Why is Edge Cache on Kinsta slower than APO?

I was using APO on one of my websites and it was great. Out of curiosity, and since I already had a Kinsta account, I moved that site to Kinsta, disabled APO and enabled the Edge Caching feature which uses Cloudflare. After monitoring it for a week, I see longer TTFB, slower LCP and slower onload times. Not by much, but it’s all someone in the region of 15% slower.

Based on some previous readings in this community forum, I was expecting a Cloudflare Edge Cache setup to outperform APO, so this was something of a surprise. Does anyone know why that would be?

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