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testing the new kettle

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old kettle started leaking, so we bought one of these to replace it with. boiling too much water is probably one of our top three wastes of energy in the house, so this thingy seemed like a good idea.

water only comes out at around 80°C, which is a little cooler than recommended for black tea. here I have a temperature probe in the teapot, to see how it goes. a cuppa definitely comes out cooler, but it's much closer to the ideal drinking temperature.

next brew will be with the leaky kettle, to see if there's any noticeable improvement in tea quality. if there is, fancy kettle is probably going back and will be replaced by something more wasteful. saving the environment is all well and good, but proper tea is serious matter.
10th Dec 2007, 17:03   | tags:

neko says:

That pot looks like it could tell a few stories. Did you ever try putting one-pot, two-mug type marks on your kettle? That can keep the usage down, and it guarantees to boil. I use to use one of these things in Japan. They keep the water hot all day, then boil it when needed. Pretty wasteful in hindsight.

10th Dec 2007, 17:29

Electric Sheep says:

Saw this on the Gadget show. Such a pathetic programme and they were raving about how awesome it was.

If i'm going to buy something as integral and fundamental to my life like a kettle, i'll do some research first. Looking at Amazon reviews are funny.

"Drop a thermometer into a mug of freshly produced Quick Cup water and it'll barely register 85 degrees. Frankly I've had baths in warmer stuff."

and

"Save yourself the effort of going down the shop and make your current kettle act like a Tefal "Quick cup"

1 turn the kettle off one minute before its due to boil
2 pour the water through the nose from a watering can (to make sure it goes all over your worktop)
3 leave a small petrol engine chain saw ticking over in the kitchen to replicate the sound
4 send me the sixty quid"

10th Dec 2007, 18:25

mat says:

I did read those this morning too, but I want this device to be good, so I thought I'd give it a try - it can always go back to the shop if it sucks.

I challenge anyone to drink something that's 85 without burning themselves. 60-65 is a nice bracing temperature to drink something at. Mine seems to pour water into the receptacle underneath it with acceptable success.

As for the noise, it's quieter than my last kettle - I can hear the radio over it, which I couldn't before. It's a different noise to normal kettles, but it's not really very loud.

10th Dec 2007, 18:41

hildegard says:

Hm. On the tea front, always reckoned that the failure of our continental neighbours to make decent tea came from their habit of serving a teabag next to a glass of hot water. Too hot to drink, true enough, but not hot enough to make good tea.
How did your taste comparison go?

11th Dec 2007, 11:20

FilbertFox says:

we have a kettle that has a double resevoir, so you fill it up as normal, then let just the required amount into the boiling part. BB won it in a competition at work, it came in a rainforests worth of packaging though!

14th Dec 2007, 10:00

parabolichobo says:

to make a proper decent brew t'watter needs to be boiling. Scald the teapot first, put t'tea in, pour on boiling water, and if it's a teapot that loses heat quickly, put it over a tealight. Bollocks to this 80 degree malarkey.

19th Dec 2007, 20:30