Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

Summary: The Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless-Steel Cordless Electric Kettle is the best thing since boiled water.

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There is a world of deliciousness out there in the oasis of calm that a properly brewed cup of tea can bestow.

The operative concept here is "properly brewed". Starting with clean, never-before-boiled water is one important factor. An electric tea kettle can help with this, because you can measure out just the amount of water you need for the amount of tea you're making, and bring the water to a boil very quickly.

There are varying heights of tea perfectionism a tea lover can aspire to and reach, and all sorts of fancy, loose leaf teas in which to indulge. But many tea lovers do enjoy regular, everyday tea that comes in boxes you can buy in the grocery store.

One thing the instructions on most of those boxes of tea won't tell you is that, depending on the type of tea, different water temperatures are optimal to bring out the flavor and avoid bitterness. For example, green tea should be brewed at lower temperatures, and for shorter times, than black teas (which should generally be brewed in boiling water).

If I were a conspiracy theorist, I'd suspect that tea manufacturers don't divulge this important tea tidbit because they don't want to freak people out with specific water temperature instructions. Complexity turns people off, and if it seems too much like work, they might not buy the tea. So instructions just generally recommend bringing your water to a boil and letting the tea steep for 2-3 minutes.

Enter the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless-Steel Cordless Electric Kettle. It's the best thing since boiled water. Really. I have had some truly wonderful cups of tea since I bought this kettle, because of how easy it is to choose the temperature based on the type of tea, push the appropriate button, and then press Start.

The kettle chimes pleasantly when the water is at your chosen temperature, then keeps the water at that temperature until it's poured.

My old school method was to use a standard electric kettle and a candy thermometer, as you can see here.

Most of the time I wound up avoiding drinking my green teas, white teas, herbal teas (tisanes), and loose teas, because I didn't want to stand around and watch for the water to hit the right temperature. That gets old really quickly. Nothing is more boring that watching water boil (or not).

With the wonderful technical advancement of the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless-Steel Cordless Electric Kettle, my tea avoidance is a thing of the past. I am a happier camper when the time for my afternoon (evening, late evening, etc.) tea rolls around.

This gadget is close to a hundred bucks, so it's a bit pricey for a tea kettle. By contrast, the old school one I showed above (which I feel a bit disloyal to because it served me so well for so long) cost me about $15 at an after-Christmas sale. However, I have let some really nice, expensive tea go stale rather than jump through the tea-nerd hoops to brew it. So to me, it's worth it. I love it and I use it every day.

Would I recommend you buy this? If you love your green tea and you don't mind spending the green, go for it. If it's too steep (pun intended) for you, there are many nice electric kettles available at lower prices, and some even have varying degrees of temperature customizability.

This one, with all the whistles and bells including the 360-degree swivel power base for cordless convenience, blue backlit water window, removable and washable lime scale filter, boil-dry protection with auto safety shutoff, and friendly chime, is my very favorite. I'm glad I splurged on it after comparison shopping for years.

What does this have to do with health? I'll explore the link between tea and health in a further article in this Tea Tech series. Until then, share your favorite tea brewing method in the TalkBacks below.

Topics: Health, CXO, Hardware, Legal, IT Employment

About

Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.


Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • RE: Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

    Oh yes, I want one for Christmas. Yes, I did mention the C word in July :-)

    BondiGeek
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    BondiGeek
  • RE: Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

    I wouldn't mind having this tea machine but its a bit pricey. The infuser and kettle works fine for me.
    LoverockDavidson
  • RE: Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

    Really? $100 for a kettle?
    In any case, the energy-saving folks will be beating you up for keeping water at the correct temperature "until poured" - what happens if you get caught up in something? How long will it keep maintaining near-boiling temperature for?
    techrepublicaaa12
    • RE: Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

      @techrepublic@...

      Hi all,

      'it only stays on the keep warm setting for 30 minutes....however, I have an older Cuisinart electric kettle that works just fine. I got it after my last trip to London.
      ILOVEDESSERT
  • RE: Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

    My fancy Black and Decker kettle with presets and temp. display was $40. It's magic. The 200 deg coffee preset is perfect for my favourite Ceylon OPA (Orange Pekoe Grade A).
    > which should generally be brewed in boiling water.
    Never. If you don't have a temp. controlled kettle, catch it early. If you listen carefully the sound of the water changes just before it boils.
    kenift
    • RE: Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

      @kenift
      Thanks for mentioning a specific competing product. Always good to have something to compare with. I suppose the author would disclose if this were a sponsored blog.
      maria.tseng
      • The UtiliTEA Kettle

        @maria.tseng@...
        The UtiliTEA Kettle is supposed to be another good one. I haven't bought that one, but it was one I was seriously considering.
        Denise Amrich, RN
  • RE: Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

    There are plenty of other hot water pots on the market. I own a couple of them and they are fast, efficient and great to have.
    dragonflynda
  • RE: Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

    O.C.D.
    I just take my various loose-leaf teas in a tea ball and pour the hot water over it. Half the time, I forget about it until breakfast is over and it has been brewing for over 20 minutes.
    However, considering I'm having it for breakfast and I frequently use "breakfast" teas (Irish and English), having it strong enough to stay together without the cup is fine by me. ;)
    JTF243
    • RE: SAP SRM, another brick from the wall

      YES!One thing the instructions on most of those boxes of tea won???t tell you is that, depending on the type of tea, different water temperatures are optimal to bring out the flavor and avoid bitterness. For example, green tea should be brewed at lower temperatures, and for shorter times, than black teas (which should generally be brewed in boiling water). http://france-pharma.com | http://bluepillsau.com | http://edproblemsolver.com If I were a conspiracy theorist, I???d suspect that tea manufacturers don???t divulge this important tea tidbit because they don???t want to freak people out with specific water temperature instructions. Complexity turns people off, and if it seems too much like work, they might not buy the tea. So instructions just generally recommend bringing your water to a boil and letting the tea steep for 2-3 minutes.
      drumandyou
  • RE: Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

    unnecessary and bizarre. Come on now...this is just technology for the sake of technology. Someone needs to get a life....
    ucdailoi
  • RE: Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

    This would be great for school rather than my bulky coffee pot, and I could easily heat up water for tea if I preferred a cup of tea over coffee, leaving the coffee in the pot for anyone else that wants it. But $100 is pretty pricey. I may have to add this to my Christmas (or birthday) wish list!
    sonicgeekette
  • RE: Tea Tech: The high-tech kettle that's the best thing since boiled water

    Bought one months ago ... we love it. No problems at all and great control over drink temperature, which really does impact flavor.
    Trep Ford
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