Monday, November 14, 2005

Another benefit of electric kettles

Yesterday I referenced an article about the superiority (in terms of speed, at least) of electric kettles. There's another advantage: boiled water cools faster in an electric kettle.

As I never get tired of saying, just-boiled water is too hot for brewing green tea; it will "cook" the tea and spoil the taste. Instead, water should be no hotter than about 185 degrees F, or about 85 degrees C.

A traditional metal kettle not only takes about twice as long to boil water, but also keeps it hot longer. You'll have to wait about 10 minutes for boiled water to cool to the right temperature, whereas with an electric kettle, you only have to wait about 5 minutes or so before walking the kettle to the pot.

—Mellow Monk

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