Breville Tea Maker: Transform the Way You Enjoy Tea & Start Brewing Your Best Cup Ever!
Breville Tea Maker, The One-Touch BTM800XL
If you love a good cup of tea, like the vast majority of people on this planet, then you have probably considered how to make the best cup of tea possible. A great cup of tea made in the Breville Tea Maker, one of the most technologically beautiful and modern tea kettles out there!
Most people are familiar with the popular practice of using tea bags to make their tea: just heat up the water and steep the bag in your cup. While this is certainly a quick and easy way to get a cup of tea, it’s not the best way to make a good cup.
In fact, the tea bag is not how people have historically made tea and certainly not how it all got started (you can click here to read a little about that if you’d like).
Tea has most commonly been brewed by heating up the tea leaves directly and then pouring the resulting water into a tea cup. But such a process is often foreign to us today.
How long do you brew the leaves? How hot should the brew get? Are there different techniques for different kinds of tea leaves? We’re here to answer all these questions for you and introduce you to the Breville Tea Maker.
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With this elegant and refined little appliance, you will be able to brew the perfect pot of tea every time and say goodbye to tea bags forever! But if you want the option to use bags once in a while, not a problem, you can just pop one into this awesome kettle’s basket in place of the loose leaves.
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- 1 Breville Tea Maker, The One-Touch BTM800XL
- 2 Why Use Loose Leaves Instead of Tea Bags?
- 3 Five Great Reasons To Switch Over to Loose Leaves:
- 4 Breville BTM800XL One-Touch Tea Maker Review
- 5 Fully Automated
- 6 Other Functions
- 7 Caring for Your Breville Tea Maker
- 8 One Caution
- 9 What Is the Warranty on the Breville Tea Maker?
- 10 Conclusion
Why Use Loose Leaves Instead of Tea Bags?
So, why use loose leaves instead of tea bags in the first place? Well, many people complain that tea is somewhat flavorless; that drinking tea just tastes like drinking hot water. And they might be right if they are used to using tea bags. The typical process of steeping tea bags in hot water often produces low-quality drinking tea, and that is what most people are used to.
Then, is there really a major difference between using loose leaves and using tea bags when brewing tea? Or does the use of loose leaf tea result in the same tasting qualities? Well, the very fact that so much of the world drinks tea, and uses loose leaves should give you a clue to the answer.
You would not expect millions upon millions of people throughout history to be so in love with drinking slightly flavored hot water! The short answer is, yes; there is a tremendous difference in quality between using loose leaves and tea bags when brewing tea.
Tea bag brewing became popular because it was much easier and much quicker to brew a good cup of tea. You did not need an entire pot and you did not really need to worry about brewing time or temperatures. But with this convenience, quality was sacrificed.
Five Great Reasons To Switch Over to Loose Leaves:
There are some very good reasons why using loose leaves is superior to using tea bags, here are 5 of them:
- The tea leaves that are used in tea bags are the “fannings” or left over dustings from broken leaves. This means that you are already beginning with the lowest quality tea leaves when you use tea bags. You cannot expect a great cup of tea if you are using the leftover tea leaves.
- When tea leaves are broken down to be included in a tea bag, they release many of the oils that give them their taste and smell. Once these are released, they cannot be recovered.
- As tea bags are steeped, they release more tannins into the water. Tannins are what make the tea taste bitter. And we would definitely not prefer bitter tea!
- The tea leaves within tea bags (fannings) cannot be fully unleashed of all their potential. The bag keeps more of the tea leaf surface area from properly mixing with the water. This is part of the reason is tastes so weak.
- If you love tea, then you also love the sense of tranquility that the process of brewing brings you. Working with loose leaves will immensely add to those moments where we nourish not only our bodies but our souls as well.
For the best cup of tea possible, you really do need to use loose leaves. These are not some dustings from other, better leaves, but the full, healthy leaves that have not lost their potency. With loose leaves, you get the fullest flavor and aroma possible from these amazing plants. Using loose leaves will transform the way you enjoy tea completely!
