Fellow Aiden Review: A Potential Game Changer!

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I can't fully express how excited I am about this initial Fellow Aiden review. That's because this new pour-over drip coffee maker looks like it's going to be truly revolutionary.

I can’t fully express how excited I am about this initial Fellow Aiden review. That’s because this new pour-over drip coffee maker looks like it’s going to be truly revolutionary.

As it happens, the Fellow Aiden hasn’t even been released yet. However, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be buying one to test out as soon as possible. In the meantime, I thought it’d be fun to conduct an initial review of the Fellow Aiden to see what it’s all about. So, let’s do this!

Overview: Fellow Aiden Review

Regular Coffeeness readers will already know how much I love Fellow products. But for those of you not familiar with the brand, go ahead and check out my reviews of the Fellow Gen 2 Ode Grinder and the Fellow Stagg EKG Kettle.

Anyway, I’ve always been blown away by the California-based manufacturers dedication to producing high-performance coffee gear that also looks superb.

With that in mind, I’m a little confused by the design choices Fellow has made with the Aiden Precision Coffee Maker. I mean, some folks might see it differently, but to me the thing looks rather unattractive. Sure, the Aiden looks like a Fellow product, but its ultra-boxy shape is a far cry from the classy, streamlined vibe happening with the brand’s other offerings.

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Looks aside, there’s a lot to be excited about. For starters, the Fellow Aiden promises a crazy level of control over every aspect of your brew. That includes precise temperature control, bloom time and water flow rate to name a few. I’ll go into more detail about all that later in this Fellow Aiden Precision Coffee Maker review.

What’s more, Fellow has included an incredibly sophisticated app that allows the user to geek out to the max. And while I’m not usually a fan of using my phone to operate a coffee maker, I must say the Fellow app looks incredible.

Ultimately, the Fellow Aiden is intended as the last word in automatic pour-over coffee makers. Having reviewed machines like the Ratio Six and Breville Precision Brewer, I can’t wait to see how the Aiden measures up.

Fellow Aiden Features

Let’s continue this Fellow Aiden review by taking a closer look at all the exciting features involved.

Size and Design

As I mentioned earlier, I’m not particularly impressed by the Fellow Aiden’s boxy design. To be honest, I feel like the manufacturer could have done more in that regard. Still, the Fellow Aiden is far from offensive to behold, and I’m sure it’d look great in a clean, modern kitchen.

In terms of size, the Aiden isn’t exactly compact. Still, it’s not the biggest coffee maker I’ve seen.

One particularly thoughtful feature is the removable side-mounted water reservoir, which makes it easy to add water without moving the machine. However, there’s a pretty sizable brew chamber lid which I could see being an issue with overhead cabinets.

That said, Fellow has included a rubber gasket on the lid to prevent steam escaping during brewing. This not only protects the underside of overhead cabinets but helps maintain consistent temperature during brewing. Now that’s a nice touch!

User Interface

Fellow Aiden User Interface

The Aiden coffee maker’s user interface is very Fellow. In fact, it reminds me of the controls on the Fellow Tally Pro Scale. Comprising a chunky button/dial and a small color screen, the user interface appears to be very simple. However, there’s a crazy amount of adjustable parameters:

  • Brew temperature

  • Brew ratio

  • Bloom ratio

  • Bloom duration

  • Bloom temperature

  • Number of pulses

  • Time between pulses

  • Pulse temperature

These can all be adjusted using the dial, and the information is displayed on the screen. Alternatively, you’re able to use the manufacturer’s presets for dark, medium or light coffee roast profiles. And for those just wanting a fuss-free brewing experience, you can simply select Bypass Brew Mode to skip the technical stuff.

Incidentally, I shouldn’t forget to mention that the screen keeps you abreast of what’s happening during the brewing process and even has a timer. How cool is that!

WiFi Connectivity

From what I can gather, the Fellow app is a marvelous thing. For starters, it gives you even more control over how you can program brewing parameters. What’s more, you can create sharable brew profiles and schedule the Aiden to start brewing at any time.

Of course, I always frown upon using an auto-start feature seeing as your coffee grounds are going to be sitting around losing flavor. Still, I get how convenient it could be.

Temperature Control

Fellow Aiden Temperature Control

The heart and soul of the Aiden Precision Coffee Brewer is its unique heating system. Seriously, I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and it’s very exciting. Essentially, there’s a thick-film heated coil inside the machine that’s controlled by special algorithms.

What’s more, the heating coil is capable of almost instantaneous temperature changes.

Apparently you’re able to adjust the temperature between pulses of water, which is incredible! Ultimately, the Fellow Aiden frees you up to geek out to the max, especially seeing as you can adjust temperatures to a single degree between 200 and 210 degrees Fahrenheit (93.3 and 99 degrees Celsius).

Cold Brew Function

I’m always a little suspicious of any coffee maker claiming to have a cold brew function. That’s not to say I haven’t had excellent approximations of cold brew from machines like the Jura Z10 and the Spinn Coffee Maker. But like I said, those were just approximations.

However, the Fellow Aiden’s cold brew function works differently. Apparently, the machine starts off with a hot bloom cycle, before settling into a low temperature cycle of pulses. Plus, this is no instant cold brew. Instead, the machine works away for up to three hours.

Let me tell ya, I can’t wait to see how this function works – I’m a cold brew fiend and I’m always looking for a new source!

Filter Baskets

Fellow Aiden Filter Baskets

I wasn’t surprised to learn that the manufacturer includes a choice of two filter baskets with the Fellow Aiden. After all, it seems like these guys have thought of everything.

In keeping with the idea of this being a machine to produce pour-over coffee, there’s a cone-shaped filter basket for single-serve brewing. And when it’s time to whip up a bigger batch of coffee, there’s the option to use a larger flat bottom filter basket.

Shower Head

Here’s another super exciting feature of the Fellow Aiden Precision Coffee Maker. The manufacturer has designed a cutting edge dual shower head that you can adjust according to which filter basket you’re using.

That means you’ll get an even saturation of the coffee bed every time. And add in the fact that you can adjust the way water flows and pulses and you know you’re dealing with something special.

Thermal Carafe

The Fellow Aiden comes with a stainless steel thermal carafe that’s powder coated on the outside. Personally, I feel like the carafe looks like a bigger, wider version of the Fellow Clara French press, which is no bad thing.

Inside, the carafe is completely free of grooves, and the wide mouth apparently means this thing won’t drip when you’re pouring. I’ll take that claim with a grain of salt until I’ve used the thing. Finally, the thermal carafe includes a press lid that seals with a rubber gasket. Again, I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve put the Fellow Aiden through its paces.

Verdict: Fellow Aiden Review

Having reached the end of this initial Fellow Aiden review, I’m more excited than ever to test the machine out. Unfortunately, it looks like I’ll have to wait until later in the year to get my hands on the Aiden, though.

In the meantime I’ll keep making coffee by hand or breaking out my beloved Technivorm Moccamaster. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that the Aiden is going to become my go-to preparation method!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this initial Fellow Aiden review. Are you as excited as I am for this home brewer? Let’s meet in the comments section!

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Arne Preuss

Hi! My name is Arne. Having spent years working as a barista I'm now on a mission to bring more good coffee to the people. To that end, my team and I provide you with a broad knowledge base on the subject of coffee.

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Hi! My name is Arne. Having spent years working as a barista I'm now on a mission to bring more good coffee to the people. To that end, my team and I provide you with a broad knowledge base on the subject of coffee.

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