temperature control kettle

Oolong Tea Leaves

Message for Tea Drinkers

Tea drinkers should take note, using boiling water won’t make you the perfect cup of tea. The water needs to be very hot but not boiling.

The same goes for instant coffee (which we all use for convenience these days). Using boiling water will scold the coffee powder or granules, every so slightly  slightly but this will have a notable affect on the taste.

Electric Kettle

Kettles with Temperature Controls

But there is a solution  use a electric kettle with temperature control, like the ones here variabletemperaturekettles.com There’s a variety of models on the market and they all heat the water to a precise temperature,  set by you. Not only that they will keep the water at that temperature for a duration of around 15 minutes (varies with model). So you don’t have to re-boil the water again if you’re called away for a few minutes.

There’s even one model that has an app for your phone. A bit over the top we think. But everything seems to come with an app these days. So why not have one in a kettle.

But is this a solution looking for a problem? Do people need yet another device in their kitchens?

We think it’s actually really useful to be able to heat water to a desired temperature  at times. It’s useful to know what the water temperature really is. The alternative is by trial and error as opposed or just a wild guess, neither of which makes sense to us.

Three tea cups with Oolong tea

Tea Drinkers’ Heaven

Also when making delicate herbal teas the right temperature plays a crucial part. To low and the tea leaves won’t give out all of their subtle flavors. To hot and some of those delicate flavors are destroyed. Get the temperature just right and you’ll get the best result.

If you’re really into herbal teas, teas which have delicate flavors and which contain lots of good health benefiting compounds. Then you need a guide for the correct temperature of water that you should be using. Here are the recommended temperatures you should use for brewing some of these teas. These are the ideal temperatures but they don’t have to be exact, a few degrees either way is acceptable.

  • White tea 180
  • Green tea 190
  • Black tea 205
  • Darjeeling 185
  • Oolong 190
  • Jasmine 175
  • Tisane 205

These are the ideal temperatures but they don’t have to be exact, a few degrees either way is acceptable. You can find more details here