The One Issue 17 - Pour Over Series Part 2: Tools and Methods

Pour Over Series Part 2: Tools and Methods

It’s primarily the Indian, not the arrow.

The One Issue 17 (7/27/2020)

There are two necessary tools to make pour over coffee: a gooseneck kettle and a brewer. Coffee enthusiasts have strong beliefs over which pour over brew method is best. For those getting their feet wet, my view is this: just pick one. It’s primarily the Indian, not the arrow.

Gooseneck Kettle
A gooseneck kettle is the pour over’s secret weapon. It allows you to precisely control 1) volume 2) speed and 3) location. A tea kettle is not nearly as precise and should only be used in desperate situations.

Budget option: Amazon
All of the cheap options on Amazon will get the job done. Just make sure there is a thermometer attached.

Premium option: Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle
The Fellow Stagg Electric Kettle is worth the investment for those who care about speed and precision. I’ve found that the water heats up twice as fast compared to using stovetop kettles. Additionally, you can set the water to an exact temperature. This kettle is also great for making pour over coffee in the office.

All of the brewers below will make a fantastic cup. Entering the arena is more important than overanalyzing which methodology is best. That being said, here is a brief overview to help you decide which is best for you.


  • Best for those who make multiple cups at a time
  • Consistent and easy to use
  • Aesthetically pleasing


  • Best for experimenters
  • High risk/high reward
  • Requires more attention that other methods

Other pour over brewers if you want to get fancy

What about a French press?
In part 1 we explain why manually brewing coffee sets the tone for the day. This idea certainly applies to the French press. However, I tend to avoid using the French press because there isn’t a paper filter to stop the grounds from getting into the coffee. But don’t let my opinion stop you if that is your preferred method.

Any of the methods above will take your morning ritual to the next level.

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