HARIO V60 Drip Kettle Buono copper VKB-90CP
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|Item Weight||0.43 Kilograms|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||6.69 x 4.72 x 5.91 inches|
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It should be with this price $99 made copper %100
The reason I purchased this kettle over the non copper version is that I prefer copper as a material, it is a superior heat conductor, which makes sense when constructing a kettle. The other reason is, if you closely inspect both kettles, you will notice that the spout designs are slightly different, and in my opinion, the copper kettle has a better spout design. The outlet for the water has a more elongated tip with a sharper point on the copper Buono. The non-copper Buono has a less elongated tip which is slightly rounder. In my year with kettle, I can say I have far superior pour control with the copper kettle over my electric Chantal pour over kettle. **I have not owned the non-copper version of the Buono, so I cannot offer a flow comparison between the two spout designs. I will update this review once I purchase the electric Buono as it only comes in a non-copper version...
I exclusively use the VKB-90CP Copper Kettle for heating the actual water that I'm going to pour into my grounds. I have been using the kettle every single day for a year, and I place the Hario Copper Kettle directly on the burner to boil my water. Since the electric Chantal boils a little quicker, I use it as a timer to let me know when to lower the burner to a simmer as to allow the water in the copper kettle to gradually come to a boil. ***watch the copper kettle if you are using it on stovetop*** One thing to be cautious about is that the water will shoot out of the spout if the burner is at full blast when the water reaches the boiling point. So the trick is to learn to "listen" to your kettle for the little sounds that occur before this happens. You will need to lower your burner from full heat to simmer BEFORE the boiling point is reached or be prepared to have water shooting out of the spout! For me I lower the burner to simmer when the Electric Chantal is at boiling, since it's just slightly faster. But I also listen for the little "ringing" that occurs when the copper kettle is about to boil, and lower the burner to simmer either way.
The handle will get extremely hot! It's made from brass which will last a lifetime, but it is not insulated. I recommend purchasing some handle covers. Lodge makes handle covers for their cast iron pans and they work perfectly for the kettle.
As far as durability is concerned... It's pretty durable with normal use. As stated above, I have been using this kettle daily (sometimes multiple times a day...**I love coffee what can I say?) for a year placing it directly on the burner. This kettle will be absolutely fine using it on the burner. Be cautious if storing it for travel or in tight confinement. The kettle is made from copper (**duh) and is lined on the inside with stainless steel for safety. Remember that copper is a soft metal, and if you bump the spout on something too hard or if you store it too tightly you will bend the area that connects the spout to the main body of the kettle. Then you will have to bend it back into place so you will have the awesome pour control that this kettle gives you. The thing about copper as a metal in general, is that the more you bend and unbend it, the more brittle it becomes. So you don't want to put the kettle in a situation that you will bend it in the first place, because as it becomes more brittle, the more likely it will crack. This has not happened to me, but I did bump it hard enough to bend it once and had to bend the spout back into place. Ever since then I have just designated a special burner on my stove just for the kettle and that's where it stays all the time. Besides I use it more than anything else that I use on the stove. top.
As far as the finish is concerned... I love the finish of the kettle. It is a true penny copper color, not as pink in the first image (as stated by other reviews). I have read a review complaining that the copper is wearing down to the tin. I have not experienced this. And as far as I know, this kettle is made from copper not tin. I do not believe that it is electroplated tin. It feels like copper with stainless steel lining on the inside (which is why it's so expensive). My experience with the finish after owning it for a year, is that it will patina faster on the bottom since it is in constant contact with the flame of the burner. Copper as it oxidizes will start to patina (turn dark). Mine has already started developing a nice green patina along the outer brim of the kettle bottom which usually takes a long time. There are times where you will not be able to catch the kettle in time before it spouts water all over (damn physics lol). And during this spouting event, water will also pour out of the lid (honestly I probably over fill the kettle) and drip down the sides of the kettle. I have noticed that the kettle is slower to patina on the sides, and after a year it is developing a darkening rather than a greening. The darkening will eventually turn into a greening as time passes. The best thing about copper, is that the patina actually creates a protective coating on the copper and is key in making the copper naturally anti microbial. I personally like the patina on copper, but if you don't want this to happen, then you should probably heat the water in a different vessel. It will still patina, just not as fast (oxygen in the air and stuff). Remember copper naturally turns black over time, then turns from black to green over a longer period of time.
This has been a long review, thanks for reading! I highly recommend this kettle to anyone who is serious about their pour over coffee! This is probably not a beginner kettle. This kettle is quite an investment, but definitely worth the money. I am currently thinking about purchasing a second one since it has become such an integral part of my morning routine. I hope this review has helped you make a decision!
***PHOTOS COMING SOON*** ***I also plan to provide some links to the Lodge handle covers etc..when I get more time***
i use it when making a pour-over in my chemex and it's perfect for two cups of coffee. the top doesn't rattle like its 1.2L aluminum cousin, as it is more... ...solid... heavier construction.
it's beautiful, of course, and the copper comes with a sealer so it doesn't react and dull down. this makes cleaning easier. i happen to like unfinished copper more, keeping it bright with Copperbrill cleaner, but that's me. i suspect it'll be many years before i get to clean it like that.
one last thing; the handle gets as hot as the water inside, so you'll need a pot-holder. i have found i need a pot-holder on the aluminum model as well, but the plastic handle doesn't get as hot.
that's it. i love the V60. it's an admirable part of the most wonderful routine i have every day. five stars.