How do you heat your water??
So this could be a silly question but does everyone out there heat their water and then put it in a teapot? Or does anyone use a teapot (kettle) on the stove? How do you make your tea? What products do you use or want to see being used?
For decanted tea, variable temp electric kettle all the way. I’m horrible at eyeballing temp and I’m extremely anal w/ my steeping parameters. I’m coveting Breville’s Automatic Tea Maker inspite of the time and tempt settings needing some minor adjustments- those will hopefully be made within the year!:) For matcha I just microwave my water cuz I use water cool enough to drink immediately.
I use an electric tea kettle. I eyeball the temperature, I’ve been brewing tea daily, many times a day for the last 12 years, so, I’ve gotten pretty good at pulling the kettle at the right time depending upon what tea I’m brewing. Sometimes, I will step away from the kettle and it will get too hot if I’m brewing a tea that requires a lower temperature, in that case, I just pour it into a ceramic vessel before I put it into my smart brewing device… the ceramic vessel wicks away the heat enough so that I don’t scorch my tea. :)
I don’t have my Breville yet. I was going to order it online, but, then decided that we’d purchase it locally instead (since we live close to Portland and there’s no sales tax). But I haven’t found it when we’ve been out and about… but then, I haven’t been looking too hard. I want one, but I don’t NEED one yet. :) Probably when autumn arrives and I am drinking more hot tea, I will INSIST that we get one immediately.
I use a kettle on the stove, pour into my kyusu, wait for a lower water temperature when needed (thermometer), and then add leaf. It works really well.
The kyusu I use, if you do not pre heat it with 212 water, drops the water temperature to 180. It does this almost instantly. Which is great for the green teas and oolongs I like. So the wait time is virtually non-existent. Blacks are much less temperamental, and I use the Kyusu; but I pre-heat it with 212 water. I tend to need the thermometer when I use a perfect tea maker, or an unfamiliar pot. I have kept away from the electric kettle due to counter space constraints.
I use my Zojirushi and love it.
I think the manner in which one heats water not only depends on the person’s personality type and ability to wing it (I have the desire, just not the talent for it lol) as well as the types of tea one drinks.
at work; hot water spigot right into kati cup or cup with teabag
at home; breville water heater then into teapot OR breville one-touch teamaker (used to have zarafina as well)
on vacation; rival hot pot right into mug with teabag
I use a pair of electric kettles – a stainless steel one by Oster and the discontinued version of the glass Capresso kettle. Gotten good at judging by sound, but I got a probe that is far more accurate than my eyes, ears, and hands are.
I’ve got a Taylor electric thermometer with a long corded temperature probe meant to thread into an oven. Its displayed accuracy is lower than the actual accuracy, so it tracks temperatures to the degree well and has an alarm that goes off when the set temperature is reached. Also has a minute timer with a different sounding alarm. I guess it has problems with high oven temps, but for heating water it is more accurate and obvious than most of the programmable kettles currently out there. http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Digital-Thermometer-Stainless-Faceplate/dp/B001GD1WHU/ref=pd_sbs_k_8
This is what I use it’s perfect!http://www4.dealtime.com/xPF-Bravetti-Bravetti-Electric-Tea-Kettle
I heat my water in a Farberware tea kettle on the gas stove. I may splurge on an electric variable-temp kettle one of these days, but it would truly be an indulgence, since the vast majority of the tea I drink is black tea and thus calls for boiling water.
And one can use a stove top kettle, and still get precise temps. I agree with you LLd. There are always thermometers, fish eye crab eye methods, touch, etc.
True, Spot. I do use a tea thermometer for my occasional pot of green tea, or when I’m in the mood to be more precise (or am trying to replicate the taste experience someone has described in a tasting note).
As much as I do love that Breville, LadyLondonberry, you (or at least your wallet) would probably be better off just taking some time to teach yourself how to eyeball temps or keep using your thermometer- I love the CDN one cuz it doubles as a timer. Unfortunately that means you couldn’t have it ready for you at a set time:(