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Not only does this brewer automatically brew tea and coffee at five different temperature settings, but the brew strength of each pot can be adjusted between mild, medium and strong.
Brew green tea, white tea, Oolong tea, black tea, herbal, or custom using the preset menu, which automatically adjusts water temperature for optimal steeping.
Customizable brew temperature and time, and backlit LCD shows the actual temperature and “time since brew.”
The 10-oz. removable tea basket automatically lowers into the water then lifts out to prevent oversteeping.
A magnetic brew mechanism results in a nearly silent brew cycle.
Monitor brew time and temperature with the backlit LCD display.
Features include Delay Start, Keep Warm and “Agitate” for loosening tea leaves and improving infusion.
Doubles as a hot-water kettle.
Includes dishwasher-safe tea basket and scoop.
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One Touch = One AMAZING product. Pricey, but if you are borderline get it! High quality and great tea brewing. Customizable temp with custom brewing time. I have it brew and keep warm so on the way out the door to work, tea brewing is as easy as coffee!
Do yourself a favor if you want automatic, you drink lots of tea, and you want a great experience, it is worth it. Nothing like keeping a kettle hot for an hour and serving to friends.I was border line… splurged, and don’t regret it. If you get it from William Sonoma, they have a 90 day return w/receipt policy I believe. Try it out and return it if you don’t like it. I’m pretty sure THAT won’t be a problem.
I bought this a few days ago, and already I want to roll my eyes at all of the tea filters I have now. Really? Who makes tea that way? ;)
Obviously, I’ve spoiled myself with this machine. It’s beautiful, works perfectly, and is easy to clean. My only (small) beefs are that rooibos still goes everywhere when steeping (yet the pour spout does an excellent job of keeping the crud in the pot), and that I can only keep things heated for about 30 minutes or so. Maybe it’s an hour (I read that somewhere, blanking out where) however it seems more like 30 minutes to me.
Other than that, it’s sheer perfection. My 5-year-old and I enjoy watching it rise and fall on basket mode, our private meditative bonding moment.
I received the Breville One Touch Tea Maker as a birthday present last year from my then girlfriend and now wife. (That alone was a good reason to marry her!)
With this tea maker, you get a perfect cup of tea every time. It also keeps your tea warm after brewing for up to an hour.
You can choose pre-selected brewing times and temperatures based on the type of tea (black, green, etc.) or you can customize them according to your individual taste (no pun intended).
If you leave your house early in the morning and don’t have time to brew the tea before you leave, you can set the automatic timer so that the tea is ready and waiting for you when you rise.
Being a gadget kind of guy, I also enjoy observing this great machine at work. Over a year later, it’s still fun for me to watch the infusion basket automatically drop and rise.
Cleaning is extremely fast and easy. This is also important to me. Most of the parts can be run through the dishwasher.
I just have three minor complaints:
1. You have to make a minimum of two cups of tea. This isn’t a big deal, but every now and then I only have time or desire for one cup.
2. The maximum warming time after the tea is brewed is one hour. When I make a full pot of tea (five cups), occasionally I don’t drink it all within an hour. I can nuke it, which also isn’t a huge inconvenience, but it would be nice to have more warming time in the machine. I talked to Breville about this issue and they said that tea warmed for over an hour can lose quality and become bitter. Why did I get the feeling that I was being pacified?
3. This one can potentially be major. As of the last time I checked, you could not buy a replacement teapot from Breville if the glass pot should break. A lot of the electronics are contained in the base of the pot. Perhaps this complicates a replacement. However, glass does break and the French glass used for the pot is not extraordinarily thick. I did read in Breville’s question and answer forum that you can call them if your pot breaks. Hopefully they have some kind of resolution. This machine is not cheap or what I would consider to be a disposable item.
Those three issues aside, I absolutely love this machine. There is no doubt in my mind that it has also increased and enhanced my appreciation of tea. I wish I could figure out a way to smuggle it into the office so I could have great tea every day!
I am a casual tea drinker recently introduced to loose leaf tea. I had been using a hot water dispenser and tea ball, but wanted to have a way to enjoy multiple cups at one time. That would require the purchase of both a tea pot and tea kettle, and a lot of trial and error on my part. This machine was perfect (although expensive) for my needs- it combined both pieces of equipment and preset times for different tea types, with the ability to customize both temperature and steep time depending on preference, and program tea making to any specific time of day (as you would set a coffeemaker).
Anyway, I’m sure you know all about the features of the device. Performance wise, it works wonderfully, and is quite sturdy so far. I love being able to have a gadget dedicated to making tea – it makes the process so easy and has really upped my tea consumption. It is no small expense, however, if you are someone who a.) likes gadgetry, b.)wants to streamline their tea making equipment, and/or c.) wants the luxury of being able to program tea as you would a cup of coffee, I think it is well worth the money spent.
I’ve had my Breville tea maker for about a month, and I absolutely adore it. I have made black, green, and herbal teas, as well as chai, and it does a great job with everything. For iced tea, just make it a little more concentrated, and pour over ice when it’s done.
This certainly isn’t an appliance I would have bought for myself, but since I got it as a gift, it has been indispensable. Before I got this tea maker, I would struggle to drink any tea on work days because I wouldn’t have time to make tea and drink it before I left the house, and once I got in to work I would hardly have time to drink from my travel mug. Now I set the auto timer the night before, and my tea is ready when I get up, plus it keeps warm so I can put some in a travel mug just before I leave.
One thing that surprised me about this tea maker it its small size. It is really quite slim. The maximum amount of tea you can make in it is 1250ml, which is about 5 8-oz cups, and the minimum is 500ml, which is about 2 8-oz cups or approximately one large mug. This is a good range for me, but if you were making tea for a crowd or used to drinking tea in daintier amounts, you might take these limitations into account.
As far as maintaining the tea maker, it’s pretty easy. After I’m finished with my tea, I just rinse out the pot and shake and rinse the tea out of the basket. For easier cleanup, or to keep fine particles like rooibos contained, you can put the tea in a tea sac and tie off the end. You can also easily place tea bags in the basket — I just tear off the tag so it doesn’t get soggy and weird.
The tea maker does retain the flavor of the previous tea you steeped — the same as if you used a teapot. I’m use to drinking tea by the cup, so I do clean the pot by just soaking for a minute or two with a splash of vinegar and warm water after making flavored teas. There are instructions for cleaning in the manual, but the pot doesn’t need a thorough cleaning every day — just a rinse and wiping dry with a cloth is fine.
All in all, this is a great appliance. It only does one thing, but it does it very well. It is easy to use and maintain, and doesn’t take up much counter space. I would highly recommend this for busy tea lovers.
I got a refurbished one with an extended warranty on Amazon.
It is amazing. I love that it can just heat water or do the brewing, too, depending on which I want. I also chose this model over the presets-only one because I absolutely must have the ability to pick my own temps. This heats the water very quickly and the warming option keeps the temp quite steady.
The steeping function works excellently.
I love the fact that I can set it to make my tea for when I get up. Just awesome.
The brew basket is a very nice size. I make a full pot 1-2 times a day and it gives lots of space for my teas to unfurl.
And it’s pretty.
I was concerned about value vs cost, but this has been so worth it. I love to brew my tea myself in my various pots and cup, so the heat-only functions are the basics I need. And for those many times I want to wake up to my tea already made or just want it made conveniently this is just awesome.
Worth every penny so far and with my 3 year warranty I feel comfortable with its cost.