The Fellow Stagg EKG is the most critically acclaimed gooseneck kettle in the specialty coffee world. It’s used in coffee competitions around the globe and is often praised for combining a stylish minimalist design with precision pouring.
In this review, I assess whether the EKG lives up to the hype, and whether its additional features justify the significant price tag. Below, I share my experience with the Fellow Stagg EKG electric pour over kettle.
Who is the Fellow Stagg EKG for?
The Fellow Stagg EKG is a great investment for people who want to take their specialty coffee brewing to the next level.
Likewise, this is a great piece of kit for those in the coffee industry who appreciate the craftsmanship of high-quality coffee gear. It also offers some features seldom found on other devices which can add to the brewing experience.
However, if you are a beginner you might want to look at cheaper alternatives rather than forking out for the EKG. You definitely don’t need an expensive kettle like the EKG to make great coffee and that there are alternatives that serve the exact purpose.
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Personally, I started using the Fellow Stagg EKG at the beginning of my coffee journey but have also used other gooseneck kettles, and only notice subtle differences between them.
Getting Started with the EKG Kettle
The Fellow Stagg EKG comes in eight different colours including matte white, matte black and polished steel. It is the only gooseneck kettle in Fellow’s lineup of premium coffee gear.
The model has a minimalist design and features a precision-pour spout, an LCD screen, variable temperature control, and a temperature holding feature. It also comes with a built-in stopwatch, a timer and a switch that allows you to change between Fahrenheit and Celcius.
When purchasing the Fellow Stagg EKG electric kettle you will get two things: the kettle itself in the colour of your choice and the temperature holding base.
In order to get started all you need to do is plug it in, choose the unit (Fahrenheit or Celcius) with one of the switches in the back, fill it with water and select the desired temperature with the round knob at the front.
The base has another switch in the back that turns on and off the hold function. The kettle has a volume of 0.9 liters, having a MAX line inside for guidance.
Features and Benefits
In order to create great pour-over coffee, we need an even extraction. The gentle pour of the EKG ensures that all the coffee grounds get wet strategically and without excessive agitation.
When using the Fellow Stagg EKG kettle you get a great control rate, making the brewing easier and consistent every time.
PID Degree Temperature Control and Hold Mode
The Fellow Stagg EKG electric kettle comes with a PID controller that helps maintain the water temperature. The hold feature allows your water to be kept at the set temperature for up to 60 minutes, all you need to do is move the switch on the back.
I tend to keep my water on Hold for at least a couple of minutes as I often brew different coffees at once and have found that the temperature remains accurate. The temperature range is from 57°C to 100° C degrees, and I tend to leave it between 88° C and 90° C degrees.
Quick Heat Up
The kettle is powered by a 1200 Watt heating element which makes it faster to heat water, getting you ready to start your pour in no time. I usually wait around 3 minutes for the water to be ready depending on how much water is in the kettle.
The Brew Stopwatch works as a timer for your pour over coffee. There is no need to keep an eye out with a separate timer.
LED Display and Bonus Feature
The LED display is perfect for choosing the correct temperature, changing between temperature units and keeping track of your pouring with the built in timer.
The EKG also comes with the old-school Nokia game of “Snake” installed so you can keep yourself entertained while your water boils.
The Fellow Stagg EKG electric kettle has a very minimalist and sleek design. Its body and lid are made of stainless steel and it has a plastic base.
The design of the EKG Kettle is one of the features I personally value the most. I love using this kettle not only for how it works but also for how it looks and feels when you are holding it.
If you choose a model with wood handles, those can either come in walnut or maple. Special care is recommended in those cases in order to prevent the wood from drying. I have used both the matte black and matt white models and they can both easily be cleaned with a slightly damp cloth.
Optional Bluetooth Mode
The Bluetooth mode comes as a default setting and it helps master your pour over coffee with the Stagg EKG+ app. The app measures your pouring in real-time, keeps track of the water temperature and can also remotely turn the Stagg EKG+ on and off.
You can check if your Bluetooth is enabled by holding the knob for five seconds and switching between “Bluetooth enabled” or Bluetooth disabled” with the same knob, pressing to save and exit.
What do users say about the Fellow Stagg EKG?
