the holy grail of pour over brewing. To get an even extraction, you have to slowly pour the water in a circular motion. Because the gooseneck kettle has a curved long neck, it allows you to control the speed of the water with ease, allowing the coffee grounds to soak up evenly for a consistent coffee extraction. The handle is also designed to give you a comfortable grip while you slowly pour the water. The distance between the handle and kettle provides you with a full grip so you can easily control the flow of water just by tilting your wrist forwards and backward.
- Better Tasting Coffee. Making pour-over coffee using an ordinary kettle without a gooseneck spout can be quite difficult. The grounds can have dry areas or be overly soaked because of a lack of control over the water flow and the result would either be a weak overly bitter brew or a strong but sour coffee. Using a gooseneck kettle solves this problem because it allows for proper aim and provides great control over the pour stream, allowing the coffee grounds to soak up evenly for a consistent coffee extraction. And a consistent coffee extraction means eliminating the bitter and sour notes of coffee; thus, giving it a more balanced and satisfying taste.
- Consistent Delicious Coffee Day After Day. With a gooseneck kettle, you get to control the amount of water you need and the speed of water to make it easier for you to hit all the grounds for an even extraction. With this amount of control, it means that you can consistently make delicious coffee every time. You can make a cup of coffee just the way you like it every single time.