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Gooseneck Pour-Over Electric Kettles – Which One Is The Best Option for Home Baristas?

About

During the last couple of months, I had the opportunity test 3 different electric kettles.

Approximately 5 months ago, I bought a Timemore kettle.  It was a very good kettle, but unfortunately, after 3 months, it stopped working. I brought it back to have it fixed. They changed the base of the kettle, but it still did not fix the problem.

While I was waiting to get the Timemore kettle back, a Bonavita kettle was my replacement.

After 2 months, I had been told that the Timemore kettle could not be fixed. Instead of getting another Timemore kettle, I decided to get a Fellow EKG.

Timemore

Compared to the Bonavita and the Fellow EKG kettles, the Timemore kettle was the easiest to use.

Generally, it was very easy to set up the temperature and the water heats very fast.

The kettle is light and not too big. I took it with me on my holidays and I could pack it easily.

What I didn’t like about this kettle was that its handle seemed to loosen after using it for some time. As a result the water flow was a little bit less stable.

When I used the kettle outside, the temperature display screen was very difficult to see in the sunlight. I used a white Timemore kettle, which has a temperature display with a white background colour. The black Timemore kettle version might not have this disadvantage.

When my fingers were not completely dry, it was harder to set up the temperature. Sometimes, I had to slide the touch dialer a couple of times to get the parameters that I needed.

Bonvita

My first impression of the Bonvita kettle was that – compared to the Timemore kettle, the material may be lower in quality. The design looks more old-fashioned.

However, this kettle was not bad at all, taking into account the price I paid.

Compared to the other 2 kettles, the steeping function takes a longer time.

Holding the kettle was fine, but it was more difficult to control the water flow. It took me some time to get used to it. Once I was used to it, I noticed that managing the water flow is much easier with the other 2 kettles.

The weight of the Bonvita kettle is light, but due to its wider size it was harder for me to pack it for my holiday trips.

Fellow EKG

This kettle is approx. ¼ bigger than the other two kettles. It is also heavier than the others.

If you plan to take an electric kettle along on your holiday trips, I recommend to buy another lighter kettle which will be easier to pack and carry. I advise to buy a kettle from the same brand because once you are holding a FELLOW kettle in your hands, it will be difficult to use another design.

The heating speed of the FELLOW EKG, in my opinion, is slower than the Timemore, but faster than the Bonavita kettle.

Out of all 3 kettles, holding and controlling the water flow, I liked the most when I was using the FELLOW EKG.

All 3 kettles allow you to maintain your desired temperature for 1 hour. However, I like that the FELLOW EKG has additional timer-functions. For one thing, we just have to press the button and the timing starts. For another thing, once we lift up the kettle, a timer will start to time your extraction.

Last but not least, one more thing that I liked a lot was that the FELLOW EKG’s temperature display screen was very easy to see in the sunlight as well.

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FILTER VS. ESPRESSO

Filter coffee
Filter coffee

VS

Espresso
Espressos

Price

What is the big benefit of filter made coffee? The price of the equipment.

 If you want to prepare good Espresso drinks, you should invest money in the following equipment:

  • Espresso machine
  • Electric Coffee grinder
  • Tamper
  • Good filter pot
  • Nano filter basket
  • Softener

For the filter method you need the following brewing equipment:

  • Dripper
  • Paper filters
  • Kettle
  • Scale
  • Manual grinder
  • Thermometer 

Compared to the filter method, the final price of Espresso equipment can be up to 10x higher. Filter coffee equipment won’t take up a ton of space. It’s small and easily stored.

You can take it along on your travels without a problem.  

Time

A good benefit of Espresso preparation is that it takes less time to prepare than filter coffee. Time is money. If you consider to prepare coffee in a café, Espresso coffee drinks will make better profit than the filter preparation. 

But if you want to prepare coffee at home and if you are not a fan coffee cocktails, like cappuccino, latte.., the filter brewing method will bring you far more joy for much less money. 

Coffee flavours

Taste

Another benefit of filter made coffee drinks is that their aftertaste sensations can last for a long time, if done correctly. 

A coffee’s body (texture) and mouthfeel are mainly created by essential oils, but also sugars and plant fibers. 

An Espresso machine enables us to extract a great amount of essential oils. However, compared to filter made coffee drinks, the final drink has less flavour compounds over all. The Espresso machine gets out more oils because of the stronger pressure and heat. Since the contact between water and coffee ground is longer for the filter method, we can extract out more flavour compounds. Water always extracts the different flavour compounds in this order: fats and acids, then sugars, and finally the plant fibers. Because of the longer brewing time, the filter method enables us to extract more sugars as well. 

Ground coffee
Bayawe coffee dripper

Amount of grinded coffee

The current trend for Espresso drinks is between 18 and 20g of coffee grinds while using a coffee:water ratio of 1:2.  It’s called a Double Ristretto and it is also used as the basis for other coffee drinks. 

