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.
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:
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
Tea Type Selection Button for the following tea types
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:
There is a Hot Water/Cancel button
- This allows you to use the tea maker as a variable temperature kettle.
- This button activates the tea brewing cycle
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Need to see it in action? Here are a couple of videos to help you see how great this appliance is.