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Master Brew Class with Dylan Siemens US Brewers Cup Champion

Master Brew Class With Dylan Siemens | Onyx X Fellow

By | Bay Area, Coffee

The Fellow Playground had the honor of hosting Dylan Siemens, the 2017 US Brewers Cup Champion, for our #OnyxXFellow Brew Master Class Weekend. Not only does Dylan bust out incredible cups of coffee, he couldn’t be a nicer human being. The Fellow team didn’t want our new Arkansas friends to leave. While the weekend was jam-packed with activities, by far the best part was watching Dylan in action teach brew classes. The level of his knowledge is mindblowing, and we were like kids in a coffee-infused candy listening to his tidbits and sipping on his brews.

For Dylan’s Master Brew Classes in the Playground, he came up with three different recipes using the Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle, Stagg [X] Dripper, and Stagg Double Wall Carafe. Follow along with his method below, and then let us know how your brews turn out! Read More

Stagg EKG+ Production Update: It’s Go Time!

By | Design

Be honest. You’ve seen seen Stagg EKG on Instagram feeds for the past three months, shaken a fist at the screen, and said, “Grrrr…Fellow, where’s my EKG+?” Trust us, the EKG+ delay stung— we wanted to ship it out just as badly as you wanted to receive it. Unfortunately, the last checkboxes to be checked came down to safety regulations, and they were out of our control. Sometimes we wanted to shake our fist at the screen and say, “Grrr…safety, who needs you?” But alas, we drank a cup of coffee, calmed down, and realized safety is very much needed.

We spent the holidays away from home and our families in China and Taiwan to ensure we were making progress every single day. I was there for 10 days at the end of December while our other engineer, Neil, spent seven days in the factory in early December. The first hold-up we were working through was a product modification for the EKG+ to pass the safety certification. This was the addition of an “enable/disable” feature for Bluetooth as required for ETL product certification by Intertek (the governing body for electronic product safety). We’re happy to say this feature was recently completed (thankfully achieved through a menu in software and not as an additional switch), and EKG+ was re-submitted for ETL certification. Read More

WHY DOUBLE WALL INSULATION?

By | Coffee, Design


Here at Fellow, we obsess over temperature and understand how important it is for brewing coffee. That’s why we created two pour-over drippers, Stagg [X] and Stagg [XF] with vacuum insulated double wall stainless steel to help reduce temperature loss during your brew. Obsessive? Yes. Excessive? No.

The thinking: the more control you have over temperature, the more control you have over your extraction.

But how does our double wall insulated stainless steel dripper actually stack up to competing drippers? We’ve run a series of tests comparing Stagg [XF] Dripper to other popular coffee drippers. For the sake of consistency and accuracy, we focused on testing Stagg [XF] versus flat bottom single wall stainless steel drippers. Here’s what we found:

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How To Dial-In Your Prismo To Pull The Best “Shot”

By | Coffee

 

Just like a real espresso machine, Prismo needs a bit of “dialing in” to pull a great shot. When done correctly, Prismo makes an incredibly flavorful, dense, and tasty espresso-style brew. When done wrong, like with an espresso machine, you can produce sub-optimal results like sour taste notes and a grainy texture. It takes a few brews to settle into your favorite routine, but once you find that sweet spot, Prismo can pull tasty espresso-style coffee shot after shot.

Wondering how to make the best possible shot with Prismo? Here are a few tips and tricks we’ve learned from product testing and from our friends in the coffee world…

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EKG+ Production Update

By | Coffee, Design

 

Hello Fellow pre-order supporters!

As you’ve likely seen, we have started to ship Stagg EKG units (the non-BlueTooth version) to Kickstarter Backers. As you know, the EKG+ units were not in the same container. Although we did expect about a month difference between the two units, we didn’t forecast many of the challenges we’re currently facing.

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Prismo: Superpowers for your AeroPress®

By | Coffee, Design

 


Meet Prismo, an AeroPress® attachment that unlocks espresso-style coffee without an espresso machine.

We here at Fellow love espresso, but sometimes we don’t have access to a good espresso machine, and the team is left to walk to the nearest coffee shop. Since we’re a coffee product company (and that coffee shop is over a mile away), we figured we should probably solve this problem. Read More

The Anatomy of an “Espresso-style” shot

By | Coffee


So when you pull a shot with Prismo, why call it “espresso-style” instead of just an espresso shot? Well friends, a leopard can’t change its spots. Although Prismo makes a pretty damn tasty shot, it lacks some of the features that make up a tried and true espresso shot. The magic of a traditional espresso comes with 9 bar pressure, 25-30 seconds of percolation time, and the right amount of  heat. All of which are difficult to achieve when manually pressing a shot.

That said, we love the espresso-style shots we’ve made with Prismo! And hey, for a much lower price point than an espresso machine, you can get close and have fun doing so. So what is “espresso-style”? Let’s break it down:

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Crowdsourcing Design: Kickstarter Stretch Goals

By | Uncategorized

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Since Duo Coffee Steeper’s Kickstarter campaign back in 2014, we’ve tried to keep our backers and fans involved as much as possible in our design process. From Duo to Stagg System, we often send out surveys and invitations to participate in user testing on new products. For our second round on Kickstarter with Stagg EKG our mentality has been no different.

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A Guide For Tasting Coffee

By | Coffee

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Much like wine, coffee comes in a wide variety of flavors. The finished product is greatly affected by plant varietal, processing, roasting, and finally, brewing. Use these tasting tips as a simple way to activate your senses and prompt your brain to smell and taste the different flavors in each cup.

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