Perfect Cup of Tea [Fellow Kettle]
Perfect Cup of Tea
SUPERHUMAN SCORE: 8.3
Written by: Ben Meer | June 5, 2022
Create the perfect cup of tea or pour-over brew with Fellow’s electric kettle. As handsome as it is functional, this piece doubles as décor.
A System For
Perfect Cup of Tea
If you’re like me, you appreciate tea (or coffee) as one of life’s great simple pleasures.
Whether to kick off your day or fuel a deep work session, doses of caffeine (<400mg per day) can prime your mind for peak performance.
Unfortunately, boiling water can be a pain point in an otherwise blissful experience.
Upgrade your daily ritual with a premium electric kettle.
INTRODUCING FELLOW STAGG EKG
Fellow Stagg is an electric kettle that offers an LED display with to-the-degree control (ranging from 135°F to 212°F) and a 60-minute temperature hold mode.
Sidenote: Fellow also makes a Bluetooth-enabled version of this kettle (Stagg EKG+, $40 more), allowing you to control the water temp from an associated mobile app. This might come in handy if you want to start boiling water while rising from bed in the morning.
Alternate Electric Kettles
Fellow makes the best-looking kettles, in my opinion. Still, there are other solid options:
- Zwilling Electric Kettle ($129.00)
- Bodum ($39.99)
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One cannot have the perfect cup of tea without tea leaves.
I like the clean caffeine buzz from yerba mate, a tea native to South America. Enjoy by steeping leaves in a gourd, then drinking from a metal straw. I recommend the brand Cruz de Malta.
I’m also a big fan of drinking “bulletproof coffee” (often referred to as “butter coffee”) throughout my a.m. deep work time block.
I’ve found bulletproof boosts my cognitive function by fueling my brain with the essential fats it requires to operate at its best.
My bulletproof potion of choice? Ghee, MCT Oil, and Death Wish Coffee. I like using ghee instead of butter, as it has a higher fat concentration and is shelf-stable. For MCT Oil, I use Bulletproof brand’s Brain Octane.
This “tech tonic” is delicious and goes well with the ketogenic diet.
Plug it in, select Celsius or Fahrenheit, and turn the knob to your desired temperature. The default toggle on the back will hold your temperature for 60 minutes.
A 1200-watt capacity means this powerful device heats water FAST: 3m 30s to go from 70 degrees (room temperature) to 180 degrees.
Coffee and tea varietals steep best at specific temperatures. See the chart below for reference:
|Black Tea||200°F, 95°C|
|Green Tea||185°F, 85°C|
|White Tea||195°F, 90°C|
|Oolong Tea||195°F, 90°C|
|Herbal Tea||200°F, 95°C|
Use filtered water to keep your kettle operating in top shape.
This will help prevent minerals and calcium (often contained in tap water) from building up in the gooseneck.
You’ll maintain a steady flow.
This kettle has won multiple product design awards, including the prestigious Red Dot.
A few noteworthy features:
- Precise gooseneck spout for optimal pour-over flow rate
- .9L boiling capacity
- 304 stainless steel kettle body and lid; plastic base
- Ergonomic grip
- Secret “Wormy” video game in LED display
BRINGING IT HOME
I originally discovered Fellow at the Modern Museum of Art (MoMA) store in NYC.
It reminds me of advice I once got from a mentor:
“Think of your possessions like curating a museum. Ask: Would I want this in my museum?”
All systems go,
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