Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Tea Maker™ Review

I don’t drink coffee or black tea but I  love drinking herbal tea and usually drink around 3-4 cups a day.  My favourite teas are Jasmine green tea, Tulsi brahmi and oolong tea.

Here is a selection of some of my teas

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I was super excited when I won the Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Tea Maker™  and a personalised ‘Lola’s perfect brew’ mug in one of their Facebook competitions.

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The Sage™ Tea Maker™  is the world’s first fully automatic tea maker, it brews for exactly the right time and at precisely the right temperature, keeping the tannins intact. Simply select the tea type and the leaves are automatically lowered into the water and then back up for perfectly infused tea.

Heston’s Tip: When it comes to brewing, the less oxidised teas like green and white teas release their tannins at a lower temperature. If you brew too hot, the bitter flavours over power the tea. Conversely, if you brew too cold you don’t release enough flavour from the leaf. The right balance is all about the right temperature.


TECH SPECS

Capacity – 1.5L kettle, 6 cups or 1.2L tea maker, 5 cups

Makes Tea – Full tea making functionality at the push of a button, controlling brew temperature and steeping time

QuietBoil – Reduced sound through insulated glass jug

Lid Release – Lift off to remove lid

Temperature Settings – Pre-set functions for specific teas and coffee, customisable in 5° increments from 70° to 100°

Keep Warm Function – 60 minute keep warm setting

Water Gauge – Water level indicator

Display – LCD shows temperature of water, steeping time, time remaining and time since brewed

Water Windows – Fully viewable glass kettle

Programmable – Delayed start allows you to program the start time to be ready when you wake up, plus 60 minute ‘keep warm’

Auto Off – Safety auto cut-off & boil dry protection

Base Design – Stainless steel base with temperature selection for your tea type

Filtration – Removable stainless steel scale filter

Cord Storage- Wrap under base

Voltage – 220 – 240 Volts

Construction – Glass kettle with stainless steel base

Wattage – 2000W

Warranty – 1 Year Replacement


BREWING TEA

Prior to me getting The Tea Maker™, making tea was a bit of a chore. I would place my loose tea into an infuser tea pot; boil water in a kettle; wait for it to cool down slightly; pour boiled water into tea pot and wait for it to brew.

The Tea Maker™ has 5 preset tea types recommended for optimal brewing of Green, Black, White, Herbal or Oolong tea. It also has a custom button for other tea varieties or to suit your personal taste.

Now making tea doesn’t take as much effort and is enjoyable.

  • simply fill the glass jug with the desired amount of water (ensuring not to fill past the tea maximum mark)
  • use the provided tea scoop to fill the basket with loose tea

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  • Place the assembled basket onto the magnetic post in the glass jug 
  • Select the tea you want from one of the presets 

The LCD screen will display the preset brew temperature and brew time for the tea type you select.

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  • Select the desired tea strength. You can choose from strong, medium, mild or custom. The tea strength you select determines the brew time.
  • Select the Tea/cancel button to start the brewing cycle.

Once the selected brew temperature is reached, the basket will automatically lower into the heated water.

At the end of the brewing cycle, the basket will rise to the top of the jug and the tea alert will sound 3 times.

And now I have perfectly brewed tea!

The Tea Maker™ has some really cool features including:

‘Keep Warm’ Feature

This feature allows the brewed tea or heated water to remain warm for up to 60 minutes.

‘Basket Cycle’ Feature

This feature continuously auto lifts and lowers the basket during the tea brewing cycle. This movement loosens the tea leaves within the basket, allowing the heated water to circulate freely around the tea leaves for maximum infusion.

Variable Temperature’ Feature

You can use the The Tea Maker™ as a variable temperature kettle. Remove the basket, fill with water and select the arrow up/arrow down button to adjust the temperature. Press the Hot water/cancel button to start the cycle.

‘Auto start’ Feature

My favourite feature is the programmable ‘Auto start’ which allows you to program the specific time when the Tea Maker will automatically turn on and start either a tea brewing cycle or water heating cycle.

So no more debating with my  hubby about who’s going to make the tea. We can now wake up to perfectly brewed tea and simply enjoy!  Thanks Heston!

Over time you will get a build up of tannin. It is very easy to clean. You have a few options:

  • add the juice of 1 lemon including the lemon to water, boil and leave to soak  overnight; 
  • add  6 tablespoons of white wine vinegar to water and boil and leave to soak overnight
  • or purchase the Tea Maker cleaner here and follow the instructions on the packet.

My tea maker always comes out shiny and looking brand new after cleaning.

Watch my video demo

The Tea Maker™ retails for £199 which is not cheap, however if you’re a tea  and gadget lover like me, then this is one gadget you’ll love forever. I highly recommend it. Check out some more innovative Sage by Heston Blumenthal appliances at Sage Appliances.

Are you a tea lover? What are some of your favourites?

Lola

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