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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REVIEW: Sunbeam 6131 Hot Water Dispenser

Sunbeam 6131 Hot Water DispenserReady for a hot cup of coffee, tea, cocoa or even a cup of soup? Instead of boiling a whole pot of water for just one cup, now you can have a machine that will dispense the perfect amount of hot liquid. The Sunbeam 6131 Hot Shot Hot Water Dispenser will rapidly heat 16 ounces of water and serve it up piping hot for your needs. While many people think the microwave is a good way to go, this heats even faster than most microwaves.

As a safety measure, the Sunbeam 6131 Water Dispenser also comes with an automatic shut off that turns it off as soon as it is done dispensing your hot beverage, lessening the risk of a fire in your home.

While the capabilities of this machine may give you plenty of reasons why you want it for your home, the makers also went to a lot of trouble to make it a piece that works well in any kitchen. It is also a wise choice for studio apartments, offices or dorm rooms where space is at a premium. It’s compact in size measuring 6 x 8 x 10 inches, which means less counter space is taken up. It is also designed to allow the cord to curl up under the base to make less clutter on the counter when you are done using it.

What We Liked:

  • This lets you get hot water fast!
  • It is great for tea, instant coffee, cocoa, cups of soup, etc.
  • You can make just one cup of coffee or tea instead of a whole pot.

What We Didn’t Like:

  • You cannot use a tall mug, as it won’t fit well under the spout

Want to Read More Reviews?

You can read more reviews for the Sunbeam Water Dispenser at Amazon

WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST PRICE?

We found the best price at Amazon

REVIEW: Black & Decker DCM18S Personal Coffee Maker with Travel Mug

Black & Decker DCM18S Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel MugHow would you like to start your coffee maker in the morning and come back a few minutes later with not only coffee made but also in your travel cup and ready to head out the door with you. This is what you will get with the Black & Decker DCM18S Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffeemaker.

This coffee maker comes with a travel mug that fits right under the spout and will pour a perfect cup of coffee ready to take off on a busy day with you.

The 15-ounce mug is large enough to help you convince your eyes to open and get you on your way into the workday. It was also designed to be able to easily fit into the cup holders in most vehicles so you can easily travel without any spills.

This unit is all-inclusive with not only the travel mug, but also a permanent filter that avoids those times when you run out and can’t make a cup of java in the morning.

In case you are in a major hurry and forget, the machine also comes with an auto-shut off feature that will give you piece of mind.

What We Liked:

  • This comes with a permanent filter so there are no packs of filters to buy and less waste.
  • It makes coffee very quickly, which is great for mornings on the run.
  • It is a very affordable coffee maker for the output.
  • You can make coffee into your travel mug and head out the door.

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Pieces have to be fitted perfectly in place or you could end up with a big mess.
  • The travel mug that comes with the set really needs to better of a quality for repeated use.

Want to Read More Reviews?

    The majority of people who have purchased this coffee maker absolutely love it and you can check out more reviews for the Black & Decker DCM18S Personal Coffee Maker at Amazon

    WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST PRICE?
    Amazon

REVIEW: Bodum Chambord 8-Cup Coffee Press

Bodum Chambord 3-cup Coffee PressIf you want to make cups of coffee that taste like a pro made them, you want to be looking into a coffee press. The Bodum Chambord 3-cup Coffee Press has all of the traits of a traditional press, but makes more coffee than many of them, with room to make 8 – 4 ounce cups of coffee.

The process of using a coffee press is easy. Pour the grounds into the carafe then add hot water. Let the grounds steep for a few minutes then push the plunger and screen down the carafe and watch all the grounds sink to the bottom leaving fresh brewed coffee for you to pour out.

If you are serving dessert, this is a great way to go, as it’s fashionable and can be done at the table so you don’t miss any of the conversations.

The carafe is made of glass that is easy to clean and the rest of the frame of the press is made of brass that has been chrome plated to make it an attractive, yet sturdy, addition to your kitchen.

What We Like:

  • This makes great tasting coffee.
  • It is easy to use and make coffee like a pro.
  • It makes more coffee than regular presses.
  • It is a great value for the price of the press.

What We Didn’t Like:

  • It is important to note that it makes 8 – 4 ounce cups. So, if you drink large cups of coffee this will not go as far as you think it will.
  • The glass carafe can break too easily.
  • It is hard to clean, as there are a lot of areas where the grounds can get caught while you are using the press.

Want to Read More Reviews?

You can read more reviews for the Bodum Chambord 3-cup Coffee Press at Amazon

WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST PRICE?

We found the best price at Amazon

REVIEW: Bonjour Hugo 3 Cup Unbreakable French Press

BonJour Hugo 3-Cup Unbreakable French PressHave you ever wondered how you can make a great cup of coffee at home? Well you don’t have to bring a barista home from your favorite coffee shop. You can get the same results by learning how to use a French press to make coffee.

A French press is essentially a small serving coffee maker. The grounds are placed in the container, and then hot water is added. Let the grounds steep for a few minutes then push a rod and screen mechanism down through the water. This will force all of those coffee grounds through the hot water, pulling the rich coffee flavor from them. Pour and serve.

Many of the coffee presses on the market are made of glass. While this is nice, that makes them much easier to break. All it takes is hitting them up against a piece of metal or something in the sink and the entire carafe has been ruined and is no longer usable.

With the BonJour Hugo 3-Cup Unbreakable French Press, Black this is no longer a problem. This press is made of polycarbonate, which is nearly impossible to break. This means even if you are a little less than careful with this press, it will still keep working for you. It’s also easy to keep a hold of with a rubberized comfort grip.

What We Liked:

  • If you have a habit of knocking things over or hitting them together in the sink, you will appreciate that this is unbreakable.
  • The French press offers fantastic flavor.
  • It’s great to create the perfect cup of coffee for one person.

What We Didn’t Like:

  • When it says three cups that means 3 – 4 ounce cups
  • The plastic screen is not as sturdy as it should be and grounds can sneak around the sides.
  • The screen is so fine it clogs easily.

Want to Read More Reviews?

You can read more reviews for the Bonjour Hugo 3 Cup Unbreakable French Press at Amazon and Cooking.com

WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST PRICE?

We found the best price at Amazon and Cooking.com