The Bonavita Wide Base Porcelain Immersion Dripper and the 1.0 Liter Digital Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle make brewing your morning cup of coffee easy. These two products allow you to brew clean, flavorful and well balanced coffees. Enter the giveaway to win your own set!
There's nothing quite like making coffee in the morning - the process is a calming routine, the aromas hint at the taste and caffeine to come, and it wets my appetite for breakfast. So how can you make this wonderful morning activity even better? By using Bonavita's Wide Base Porcelain Immersion Dripper and 1.0 Litre Digital Variable Gooseneck Kettle! They're sold as two individual items, but I've found they work extremely well in tandem.
Quality of the Brew
Coffee brews can be fickle, and as I've alluded to before in my review of the Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Brewer, it is really dependent on a multitude of factors including the quality of beans, the size of the grounds, the ratio of grounds to water, and the water temperature.
The Gooseneck Kettle is particularly helpful with the brew quality because not only does it control the water temperature to the degree, but there's also a setting to hold the temperature at your desired level. Temperature is just one important element of the coffee brewing process, but by using the Gooseneck Kettle, it means one less element you have to worry about.
I like to think of a brewing coffee using the Immersion Dripper as a cross between brewing coffee using a French Press and a pour-over. You pour the water over the coffee grounds and let it sit (like a French Press). However, once the coffee has brewed sufficiently, you open the valve on the bottom of the dripper and allow the coffee to filter down into your cup (like a pour-over). The Immersion Dripper brews a very clean cup of coffee like you would expect with a pour-over, without the grittiness you can experience with a French Press. But unlike the classic pour-over method you can pour all the water at once and allow the coffee to sit and brew.
As with any brew method, you'll still need to measure out the weight of the grounds, time how long the grounds are brewing in the water, and give it a stir halfway through. The quality of the brew will be affected by your precision of those factors. When you get it all right though, the brew made from these two products is as good as you'll get from any of your local third-wave coffee shops.
Bonavita's designs for both the Immersion Dripper and the Gooseneck Kettle are spot on. For those who always thought a normal kettle felt unwieldy when it comes to making a pour-over, a gooseneck kettle will change your life. You will all of a sudden have so much more control with the amount of water being poured as well as where you want to pour it. The kettle itself sits on a base which has a digital temperature display and buttons to turn on the kettle, hold the temperature, set the temperature, and alter between F°/C° measurements.
As the Immersion Dripper is made from porcelain, it has a good weight to it that sits well on the mugs you eventually want to release the brew into. The porcelain also retains heat well if you plan to warm it up with some boiling water prior to starting your brew. The dripper uses a standard size filter paper and has a simple horizontal lever to open or close the dripper opening. It is very easy to wash and after using it for a solid month, I haven't had any stains or issues with cleaning it.
I personally like the brewing capacity offered with both the Immersion Dripper and the Gooseneck Kettle. The Immersion Dripper makes 16oz, which is perfect for me and my husband to each have an 8oz cup. And the one liter capacity of the Gooseneck Kettle is more than enough water for this amount of coffee.
However, if you typically brew more than one to two cups of coffee, these two particular products might not be sufficient for you. Bonavita does have 1.7L version of the Digital Variable Gooseneck Kettle and it would be just as good to use for pour-overs. As for the Immersion Dripper, it's easy and quick enough to use to make a couple of separate brews, but to make more brews, you'll have to go through the prepping process once more.
The Recipe for Immersion Dripper
The standard recipe I use to make filter coffee is a ratio of 60 grams of coffee to 1 liter of water. At its full capacity, the Immersion Dripper brews 16oz (453 ml) of coffee. To brew this amount, I use 27 grams of coffee. Different beans will vary though, so you have to keep in mind that you may need to vary the standard brew recipe to your preferred taste.
Other tips to make delicious filter coffee at home: use filtered water, use quality beans, use a good grinder, preheat the Immersion Dripper and regularly clean and descale the kettle.
The Final Takeaway
Making coffee is always enjoyable, but not always easy. These two products help make that process easy. It is ideal for morning crowds that only need one to two cups of coffee.
Bonavita has kindly agreed to sponsor a giveaway for your chance to win your own 1.0 Liter Digital Variable Gooseneck Kettle and Wide Base Porcelain Immersion Dripper. Open to legal residents of all EU countries, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Ends November 22, 2015.