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Posted Thu Jan 2, 2014, 2:36pm
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I had thought my Bonavita variable temperature pour over kettle was the PERFECT match to my Kalita Wave 155 & 185 drippers. That is, until I received my Christmas gift this year. The Monarch Methods Copper Pour Over Kettle takes the control of pour over brewing to a new level. Designed and hand-built by Chris Chekan in Toronto, Canada, this beautiful, handle-less copper kettle, insulated with a 10 oz. leather harness is perfectly balanced. Because your hand is literally wrapped around the body of the kettle, minute adjustments to the pour can easily be made. The 5/16" OD copper gooseneck can flow from 1200ml/min down to just a drop with little or no effort. They are available in either 320 ml or 500ml sizing, come with a recessed thermometer port and have a glass bead finish which allows for a rich and natural patina to develop over time. Chris's craftsmanship is incredible, and the design of the kettle, well, it speaks for itself. Here's a few pics of my 500 ml kettle…

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Posted Thu Jan 2, 2014, 2:37pm
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Posted Thu Jan 2, 2014, 11:10pm
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How do you heat the water?  I assume it doesn't plug in, so you have to put it on the stove, right?  Any issues with scorching the leather jacket?
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Posted Fri Jan 3, 2014, 3:55am
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rmongiovi Said:

How do you heat the water?  I assume it doesn't plug in, so you have to put it on the stove, right?  Any issues with scorching the leather jacket?

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The Monarch Methods kettle is used only for the controlled pouring of water over the coffee grounds and must filled with hot water first. It is not designed to be heated on a stove top. The copper does an excellent job of drawing a few degrees out of the water initially while it itself heats up, and then the insulating leather harness maintains that temperature for the duration of the brew. I usually start with 210ºF - 212ºF water from my Bonavita kettle and fill the Monarch kettle full. After a few seconds to rinse the filter, the water temperature inside the kettle has stabilized to 202ºF and rarely drops below 200ºF by the end of the brewing period. The "heat sink" of the copper is so predictable, that if I want a lower brewing temperature, I usually set the Bonavita for a lower initial temperature and then fill the copper kettle with the slightly cooler water. Hope this helps explains how it's used. Take care!

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Posted Fri Jan 3, 2014, 7:47am
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I was wondering about that too, so it is more of dispensor than a kettle, cool.

It looks very nice and it sounds like a joy to use, congrats! The only thing I see is copper is a pain to keep polished, if you don't mind the ... patina, so much the better.

A GENERAL WORD OF CAUTION, copper can be toxic in the right (is that wrong?) conditions, I really doubt you will have many problems here but the reason copper pans and cooking vessels are tin lined is that with acidic foods, copper can leach into the food.

The acid in a lemon does a good job of cleaning copper. I have made several large copper bowels to cook in that are unlined, they are for eggs only and produce a wonderful foam. Just before use, you use a lemon to clean the tarnish from the bowel and all is good. The tarnish can add an off flavor.

Like I said, I doubt you may have these issues but they are a caution one must know about with copper.

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Posted Fri Jan 3, 2014, 11:13am
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Yes, those were all things I considered beforehand. The copper has a microscopic glass bead finish, so it should patina beautifully. I also just happen to be one of those types that really doesn't like polished or plated metal and prefers a natural patina. Since the boiling water that will eventually go into the kettle, starts out from my home's cold copper water line, goes through an inline triflow filter, is brought to a boil in the stainless steel Bonavita variable temperature kettle and then will sit in the copper kettle for no more than 4 minutes, I'm not too worried about copper toxicity. Now for sure, I wouldn't be loading this baby with a hot lemon toddy!

Another feature that really stands out with this kettle is it's gooseneck spout. I'm always hitting the edge of the Kalita 155 dripper with the Bonavita spout when I try to get really close to the coffee bed. With the Monarch Method kettle, I can position the tip almost on top of the bed and still have full control over the flow. It's simply a pleasure to use. Take care!

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Posted Fri Jan 3, 2014, 1:23pm
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It's a great little kettle. I have been using mine for about seven months and I love it! I have the same 500mL size as "redkiosk" but with the original leather version. It's a solid leather wrap with the eyelets in the back going vertical. It gets used for my Chemex or Hario V60. I definitely agree that this kettle has excellent craftsmanship and superior control! Mine has natural patina and I haven't tried cleaning it back to its original shine. Chris (Monarch Methods owner) said that it would easily clean up with any food safe metal cleaner/polisher. It's a joy to use and definitely a coffee tool that I would recommend.
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Posted Fri Jan 3, 2014, 1:58pm
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I seem to remember that you usually clean copper mixing bowls with salt moistened with white vinegar.  If you have any citric acid (commonly used to descale coffee equipment) I'll bet that would make the perfect substitute: salt and citric acid moistened with water....
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