Breville BTM800XL One-Touch Tea Maker
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- Tea Basket Cycle - Auto Lowers and Lifts
- Auto Start
- 60 minute Keep Warm feature
- Variable temperature control
- Time Since Brew - LCD timer to monitor freshness
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[UPDATE Oct. 2014]: Since reviews are so rarely updated once published, I thought it might be helpful to come back and note that after just over 4 years using this (multiple times per day), it's still going strong. (Touch wood.) I've encountered many kitchen gadgets that would putter-out in half that time. In that, my original review still stands *and* you can add "durable" to the list of its features.
It's easy to mistake this brewer as fine German engineering, but it's "designed in Australia" and "manufactured in China"--frankly, I have no idea where Germany comes into play or why it's written in the logo on the carafe. (According to astute commenters, Germany comes into play because they manufactured the carafe's glass.)
With that said, I've waited a couple of months to write my review because I wanted the "ooh, shiny!" effect to wear off; that way there would be more objectivity based on experience and the gremlins hiding in the gears could be flushed out.
When I first opened the package the instruction manual intimidated me because it was the size of a small novel, but after a few minutes it became clear that operation would be much simpler than I anticipated (and it was), and I marveled at the brewer's sleek brushed metal style (it's one kitchen appliance that can be displayed on the counter without embarrassment).
While setting it up I took note of the carafe's weight--it's on the hefty side.Read more ›
I purchased this product in January of 2013 at Teavana in the Chrstiana Mall in Delaware after returning from Japan with hundreds of grams of various grades of tea. My hope was to invest in the best product in the US market to make and enjoy the tea with. For the next year I used the machine to prepare tea and I was extremely happy. I learned about the automatic feature which allowed me to prepare the machine the night before and wake up at 7AM for work with a huge carafe of fresh tea. But I was unaware...
A year later my in-laws from Japan visited us in the US and I was so proud to show them the tea maker. They brought lots of Japanese tea, among other gifts! As they watched the first cycle 'お父さん' (father-in-law) said, "''''''''''''''''会社いんがとても働きましょうね” (It looks like a company employee (at Breville) worked very hard to make this...)
Japan has all the world's most modern tech gadgets. Although going about it politely, this machine did not completely impress him and here's the only reason you need to know. It is too rough. The tea leaf must be steeped in a traditional Japanese earthen teapot (called a Ky'su) to gently extract the final product. The leaves can be steeped at least three (3) times before being discarded, of which the second time is the most delicious. On our second trip to japan one year later we were gifted a Ky'su and told how to properly make tea. Since then I use the Breville tea maker only to warm the filtered water to 175 degrees F, 76 degrees C.Read more ›
When it's a work day, I have the timer set the night before I can enjoy a fresh mug of tea, and fill my extremely good 16 oz stainless steel tumbler for the daily work grind. The automatic tea maker setting was the big reason I purchased this tea maker, though I wished the people at Breville made it easier to set it. You constantly have to hit the automatic button to have it set at your pre-determined time. Even before that as you set the correct current time of your location, you have to do it all manually. So setting the time isn't as easy as I had hoped, and my finger got a bit sore trying to advance the clock. I am very happy that I can enjoy what coffee drinkers have been able to enjoy...and have a fresh tea ready to go in the morning.
To maximize my tea leaves, I let the little metal basket cool a bit and then put it on a small plate so that I can stick it in my fridge for future brewing for another 2-3 times. I do agree with another reviewer, if you leave tea leaves in there too long, they will really stick to the basket! All is resolved once you re-steep your basket/tea for a 1-3 minutes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been using this Breville tea maker for a few weeks now and I have to say that it's a great tea maker. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Ddale
Functions as advertised. No problems after several months of use.Published 22 days ago by Adrian L. Melott
Great product. works as expected. If you drink a lot of ice tea like I do you'll appreciate the convenience and ability to customize brew time.Published 29 days ago by Bob Phibbs
So happy I bought this. You will never need another tea maker. I love it! Easy to use and easy to clean. Perfect tea every time!Published 1 month ago by sade johns
Changed my life, I love tea and have been microwaving water for the longest time this has brought my tea time to the next level. Love it!Published 1 month ago by Nic