The Fellow Ode grinder boasts large 64mm flat burrs (FYI: typical size for entry-level commercial grinders) with feedback controlled PID motor to ensure grind consistency and no fluctuations in RPM.
The result? Excellent grind quality, with very few fines and/or boulders
Fellow has designed this machine for grinding specifically for manual brewing methods, and it performs admirably in that regard, with a few exceptions. To reiterate, it isn’t suitable for espresso
. It doesn’t grind fine enough.
Regarding the 31 grind settings, there has been some criticism. With such a limited range, some users have claimed the Ode brew grinder struggles with achieving a grind fine enough for lighter roasted coffees
. Particularly, grinds intended for brewing methods such as pour over
However, if you prefer medium and dark roasts, it’s an outstanding grinder
Fellow has introduced a new set of SSP Red Speed Coated 64mm Flat Brew Burrs
that promise a grind 200 microns finer (still no espresso), but given the price tag of $185, it won’t be for everyone.
Along with the new catch bin in development, a new set of burrs capable of grinding finer than the stock burrs is supposed to be in the works as well, although presently, there’s no sign when those will be available.
Fellow has done an excellent job at creating a high-quality burr grinder that’s functional, compact, and offers superior grind consistency
It’s very fast, extremely quiet, and looks fantastic. It’s an excellent choice for manual brewing methods like pour over with medium to dark roasts
and really excels at coarser grinds
We recommend Fellow’s new coffee grinder if:
We hope this grinder review has shed some light on the Fellow Ode’s strengths and weaknesses, and helps guide you to a pinnacle cup of coffee that’s second to none.
All the best (coffee)!