Since my adolescent years, I have always been an avid tea drinker. There are times when I stray toward the coffee bean, but for the most part, loose tea leaves have been my brewed ingredient of choice. With that being said, I've been on the prowl for some investment-worthy appliances for my crazy tea-drinking habits, especially ones with pretty accurate temperature gauges, as many loose teas have different set temperatures for optimal enjoyment and taste.
An almost necessary splurge for the intense tea enthusiast, the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker is quite a sight for culinary wizardry. With a touch of the "basket button," the tea strainer is "fully automated" and "cycles in and out of immersion, gently agitating the leaves to precisely infuse your tea." This allows for the water "to circulate freely around the individual tea leaves for maximum infusion." The One-Touch Tea Maker is fully programmable for all types of teas, water temperatures, and steep times. Plus, the kettle part of this appliance is made from Schott glass (manufactured in Germany) which is both durable and stain resistant. Look how sleek it is -- are you swooning? Because I certainly am!
Another alternative is the relatively more affordable Cuisinart PerfecTemp cordless electric kettle (model CPK-17), which proves to be more practical and of multi-use. What I mean by multi-use is that its sole purpose isn't solely focused on brewing tea -- it heats water to six preset temperatures (i.e., ones that allow for delicate, green, white, oolong, French press, and boiling) for different varieties of tea, for boiling things, and for even coffee brewing. Its 1500-watt power allows for quick-and-easy heat-up. What's more is the notable "Keep Warm" option that will maintain a set temperature for up to 30 minutes as well as the ability to remove the stainless steel, 1.7-liter capacity kettle from the power base for up to two minutes without it shutting off.
Both of these are now on my long-term wishlist -- I'd be so incredibly ecstatic with either of these! My tea brewing days would be so much more efficient and precise. What is it about shiny, new kitchen appliances that make me so giddy?!
One-Touch Tea Maker
Price point: $249.99, here at Breville.
PerfecTemp cordless electric kettle
Price point: $99.95, here at Cuisinart.