Zarafina TH1000 Tea Maker Suite with Ceramic Tea Pots, Cups, and Serving Tray
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- 16-ounce electric tea maker steeps a variety of loose or bagged tea
- Customizable tea strength from mild to strong; auto dispensing
- Attractively housed in a dark shale color with stainless-steel accents
- Includes ceramic teapot, 2 tea cups, and serving tray
- Measures 19-3/7 by 12-3/4 by 25 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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I would recommend the product overall and am happy with it, although I'm a bit worried that it may have a major meltdown at any moment from something I may do accidentally. Really great tea, though!
*UPDATE* I have now had this tea maker for a couple of months, and have not had a single problem since the GFI-trip issue (I use the appliance 2 to 3 times a day). Carefully checking the removeable container for water on the prongs has prevented any further problems, and I believe there's a good chance that those experiencing the water-heating failure may have unknowingly had a bit of water on the electrical elements when plugging it in and caused a short - my machine probably would have had the same damage if I hadn't plugged it into a GFI-protected outlet (which was honestly just plain luck). I'm *very* happy with the quality of the tea and the convenience of using this machine.
You pour your loose tea in the infuser basket, fill the tank with water, select the strength of your beverage and turn it on. There's even a chance to choose which kind of tea you are brewing for optimal results (for example oolong or green). This nifty little machine will do the rest. It will even pour the tea in the tea pot! I'm finally enjoying my fine tea without the stress. It's almost like having a tea butler in my house!
Yes, the price seems like a lot up front, particularly compared to coffee makers, but it's worth the investment. Just think of it as a per-use price. I received mine on November 16, 2006 and have used it daily since. Even calculating for only 2 cups brewed per day, I'm already under $1.50 per cup, and I know that I've actually used it more than that. After I've owned it a year, the cost will be closer to 1 cent per cup.
My favorite tea currently is white, but I've also used it for black, green, oolong, rooibos, herbal, and mate--both loose and bagged. It makes brewing loose teas so easy that I've switched over to them almost exclusively and reserve my bagged tea for the office. I've also found that it works well for double-brewing certain varieties of herbal and rooibos teas. If you want to prep your tea for the following morning, fill the Zarafina with water to the fill line, select the correct settings for your tea, and fill the infuser basket with tea but leave it sitting on the counter. In the morning just drop the infuser basket on top of the water, cover, and press the ON button.
I really like that the ON button has to be pressed upward, which prevents an accidental start. I also discovered that the tea maker will not dispense the tea if the teapot is not under the release spout--a wonderful safety feature.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this item from the warehouse at a discounted rate and when I unpacked the box I found it contained only the brewing unit. Read morePublished 25 days ago by V
This item was junk from the moment I opened it. The tea kettle never lined up right with the brewer, so it never worked. Not once. No refund for my complaints either. Read morePublished 7 months ago by raymond r viveiros ii
It broke within the first 6 months and I was unable to return it or get creditPublished 11 months ago by Triciachic
This didn't last that long. The tea was good, yet it broke down real fast. I think I had it a year? I bought a new system from English Tea Leaves and love it!Published 20 months ago by Mummer
Arrived one day earlier then scheduled.
Excellent NEW condition as stated on page. Have been using it for several days and it works perfectly..... Read more
It is a nice gadget but it does not make enough cups of tea. If you made an eight cup unit I would buy one! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Stu Robinson
I'm on my second one. I accidentally broke my first one. I love that i have different settings for loose, bagged, mild, medium, strong brews, and what type of tea you are brewing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Koryn Dimock