I know what you're thinking: my manual coffee brewing technique would be just perfect if only I spent $120 on a stainless steel water kettle with perfectly angled tip, to ensure brilliant control over my water pouring—right? But it's true, a specifically tailored kettle allows slow, steady flow of water which produces a more balanced and nuanced cup. Come along, coffee grasshopper, and let's evaluate the options.
'Manual Brew' on Serious Eats
You've likely seen the highly manual array of brewers migrate to the front bars of the best cafes: a small army of ceramic cones perched on a rack above what's soon to be your own custom cup of coffee. But as the choices multiply—and don't these things look just like the plastic Melitta cone in the back of your cupboard anyway?—which one is the best for your brew?