Pour-over coffee is an excellent brewing method for domestic brewers of any skill level. Also, it doesn’t require expensive equipment, and, with practice, you can brew a gorgeous cup of pour-over coffee.
Brewing pour-over isn’t as easy as making drip coffee, which you can achieve at the touch of a button. However, the learning curve is not nearly as steep as pulling the ideal espresso shot.
To make your coffee, you’ll just need a coffee kettle, a filter, a dripper, and some coffee grounds. Little wonder, then, that’s it’s one of the more popular brewing methods.
Barista Warrior has a pour-over kit, including a gooseneck kettle and a stainless steel reusable filter, to make it even easier for you. I’ve tested the kettle and this review takes an in-depth look at how well they perform.
Barista Warrior Gooseneck Kettle Review
Barista Warrior Kettle Review
Why Do We Recommend It?
- A built-in thermometer helps you find your desired temperature for the perfect cup
- Well-built pour-over coffee kettle with precise pouring control
- Relatively inexpensive price
Design And Materials
If you’re not familiar with a gooseneck kettle, the moment you see one, you’ll know why it has its name. Rather than standard tea kettles, which have a short and wide spout, a gooseneck kettle’s spout is long and curved. But why is that? The reasons are that curved spout with that shape makes it easier to control the water flow and direction.
Nowadays, many gooseneck kettles have a modern aesthetic. However, the Barista Warrior gooseneck kettle is more in keeping with a traditional, practical design. There is a wide base and a narrow top for quicker heating. Meanwhile, the kettle’s body has some very easy-on-the-eye curves. It’s debatable whether those curves improve the performance of the kettle. However, they certainly make it more aesthetically pleasing.
The kettle has a heat-resistant ergonomic handle making it safe and easy to grip. Indeed, the shape of the handle fits the contours of your fingers for easy pouring. Meanwhile, on the lid is an integrated thermometer.
The material used for the kettle is surgical-grade 18/8 stainless steel with a double-layer metal base. This means the kettle is both rust and leek-free. Overall, the kettle looks robust, but it’s actually relatively lightweight.
The Barista Warrior coffee kettles come in two sizes -1l (34 fl. oz) and 1.2l (40 fl. oz). However, it’s worth bearing in mind that you can’t quite fill either to the brim. If you do, it will overflow when the water boils. Therefore, we recommend buying the larger size if you regularly brew large batches, although either is fine for a single cup.
Depending on your preference, you can opt for the copper, black or stainless steel color. Personally, we really like the copper kettle paired with the copper or gold filter.
Compatible Heat Sources
The Barista Warrior pour-over kettle is a stovetop kettle, hence the double-layered metal base. It is compatible with heating water on gas, induction, halogen, or radiant stovetops. Indeed, the kettle is versatile enough to work with almost any heat source, and you can expect hot water within around three minutes.
Another factor in brewing better-tasting coffee is finding the ideal temperature. The National Coffee Association states that the best water temperature for coffee brewing is between 195F and 205F. Many coffee experts don’t recommend using boiling water to brew the coffee.
The manufacturer is clearly aware of the importance of temperature, as there’s an integrated probe thermometer in the lid, so you don’t need to buy one separately. Not only that, but the auto temperature gauge has a dial that indicates the optimal temperature range. It also makes it easy to read the exact temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius without guesswork. Overall, it’s an excellent feature.
A kettle designed for pour-over brewing should provide optimized pouring control. That’s because, unlike other brewing methods like the French press, accurate pouring is a must with pour-over coffee for the best results. You need to pour the hot water onto the grounds evenly in a circular motion. This is tricky with a standard tea kettle because the wide spout makes it hard to control the water flow.
Thankfully, the Barista Warrior is up to the task with great pouring control. You can go from a very heavy stream to a thin trickle effortlessly, and you should be able to perfect a consistent, precise water flow with a little practice. The kettle’s long spout also helps you get the water precisely where you need it, too. Frankly, it’s one of the best gooseneck kettles around in the price category. Brewing coffee with this nice kettle is a pleasant experience.
Barista Warrior Reusable Coffee Filter Review
Barista Warrior Coffee Filter
Why Do We Recommend It?
- Compatible with Chemex and Hario v60, and many other drippers
- Dual filtration layers ensure a richer and cleaner cup of coffee
- Save money in the long run, no paper waste
The gooseneck kettle allows you to brew coffee with pour-over drippers, including the Hario V60 or Chemex. However, they need one more element – filter paper.
