Here at LBP HQ, we get through our fair share of tea. When we get the odd chance to eat out for lunch, it’s usually at the local tea rooms, so it’s fair to say we’re well versed in all things tea-related.
So you can imagine our delight at being asked to review the highly scientific tea maker from Sage by Heston Blumenthal.
We’ve been lucky enough to attend several product launches from Sage, including the Ice Cream machine, the Slow Cooker and the Toaster; all of which are impressive products in terms of build quality and value for money. The Tea Maker is no different.
The product itself is marvellously sturdy; no chance of it getting knocked over by accident. The base is stainless steel and houses several simple controls, including, tea strength, colour and time, with a nice blue display showing brew time and other useful tidbits. Press the start button, sit back and watch the show (it’s pretty entertaining, as you can see in our short video).
To make tea, simply fill the glass bowl with water to the desired level, load the tea basket with three teaspoons of your favourite loose-leaf tea, lower the basket into the magnetic holder (giving a satisfying ‘clack’ as it makes contact), check your settings and press start.
Watching the tea basket being lowered into the perfectly warmed water is strangely therapeutic (the kettle itself is made from clear German SCHOTT glass for easy viewing of tea strength). We found that brew time takes around three minutes (roughly the same as a standard kettle), and the result is a rich and clean cup of tea. Perfectly brewed with settings to suit all tastes.
There’s also a seriously handy keep warm feature, which maintains the same water temperature for up to one hour without having to re-brew, as well as a removable stainless steel limescale filter and auto safety cut-off.
The Tea Maker from Sage by Heston Blumenthal retails for around £139.99 from all good retailers.