The Breville Automatic Tea Maker & Kettle Review

Breville-one-touch-tea-makerI have fallen in love – with my new Breville Automatic tea maker.

Paula and I went out to our favourite tea store ‘Adore’ in Federation Square. We had run out of our favourite herbal teas –  French Earl Grey Tea and Evening Mist, both very nice blends with a floral hint.

On the counter was this great looking The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
priced at $299.00. I kept being drawn to the tea maker, just as intended by the shop owner of course. I could certainly see a use for this item in my household.

We finished making our tea purchases and headed to the cafe nearby for a milkshake and to discuss whether or not we should buy the tea maker, keeping in mind we would have to buy two, one for each household.  Paula went online and found the same item at David Jones, a local department store, for $249.99. So we  headed off to DJ’s.

The Breville Tea Maker can also be found for $249.99 on Amazon.

We couldn’t wait to get home to try it out. And we were not disappointed.

Getting Started

As with any new appliance – read the directions first. There is a quick start guide included and we simply followed the instructions on that.

So we set the power base onto a flat surface then performed a cleaning cycle with just plain water – no tea.

You do not add the tea basket for this initial clean.

Fill the jug with water up to the 1500ml mark, replace the lid and insert the power cord into the power.

The tea maker has a short power cord that I find ideal as I don’t have to wind up long lengths of cord which has to be tucked out of the way.  The cord also has a unique assist plug, which has a convenient finger hole which makes it easy to remove from the power socket.  If you require a longer cord, these are available from Breville.

The LCD lights on the power base will light up.

  • Press the up arrow to select 100°C (212°F)
  • Press the ‘Hot Water’ button to start.

Once the first lot of water has boiled simply discard it and your tea maker is now ready for use.

Making the tea

Okay, so far so good. Now for the next step – Making the tea.

At this point we hadn’t added the basket but once you start making tea you simply lift the basket out of the glass carafe, by the sides.

Pop off the basket lid and add tea leaves.  There is a plastic measuring spoon included and as I like very weak tea I only add a ½ a teaspoon. But you can make your teas as weak or as strong as you like.

Fill the jug with the amount of water you need. It’s generally only Paula and I having a cuppa so I fill the jug to the 750ml water line, 1200ml is the max recommended fill line.

Slip the tea basket onto the post in the jug and pop on the jug lid.

Now simply select the tea type which helps your tea maker to determine the brew temperature.

Select the tea strength – there are 4 modes:

  • Strong
  • Medium
  • Mild
  • Custom

Whichever one you choose determines the brew time.

Now press the ‘Tea/Cancel’ button to start the tea making process.

Now this is the really groovy part. Once the water reaches the correct temperature, the tea basket will automatically lower down into the water. Then as soon as the brew time has elapsed the tea basket will automatically rise out of the water and the machine will beep to let you know that your tea is ready.

Then you simply pour and enjoy.

How simple is that?

There is also a Keep Warm button the will keep the brewed tea or the heated water warm for up to 60 mins. Ideal if you are doing something you want to finish before sitting down to have your cup of tea. And because the tea basket isn’t sitting in the brew, it wont become bitter as with a normal teapot.

Do we think it is a worthwhile purchase – yes we do.

So what do you get in the box

  • One Power Base
  • One short Power Cord
  • One German Made Schott stain resistant glass kettle
  • One jug lid with stainless steel scale filter
  • One tea scoop
  • One stainless steel tea basket and lid

The Power Base

The power base has all the function controls to make the perfect cup of tea.

  • Auto Start
  • Keep warm
  • basket

Tea Type Selection Button for the following tea types

  • Green
  • Black
  • White
  • Herbal
  • Oolong
  • Custom

There are buttons that allow you to override both  the preset brew temperatures and the preset brew times.

The back-lit LCD displays both the brew temperature and brew time.

The Tea Strength Button has preset times for:

  • Strong
  • Medium
  • Mild
  • Custom

There is a Hot Water/Cancel button

  • This allows you to use the tea maker as a variable temperature kettle.

The Tea/Cancel

  • This button activates the tea brewing cycle

You can purchase this great appliance from Amazon and take advantage of their Free super Saver Shipping.

Need to see it in action?  Here are a couple of videos to help you see how great this appliance is.


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Cattitude Stacker Tea Sets For Catlovers From Hues & Brews

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These cute looking stackable tea sets are just ideal for you or they would make a lovely gift for your tea drinking, cat loving friends.

