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Recipes, tips and industry happenings.

January Featured Roasters in the Fellow Playground

By | Bay Area, Coffee

The Fellow Playground is your space to play – to brew a cup, share a tip, take a class, or just talk shop. Each month we select five coffees from roasters we are excited about to feature in our store.

When you enter the Playground, you can buy a whole bag of beans to go or buy an individual serving in a test tube. If you go the test tube route, you can BYOC (brew your own coffee) with one of the Fellow Brew Guides. We love this feature as it gives our guests a chance to try out our products AND lets them walk away with a cup of coffee they’ve probably never tried before! The Fellow team rotates in as Brew Guides, so quite often you will find our founder, Jake, brewing in the back with customers. Your coffee will always be consistently dialed-in and delicious, but we all have personal tips and techniques to share so your brewing sessions in the Playground will be unique every time!

Our December launch featured five local Bay Area roasters that we love. For January, we reached out a little further to bring you coffee from Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters (SF), Slate Coffee Roasters (Seattle), Intelligentsia Coffee (Chicago), Onyx Coffee Lab (Arkansas), and Cat & Cloud (Santa Cruz)! Any of these names not ringing a bell? Great! Specialty Coffee is an exciting and dynamic world, and our goal is to spark your curiosity and expose you to something new. Read More

WHY DOUBLE WALL INSULATION?

By | Coffee

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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7 Booze and Buzz Infused Coffee Cocktails

By | Coffee

Clinky, clinky. We’ll gladly toast to buzz and booze combining forces in a cocktail glass. To start off your night, or morning (we’re not judging), we rounded up seven of our favorite coffee-infused cocktails. Cheers!

1. Alive and Kicking

Do you take your coffee strong but your cocktails stronger? Welcome to your new drink of choice. Three liqueurs team up with cold brew to provide a verifiable punch. Hiii YA!

Get the recipe from Bon Appétit. Read More

Prismo – Production Status Update

By | Coffee

Prismo AeroPress Coffee Maker AttachmentHello, passionate Prismo-ites! First, a big thank you -without your pre-order support, Prismo would be but a blip on our Fellow idea board. We’re overwhlemed by the positive response for Prismo, and can’t wait to ship them to you.

However, although Prismo has superpowers, we do not, and thus, production has been moving at normal human speed. That being said, we have a Prismo timing update and the news is good-ish. It could be better. But it could also be much worse, so we’re feeling positive. Read More

Stagg EKG – Production Status Update

By | Coffee

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour Over Kettle

Since Stagg EKG’s launch back in December, we’ve been keeping our highly-caffeinated Kickstarter backers in the loop with frequent updates. We’ve shared the ups and downs (more ups than downs), product tweaks (you guys gave great suggestions), and Jake’s blurry photos from the production line (Jake needs to work on camera steadiness when he gets excited). Well, we’ve also had non-Kickstarter backers pre-order Stagg EKG after the campaign ended. Since this group of folks doesn’t receive our updates via the Kickstarter platform, we wanted to share the current kettle status as it stands today! Here it goes…

Stagg EKG is ALMOST yours for the pursuit of liquid concoction excellence. What does “almost” mean? Almost means the first batch of Stagg EKGs are off the production line. Almost means champagne has been purchased but not officially popped in our office. We’re so close, guys. Read More

How To Brew Green Tea With Prismo

By | Tea

Prismo swooped into the Fellow-sphere back in July, and we’ve been riding that AeroPress® Coffee Maker attachment high ever since. If you have no clue what we’re talking about, check out Prismo in action first. If you’re already on the pressure actuated train, keep on reading for a recipe straight from Prismo’s utility belt.

Yes, our latest product’s slogan may be “Superpowers for your AeroPress® Coffee Maker,” but coffee isn’t the only hot liquid Prismo brews with finesse. Tea, hot or iced, is on the drink docket as well. Since one of Prismo’s superpowers is its “No Drip Seal,” Prismo creates the perfect seal inside the AeroPress® chamber. This means you can load and steep your hot water and loose leaf without any worries of leaks out of the bottom.

While Prismo can brew any type of tea, we’re letting you in on Fellow’s favorite green tea recipe. We’ve tested and perfected the water, temperature, loose leaf, and stir time ratios. Why? Because we like our tea to taste good, dang it!

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Prismo Full Immersion Brew “How-To”

By | Coffee


A few weeks back we launched Prismo, an AeroPress® attachment that unlocks espresso-style coffee without an espresso machine. But apart from espresso-style coffee, Prismo opens up a whole new world of recipes and coffee nerding. You can even switch up your regular ol’ coffee routine by using Prismo for a full immersion brew. How is this different than normal Aeropress® coffee using the inversion method you ask?

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