Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Best Part of Waking Up...

The best part of waking up isn't Folger's in my cup - it's hot tea in my cup!  

And to make that possible I depend on Breville's electric kettle from Sur la tableI love that store!

For a long time, I used a stove top tea kettle and thermometer for steeping green, white and oolong teas to prevent boiling water from "stewing" the leaves and producing a bitter brew. A stove top kettle and thermometer works fine, but I've become spoiled by Breville's variable temperature kettle where the water is heated to just the right temperature at the push of a button.  Then it's simply a matter of pouring the water over the tea leaves in a small infuser basket placed in my Bodum mug, and steeping for the the required time.  

Simpson & Vail's Chinese flavored Green Jade Lemon Tea and Lemon Ginger Tea is what I'm enjoying right now, with Green Jade as my favorite.   Green teas provide "more bang for the buck" since the tea leaves yield more than one steeping.

A little squeeze of honey makes the tea perfect, and a slice of pumpkin bread welcomes the morning nicely!


  1. Nice kettle. I use the same spoon. Isn't it nice to have a special kettle to warm our water in the mornings?

  2. OK, now I remember that I tried to leave a comment on this the other day and our internet was acting up! I just wanted to say that like you, I would next like a *variable temperature* electric tea kettle!


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