If you’ve swam in the warm water of high-quality decanters, you’ve no doubt come across the Fellow and his Stagg EKG kettle. The company uses powerful pulsed technology to keep the water temperature at a very precise level, which has attracted a number of award-winning baristas to use their products: it turns out that 204ºF is different from 199 or 210, and if you’re the kind of person who cares about that. gives, these cauldrons have you covered. The latest additions to the line — Stagg EKG Pro and Stagg EKG Pro Studio Edition — add Wi-Fi to the mix, letting you dial in a sophisticated brew from bed.
The core of the kettle is more or less the same as the existing version, but being able to schedule water heating, or dial in presets for specific types of coffee and tea, is new. You can also program what altitude you are at – water boils at slightly different temperatures based on pressure, which is a function of altitude (it’s kinda wild to think about, but if you’re at 10,000 feet, you have your 10,000 feet less weight of air above you – people don’t mind the difference, but boiling water does).
“In 2017, our iconic Stagg EKG kettle revolutionized the coffee industry and set the undisputed standard in electric decanters. Five years later, we’re raising the bar again,” Jake Miller, founder and CEO of Fellow in San Francisco, told londonbusinessblog.com in an email. “We are constantly thinking of ways to improve and innovate our products to give consumers access to cafe-quality coffee and equipment in the comfort of their own homes. These kettles are a vision of the future of pour-over brewing.”
The company raised a funding round a few months ago and continues to develop new products.
Available now, the Stagg EKG Pro starts at $195 and Stagg EKG Pro Studio Edition starts at $225. Both kettles can be configured with beautiful walnut wood handles and other design upgrades that further push the price up. The original kettle has some special editions and designs to make the coffee pouring experience even more personal, and the new kettles will no doubt come in a rainbow of colors over time as well.
The Pro and Pro Studio Edition are the same in terms of functionality. The only difference is in the materials; the Pro Studio Edition features improved materials, including a metal base with a glass top with a metal knob and other details. The app compatible with the new kettles is yet to be launched, but will be launched in mid-October (exact date unknown) when the kettles are shipped to customers. As you would expect from a kettle, you can also use the product without connectivity.
Now, are we really doing that? need kettles with wifi? I assume that’s your choice. If the answer is “no”, but you still want very precise control over your water, the original is available for $165, or you can boil your water in a pot on the stove, like a philistine.