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It's a gooseneck kettle, which is sort of a specialty item. Regular electric tea kettles work just fine, but you have more control over where you pour the water with the gooseneck, which is nice for pourovers (some people would say crucial, but I wouldn't go that far).
Remember also that the US uses 110V wall current whereas you guys use 220V; electric kettles in general are way less common here because they have to be pretty beefy high-powered models to compensate for the lower voltage.
Also, it looks like the price has gone up since I bought mine: [link]
As for the process, it depends. If I'm only making one cup for myself, it's pretty quick. If I'm making a cup for my girlfriend, too, I have enough time to take a quick shower waiting for the water to boil. Once the water is hot, it takes 2-3 minutes to brew with a Hario V60 cone or 3-4 minutes with a Melitta cone.
I have this one which is 1,000 watts.
I honestly don't know anyone else who has an electric kettle, I bought it for pour over coffee because it's faster and less hassle than a stove top kettle. If I fill it with 1 cup of water it's very fast to heat up. If I fill it full it might take 5 minutes.
It could be a melted or loose wire to the heating element itself, or the element could be burnt out somehow. Since this kind has the element within the kettle body itself it's hard to open and fix yourself without risking worse damage and leaking.
I'd recommend replacing the kettle. I've had excellent luck with my Bonivita gooseneck kettles which I use heavily every day. I have two, one variable-temperature model for personal use and one standard model for public tastings and they both still work perfectly after a couple years of use and travel. They are a touch expensive, but they've replaced Kamjove kettles as my personal favorite, and no kettle has as smooth a pour.
From everything that I've read, Bonavita seems to be the way to go. I'm thinking this might be the winner.
I've had the Bonavita for about half a year to a year and I'd give it a 5/5 any day. Heats very fast and pours tremendously. All metal interior and any thermometer fits in the steam release holes so I can get it to any temperature I want with ease.
It looks like you are set on a grinder. Virtuoso and Encore are both great. It's up to you if the Virtuoso is worth the additional expense.
The Fellow Stagg Kettle looks sexy, but honestly the basic Bonavita gooseneck kettle is a workhorse and a great value. If you want a little more temperature control then you can go with the variable temp Bonavita gooseneck kettle. I have the basic Bonavita gooseneck kettle and honestly it does exactly what I need it to and I haven't missed having a temp control.
I recommend a stainless steel insulated french press, like this one from VonShef. It keeps the water temp from dropping during the brew process and it won't break like the glass body french press.
This to heat your water: [link]
This to brew your coffee in: [link]
The electric kettle is quiet and will not whistle when the water reaches boil temperature. French Press because it wont make any noise because you're just pushing a plunger down.
If you use whole beans, just grind them up earlier in the day so you won't wake anyone and if you buy pre-ground coffee then you're set. Also, by getting these you're upgrading your coffee equipment without spending a ton of money and if you plan on in the future to become quite the connoisseur of coffee, well, you already have what you need.
It's basically the same kettle without the digital control.
Bonavita 1.0L Electric Kettle BV3825B [link]
I use this and a thermometer but there's also a temperature regulated version. Both get high marks from most people, both online and irl.
You're making a strong case for an electric gooseneck kettle, but the variable temperature electric gooseneck kettles are almost 2x as expensive. Are there advantages in your process to the variable temperature?