Fellow, the company behind the Stagg EKG Kettle, today announced their latest product, the Ode Brew Grinder. The company launched the Ode on Kickstarter, where it is looking to raise $200,000 to fund its production. UPDATE: In mere hours, the Ode campaign has already exceeded it’s $200,000 goal.
This is not your grandpa’s coffee grinder. Fellow, which is known for its high-end design (and high price tags!), is going after hardcore coffee connoisseurs. The Ode grinder features 64 mm flat burrs, 31 grind settings, a magnetically aligned cup catch, a knocker to shake out grind remnants and an auto-stop direct drive motor.
What’s also notable about the Ode is what’s not there, namely a hopper on top to hold a bag’s worth o’ beans. For Fellow, this is definitely a feature not a bug, as it refers to the lack of bean storage as “single dose loading” of coffee beans, and it says the lack of hopper allows it to grind quietly (something I would gladly pay handsomely for as our grinder wakes up the whole house).
All of this high-tech coffee wizardry doesn’t come cheap, however. Super early backers can pick up an Ode for $219, with the device shipping in July of 2020. Those that don’t want to risk crowdfunding will pay $299 at retail.
This is the part of any Kickstarter story where we write about how you should proceed with caution when backing any crowdfunded hardware. Caveat emptor applies here as well, though Fellow has a proven track record of getting products to market (like the aforementioned Stagg), so that makeS shelling out for the Ode a little less of a grind.