I find it aesthetically pleasing but am on the hunt for one that allows me to control the water temperature. I’ll let you know if I find one.
For a while I used a thermometer with this Ascot glass kettle. After a few times I knew that it was:
This of course will be different kettle to kettle dependent on:
- the amount of water in your kettle,
- surface area,
- spout size….
After a few times you will have a sense of the time it takes post-boil to get to the right temperature. (My thermometer has an alarm that lets you know when it gets to the temp you want so that does help figure things out 😁).
🫖 The reason to go through the trouble of getting the temperature right is:
Using the proper temperature for steeping your leaves:
- DRAMATICALLY improves the taste of your tea &
- Ensures the tea compounds are released so they can provide their benefits to you.
I can’t emphasize the importance of the right temperature and steep time enough.
When I worked with clients and they would try teas many would say I just don’t like this one or that one.
I would ask them to give teas a try again but at the temperature and steep time that was for the type of tea leaf.
They ended up liking them. Teas they thought were bitter were actually sweet. Others instead of cloudy were smooth.
When you are trying teas check out the temperature recommendation as well as steep time so you can give a new tea a fair shot of being a wonderful part of your self care.
Water temperatures for steeping tea typically ranges between 140 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. (85-100 Celsius)
Teas come labeled with the best temperature and steeping time instructions.
If not, here’s a simple chart to get you started.