A must have for any tea lover: The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
I can’t wait anymore, I have to blog about this tea maker. I wanted to wait until I had time to take some nice photos to go along with my story or even a video…but I can’t wait. It is just too good, I must share now!
One of my Christmas presents from my amazing husband was a Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. I had mentioned that it would be nice to have an electric kettle ith a timer so I could have hote water waiting for me when I woke up in the morning for my urgent first cup of tea. But I have to say that originally I was apprehensive about this tea maker. I love tea and thought I had a good thing going with my electric kettle and good, strong English tea bags. I got a nice cup of tea each time and didn’t have to deal with measuring out loose leaves or knowing steep times, etc. Simple, yet satisfying was a good thing. The Breville Tea Maker had lots of buttons and configurations, and while I love technology, I want getting my perfect cup of tea to be simple.
But boy did my mind change quickly! It took just one use to turn me. I know think every tea lover should have one. Really!!!
Jeromy actually brewed the first couple batches for me and then walked me through how easy it was.
Here is what you do:
- Fill the kettle with however much water you want for that batch of tea
- Then put the corresponding amount of loose tea leaves in the basket (1 teaspoon per 250 ml of water, I always use slightly heaping teaspoons – I like my tea strong!)
- Next you can do one of two things,
- select what kind of tea you are making (black, green, oolong, etc) which sets the brew temp and then select how strong you want it (mild, medium, strong, custom) which sets the brew time, then hit the brew button
- or you can do what I’ve been doing, which is going by the recommendation on the tea I have. Conveniently, Jeromy also got me some tea from Teavana and on the packaging it tells you the recommended brew temperature and brew time. So I select a type of tea that matches the recommended brew temp (currently 195 degrees for my black tea, which is the oolong setting) and a tea strength that equals the high end of the recommended time. Then hit the brew button.
If those steps sound complicated that’s my fault, because they aren’t. The 1-3 button presses become second nature very quickly. It also remembers your last settings, so if you are having the same kind of tea all you’ll need to do is press Brew once you’ve added the water and tea leaves.
The kettle then very quickly heats the water to the proper temperature and then gracefully lowers the basket holding the tea leaves into the hot water. It is kind of neat to watch. It steeps the appropriate time and then the basket moves back to the top of the kettle, out of the water, leaving you with perfectly brewed tea that you can just pour out of the kettle into your cup.
If you have made more than enough for one up for yourself, then you can simply return the kettle to its stand and hit the keep warm button! It will stay piping hot until you are ready for your next cup. Amazing!! I usually have a couple cups of tea in a row and this lets me brew them both at once and keeps the second cup hot while it waits for me, versus either making it cup by cup or in a teapot which never keeps the tea hot enough for me.
And the tea is divine. I guess brew temps and times do matter! I had just been boiling my water till my electric kettle said it was boiled and letting my tea steep until I managed to return to finish making it. I also made a single cup each time. Meaning, each time I’d boil the kettle, have get to the kettle before the water cooled down too much, pour it into my cup with my tea bag, leave while my tea steeped and then try to get back to it before it got cold. I’ve had to dump out many cups of cold tea – if you have a toddler you’ll understand why getting back to finish making a cup of tea just can’t always be a priority.
With the Breville tea maker, all the work is upfront and simple with great returns. You set it up and it beeps when your tea is ready, and perfect. I also like that it may save on energy a bit since I’m not boiling more water than I need every time. And, it does have a timer! I haven’t used it yet but plan to soon so I can have tea brewed and waiting for me when I get up in the morning! I get a little giddy just thinking about it!
Clean up is a breeze too. Just rinse it out! For the most part, that is all you’ll need to do. If you’ve spoken to anyone who is old school about brewing tea they never washed their teapot. So most times I just rinse mine out – thoughtoughly, of course. But I do feel the need to also wash it from time to time, so maybe weekly I’ll pop the tea basket in the dishwasher and handwash the carafe (you can’t get water on the bottom side of it where it connects to the heating element).
If you do need just hot water, then that is just a button press away as well.
Yes, it is on the expensive side, but it is completely worth it. It is incredible. So, if you love tea or you know someone that does, run out and buy this tea maker now. Now! Copious amounts of love will follow.
….and get some nice tea to go with it. Jeromy just asked the sales person at Teavana for 3 of his favorite black teas. I love 2 of them, the third I’ll be giving to Jeromy to take into the office to use there as it is a bit too smoky for me. But loving 2 out of 3 is pretty good!
Based on a quick search it looks like you can get it from Amazon, Williams Sonoma and Teavana. Though it seems to be out of stock on Amazon and Teavana! Better rush down to Willams Sonoma to get one before they run out. I’ve seen it in the stores. There is also a video about it on the Williams-Sonoma site.