Wed. Oct 4th, 2023

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Not too long ago, I wrote about how the Tiger Siphonysta had develop into my new favourite siphon espresso maker. When you did not catch that article, there’s an asterisk available any time I speak about espresso.

I do not drink the stuff. By no means have.

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My spouse, alternatively, does and I made it my aim (over a decade in the past) that I’d make one of the best cup of espresso she’d ever had. Due to siphon espresso makers (particularly the Tiger Siphonysta — which is finicky however makes a really nuanced and flavorful drink) and a pricy little bean grinder by Fellow, I consider I’ve achieved that aim.

The Fellow Ode Gen 2 grinder consists of its best-in-class brew burrs, a 100-gram capability hopper, 31 grind settings, pretty quiet operation, single dose loading, a magnetic catch (so the grind cup is all the time situated below the grinder), a grind knocker, and a compact footprint. 

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Fellow Ode Gen 2 Brew Grinder

A dependable espresso bean grinder with 31 settings and modes to accommodate any drink desire.

Earlier than I proceed on, do observe that the Ode doesn’t grind for espresso. So, in case your cup of selection is espresso, transfer alongside as a result of this machine won’t do the trick.

I’ve had the Fellow Ode Gen 2 for about 3 months now and my expertise has been principally excellent. The machine grinds espresso beans to my actual specs, such that I can critically refine the flavour of my spouse’s espresso. You may assume that is a little bit of hyperbole, however it’s true. With a single click on of the grind dial, you’ll be able to fully change the flavour profile of your espresso. 

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In case your espresso is just too bitter, flip the dial clockwise a click on or two, and take a look at once more. After all, bitterness may come right down to over-extraction, which may very well be an issue together with your brewing methodology. However the level stands as a result of the Ode provides you severe choices for grind dimension.

The dial is massive and tactile for straightforward changes.

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The second iteration of the Fellow Ode did two issues: 1) It launched improved burrs that are extra constant and may grind significantly finer than the Gen 1’s burrs and a couple of) The Gen 2 burrs aren’t almost as prone to floor retention.

This leads me to my solely gripe concerning the Fellow Ode. The Gen 2 grinder consists of anti-static know-how that’s supposed to stop floor retention within the hopper. After the grind finishes, you hit the knocker 2 or 3 occasions, which ought to eradicate all of the remaining grounds.

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That bit of selling (at the very least in my case) was all hype. From day one, the Fellow Ode retained an excellent quantity of espresso grounds, and irrespective of what number of occasions I exploit the knocker, it did not drop. That’s the reason I bought after-market bellows which sit atop the hopper. Throughout and after the grind, I press down the bellows and it helps blow and knock the statically-charged grounds into the gathering cup. That add-on was bought for round $49. Utilizing the bellows would not clear the entire grounds from the chamber, however it’s a marked enchancment.

Even with the caveat of statically-charged espresso grounds sticking to all the things, the Fellow Ode Gen 2 espresso grinder has actually helped me obtain the proper cup of espresso for a spouse with very discernable style in her java. I’ve lastly reached the purpose the place my spouse turns her nostril as much as espresso store espresso and would select mine any day. 

For individuals who are curious, the worth of the Fellow Ode Gen 2 grinder is $345. It is steep, however for those who’re on the lookout for the proper grind dimension in your espresso (not espresso), that is the grinder to have.

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