?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Dec. 9th, 2013 @ 08:18 pm Single-cup tea machine
Current Mood: thirstythirsty
I don't drink coffee, so that meant that klik never drank coffee at home either: too much trouble to brew a pot for a single person, and she wanted only one or two cups anyway. So I got her a Senseo machine many years ago, and that was fine. But then I got her a Nespresso machine for her birthday some years ago, and she found out just how bad the Senseo coffee was...
So we serve Nespresso at home, and all was well in the world.

Last week, I got a folder from Nespresso by mail. They sometimes do this, to urge you to buy a tin of horribly expensive (but at the same time horribly delicious) cookies to go with your coffee, or to get a matching set of coffee spoons or something like that. Most of it, we look through briefly and then it gets recycled.
But this time, the folder was for a tea machine. Nestlé's Special.T (cheesy pun-name alert!) is a single-cup tea brewer, that takes the type of tea in consideration with respect to temperature and seeping time. That's pretty neat -- I guess they integrate RFID tags in the capsules or something. And like with Nespresso, the vacuum-sealed capsules do preserve the taste of the tea very well.

Yes, I am a tea snob. At home, we only serve loose-leaf tea. At the office, I have my own tea pot for loose-leaf tea, and I store my private tea-stash in a small tea-container made from wood cut from the bark of a cherry tea (most expensive souvenir ever). I do care about stuff like temperatures and seeping times.
And yet I will not get this machine, because of one simple reason: it's single-serve. I drink no less than a pot, and I suspect many tea lovers do too.

On the other hand, Nespresso is king in coffee for Michelin-star restaurants. I wouldn't mind having the choice and quality in tea when we go out to dinner that this machine would bring.
About this Entry
tea
[User Picture Icon]
From:anemoona
Date:December 10th, 2013 11:08 am (UTC)
(Permanent Link)
I'm a tea snob too, so I am a bit sceptic about a tea machine. I'd like to see my tea leafs float en uncurl (sp?) in my teapot.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture Icon]
From:fub
Date:December 10th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
(Permanent Link)
I'm pretty sure that it is possible to brew a good cup of tea in a machine, actually. I have enough trust in the high-end Nestlé stuff to believe that they have solved that problem.
But hey, it's only one cup! And indeed, the aesthetics of a pot full of tea is hard to reproduce in a machine...
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture Icon]
From:coronanl
Date:December 11th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
(Permanent Link)
I'd sooner invest in a waterkooker that regulates temperature. i've been having my eye on one for a while but the current one just won't break haha
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture Icon]
From:fub
Date:December 12th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
(Permanent Link)
You need a kettle that boils the water and then lets it cool down to a certain temperature, and then give off a signal that you should pour it on the tea. Simply heating the water to 80 degrees isn't cutting it: it has to be boiled first.
That's the big problem I have with tea from a vending machine (like I am forced to use when I'm at a customer site): the water doesn't boil and hence it has this weird... foam on top of it. :(
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)