I love tea. I grew up next to a town that had a tea room: a restaurant that devoted itself to various teas, small sandwiches, and a calm atmosphere. The tea room sold loose leaf tea. There was not much in lines of education about the tea at the restaurant. So I enjoyed what they had without much knowledge of the various tea leaves and additions. I had an electric kettle in college. All it did was heat water to boiling quickly. I used this to pour over my loose leaf tea. And then Teavana moved into my local mall.
Teavana offered brochures and descriptions about the tea leaves and the additions in the tea concoctions. They sold tea pots and tea sets of various materials like cast iron and ceramic. I was able to sample new types of teas and learn about them in the process.
What I did not know at the time was that the various types of tea require different water temperatures and steep times. Machines even existed that were programmed for the different tea types’ unique temperatures and steep durations.
As an early Winter Holiday Season gift, my husband (boyfriend at the time) bought me the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker.
The kettle has an enclosed basket that lowers into the water and rises out of the water when the steeping is done. It has programmed settings for black tea, green tea, oolong tea, white tea, and a custom setting. It heats the water to proper temperature and lowers the loose leaf basket into the water. There is a second setting for strong, medium, and mild strength of tea. This setting controls the steeping time.
My tea is always delicious and aromatic. I love the flavor the kettle is able to get out of all types of tea.