Fellow Stagg Gooseneck Kettle Review (EKG)
If you’re on this page, the chances are that you’re after an aesthetically-pleasing kettle with barista-worthy features. Sounds like you?
Maybe you’ve used a variable temperature electric kettle before, maybe not. But we guarantee that you’ve not seen anything like this Fellow Stagg EKG kettle. Keep reading our review to discover if this is what you’ve been looking for.
Summary: The Fellow Stagg EKG Kettle
- Allows you to reach the exact desired temperature without overboiling the water!
- Designed to give you full control over the pouring process
- Unique, minimalistic design; manufactured in California
Whether you’re a coffee aficionado or a brewing beginner, Stagg EKG will be your countertop partner in the pursuit of a ridiculously good cup of coffee.– Fellow Stagg
The Fellow Stagg Electric Kettle Review
The Fellow Stagg EKG comes from a company known for making gorgeous coffee brewers and accessories. That makes us wonder if this gooseneck kettle puts form before function. Or will it actually help us brew a knock-out cup of pour over coffee?
Design – 5/5
When it comes to aesthetics, we believe that the Fellow Stagg EKG has no rivals. Rather than going for a traditional kettle look, the company opted for a minimalistic (dare we say hipster?) approach. If, as they say, black goes with everything, a matte black finish makes everything better. This model is also available in white, copper or, if you prefer a slightly more traditional look — mirror polished steel.
The simple yet iconic Fellow Stagg was designed in California, and it’s a quirky statement that will complement any kitchen.
All models feature a high-grade 304 stainless steel interior and a BPA-free plastic handle that’s very different from other kettles (some love it, some hate it… either way, it’s an interesting design!).
This kettle has a capacity of 900 ml (30-oz), but you can only fill up 600 ml of water in it. At least, the 360-degree swivel cordless base makes it extremely portable and easy to use.
Features – 5/5
While its first model required stovetop heating, the Fellow Stagg is now an electric kettle thanks to Kickstarter. (1) Unlike normal kettles or more basic goose neck models, the Fellow Stagg EKG is designed to give you the best pour-over experience by allowing you to reach the desired temperature without overboiling the water or having to wait for it to cool down slightly. (2)
If the coffee’s brewed at boiling point, it risks being scorched. If it’s brewed at too low a temperature, the oils will never be properly integrated. It’s widely accepted among enthusiasts that 90-96°C is ideal.
Thanks to the variable temperature control, you can choose between 135 and 212° F (or 57°C and 100°C, since the base features a switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius). Not only does it include the ideal temperature range for coffee brewing, but it goes well above and below it, meaning that it will also allow you to heat water for any type of tea. (3)
The elegant and intuitive LCD screen shows you both the desired Setpoint Temperature and the Real Time Temperature, letting you follow the process through a lighting element. And if you’re in a hurry to heat water, the Fellow Stagg EKG kettle’s 1200W power, will get the water up to temperature in minutes.
Once your water has reached the desired temperature, you can choose to turn on the built-in stopwatch to help you time your pour-over process.
If you’re not immediately ready to start your coffee brewing ritual or you want to be able to make a second coffee after a few minutes, it won’t be a problem. The Hold feature can maintain your water hot for up to an hour, even if you remove the kettle from its stand and place it back.
And if you truly want to geek out, you can always choose the EKG+ model with Bluetooth connectivity to the Acaia Brewbar App. (4) Not only will you be able to use it to set the temperature and have it read it out loud to you, but you can also log and potentially share every step of the process into a master recipe.
Performance – 4.5/5
The Fellow Stagg EKG kettle wasn’t only designed to be incredibly quirky, but also to ensure an optimal flow rate and allow you full control over the agitation process of your brew. The narrow diameter of the spout guarantees precise drip accuracy without drip return. While it’s incredible at slow pours, it doesn’t pour too fast, so it might take a while to fill up a Chemex. We think it works best with smaller coffee makers such as the Kalita Wave and the Hario.
The precision of the goose neck, combined with the counterbalanced handle ensures a perfect pour. No wonder it’s fast becoming a favorite with baristas across the world!
The only problem of the handle is that it joins the body through a small stainless steel bridge that gets pretty hot, so we recommend being careful when handling it.
Value For Money – 3.5/5
The Fellow Stagg EKG is not just a kettle: it’s a proud representation of your inner barista. It’s undoubtedly pricier than other gooseneck kettles, but it also offers unmatched precision and lots of exciting features.
While most of the competition manufactures their kettles in China to cut costs, the Fellow Stagg is proudly designed and built in California, which we think justifies the higher price tag. They also offer a 1-year warranty on all their kettles, as well as a return/exchange policy for unused products within 30 days of purchase. If you’re as much in love with this kettle as we are, we’d totally understand if you were to pick it up right now.
Do Not Buy The Fellow Stagg Electric Kettle If…
You want a more budget-friendly variable-temperature kettle – If you’re happy to sacrifice the unique design and some handy features in exchange for a lower price tag but would never give up the temperature control (we respect that!), then we recommend the Bonavita Electric Kettle. It has a more traditional stainless steel design, and features a similar temperature control and hold functionality. You can head to this post to find out more.
You want a simple electric kettle with a gooseneck spout – If you don’t care for precise temperature control or even thermometers, you can’t go wrong with the Willow & Everett gooseneck kettle. It does what it says — boils the water fast, and turns itself off. And the goose neck lets you control the pour well. In our review, we felt the Willow & Everett kettle was a total value for money purchase.
You are more of a traditionalist – If you enjoy the slow but rewarding process of manually placing your kettle onto the stovetop, then we think you might like the Coffee Gator kettle. It has a beautiful, brushed stainless steel finish, a built-in thermometer, and a 1-liter capacity. Read our full review to find out why it’s our favorite.
The Verdict On The Fellow Stagg Electric Kettle – 4.5/5
As you probably guessed from our Fellow Stagg Kettle review, we love it! There’s a reason why it’s on our list of the best pour-over kettles. The temperature control, the accuracy allowed by the counterbalanced handle, and the fluted goose neck spout guarantee full control over the pour-over process, which can ultimately make or break your brewed coffee.
If you value precise control over your water temperature and flow rate, you will absolutely love this kettle. Plus, it’s incredibly aesthetically pleasing (especially in its matte black finish)! We bet it’ll be the first thing that your friends notice when they pop into your kitchen. Head over here to get your statement piece now.
To clean a Fellow kettle, you must first detach it from its base and rinse it with soapy water (without immersing it). You should also descale it regularly to ensure its longevity and avoid compromising the taste of the water. Just boil a solution of descaling powder (or white vinegar) and water, and leave it in the kettle for around half an hour before rinsing it.
No plastic comes in touch with the boiling water in the Fellow Stagg kettle. The only non-metallic component that does is the food-grade silicone gasket needed to seal the electronics from the thermometer.
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