Adorned with sleek black cats with white eyes on the teapot and paw prints  on the cup. These lovely sets are designed to make your tea drinking  for one a pleasant experience.

This ceramic teaset for one has a unique glaze featuring a ‘cattitude’ design on a lovely blue jay blue background.

This Cattitude stacker set includes

  • 15oz teapot
  • an 8oz cup
  • one large saucer

The teapot is designed to fit on top of the  mug  which makes it easy to store or to pop somewhere  as a decorative display.

This set is also available in Cattitude Ivory -Tea for One

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And for those who prefer a more elongated style of teapot and cup rather than the rounded shape,  how about this lovely pink stoneware set with a black  Cattitude design.

The teapot nestles nicely inside the cup for easy storage or for decorative effect.

The Pink Cattitude teaset for one, includes:

  • 16oz teapot
  • 12 oz cup

So now cat lovers sit back and enjoy your tea in style.

Check out the full range of  Cattitude teasets at Amazon.com and Cooking.com.

You will be delighted with the mugs, cups, travel mugs, infuser teapots and other accessories that are available.

And when your friend is visiting you can both enjoy a cuppa  using the Hues N Brews Cattitude Tea For Two Set in Pink/Green.

The set includes a 28 ounce teapot with lid, two 8 ounce teacups and a handy serving tray.

Hues N Brews 28-oz. Cattitude Tea For Two Set, Pink/Green

The lovely Cattitude Range from Hues & Brews can be purchased from?
Amazon.com
Cooking.com

Bialetti Mini Express 2-Cup Stovetop Percolator

Bialetti Mini Express 2-Cup Stovetop PercolatorJust you and a friend for coffee then you probably don’t need to get the big percolator out of the cupboard, that will make way too much coffee and you will both drink an excessive amount, which we know is not good for you.

All you really need for times like this is the Bialetti Mini Express 2-Cup Stovetop Percolator.  You can perc 2 cups of coffee in a very short time.

The easy to use percolator can be popped onto the stove top and it will produce great tasting espresso in 4-5 minuts.

Elegant Italian styling and durable Italian quality.

Take the hassle out of making just two cups of coffee with the Bialetti mini express 2 cup stovetop percolator and spend more time chatting.

The percolator is easy to clean – it is highly recommended that you do not use soap.

The cups shown in the picture are not included.

Reviews on how the percolator vary but the majority of people who purchased the item find it works just as it is supposed to.

You can read the reviews and pick up one of these cute mini espresso makers  at Amazon.com

BUY Senseo Douwe Egberts Coffee Pods Online

Senseo Coffee PodsIf you own a Senseo Coffee Machine then the internet is a great place to buy your Senseo coffee pods.

The prices are generally better online and you can take your time choosing your favorite flavors right in the comfort of your own home.

Senseo have introduced quite a few different flavors including Colombia Blend, Kenya Blend, Sumatra Blend and Brazil Blend. Also available are French Vanilla,  Vienna Hazelnut Waltz and Irish Cream…yum yum!

Amazon has a great range of Senseo coffee pods including:

>>For the full range of Senseo coffee pods available on Amazon  CLICK HERE.

REVIEW: Cuisinart DCC-1200 12 Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker

Cuisinart 12 Cup Brew Central Coffee MakerThis Cuisinart DCC-1200 12-Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker is another in a long line of Cuisinart products that has received rave reviews from consumers on the internet.

With its brushed stainless steel exterior  and value for money features it matches good looks with functionality.

This is a 12 cup coffee maker and uses the same brewing system as found in commercial coffee makers.

This is a solid coffee maker that has some great little features including a warming plating with adjustable temperature control, a 1-4 cup option to provide maximum flavor and a programmable function so you can have your coffee ready for you as soon as you get up in the morning.

What We Like

  • The coffee maker is programmable so you can have a cup of coffee ready and waiting for you when you wake up in the morning.
  • It comes with a three year warranty.
  • You can program the coffee maker to turn off the warming plate up to four hours in advance.
  • The coffee maker stops brewing as soon as you remove the carafe from the warming plate so you can grab a quick cup before it finishes brewing.
  • You don’t need to use paper filters in this machine – it comes with a Gold Tone filter.
  • The coffee maker lets you now when it needs de-calcification with an indicator light.
  • The machine lets you know that the brew is ready with five beeps.
  • The heating plate is scratch resistant and has a nonstick coating.
  • The LCD display shows the time of day and auto on and off times.
  • The warming plates temperature is adjustable.

Want to Read More Reviews?

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