Last winter, writer Lauren Levy set out to find a stylish electric kettle that could heat water to the precise temperature for pour-over coffee, steeped tea, and the occasional Cup Noodles. After speaking to master tea blenders and frequent kettle users, she was guided toward stainless-steel and copper options that boil quickly and retain heat. The kettle she landed on was the Stagg EKG — released last November by the start-up Fellow. While most electric kettles have wide mouths that pour out like a faucet, the Stagg has a thin gooseneck spout allowing for the definitive pour. An elegant matte-black cover encases the stainless-steel body, which sits on a low-profile base, where there’s a scroll to set the temperature at an exact heating point (about 180 degrees Fahrenheit for green tea, and 200 degrees Fahrenheit for coffee). The kettle holds water at your temperature of choice for up to an hour, and a built-in stopwatch counts the extraction or steep time. And there’s an Easter egg: Take the kettle off of the base, toggle its switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit, and a retro-looking game called Wormy will pop up to play as you brew. And right now, just in time for the onset of warm-beverage season, it’s 40 percent off. Update: This sold out! You can buy it for full price here, and the non-electric Staggs below are still in stock.
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