Paper filters block even very fine coffee dust, leaving a clean cup of coffee. Nevertheless, some domestic brewers don’t like using paper filters because of the paper taste or the waste. Another issue is that, even though a bag of paper filters is inexpensive, the cost adds up over time. Also, finding you’re out of paper filters when you need a coffee is frustrating. You can try our recommended coffee filter substitutes if needed, but having a reusable filter is great.
If you prefer not to use them, Barista Warrior has a more environmentally friendly, reusable stainless steel filter. Let’s take a closer look at it.
The BW reusable pour-over filter is cone-shaped and is made from titanium-coated stainless steel. There are dual filtration layers – the laser-cut filter on the inside and a stainless steel mesh on the exterior. At the top is a non-slip silicone ring, which allows the coffee filter to sit securely on the drippers. Meanwhile, there are three color options – silver, copper, and gold.
Of course, when you’re taking the leap from paper filters to a permanent stainless steel coffee filter, you’re likely to have some questions and hesitation. Let’s look at the pros and cons.
What Dripper Is Compatible With The Coffee Filter?
We’ve tested many pour-over drippers with a variety of sizes and diameters. For example, the Hario V60 has three sizes – 01, 02, and 03. Meanwhile, Chemex coffee makers have even greater range of options, from 3 to 13 cups.
The Barista Warrior’s gold-tones pour-over filter is compatible with most coffee makers, including the V60 02 and 03 drippers or Chemex 6, 8, and 10-cup sizes. Meanwhile, you can also use it in the Bodum pour-over carafe. So, before you purchase the Barista Warrior filter, make sure it’s compatible with your dripper.
Can You Brew A Clean Cup Of Coffee With The Stainless Steel Filter?
If you’re familiar with the French press, there’s a good chance you’ll have experience of a silty coffee. If the mesh filter isn’t fine enough, the finer particles can end up in your cup, leading to a chewy drink. Thankfully, there are no such concerns with the Barista Warrior filter.
For pour-over, grind size of medium or medium to coarse is perfect. If you need more information on grind sizes, check out our coffee grind size chart.
The gold-tone coffee filter lets water pass through the filter perfectly without becoming clogged, producing a pour-over with either minimal – if any – sediment. In fact, it creates a far cleaner cup of coffee than many other cheaper permanent filters.
Will The Metal Coffee Filter Affect The Coffee Flavor?
There’s no trace of a metallic taste with the Barista Warrior filter. In fact, other elements affect the flavor, including the beans you’re using, the grind size, pouring action, brew temperature, and extraction time.
The primary difference between filters is the flow rate. Because of the fine mesh in the Barista Warrior filter, you can opt for the same grind size you’d use for a paper filter. Meanwhile, the flow rate will be similar. Therefore, with no need to use a coarser grind size, you won’t have to worry about getting a weaker cup of coffee. Indeed, because there’s no paper to absorb the natural coffee bean oils, you’ll get an even fuller-bodied coffee.
Nevertheless, the coffee flavor still mainly depends on the beans and grinder you’re using. That’s because fresher and more consistent grounds always produce better coffee.
Is It Easy To Clean?
If you’re using a paper filter, you just need to throw out the used filter with the spent grounds. However, with a reusable filter, there’s an additional step. Still, cleaning the Barista Warrior filter is easy.
First, knock out the used coffee grounds and give the filter a rinse under warm running water. Keep in mind the inner filter isn’t quite as sturdy as the outer one, so make sure to wipe it gently with a cloth instead of a stiff brush. If you don’t want to clean them manually, the filter is dishwasher-safe, too.
Value For Money
The Barista Warrior filter costs the equivalent of approximately six bags of 100-sheet Hario V60 paper filters or 200 paper Chemex filters. Therefore, if you brew two cups of pour-over per day, you’ll save money within around a year or a few months, depending on your dripper. And, of course, there’ll be no chance of running out of filters.
The Barista Warrior pour-over coffee kit is an attractive option if you’re a beginner to pour-over coffee. The gooseneck kettle is designed and built well. Meanwhile, the thermometer is useful and a money-saver. Combined with the reusable filter, you can make excellent coffee with a little practice.
Besides the kettle and filter, they also offer a stainless steel French Press with a double-screen and built-in thermometer. Check it out if you are a French press coffee lover. We tried it and here is our Barista Warrior French press review.
Meanwhile, if you’re interested in perfecting your coffee, we also recommend a coffee scale and timer for even more consistent results. And the most important factor, using freshly ground coffee will greatly enhance your coffee quality.