Acaia

Acaia by Caleb Savage

Good news! We just received a fresh restock on our favorite scale: the acaia pearl!

Who is acaia?

Creator Aaron Takao Fujiki launched his Kickstarter for acaia (pronounced ah-kigh-ah) in October 2013 after nearly a year of research and development. His goal was to marry the needs of the specialty coffee brewer to a device that was sleek, precise, and could be integrated into the growing apps and systems for measuring and tracking coffee brewing. Four years later, acaia is the industry leader in beautiful scales that lead to quality brews.

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We use the acaia pearl in the shop for pourovers, syrup-making, and drink-building, and before switching to the Victoria Arduino Black Eagle, we used the acaia lunar on bar to weigh all of our shots.

Basic Functions

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All scales weigh. Many weigh well. Few do things outside of being an accurate scale. We like acaia because they do everything we need them to in a way that makes sense. The acaia pearl works in two modes, having a scale option that measures up to 2000 grams in either grams or ounces in increments as small as .1g, or a second mode optimized for brewing with a stopwatch and whole gram scale visible on the display. This allows us to use the scales interchangeably for making a pourover with our Chemex brewers and then measuring ingredients for a syrup or drink.  

Connected Brewing

For the home brewer obsessed with making the perfect cup, acaia’s scales are all bluetooth-enabled to allow for tracking and comparing the quality of each pour, measuring yield and flow-rate to enable the user to better understand what’s going on in each cup and how to improve their brew.  

We love our scales because they do exactly what we need them to while being simple to use, flexible enough to be used for almost all of our measurement needs, and look great while they do it. If you’re in the market for a scale that can help make you a better home-brewer, acaia is absolutely your best option.

New Things from Fellow! by Steve Willingham

Last week, Caleb wrote a blog post about one of our favorite coffee innovators, Fellow Products.

We've been selling their Stagg Kettle since the beginning, but starting today, we have a few new items from them.

The Stagg EKG

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The Stagg Kettle is not only beautiful, but perfectly balanced and easy to use. The EKG combines everything we love about the original Stagg with an electronic heating element controlled by a PID, the same technology on our equipment here at the shop.

It comes with a simple LED screen, an intuitive knob, an easy switch for Fahrenheit or Celsius, and a stopwatch, so you can keep track of your brew time.

They also produce an EKG+ model that you can connect to your Acaia App and scales. We have decided not to carry this model, but they are available on Fellow's online shop.

The Stagg Double Wall Glass Carafe

This handblown glass carafe is simple, elegant, and practical.

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We've always considered the Chemex the most beautiful way to serve a coffee, but Fellow is making that competition a tight race. The simple aesthetic, especially when paired with their other items, make it feel like a modern classic.

Its double wall is designed for heat retention, but also protects your hands, so you don't need anything that might obstruct the view of brewing coffee. Its inner wall traces the outer wall rather than running straight down, preventing wasted space, and improving on the look of double walled carafes we've seen in the past.

The Stagg [XF] Dripper

I was saving the most exciting news for last. Starting today, we have started using the Stagg [XF] Dripper for all our pour overs at the shop.

Don't get me wrong. We're still in love with Chemex, and we always will be.

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The Stagg [XF] is a step forward in pour over innovation. By creating a vacuum insulated stainless steel dripper, Fellow has made progress in one of hand-brewed coffee's haunting flaws: slurry temperature.

Slurry refers to the coffee and water mixture that sits in the filter during the brewing process, and its temperature is paramount. The hotter the water, the faster the coffee solubles are extracted. If the temperature of your water is inconsistent, your extraction will be inconsistent.

By drawing water directly from our water boiler using the ModBar, we felt we made great strides in temperature stability, and we've always been proud of the coffee we serve. But now, by insulating the dripper, we are ensuring that the heat isn't leaking out of the sides of the device, protecting the slurry from inconsistency during the brew process.

This is just the next step in our pursuit of the perfect cup.

So come by and try out a cup of KLLR's finest from our new Stagg [XF] Drippers, check out the online shop if you're interested in having one of your own, and circle back around to the blog on Thursday to check out our brew recipe!

Fellow Products by Caleb Savage

Creators of the Stagg Pour Over family of kettles and dripper and other great coffee and tea brewing equipment, Fellow Products launched out of a little mixed use space in San Francisco in May 2015 when their Kickstarter for the Duo Coffee Steeper raised $193,402 out of their $50,000 goal.

"After months of picking French press grinds out of his teeth, our founder, Jake, wanted something better. Jake comes from Caribou Coffee and is an avid home brewer. He kept moving back and forth between the French press and pour over. Both can make a great cup of coffee, but have their respective drawbacks. After 8 months and countless prototypes with our friends at Enlisted Design, Duo – a dual chamber “twist” on a traditional French press – was born."

Photo Courtesy of Fellow Products

Photo Courtesy of Fellow Products

Their desire to combine quality brewing with beautiful product design led to a line of coffee and tea equipment we’re proud to support and use in the shop.

Quality in Style

In so many fields, consumers have to choose between devices that are functionally advanced or devices that are aesthetically pleasing but lacking in functionality. Fellow’s line of products gives equal weight to design and craft allowing for products that use the best innovations in brewing while hiding those innovations in design to create products that consumers actually enjoy using.

Stagg Pourover Kettle

Photo Courtesy of Fellow Products

Photo Courtesy of Fellow Products

Great pour overs hinge on control. With the Stagg Kettle, Fellow places all the power in your hand by shifting the balance of the kettle closer to your hand for easier pouring, a flow-restrictor in the spout for a slower and more optimal pour and a thermometer built into the lid of the kettle so you don’t have to worry about your thermometer falling out of the steam vent. With the addition of the EKG Fellow’s Stagg lineup, you can get all of the best things about the Stagg Kettle while adding temperature variability and control. The EKG+ adds bluetooth connectivity for brew tracking and pairing to Acaia Scales and their family of apps.

Innovations in Brewing

Fellow continually looks to improve the home brewing experience. Some of their latest releases include the Prismo, an Aeropress attachment for brewing espresso, the Stagg Pour Over Dripper, and the Stagg EKG+. For the dedicated tea drinker, The Raven Tea Kettle takes all of Fellow’s best ideas and applies them to tea.  

Some of these items are available in the shop or on our online store. The rest are available on Fellow's website.

Next week, we'll talk more in depth about the Stagg [XF] Dripper and why we think it's amazing.