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Stagg EKG+ Production Update

By | Coffee, Design

 

After a couple of months of frustration, we finally had a great week:) All Kickstarter and website pre-order Stagg EKG+ units were successfully assembled and tested. Each and every unit produced was connected to BlueTooth and each unit was brought to a boil to confirm functionality. In addition, we hired an independent third party testing agency to randomly sample a subset of units and the agency provided our team with a pre-shipment inspection report. Everything is looking good.

What’s next?

Yesterday the Stagg EKG+ units were loaded into a 40′ sea container at our factory and the container was transported via semi-truck to the loading area for the shipping container. The ship was set to sail on February 11th with an estimated arrival date of March 9th at the Port of Oakland. We can’t tell you how relieved we are to get these units our before Chinese New Year. Our factory shuts down today and won’t be operational again until early March!

Once the units arrive in Oakland we’ll schedule a pick-up and deliver to our warehouse in Oakland, California. Typically, we are able to pick-up a container a couple days after arrival. As soon as we get the units into our warehouse we’ll start the shipping process out to you! We’ve already purchased shipping boxes and supplies in advance. So, this means the first packages will be shipped out the week of March 12th (or 1-2 days after we are able to pull the container). Obviously things can happen that would delay this date (i.e., customs flagging the container for inspection), but we’re optimistic we can stick to this schedule.

All of use here can’t wait to deliver Stagg EKG+ to all of you — our backers and early supporters. Thank you for patiently waiting…. we’re confident the wait will be worth it!

Jake and the Fellow Team

February Featured Roasters | Fellow Playground

By | Coffee, Featured Roaster

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.

February is the month of love, and boy do we love our new coffee line-up. California, Missouri, New York, and Arizona roasters are represented along with our first ever international roaster…oh hey Canada!

Ready to geek out on coffee?! Brew yourself a cup and get lost in the delicious jargon below

Bay Area folks – If you’re looking for a fun date on Valentine’s Day, bring your favorite honey into the Fellow Playground for our Brew For Two Day! Buy one of our 22-gram test tubes of the beans below and get a second free.

Verve Coffee Roasters in Fellow PlaygroundVERVE COFFEE ROASTERS
Santa Cruz, CA | Founded in 2007 by Ryan O’Donovan and Colby Barr

Fun Fact: Verve has eight locations between Santa Cruz, SF, LA, and now Tokyo!

Coffee/Origin: Flora Ramos, Guatemala
Variety: Caturra
Process: Washed
Notes: Juicy, Custard, and Plum

“Often the unsung heroes in the coffee supply chain, women play an integral part in all that goes into cultivating, harvesting, and processing coffee but often see little recognition for their work. As such, we’re excited to highlight this exceptional micro-lot from Flora Ramos from an equally exceptional Guatemalan micro-region, Huehuetenango. In Huehuetenango, where the tail-end of the great American Cordillera spills over from Mexico (where it’s referred to as the Sierra Madre de Chiapas), Huehuetenango is the only Guatemalan growing area characterized not by volcanic soil, but clay-loam soil.

Thanks to dry, hot winds that blow across the border from Mexico’s Tehuantepec plain, Huehuetenango can produce coffee as high as 2,200 MASL with no threat of frost, like in other Guatemalan growing regions. Flora carefully picks coffee cherries at a precise 22.5 – 23 brix to ensure maximum ripeness before mechanically de-pulping, fermenting for 40 hours and drying on patios for 25 days.” – Verve Coffee Roasters (@vervecoffee)

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Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters Fellow PlaygroundTHOU MAYEST COFFEE ROASTERS
Kansas City, MO | Founded in 2012 by Bo Nelson and Bill Holtzhueter 

Fun Fact: Their name derives from a quote in East of Eden by John Steinbeck: “Timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.’”

Coffee/Origin: “Cold Start” Guama Danta, Honduras
Variety: Lempiras, Caturra, Catuai, IHCAFE 90, Catimor
Process: Washed
Notes: Caramel Apple, Bakers Spice, and Balanced

“Surrounded by sweetgum forests and a sheltering mountain range that form a perfect climactic bubble, Guama Danta has an ideal, mild coffee growing climate. Farmers have been taking advantage of these conditions for the last four generations, consistently producing high-quality coffees. Surrounded by forests and reaching altitudes of 1,700 meters ASL, Guama Danta has all of the necessary conditions for growing high-quality coffees. The wet and dry seasons are well defined, ensuring proper flowering and fruit development ahead of the January harvest. Many producers have small coffee farms of 1.5 hectares or less at altitudes between 1,500 and 1,700 meters ASL. The region’s loamy soils are planted primarily with the leaf rust-resistant variety Lempira. Guama and fruit trees provide shade for the coffee, as well as refuge for local wildlife. Many local farmers also maintain small orchards within their farms to produce fruits for their own consumption.” – Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters (@thou_mayest)

Shop Thou Mayest’s coffee!

