Why Gooseneck Kettles?

21 March 2024
Why Gooseneck Kettles?

Precision Brewing with Gooseneck Kettles

Your choice of equipment can make a significant impact on the final flavour profile when brewing coffee. A popular tool you’ll see in almost every cafe is the gooseneck kettle, which has become essential for precision pouring. But do we really need one, and what's the real difference between a gooseneck and a regular plug-in kettle? Let’s find out their pros and cons.

Do You Need a Gooseneck Kettle?

Whether you need a gooseneck kettle depends on your brewing preferences and habits. For us, we brew a lot of coffee using multiple methods, and a gooseneck kettle makes it much easier to pour with precision and ease. If you're someone who wants to really get into the art of pour-over coffee, a gooseneck kettle will make your brewing experience a lot smoother and hopefully result in a better final cup. Their slender, curved spout offers precise control over your pour, which is crucial for achieving optimal extraction.

If you prioritise convenience and aren't as concerned with the precision of your brewing, a regular plug-in kettle might just be enough for you. But if you get the chance to try a gooseneck kettle you'll really see the difference, bringing you closer to the perfect cup that's bursting with those hidden flavours from your favourite coffee.

Hario - Buono Kettle

Gooseneck vs. Normal Plug-in Kettles

Precision Pouring: There are 2 reasons why we use a gooseneck kettle, they are lightweight & provide us with a slow, controlled pour. Having a slow pour makes it so much easier for pour-over coffee brewing, where even saturation of the coffee grounds is essential for extraction.

Temperature Control: Some high-end gooseneck kettles come equipped with temperature control settings on the base, allowing you to heat water to specific degrees tailored to different types of brews. While some regular plug-in kettles offer temperature control, although this is usually at preset temperatures and cannot be customised. You'll find temperature precision often being greater in gooseneck models.

Aesthetic Appeal: In addition to their practical features, gooseneck kettles frequently showcase a refined and stylish design, bringing a certain feel to any kitchen or brewing station. Their aesthetic charm caters to anyone who appreciates sleek culinary tools.

Learning Curve: Although the precision provided by gooseneck kettles is undeniably beneficial, it does entail a learning curve. To get proficient at pouring really does require some practice and patience. You’re going to find achieving consistency tough at first, so prepare some coffee & filters, load up our brewing guides and get pourin

Felicita Square Temperature Control Electric Kettle

Types of Gooseneck Kettles

Electric Gooseneck Kettles: With features like variable temperature control and automatic shut-off, electric gooseneck kettles streamline the brewing process while still providing the control and consistency desired by enthusiasts.

  • Pros: Precise temperature control, convenience, sleek design.
  • Cons: Higher price point, limited mobility compared to stovetop models.

Hario - Bona Enamel Kettle

Gooseneck Kettles (Non-Electric/Decanters): Traditionalists may prefer the simplicity of a non-electric gooseneck kettle. These classic vessels require heating on a separate stovetop burner, or boiling water from a standard kettle can be transferred to them. They offer the same precise pouring capabilities as their electric counterparts but are lighter in weight so many baristas prefer them. Some non-electric kettles have a thermometer strip or dial on their lid to indicate the temperature. Be sure to preheat the vessel if you are transferring water from a standard kettle as pouring hot water into a cold vessel will lower the temperature.

  • Pros: Timeless design, versatility (usable on various heat sources), lower price point.
  • Cons: Requires a separate heat source, may lack temperature control features.

Hario V60 Drip Kettle Air

Companies like Hario offer a range of different types of kettles that focus on pour control. A great affordable option is the Hario V60 Drip Kettle Air, which emulates the goosenecks pour but it made of plastic so it's perfect for travel and heat retention!

  • Pros: Heat Retention, lightweight lower price point.
  • Cons: Requires a separate heat source, brittle.


While a gooseneck kettle may not be essential for every coffee brewing station, its benefits are undeniable for those who prioritise precision brewing and quality coffee. Whether you opt for an electric or non-electric model depends on your setup & personal preferences. If you're ready to bring your brewing game to the next level, or want something new & fun for home brewing consider adding a gooseneck kettle to your setup.


1. What is a gooseneck kettle, and how does it differ from a regular plug-in kettle?

A gooseneck kettle is a particular type of kettle distinguished by its slender, curved spout, reminiscent of a goose's neck, hence its name. This unique design facilitates accurate pouring, rendering it particularly suitable for techniques such as pour-over coffee and tea brewing. A conventional plug-in kettles usually feature a wider spout and lack the precision control offered by gooseneck models.

2. Do I need a gooseneck kettle for brewing coffee or tea?

Whether you need a gooseneck kettle depends on your brewing preferences and habits. If you enjoy pour-over coffee and prioritise precision & control in your brewing process, then a gooseneck kettle will really improve your brewing. However, if you're happy with simpler brewing methods and aren't as concerned with precision, a regular plug-in kettle may be enough for you.

3. What are the advantages of using a gooseneck kettle?

The main benefit of a gooseneck kettle is in its ability to pour with precision & control. This precision makes it easier to get a uniform saturation of coffee grounds, leading to improved extraction. Many gooseneck kettles come equipped with temperature control features, meaning you're guaranteed that water reaches the ideal temperature for various brews.

4. Are there different types of gooseneck kettles available?

Yes, there are two main types of gooseneck kettles: electric and non-electric (decanter) models. Electric gooseneck kettles feature built-in heating elements so you don't need a stove or hob to heat the water. Often they come with a variable temperature control. Non-electric gooseneck kettles do need boiling water to be added, or you'll need to use them on a stove/hob. Ultimately they offer the same precision pouring capabilities, although the electric kettle is a bit heavier.

5. Is there a learning curve associated with using a gooseneck kettle?

Yes, there is a learning curve associated with using a gooseneck kettle, but you'll get the hang of it. You'll accumulate experience over time, and will improve your pouring technique and drink plenty of delicious coffee in the process.