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Kalita Tea Coffee Kettle Wave Pot 1L by Kalita (Carita)
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- Size: 12,3cm bottom diameter x 23,5cm width (including handle, beak), 17.5cm height (including knob, lid)
- Volume: 1L
- Material: stainless steel
- Weight: 0.44kg
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In general, both are high-quality and will get the job done, but they each have a few minor strengths/weaknesses that could tip the scale for some people.
1. The Kalita can keep a much steadier and slower flow of water than the Hario can. With the Kalita I can pour non-stop without building up a nice pool of water in my cone, which is something I can't do using the Hario without stopping.
2. The Kalita "burps" during faster pours. When I'm just trying to fill up my Bonavita immersion dripper relatively quickly I often find the flow interrupted and some spurting. This never has happened with the Hario.
3. The Kalita does not empty as completely. If you measure liquid by volume instead of weight in your setup, you will need to either add extra water or pour through the lid to get the last ounce or so of water. The Hario has very little residual water when doing a normal pour.
4. The wooden handle gets hotter than the Hario's plastic handle.
5. The base of the Kalita is smaller than the typical electric burner on a range. This means you will have either the handle or the spout directly over heat even when positioning the kettle off-center. I tend to worry that direct heat hitting the handle will eventually do something unsavory to it. The Hario's base is exactly the diameter of typical small electric burners.
6. Both kettles can hold about the same amount of water. I regularly put 3 cups in, which results in the lids popping out (but not off) when boiling. Any more and they became scalding water guns that will shoot some water out of their spouts.
7. The Hario lid is noisier when it jiggles during a heavy boil. I actually like this, as I occasionally forget the much stealthier Kalita.
8. The Kalita feels like a more substantial kettle, and seems to be constructed from thicker stainless steel.
In summary, I'd recommend the Kalita for those who value pour control over all else, and for others who want a nice kettle but dont use electric burners (possibly flame as well given the wooden handle). I'd recommend the Hario for those who do have electric burners, tend to pour rapidly, and are more prone to forgetting when they've got a kettle on the burner.
- Constructed of all natural materials- no plastic
- Wood lid top and handle are durable and visually pleasing
- Pour spout enables perfect control of pour direction and volume- huge plus if you are using it for pour-over coffee
- Lid comes right off when pulled, but has a small metal catch that prevents it from inadvertently falling off when pouring
- Durable steel remains rust and splotch-free, shiny and looks brand new after a full year of heavy use
- Pleasantly lightweight
I use this directly over a flame on a gas range top. I was worried the wood handle would present a risk, but it is positioned far enough out from the body of the kettle as to never come into contact with the flame.
The 1 liter volume allows for excellent pairing with a 800 ml Hario Range Server for pour over coffee. Though I admit it felt a little ridiculous paying this much for a kettle and then having the item shipped from Japan, it seemed to be the best option for a simple well-made plastic-free kettle. After using it for a year, I've become addicted to the pour control that the awesome spout on this thing affords.
I've been using this kettle every day for over two years now on a gas range top over a direct flame and it continues to function perfectly
Additionally, it's probably the most beautiful pot on the market and finely crafted as well. Elegant, almost to a fault, the craftsmanship is top shelf, rivaling modern day silver smithing standards in both design and workmanship. The wood handle and lid knob add an element of Nippon design to a classic shape that could just as easily be Turkish as contemporary Japanese. A particularly nice touch is the beveled brass plate atop the handle providing assurance that your thumb won't directly contact the hot handle bracket. Very much in the Bauhaus tradition of form and function.
Finally, Kalita had the good sense to attach the little wood top knob with a simple stainless phillips head screw rather than some hideous plastic grommet and rivet assy that might have saved them a few pennies per unit. If the knob gets loose it's a simple matter to tighten it up. If by some chance it should ever fail completely you can just get a replacement knob or screw from any hardware store. Too often even the most utilitarian of objects seem intentionally engineered to fail by employing some unique, cheaply made and difficult to replace component when simple readily available hardware would ensure the product a long life and happy customers.
As a pour over pot it's a pleasure to use as it issues a very controlled stream of hot water just where you want it to go. As you near the edge of your grounds you can back off the pour without the sloshing or dribbling common when trying to use a conventional tea kettle. While you can heat water in it just like any other kettle, I use a separate one to boil the water, then fill the Kalita with the appropriate amount to use for a pour over. I find this additional step allows the water to cool and aerate slightly, creating a better extraction. Albeit expensive*, it's one of my favorite things.
* The market price has dropped dramatically since this kettle showed up in retail shops a couple years ago. It originally sold for over $100. At the current price it's a flat out bargain.