We never listed the Chemex Kettle before because, to be honest, it looks goofy and I wasn't even sure how to use it. Well that changed this year when I bought one. It's an amazingly ingenious design for a stovetop hot water kettle!
This is a big kettle - it can boil nearly 2 litres of water. It can be used on gas and electric stoves (a trivet is recommended for electric) but unfortunately not on induction stoves. It's design is equally geeky, curvy, and functional: the "steam stopper" is a hollow tube with two silicone balls at either end designed to be put in the neck. This is what makes the neck cool (well, warm, not hot) to the touch and allows you to pour the water after it boils: that tube and silicone ball thing allows steam to escape up top without heating the neck.
The curves in the base show you where the max water level is, but also keeps it from splooshing out the front spout when boiling.
Each of these kettles is handblown, so every single one is a bit different. I kind of like that.
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.