The Coffee Gator Pour Over Kettle Review
Brewing an excellent cup of pour-over coffee depends on several factors. The water temperature and how you pour the water over the coffee grounds can influence the result to a great degree. That’s where good gooseneck kettles can make all the difference.
Thankfully, the folks at Coffee Gator know how to make great coffee equipment, and their coffee kettle ticks all the right boxes. Let’s find out if it should be part of your manual coffee brewing kit in this Coffee Gator pour over kettle review.
Summary: The Coffee Gator Pour Over Kettle
- Comes with a built-in thermometer
- The company offers a 100% money-back guarantee
- Can’t utilize the full capacity of the kettle
Engineered in premium-grade stainless steel with a gooseneck spout for steady water flow (essential for hand drip perfection).– Coffee Gator
The Coffee Gator Kettle Review
Coffee Gator claims that this kettle is the Lamborghini of the coffee world, while it did well in our Gooseneck kettle roundup here, this is a tall claim, especially for something as simple as a kettle. Let’s put this pour over kettle to the test and find out if it’s as good as they say.
Design – 4.5/5
A surgical-grade stainless steel body with a brushed metal finish and a beautiful modern design make this kettle a definite eye-catcher. Its triple-layered, anti-rust base ensures that you will be able to enjoy making your coffee in this kettle for years to come.
Our only gripe with this coffee kettle is its limited capacity.
Even though it is labelled as 1 litre, you can only fill water up to two-thirds of that.
The reason: if you fill more, the water might boil over and spill. It’s not a huge deal if you’re only going to make 2-3 cups at a time.
Features – 4.5/5
The standout feature of this kettle is the thermometer that is built into its lid. While it doesn’t offer temperature control like that of the Timemore Fish Kettle, the scale is marked with a green zone, which indicates the ideal brewing temperature range. The thermometer is a sorely lacking feature in most coffee kettles on the market, and we love Coffee Gator for it. They truly live up to their mission of “Drink Better Coffee.” (1)
This kettle is compatible with all kinds of stovetops — induction, halogen, gas, or electric. Although Coffee Gator doesn’t have an electric model, they do offer a larger, 1.2 L capacity variant.
Performance – 5/5
Gooseneck kettles are all about one thing — control. Which can be quite difficult to achieve with a standard kettle. According to Hiline Coffee: (2)
A pour-over kettle (also called a gooseneck kettle) gives you a degree of control over water flow that a standard teakettle won’t.
The Coffee Gator kettle excels in this department. The angular design of the gooseneck spout and the tapered tip ensure that you have total control over the flow of water.
You can speed up or slow down the pour without any spurts or dribbles. The big, moulded plastic handle and the ergonomic design make for a secure grip. All of this translates into extremely precise pours, which means even the most temperamental of manual coffee brewing techniques will be easier to handle.
Value For Money – 4.5/5
Compared to regular electric kettles, the Coffee Gator kettle is expensive. But, then again, we can’t compare apples to oranges. Gooseneck kettles offer a level of temperature and water flow control that you can’t get with bog-standard electric coffee kettles.
The Coffee Gator kettle is in direct competition with the Hario Buono gooseneck kettle in terms of the price.
In the looks department, they’re equally stylish. However, the Coffee Gator kettle offers a built-in thermometer and has better flow control than the Hario Buono.
More importantly, Coffee Gator offers a 1-year return/replacement policy. If you aren’t happy with your kettle, you can ship it back to the company for a refund or replacement. There’s hardly any other manufacturer that offers such a generous warranty with their kettle. That’s why we think the Coffee Gator kettle is totally worth the money.
Do Not Buy The Coffee Gator Kettle If…
You brew large batches of pour-over coffee – If you regularly brew large quantities of coffee in your 8-cup Chemex (or something similar), you’ll find this kettle’s capacity severely limiting. Even the 1.2 L model might not be sufficient as you can only heat up about 800 ml of water in it. You might want to take a look at the Bonavita 1.7 L electric kettle instead. It’s almost identical to the 1 L Bonavita kettle in all aspects, except the capacity. You can read our review of the Bonavita variable temperature electric kettle here.
You don’t want to heat water on the stovetop – We get it. Who wants to stand around, waiting for the water to reach the right temperature before turning off the gas? That’s what electric kettles are for. Like this Willow & Everett gooseneck kettle. While it doesn’t have the convenience of a built-in thermometer, it sports a well-designed gooseneck for controlled pouring. It also has an auto-off feature. Check out more features of this affordable kettle.
You can also consider the Hario Smart G, whose “Smart” feature is its ability to take any heat source, whether it’s induction, stove, electric, or halogen. Read our full review of the Smart G here.
You don’t want to fiddle around with adjusting the water temperature – If you want rigid control over your pour-over water temperature, you might not like the ambiguity of analogue thermometers. A few kettles, like the Fellow Stagg EKG come with a PID that lets you set the temperature for your water. This top of the line kettle will satisfy all your needs.
The Verdict On The Coffee Gator Pour-Over Kettle
The Coffee Gator kettle ticks all the boxes for a perfect pour-over kettle. It is well-built, has an integrated thermometer, its gooseneck spout pours exceptionally well, and the handle offers excellent grip. What’s more, it looks good sitting on an open shelf too.
We pitted the Coffee Gator kettle against its competitors, and it came out on top. So if you are a coffee lover and brew pour over every single day, then you owe it to yourself to get this gooseneck kettle. It is a fantastic little thing that will elevate your homebrewing game instantly.
The Coffee Gator kettle is manufactured in China. But that doesn’t mean that it is of inferior quality. It was designed in the USA and is sold around the world, so it has to meet stringent quality standards.
The kettle doesn’t have to be filled a lot before the temperature can be read. About 1 standard cup of water should do it. The thermometer probe reaches down quite a bit, and as long as the tip is submerged in water, you should be able to get a reading.
No, it doesn’t whistle. And even if it did, you wouldn’t want it to. Kettles that whistle make that noise once the water is boiled and steam starts escaping from a narrow opening. To brew coffee, you should keep the water between 90-96°C, which is just below boiling.
- Coffee Gator (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/stores/CoffeeGator/CoffeeGator/page/7FBE8D2D-D503-49C0-8186-BBC1AB79CBC9
- Hiline Coffee (n.d.). Pour-Over Kettle vs. Teakettle. Retrieved from https://www.hilinecoffee.com/blogs/cafe/pour-over-kettle-vs-teakettle/