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The best thing about this tea is the smell. Really great blackberry aroma comes wafting from the tin and the brewed liquid. I tried two cups using my fancy new water kettle my gf just got me (kept the water warm for me!). The flavor seems to be more on the sage side than the fruity blackberry side. But I’m still not getting much from it. First time I tried about 4 mins steeping, then 4:30 the second time…not much difference. I feel like flavored/fruit teas have a hard time meeting my flavor expectations and continually come in below where I’d expect. Maybe I’m not as big a fruit…tea drinker as I thought ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Which fancy new water kettle?

Cofftea

I ended up getting the cheaper one and was COMPLETELY disappointed so I’m scared of the brand now, so I think I may pay more for the Chef Choice brand.

Jason

What was wrong with it? I haven’t used this one much yet for varying temps, but I love how it maintains a temp for you. You can keep a kettle going all day for fresh water without worrying about a thing :)

Cofftea

My main issue was it measures in C instead of F. It’s also pretty touchy. How much is the min you can have in the Pro and have it work properly? That was also a draw back for me. I make my tea anywhere from 2-8oz at a time.

Jillian

Have you tried using Google to convert temperatures Cofftea? All you do is input (whatever temperature) C in F (or in my case the other way around) in the search box and it’ll instantly do the conversion.

Jason

@Cofftea: Mine is listed in F. Apparently you can order it in C or F, just ask the manufacturer or order from amazon. I think the one I linked before is in F (but it also says it’s currently unavailable :( ). For a minimum water amount, I’m not sure; I haven’t tried it with anything that small yet. But you can always just heat more water than you need and only use 2-8oz or however much you want. Also, from looking around it seems like there were some questions about the Chef Choice…but I guess you’ll get different opinions on everything :)

Cofftea

Jillian, yes I have. My issue is that the one in F is more sensitive. (1 degree C =~2 degrees F). If I’d get something like ths, I’d want exact temps, and since all of the temperatures for my teas are listed in F, I’d like that in a kettle as well. I don’t want to have to think about temperatures.

Jason, I don’t think I’ll order it from amazon- I did that w/ the cheap one and now I’m stuck w/ a $40 kettle that I don’t want and can’t return. I need to look around for the cheapest shipping (amazon was $10) and has a return policy. I’d also prefer not to measure my water after it’s boiled, that takes time and passing the water from one vessle to another and results in cooling.

Jason

@Cofftea: Ah true, I just hadn’t thought of that before. Are there many heating vessels that are designed to heat a small amount of water like that?

Cofftea

Unfortunately no. Especially not w/ such temp variation.

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Cofftea

Which fancy new water kettle?

Cofftea

I ended up getting the cheaper one and was COMPLETELY disappointed so I’m scared of the brand now, so I think I may pay more for the Chef Choice brand.

Jason

What was wrong with it? I haven’t used this one much yet for varying temps, but I love how it maintains a temp for you. You can keep a kettle going all day for fresh water without worrying about a thing :)

Cofftea

My main issue was it measures in C instead of F. It’s also pretty touchy. How much is the min you can have in the Pro and have it work properly? That was also a draw back for me. I make my tea anywhere from 2-8oz at a time.

Jillian

Have you tried using Google to convert temperatures Cofftea? All you do is input (whatever temperature) C in F (or in my case the other way around) in the search box and it’ll instantly do the conversion.

Jason

@Cofftea: Mine is listed in F. Apparently you can order it in C or F, just ask the manufacturer or order from amazon. I think the one I linked before is in F (but it also says it’s currently unavailable :( ). For a minimum water amount, I’m not sure; I haven’t tried it with anything that small yet. But you can always just heat more water than you need and only use 2-8oz or however much you want. Also, from looking around it seems like there were some questions about the Chef Choice…but I guess you’ll get different opinions on everything :)

Cofftea

Jillian, yes I have. My issue is that the one in F is more sensitive. (1 degree C =~2 degrees F). If I’d get something like ths, I’d want exact temps, and since all of the temperatures for my teas are listed in F, I’d like that in a kettle as well. I don’t want to have to think about temperatures.

Jason, I don’t think I’ll order it from amazon- I did that w/ the cheap one and now I’m stuck w/ a $40 kettle that I don’t want and can’t return. I need to look around for the cheapest shipping (amazon was $10) and has a return policy. I’d also prefer not to measure my water after it’s boiled, that takes time and passing the water from one vessle to another and results in cooling.

Jason

@Cofftea: Ah true, I just hadn’t thought of that before. Are there many heating vessels that are designed to heat a small amount of water like that?

Cofftea

Unfortunately no. Especially not w/ such temp variation.

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