For filter coffee drinks, we can also use 18g of coffee grinds. However, in doing so the standard coffee:water ratio is 1:16. This means the same amount of coffee grinds will provide much more coffee. 

Water

When we work with an Espresso machine, we should use distilled water to lengthen the life of the machine. Distilled water has almost no mineral content and compared to natural water, more pricy. The lower the mineral content of the water is, the more available space for flavour compounds the water has. If water with a low mineral content is used for coffee preparation, the final drink is often over-extracted and bitter.  Water with a higher mineral content, on the other hand, has less available space for flavour contents. The final cup tends to be under-extracted. 

With the filter coffee method we usually use regular water which contains minerals. The flavour compounds of the coffee grind will complete the minerals of the water. 

Preparation

With a high-quality Espresso machine we can set up the pressure of the water coming out of the pump. We can set up the temperature as well. The set up can only be done before the brewing process starts.  Usually it takes a couple of (lost) coffee shots before the changes are implemented. 

With the filter method, we can change the pressure and water temperature also during the brewing process. 

Black coffee
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Result

In my point of view, filter made coffee drinks have a higher quality than Espresso drinks. Filter coffee drinks have more complex flavours and a longer aftertaste. 

The main benefits of Espresso drinks is the fast preparation time, but also the fact that we can use them as a base for other coffee drinks. 

Espresso drinks can be compared to cognac:  It’s a small amount of liquid made with pressure. The aromas and flavours are intense and the aftertaste is long. We drink Espresso shots faster than cups of filter coffee. We enjoy the aftertaste of the Espresso more than the taste and body.  

Filter coffees can be compared with wine. We usually fully enjoy the flavours in our mouth. We relax and meditate. The aftertaste of filter coffee can be also long, but not as intensive as the Espresso made after tastes.

I like to say that during the morning I sit and relax with a mug of coffee and during the evening I enjoy a glass of wine. 

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Life Is Too Short For “Bad Coffee”

This is a very common saying. In fact, I’ve used it myself on numerous occasions. But that was before I’d come to appreciate the Asian view on coffee culture—one that is far more liberal. In the East, people take a less pretentious approach than their western counterparts, and judgement is splendidly lacking.

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Does bad coffee truly exist? Today, I no longer think so. Just as the human population can’t be neatly divided into righteous and wicked subgroups, all coffee is unique, and there doesn’t exist a brew that’s devoid of some merit. In my opinion, life is dazzlingly colorful. There’s no place for black and (creamy) white assessments.

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Perhaps your personal preference is for sweeter, fruitier coffee, but that doesn’t mean that bitter coffee is bad. If you decide to patronize an establishment that serves a more burnt brew, it was your decision to go there, and you needn’t remark on their so-called inferiority. Simply look for the positives. (After all, there’s certainly a time and place for rocket fuel!) The same applies when someone makes you a coffee. To criticize their brewing skills would be ludicrous. And besides, just because it’s not your cup of joe, that doesn’t mean that I (or another) wouldn’t love it. Beauty is in the taste bud of the sampler, so let’s stay mellow!

If I don’t like a particular coffee, I will never again use the word “bad.” Diplomacy and specificity are key. There’s nothing wrong with stating one’s fondness for something or lack thereof, but why not go into detail in a constructive manner? (“I prefer a sweeter, stronger-bodied beverage.”) If a person isn’t too proud, I’ll even offer advice on occasion.
The point is: you’re not God, so don’t judge!

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What kind of coffee do I think is tasty?

I strive to offer coffee with an unparalleled variety of flavours. If you focus closely on your coffee drink, you’ll appreciate countless fruits, herbs, and tea flavours. This may include bitter, spicy, acidic and/or spicy components. Properly brewed filter coffee offers a perfect balance of flavours combined with an amazing aroma, texture, and mouthfeel.

Thanks as always for checking in.

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French Press

FRENCH PRESS COFFEE BREWING

French Press coffee brewing is one of the easiest preparation methods. Many people all around the world use this unique brewing device not only to prepare delightful coffee, but also tea.

However, compared to other filter preparation methods, the French Press brews coffee that could a less healthy option for some people. The reason for it is that its metal filter doesn’t filter out the cafestol. Cafestol is a substance that may cause the rise of the body’s LDL, bad cholesterol.

French Press
french Press

I recommend

to consider filtering the final French Press coffee drink one more time with a paper filter. Moreover, lighter roasted coffee beans tend to be healthier than darker roasts.

The French Press preparation

is a fully immersion brewing method. The final taste of the coffee is heavy, dense and the flavours are more complex. The flavours are balanced and don’t change much each time you take a sip. French Press coffee drinks usually don’t offer many flavour surprises. But, for the morning coffee, when you are still more sleepy, it might be the perfect option.

