tea kettleI was so excited to receive my new precise-temperature varieTEA kettle from Adagio.  They’ve hit the nail on the head with a number of their teaware products and I’d been hoping this kettle would be the answer to my prayers.  I’m happy to report that it is.

Let me start by saying the kettle is both beautiful to look at and a pleasure to use.  I’m a strong believer in the importance of form and function.  This kettle accomplishes both quite nicely.  

I appreciate the five preset temperature buttons, although they do pose an issue that I think is worthy of discussion.  Adagio has chosen to associate their green tea button with 165 degrees.  However, it is typically my preference to steep green tea using 180-degree water.  I have found, over the years, that putting water into a cold vessel immediately lowers the water temperature.  I know that traditional methods of steeping involve first heating up the pot by filling it with warm water before using it for tea.  Yet in this world of fast-paced lives, most people don’t have the time for this step.  That said, I have found that when I use water that is 180 degrees, by the time it’s in the cold pot with my fresh whole leaves, the temperature has dropped to 165 degrees.  Of course, this is open to debate, but that’s how I modify my ritual to achieve the proper temperature for my tea.  I suspect we can have yet another discussion about the correct temperatures for different types of teas, but that’s another post entirely.

Speaking of a hectic life, I have a confession to make.  I’m a chronic multitasker.  When I prepare a pot to heat water, I actually walk away from the process and do another task or two while I’m waiting for the water to heat up.  More often than I’d like to admit, by the time I return to the kettle, it’s usually too late, as the pot on the stove has boiled out and is empty or the electric kettle has lost its heat after 15-30 minutes.  Enter the varieTEA kettle.  Adagio has solved that problem for me brilliantly by providing a keep-warm button, which maintains the temperature of the water for 30 minutes.  I can’t tell you what a pleasure it’s been to return to the kettle 20 minutes later and find my water patiently waiting for me. Thank you, Adagio.

If I had a wish list for this kettle, perhaps the next generation could include a tone to alert the user that the water has reached the desired temperature.  I discovered today that when I put 12 ounces of cold water into the kettle, it took 2.23 minutes to reach 180 degrees.  You could say it’s a bit sad that I don’t just wait the few minutes for the water to reach the desired temperature, but having a tone would fit my lifestyle that much better.  I can multitask AND have perfectly heated water waiting for me.  Well done, Adagio.