The Fellow Stagg EKG has a sleek design and features that make pouring easier. The Hold feature in particular is valuable if you brew more than one cup of coffee at a time.
Here’s what users say about the Fellow Stagg kettle:
- Makes pouring easier due to the gooseneck shape and the slow pour rate.
- The design is sleek and modern, looks great in a kitchen or coffee shop.
- It is extremely easy to use even if you are not familiar with electric kettles.
- The Hold mode saves time when brewing several cups of coffee at once or if you want to come back for a second cup a while later.
- It is very quiet and light in weight despite its 0.9L capacity.
- Comes in several colours as opposed to more traditional kettles that are either stainless steel or matte black.
- When choosing a model with wood details, it is recommended to apply wood oil to the lid and handle at least once a month in order to prevent excessive drying. This is an extra step in care.
- The boiling point changes depending on the altitude, which means that if you set a higher temperature the water will start spilling out of the kettle. The same can happen if you fill the kettle right up to the Max line.
- If the base of the kettle gets extremely wet or if the kettle is submerged in water the sensors can get damaged and you will get a message that says “no water” on the display even if your kettle is full.
- The capacity is slightly less than other kettles and might not work best when pouring a lot of water or brewing larger amounts of coffee.
Care must be taken to only fill the kettle to the Max line. I have had a couple of occurrences where the water starts spilling out when boiling when I’ve slightly overfilled it. I’ve also had issues with water spilling through the lid when tipping it forward at a steep angle.
Is the Fellow Stagg EKG right for you?
The Fellow Stagg EKG is great for people that want to perfect their pour technique, keep track of their brews and want to make an investment that will last them for years. It also works great for professional baristas who want a high quality kettle for daily use.
The Hold function is one of the benefits that make the Fellow Stagg EKG stand out from other kettles as well as the sleek design and quick heat time.
The Hold function is what I personally use the most when brewing and has saved me a ton of time between brews.
However, if you are a beginner I suggest looking at alternatives (like the ones below) that work just as well and have a slightly cheaper price. Depending on how much coffee you tend to brew you might want to consider a kettle with more capacity than the EKG (0.9L).
The Hario V60 Buono Gooseneck Kettle comes with a thin spout and is made out of stainless steel. It is available in two sizes (1L and 1.2L), consider how much coffee you brew regularly when selecting your kettle capacity.
Compared to the EKG Kettle, the Hario V60 does not come with temperature control, making knowing the precise temperature in your water a little tricky. You have to heat your water on the stove with this kettle, making sure it remains at the desired temperature if you are making more than one coffee. For beginners, that can complicate the process unless you have a thermometer at hand.
Just like the Fellow Stagg EKG, the Oxo Electric Pour-Over kettle comes with adjustable temperature control, allowing you to heat your water between 60°C and 100°C degrees. The kettle has a precise goose-neck spout and, unlike the EKG, it is cord-free.
The Oxo Electric has a built-in timer as well as a keep warm cycle, which stops after 30 minutes.
The model comes in stainless steel and has a 1-liter capacity. This is a similar option to the Fellow Stagg EKG at a lower price.
There are a lot of options to choose from when deciding to get a gooseneck kettle for brewing. How much coffee do you brew on a daily basis? Do you have a thermometer that can help you check the temperature if you do not have an electric kettle?
The Fellow EKG does all that by itself.
With its 0.9L capacity I have found that most often than not, I have water remaining in the kettle even after making coffee for myself and others. The heat control removes the uncertainty of guessing the degrees in the water when brewing a coffee or tea that needs a specific temperature. I use the Hold function every single day between my brews, which has saved me plenty of time.
It is minimalistic and extremely easy to use both for professionals or entry-level baristas. Despite the slightly higher price compared to most alternatives, I would personally say that the investment is worth it.
However, take into account that due to its design, water tends to spill if you fill it too much, tip it at a steep angle or boil the water for long periods of time. There are also other alternatives that work almost as well for a far lower price.
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Fellow Stagg EKG
The Fellow Stagg EKG kettle is great for people that want to perfect their pour technique, keep track of their brews and want to make an investment that will last them for years.
Product SKU: EKGstaggKettle
Product Brand: Fellow
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