If you haven’t used a Breville Variable Temperature Kettle you could be forgiven for thinking that all electric kettles were the same. If you have used a Breville then you already know the three qualities that make it the best on the electric kettle on the market:
1) It is really good looking, sleek and sophisticated.
2) Nearly every other electric kettle will boil water and then shut completely off. The Breville Variable Temperature Kettle keeps your water at your desired temperature for 20 minutes. Which brings us to . . .
3) With the Breville you can set a kettle to heat your water to one of five brewing temperatures: 175° F (for green tea), 185° F (white tea), 195° F (oolong), 200° F (french press coffee) and boiling/212° F (for black tea, instant soups et al).
To make a perfect cup of tea most people know the importance of starting with high quality tea. There’s general awareness that the steeping time is important. But most people overlook the water temperature. If the water isn’t hot enough it won’t pull the full flavor from the tea leafs. If it’s too hot it will burn the tea leafs and make your tea bitter. Having the correct water temperature is even more important for French press coffee.
|Tea||Water Temperature||Steep Time|
|Green Tea||175° F (80° C)||1 ~ 3 minutes|
|White Tea||185° F (85° C)||4 ~ 8 minutes|
|Oolong Tea||190° F (88° C)||1 ~ 8 minutes (depending on type)|
|French Press Coffee||200° F (93° C)||3 ~ 4 minutes|
|Black Tea||Rolling Boil (212° F, 100° C)||3 ~ 5 minutes|
|Herbal (tisanes)||Rolling Boil||5 ~ 8 minutes|
So get yourself a Breville Variable Temperature Kettle, fix yourself a cuppa and drink to perfection.