Water is a finicky thing: too cold and it's ice, too hot and it escapes as steam. When it comes to consuming hot water, a change of a few degrees can make all the difference in the world. Tea drinkers understand this when they choose what type of tea to brew; coffee drinkers understand this when faced with coffee that is not in their comfort zone. Nobody enjoys a beverage that is too hot or too cold, but it is rare that we have total control over it. Unless we make it ourselves.
If you're a true tea aficionado, you know that bags are just not the way to go. Nothing beats the quality of loose tea leaves--but you need something to hold them while they steep. You could go with a traditional stainless steel tea infuser. But why would you do that when you could instead use a yellow submarine?
Designed by Ototo, the TeaSub is made of silicone and dishwasher safe. It submerges your tea leaves to the very depths of your cup, and it looks totally fab doing it. Someone should tell these guys to make a Lost version--you … Read more
Tea drinkers understand the art of brewing tea. Though coffee drinkers do appreciate interacting with their favorite beverage in order to make it, the vast majority of coffeemakers are automatic drip machines. They quite often make a fine cup of coffee, but after the initial choices of beans and grind are chosen, the actual brewing process is automated. The same cannot be said for brewing tea.
Different types of tea require different brewing temperatures; hearty black teas do well with a high brewing temperature, and green and herbal teas benefit from brewing at a lower temperature. The Capresso PerfectTea Cordless 48-Ounce Electric Glass Kettle … Read more
Few eating or imbibing customs are steeped so deeply in ritual as is the making of tea. From little cucumber sandwiches on one side of the world to medicinal uses on the other, tea has long been held as much more than simply being some leaves soaked in water. As tradition dictates, even a simple modern cup of tea must be attached to at least some sort of process; one that automates the steeping like a submerging submarine seems as good as any.
They say a watched pot never boils, and in the morning it is especially true. Waiting for the water to get hot enough to pour over coffee grounds can feel like an eternity. If you are using a French press for your morning brew, you know exactly what I mean. But it is not just the coffee addicts who must wait to get into hot water; tea drinkers suffer the same fate. Either way, in the end it comes down to needing hot water for your beverage. But what about the people who prefer coffee and tea?
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Certain types of tea brew better at different temperatures. That means that you need to be able to control the temperature of your hot water if you plan to make the perfect cup of tea. The Tea Thermometer and Timer makes brewing a cup of tea easier: by selecting your type of tea, the thermometer will tell you how hot the water is (and how hot it needs to be), as well as notifying you when your tea is done steeping. You can choose between loose, ball, or bagged teas, as well as green, chai, black, and herbal. Eighteen types … Read more
It's true that I love my coffee, but there's something truly comforting about a nice cup of tea. And while Lipton tea bags have their place, a real cup of tea starts with loose tea leaves--which means that sometimes, a real cup of tea ends in a mess.
The Adagio Teas IngenuiTEA teapot is convenient and easy to use and clean. Start by putting your tea leaves and hot water inside the pot. Unlike leaves in tea balls or bags, loose leaves can expand fully for more robust flavor. Steep your tea as you would normally.
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SEATTLE--In one corner of the exhibition hall, hands sift through bins searching for rare pieces missing from vast collections. In another area, a giant Lego person rides in circles atop a brick rendition of the Segway scooter. In between are myriad Lego creations large and small.
On display were pieces of Lego art, replicas of real cities and even visions of an apocalyptic future crafted from the signature blocks. For those seeking to build on expansive collections, … Read more
There are several ways for modern consumers to save energy. This Intelliboil kettle by Morphy Richards capitalizes on efficiency and versatility to save you time and money.
The kettle gives you the option of heating water to 85 degrees, 95 degrees, or 100 degrees Fahrenheit , which not only lets you customize the temperature to your tastes and to the type of drink you're making, but also saves unnecessary energy on overheated water. The kettle also heats up faster, meaning that less energy is wasted as dissipated heat.
The Intelliboil has a removable filter, so you can protect your drink … Read more
It's not always easy getting what you want when you want it. Especially if it's something where more often than not, good enough will do. Water may boil at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, but that doesn't always mean it's the preferred temperature for making tea. Factors such as tea type, length of time to steep, and how hot you want the tea to be when ready to drink come into play. For precision tea drinkers who know what they want, an alternative to the old-fashioned stovetop kettle is needed.