Breville BTM800XL One-Touch Tea Maker Review
The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker is a compact and stylish tea maker that takes all the guesswork out of brewing tea leaves properly.
The Tea Maker uses an automated system to do everything you need to have done when brewing a pot of tea.
At the core of the tea maker is a basket where you set all your tea leaves. You can select, with “One Touch,” from six different varieties of teas (Black, Green, White, Herbal, Oolong, or Custom) and the machine will adjust its brewing process to match.
This determines how hot the maker will brew the tea since the different varieties require different temperatures to brew properly. You can also select from 4 different strength settings: Mild, Medium, Strong, or Custom.
The Breville Tea Maker will then brew for just the right amount of time for your desired strength. Once you enter your desired settings, the real magic begins. The tea maker will begin heating the tea to the proper temperature and at the right moment, the tea maker will begin moving the basket with your tea leaves up and down in the water.
It will also agitate the surface of each tea leaf so that it receives maximum exposure to the water, unleashing its flavors and aromas. You can watch the whole process through the lovely glass teapot. And once the brewing process is done, the tea maker raises the basket up out of the water. This helps avoid over-brewing which is a common problem for those making tea with loose leaves in traditional teapots.
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The tea maker will also keep your tea warm for up to one hour, so there is no need to guzzle down a cup just so you don’t waste any tea. And the LCD indicator timer will tell you how long it’s been since it brewed the current pot. This will keep you from drinking tea that has been sitting too long and lost its potency.
For convenience, once you lift the Tea Maker from its base it will automatically shut off the hot plate underneath. If you only want to pour out some of the tea and keep it warm, you can cancel this feature by simply pressing the “hot water” button on the base.
The tea maker also comes with a programmable timer and clock. You can fill the teapot with water, load the tea leaves into the basket, and set the time to begin brewing the next morning. You’ll wake up to the perfect cup of tea already brewed and waiting for you when you come into the kitchen!
The tea maker can also act as a traditional teapot to simply boil water. Just fill the teapot and press “Hot Water,” in a matter of minutes you’ll have boiling water. It holds a little over six cups of water and will take about 3 minutes to bring the water to boil.
Caring for Your Breville Tea Maker
With the exception of the plastic basket, the entire tea maker is made from stainless steel and glass. This eliminates the worry of rust. You can be sure this tea maker will last you many, many years.
Clean up is easy. Once you have enjoyed your freshly brewed cup of tea, the opening at the top of the pot is large enough to fit your hand through. This makes it easy to wash out the inside of the pot. This is something you will want to do regularly to keep the tea from staining the beautiful glass of the pot.
You will need to make sure and hand-wash the teapot itself as this is not dishwasher safe. It has working parts that can be damaged in the dishwasher. However, both the lid and the basket are fully dishwasher safe for easier cleaning.
When it comes to cleaning the base, you should only use a damp cloth to clean it. Consider this a typical hot plate, full of electronic equipment that will be damaged if it is submerged in water. The base should not get too dirty anyway as it will not come into contact with any liquids.
The only possible downside to the Breville Tea Maker is that the holes in the basket may allow a small percentage of tea flakes to make it into your pot of tea.
This is really unavoidable no matter what method you use for brewing tea, so it should not be considered a deal-breaker.
If you are finding that a lot of tea leave parts are getting into the brew, you might consider trying different leaves to see if the cause is inferior leaves which are breaking up more than they should.
What Is the Warranty on the Breville Tea Maker?
Breville warranties their Tea Maker for one full year after you purchase it against any manufacturer errors or defects. Breville’s warranty includes a replacement unit, during this time, so you can be sure if anything should go wrong with the unit due to defective parts, Breville will back up their product.
The perfect cup of tea does not have to be elusive. With Breville’s amazing little machine, you can have a customized cup of tea with all the full flavor and aroma from your tea leaves.
Never will you have to settle for tasteless “hot water.” With the Breville Tea Maker, every cup of tea is a relaxing, soul nourishing, flavorful experience!