My way of making the French Press

French Press
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An important decision to make it is amount coffee to be used.
How many tea spoons or grams of coffee you will use, will depend on the size of your French Press.
Usually I use the ratio 1:14 (coffee:water). For the 1:14 ratio I will use 14 grams of medium coarse grinded coffee and 200 grams of 90 ℃ hot water.
Steps:

  1. Pre-heat the French Press.
  2. Pour 30 grams of water into the French Press and add the coffee grinds
  3. Mix the coffee grinds with the water by swirling the French Press, just make a few circles
  4. Wait for 15 seconds – and smell the bloom
  5. Pour the rest of the water (up to 200 grams) into the French Press
  6. Wait for 3 more minutes (Wait even 1 minute longer, if you are using coffee beans grown at a lower altitude.)
  7. Press and pour all the amount into a mug.
  8. Gently swirl the coffee around in tiny circles in the mug and wait for three minutes.

Some people do the mistake of leaving the final coffee drink in the French Press, using it as a server, instead of using another mug or container. If the coffee stays with the grinds in the French Press, the extraction process will continue. As a result, the last sips of the coffee will be rather bitter and sour.

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THE ART OF COFFEE DRINKING

There’s nothing quite like a fresh start

Coffee is not just a drink. It’s a wonderful sensational experience!
To fully appreciate the aromas and flavors of our coffee drinks, we should make it a habit to cleanse our mouths properly before taking the first sip.
What’s the best way to cleanse our palates?
There are many different ways. It all depends on us and our preferences.

Continue reading THE ART OF COFFEE DRINKING

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DOES DAYLY LIGHT AFFECT FRESHINESS OF COFFEE BEANS?

Coffee beans and light.

Light changes everything…

The stored coffee beans affect :

  1. Air
  2. Moisture
  3. Heat
  4. Light

Continue reading DOES DAYLY LIGHT AFFECT FRESHINESS OF COFFEE BEANS?

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ON COFFEE FARM – COFFEE FLOWERS AND COFFEE CHERRIES

Coffee farm

Smart coffee-farmers are also passionate bee-keeper! That way, they are making sure that plenty bees and butterflies are dancing around their coffee-gardens.

Fruitful work enables them to harvest excellent coffee beans. After all, they can also collect and enjoy delicious honey! Continue reading ON COFFEE FARM – COFFEE FLOWERS AND COFFEE CHERRIES

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GREEN COFFEE CLASSIFICATION

Overview

The evaluation and grading of green coffee beans is an important step in ensuring an excellent final cup of coffee. Only the finest quality coffee beans should be used for the preparation of extraordinary coffee drinks. Excellent roasting and brewing practices combined with poor-quality coffee beans will not create memorable coffee experiences. Continue reading GREEN COFFEE CLASSIFICATION

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OUTDOOR COFFEE MOMENTS

“Our senses are like a gateway into the world,” says Whitman.
And as we open that gateway through developing our sensory awareness, the world blossoms into a symphony of colors, scents, tastes, sounds, and touch.” – Kenton Whitman, naturalist, writer & educator 

Continue reading OUTDOOR COFFEE MOMENTS

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COFFEE MOMENTS AND THE ART OF TAKING FIRST STEP

hat you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.Buddha

First step

I am sure, everybody experiences moments during which we are unsure, if we are ready to start an activity or not.  It could be – for example – our wish to try out a new coffee brewing method. In doing so, we could be wondering whether or not we have all the necessary information and skills to accomplish the task successfully.  However, during such moments, our inferior thoughts create a mental blockade.

Thoughts have energy. Make sure your thoughts are positive and powerful. Anonymous

Tree Dripper combo from Bayawe

A good advice is to replace these inferior thoughts with positive feelings, thoughts or actions! After all, feelings, thoughts and actions are all interconnected.

Therefore, let’s force ourselves to just act with a positive mindset. Let’s not overthink by trying to come up with the “right” way of doing it. Let’s not get overwhelmed and let’s be curious about what will happen 😊.

The Law of the First Step

Tree stand for Dripper
You can use for Hario Drippers

The law of the first step is quite simple. We will never achieve what is possible without taking the first step.

According to the Thought Entrepreneur and Leadership Expert Jon Mertz, the Law of the First Step welcomes the following:

  1. Take the first step with confidence and curiosity
  2. Keep taking the first steps to find the right path and insights
  3. Focus on your lane, avoiding over-comparison to what others are doing
  4. Remember your purpose is bigger than just you
  5. Prepare for the zig-zags, caring for self while learning and pursuing
  6. Recognize the ruts and step up and out to keep your work fresh in learning and spirit

Source: Jon Mertz, The Law of the First Step, Thin Difference, February 23, 2019  https://bit.ly/2NBuIkY

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