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Fellow Stagg EKG Review

Adjustable temperature settings, gooseneck spout and an easy pour handle make this the go to kettle for specialty coffee and loose leaf tea drinkers
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $149 List | $147 at Amazon
Pros:  Exceptional pouring control, temperature holding, continuous temperature settings
Cons:  Long boil time, expensive, narrow functionality
Manufacturer:   Fellow
By Nick Miley, Michelle Powell and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Sep 9, 2019
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Our Verdict

If you are a coffee aficionado that strictly adheres to roasters' extraction parameters, then look no further than the Fellow Stagg EKG for your pour over joe. This refined kettle turns the task of making coffee into a craft. Continuous temperature selection and temperature holding make consistency a breeze. At the same time, the narrow gooseneck spout and the articulated handle make slow, steady pours over aromatic rounds effortless and enjoyable.


Our Analysis and Test Results

The Editor's Choice Award-winning Fellow Stagg EKG is a unique kettle in that it is a built to purpose pour over coffee machine. The EKG sports a very narrow gooseneck stem and angled handle which promote precision pours. It also has continuous heat settings to dial-in the perfect water temperature for extraction as well as a built-in stopwatch to time the process. If this isn't enough control for you, this model is also Bluetooth enabled so you can manage these variables on your phone. Finally, the model comes in four colors: white, black, copper, and polished steel.

Elegant. Period.
Elegant. Period.

Boil Time


Our boil time tests are simple. We start with four cups of 57° F water, we set the machine to 201° F — the average boiling temperature at our location — and we turn the machine on at the same time as a stopwatch. At 6 min, 38 sec the Fellow is quite slow to achieve a boil. Interestingly, the kettle reaches ~199° F in 5 min, 30 sec but requires another minute to make the remaining few degrees.

Pouring


If your goal is to make drip coffee, you can't get a better pour than that delivered by the EKG. This model has a very narrow diameter spout with a fluted tip that produces a slow pour rate in an even stream. Thanks to the gooseneck spout (which pulls water from the bottom of the reservoir) and articulated handle, this kettle is also exceptionally well balanced. Both characteristics make the methodical circular pouring technique required for quality extraction an easy task.

A pour that will make any barista proud.
A pour that will make any barista proud.

Ease of Use Features

  • Temperature selection: 104º - 212º (Bluetooth enabled)
  • Temperature holding: Yes
  • Automatic shutoff: Yes
  • Inside material: Stainless steel
  • Lid attached or separate: Separate
  • Type of spout: Gooseneck
  • Max/ Min capacity: 0.9L (max only)
  • Water level indicator: "Max" line (internal)

The Fellow Stagg EKG lets you know where you're at in the heating process.
The Fellow Stagg EKG lets you know where you're at in the heating process.

Value


By our definition, value is created when a product stretches the consumer's dollars. For example, a value product is either less expensive than equivalent products or the same price as other products in its class but of a higher quality. The Fellow Stagg EKG is relatively expensive, especially when one considers that it has a very specific function. That said, if this model fits your needs it's certainly worth the money spent, but we wouldn't describe this product as being a great value.

The elegant Fellow Stagg EKG makes pouring a pleasure.
The elegant Fellow Stagg EKG makes pouring a pleasure.

Conclusion


The Fellow Stagg is an elegant, single purpose kettle that is unique in the class. The sole function of the machine is to make the best cup of coffee or tea possible. While its boil time didn't impress us, its functionality warrants the award we have bestowed this superb pour over machine.


Nick Miley, Michelle Powell and Austin Palmer