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Posted Wed Apr 7, 2010, 4:01pm
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Nice.

 
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Posted Wed Apr 7, 2010, 5:10pm
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If I may make an observation,  many of you have espresso equipment at home.  If you don't, you may have several brewing related things, like good grinders, cones, Chemexes and what not.

Here we are, talking about the most crucial tool in your ability to evenly disperse, agitate, and time your pour over, and we are looking for a cheap substitute.

How much did you spend on a tamper?  30, 60, 80 dollars?  And all that does is squeeze out the air.  You can tamp just a well with the plastic thing they ship with the machine.

You can get a nicely shaped tea kettle, but it is not designed to control a slow flow, pour in a downward direction, and keep a gentle agitation rolling.  It looks kind of like a pouring kettle, but does not perform the function nearly as well.

Spend as much as you would on a nice, pimped out brewer with quality stainless steel carafe, and get yourself the Hario kettle.
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Posted Wed Apr 7, 2010, 5:45pm
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Does anyone use the Buono on a stove or hot plate?  How well does that work?

Or is everyone boiling in a traditional plastic kettle and transferring the water to the Buono?  Id like to eliminate my plastic kettle and if I could do that with just the Buono Id save about $60.

 
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Posted Wed Apr 7, 2010, 6:18pm
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ryantann Said:

Does anyone use the Buono on a stove or hot plate?  How well does that work?

Or is everyone boiling in a traditional plastic kettle and transferring the water to the Buono?  Id like to eliminate my plastic kettle and if I could do that with just the Buono Id save about $60.

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I heat the Buono on the electric stove.  Flawless.

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Posted Wed Apr 7, 2010, 8:29pm
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That's a crazy deal BoldJava! I definitely need to look at discount stores and restaurant supplies.

and @PeaberryPicker...

I definitely agree with you, it wouldn't hurt to find something good that can save money. And I don't own any espresso equipment and I'm still using a low-end grinder, the Baratza Maestro, and a Skerton.
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Posted Fri Apr 9, 2010, 2:04pm
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If you search for goose neck or gooseneck tea kettle, it looks like there's a lot of different alternatives, though I don't know how well they'd perform compared to a Buono.

I may stop by an Asian restaurant supply store nearby and take a look at what they have in stock.

 
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Posted Fri Apr 9, 2010, 4:45pm
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Earlier I realized my french press has a much better spout than my electric kettle so I gave that a shot.  Works pretty well in comparison.  Not as good as a Buono but much better that what I had.  Mines just a standard Chambord press.  I preheated it to minimize heatloss, and I always preheat my filtercone and mug.  Definitely a noticeable difference.

 
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Posted Fri Apr 30, 2010, 3:30pm
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My regular kettle has a 1-1/2" round hole at the end of the spout, I found a couple of metal bottle pour spouts in the drawer just now and remembered that I had a large rubber stopper from my home brewing days, so I found it in the garage, removed the fermentation lock from it and fitted the metal pour spout to it. (minus the plastic piece that fits inside your liquor bottle)

The #7 one hole stopper fits my kettle, now to clean it up and see how it pours tomorrow with the Chemex.  If it works, it's no additional cost and I won't have to bother transferring hot water from my kettle to another dispenser.  This is perfect as I can't really afford a new kettle right now.

 
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Posted Sat May 1, 2010, 10:45am
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Ok, so I cleaned up the stopper and the pour spout and tried it this morning on a Chemex pot (1/3 IMV, 2/3 Brazil Vargem Grande) and it worked great, much better then just the kettle.

Now, would I rather have a nice pouring kettle instead of using a stopper and a pour spout, yes I would, but I just can't afford a new kettle right now so I'm happy to have found a cheap alternative. (I was able to find the scale a while ago at a thrift store)  I've seen the #7 one hole stoppers for just a buck or two and the pour spouts can't be much more then that.  I was worried that the water might back up and come out the lid, but I had no problem with this at all.  Just make sure you don't leave the stopper in while your heating up the water and it should be fine.

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Posted Sat May 1, 2010, 11:16am
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yakster Said:

Ok, so I cleaned up the stopper and the pour spout ...

Posted May 1, 2010 link

This make you the Mod-Man of the thread.  Nice work-around.

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