V60 Drip Kettle AIR: The most budget-friendly way to elevate your pour over
Making specialty coffee at home requires a lot of extra kit than required for making instant coffee. But at Hario, we think if you’re interested in elevating your home coffee game it’s an investment well worth it. Depending on how you prefer to prepare your coffee; there’s possibly no way of compromising on what kit you spend your money on. For instance; if you want to create delicious, barista quality espresso drinks at home you will soon regret taking the cheaper option rather than, say, a Sage machine.
But when it comes to making delicious pour over coffee, there are lots more options, and you don’t always have to compromise on performance if you’re not ready to spend a lot straight away. A great example of this is barista kettles.
Barista kettles: what are your options?
At the priciest end of the spectrum our Buono V60 Power Kettle heats the water to your precisely programmed temperature, has an auto-shut off and colour-coded lighting to let you know when it’s ready to use. It’s a really great kettle. However, if your budget or coffee know-how doesn’t stretch that far yet, would you regret going for the budget friendly option? Let’s a take a look.
Hario Air Kettle
The Hario Air Kettle is certainly one of the most accessible ways to achieve a precise and controlled flow of water, just what’s needed when brewing specialty pour over coffee. Whether you are a beginner or a pro in making coffee, the Air kettle will take your brewing to the next level, compared to other rudimentary pouring methods.
With the budget-friendly price of just £18 the Hario Air Kettle, is one of the cheapest coffee-specific kettles on the market. But that’s not the only thing going in its favour. Besides the low price, you may be thinking about why you should purchase the Air Kettle and what are the benefits?
The kettle is made of transparent PCT resin.
It has a water capacity of 350 milliliters or 11.8 ounces.
Compact and lightweight
Ergonomic design for controlled pour
Capacity measurements for ease of use.
Swan-neck design for precision and control of water flow
Let’s discuss the Hario V60 drip kettle benefits.
A lightweight kettle:
The benefits of a lightweight kettle are numerous. This feature allows the user to handle the kettle with ease; giving great control over pour direction and speed. Its lightweight features make it easy to travel with. While comparing the V60 AIR kettle with other stove kettles, this is definitely a win over others. As is its ease of storage and lightweight body.
Measurements make it easy to use:
The Hario Air kettle has measurement markings on it meaning you don’t need to carry scales to measure the amount of water for your coffee. Not only does this same you spending money on another bit of kit, this feature also makes it easy to memorise the amount of water needed for a coffee.
The Hario Air kettle is made of PCT resin. The transparent material of the kettle allows the user to see the water for pour-over coffee. Moreover, the kettle is durable and does not break easily.
It gives control over water:
While making pour-over coffee, everyone wants full control over the direction and speed of water flow. The Hario Air kettle gives the user maximum control over the brewing water. From its ergonomic handle to the perfectly balanced body, you’re in complete control of your brew. Added to this the carefully engineered neck-shape makes for a nicely flowing pour.
Should you buy an AIR kettle or something more expensive?
If you want a carefully designed kettle with an easy pouring solution, the Hario AIR kettle will always be a reliable option. It is also pocket-friendly, incredibly difficult to break, meaning you will likely have a kettle for life. However, a downside is that you must use an electric kettle or a stove to warm up the water before transferring to the Air kettle. If you have a small kitchen space with no room for two electric kettles, this could be viewed as a plus point, especially as the AIR kettle is small and easy to store away.
Overall the Hario Air kettle is a winner. It offers a lightweight, budget & travel friendly way to take manually brewed coffee to the next level.
If you’re really serious about coffee and have the available budget, there are lots of other options you may prefer to splash out on. If you want something beautiful and packed with features, an electric Buono kettle is probably more to your taste. But with an unbelievably low price tag and the same familiar Hario quality you really don’t need to go for a fancy solution when the simple one is available.