Sey Coffee in the Fellow PlaygroundSEY COFFEE
Brooklyn, NY | Founded in 2017 by Lance Schnorenberg and Tobin Polk

Fun Fact: Sey is “yes” spelled backward!

Coffee/Origin: Windrush AA, Kenya
Variety: SL-28, SL-32
Process: Washed
Notes: Blackberry, Pineapple, and Mango

“Windrush is a medium-sized Estate (400 acres of coffee) on the very high and steep slopes of Kiambu County. The estate is famed for its exceptional tea and coffee growing. In fact, it is the only estate remaining in Kenya that exclusively farms the most traditional of Kenyan varietals: SL28. Altitudes reach well over 2200 masl where the tea grows, and coffee production averages an altitude of 1750masl. The Windrush/Yara Estates are among the oldest remaining estates in Kenya. In 1971 ownership was transferred from the original White Kenyan owners to Indigenous peoples, in line with land reforms across the country from the 1950s. The estates are now managed by locals trading as the Gatatha Farmers Co. Ltd.

Windrush itself is quite distinct in the Kenyan landscape – colder and wetter with lush riverine valleys, plenty of dams and ancient fig trees – and as such a healthier more drought resistant ecosystem. Great farm management practices include digging soil pits to retain rainwater and prevent erosion and planting bluegrass as ground cover for the same reason. Processing is traditional, cherries go through a disc depulper, parchment coffee is fermented in traditional concrete tanks before washing and overnight soaking.The clean coffee is then moved to skin drying beds overnight before raised-bed sun drying for a nice seven days.” – Sey Coffee (@seycoffee)

Shop Sey’s coffee!

Presta Coffee Roasters in the Fellow PlaygroundPRESTA COFFEE ROASTERS
Tucson, AZ | Founded in 2012 by Curtis Zimmerman

Fun Fact: Presta began as a coffee cart operation called Stella Java.

Coffee/Origin: Santa Teresa, Panama
Variety: Caturra, Catuai
Process: Natural
Notes: Red Fruits, Blackberry, and Floral

“Finca Santa Teresa is blessed with rich black volcanic soil, a high altitude location, and favorable weather patterns associated with both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans; this results in coffees of singular quality. The Finca is located along a series of beautiful valleys and ridges which create a variety of micro-climates and give individuality to each of their lots. The Finca is located at 1400-1800m and the coffee planting is interspaced by live barriers, streams, and broad sections of virgin forest. Squirrel monkeys and many of the 600 species of birds in the area are often seen in and around the Finca. Adjacent to the farm is the La Amistad International Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site jointly managed by Panama and neighboring Costa Rica. FST operates a best practice approach to all of its activities.” – Presta Coffee Roasters (@prestacoffee)

Shop Presta’s coffee!

49th Parallel Coffee Roasters in the Fellow Playground

49TH PARALLEL COFFEE ROASTERS
Vancouver, BC Canada | Founded in 2002 by Vince Piccolo

Fun Fact: Piccolo also owns side-project Lucky Donuts, which shares a retail space with 49th Parallel’s cafe in Vancouver!

Coffee/Origin: Kayon Mountain Guji Ethiopia
Variety: Heirloom
Process: Washed
Notes: Floral, Aromatic, Pear, and  Kumquat

“This is a new, 240-hectare farm (established in 2012) with the aim of producing top quality coffee in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Historically, Guji coffees have been exported as coming from Sidamo, but after many years of lobbying the Ethiopian government for a geographical distinction, it is now possible to separate it. While the cup profile is quite similar to Sidamo coffees, there’s certainly something more in the terroir of Guji – no doubt due in part to the soaring altitude coupled with a nice diverse mix of heirloom Typica varieties.” – 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters (@49th)

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How To Brew Old Coffee

By | Coffee

You bought a solid bag of coffee some sunny Saturday afternoon with the intention of brewing before work. As the following weeks unraveled, you neglected that beautiful bag of beans. Next thing you know, your coffee is stale. You don’t want to waste those precious beans but don’t want a cup that tastes like old cigarettes. What to do?

There’s hope! Depending on how old the coffee is, you can actually salvage it into a pretty decent cup with some simple tricks.

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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

Coffee Cocktail Recipes | Onyx X Fellow

By | Bay Area, Coffee

Do you take your coffee strong but your cocktails stronger? Welcome. You’ve come to the right place. The Fellow crew teamed up with Onyx Coffee Lab for one heck of an exciting weekend of events and amusements. On the first evening, our coffee spilled into our liquor cabinet for our Coffee + Cocktails shindig at the Fellow Playground. Dylan Siemens of Onyx Coffee Lab, who also happens to be the current US Brewers Cup Champion, concocted two coffee-infused cocktails: a Cascara Gin and Tonic and a Winter Brew Daiquiri.

Since both cocktails take a little more effort than a vodka cranberry, we suggest serving a round to impress at your next living room soiree. We guarantee a buzzworthy evening! Read More

January Featured Roasters in the Fellow Playground

By | Bay Area, Coffee, Featured Roaster

 

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, 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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