Are you a tea or a coffee person? I’m one of a rare and possibly uncool breed of people who prefer tea over coffee. I have nothing against coffee. In fact, I quite like it. But unlike most people, I don’t rely on it to kickstart my day or fuel my fire. If anything, it gives me heart palpitations and makes me feel edgy. Yes, tea is my preference.
As a proud supporter of tea, I long for the day when my colleagues say, “Anyone for a tea? I’m going on a tea run.” And when my friends call and ask, “Would you like to meet up for tea this arvo?” That, my dear readers, will be the day. But in the meantime, coffee is stealing the show. This begs the question, why is tea the poor cousin of coffee? Maybe it’s because it doesn’t give the same smack in the face that a black coffee can give after a late night. Or maybe tea just needs a good PR campaign to boost its profile – kind of like Obama and Julia Gillard need right now.
The point is I have found just the thing that tea needs to boost its image. It’s called the Breville Professional Tea Maker. Kind of like a coffee machine, but for tea. It took me a while to come round to the point of a tea maker. I mean, isn’t it simply a case of adding hot water and jiggling? Is it really worth spending $300 on such a thing?
It didn’t take long for the tea maker to win my heart. Not only does this shiny toy make the best cup of tea known to mankind, it also happens to double as a kettle and look pretty hot to trot on my kitchen bench.
Simply add a spoonful of your favourite tea leaves, add water, flick a button and hey presto, it brews the tea to the perfect temperature. It knows exactly the right temperature and brewing time required to extract the full aroma and flavour from the five popular tea varieties – green, black, white, herbal and oolong. No more teabags for me! And goodbye crummy kettle that would be more at home in a university dorm kitchen.
You should see the tea maker in action. Once the water has reached the ideal temperature for the type of tea you’re brewing, the stainless steel tea basket automatically slides into the water allowing it to circulate freely around the tea leaves for maximum infusion. Very high tech!
I’m loving our new morning routine – Paul makes the tea when he gets up and uses the temperature control button to keep it warm until I’ve had my shower. There’s also an option to pre-select a start time - perfect for that freshly brewed pot ready for breakfast.
The only downside we’ve noticed is some of the finer varieties of tea leaves like Yorkshire tend to fall through the filter as the leaves are finer than the holes. Other than that, I can’t think of any negatives to this innovation. If you love tea and you need a new kettle, I highly recommend that you buy one!
So, tell me, are you a tea or a coffee person?