By Andrew Liszewski
It’s hard to get excited over a device designed to make tea, since I absolutely abhor the beverage, but there’s enough high-techery in this Breville One-Touch Tea Maker to make me want to give it a go. (Play with it that is, not drink the wretched results.) The non-removable aluminum basket is designed to hold loose tea leaves, so tea bag lovers are out of luck (heh) and an automated mechanism automatically raises and lowers the basket into the boiling water at specific times, depending on what type of tea you’re brewing.
A small LCD display lets you specify what type of tea leaves you’re using (black, green, white, and oolong) which will result in different water temperatures and brewing times to maximize their unique flavors and aromas, and you can choose the strength of your tea, whether strong, medium or mild. And if morning coffee isn’t your thing, there’s also a timer allowing you to fill it with water and tea leaves in the evening so you can wake up to a freshly brewed pot in the morning. Just remember that perfection has its price, and in this case it’s $249.99.