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Until yesterday, this nifty little device had been a part of my office tea setup for more than 5 years. It’s basically an electric coil that you submerge in water to heat it up. You can boil a cup of water using it in about 5 minutes. It does the job but there are a couple of quirks to be aware of.

First, it works well as long as you’re boiling 8oz or less at a time. Any quantity larger than this and you’ll be waiting a long time. Also, you must leave it submerged before unplugging or you’ll burn the coil. As you can imagine, having to constantly plug and unplug the coil after every steep is annoying so I use it with a wall plug that has an on/off switch.

I ended up replacing this with a 0.5L mini kettle from Amazon. Although it worked well, it made my desk look like a meth lab and with me being so accident prone, I was constantly paranoid about knocking something over while the coil was plugged in. I will, however, continue using it for travel. It’s so much easier to haul in your suitcase than a kettle and all you need to boil water is a heat proof cup. For $8, I definitely got my money’s worth.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you for posting about the ins and outs of this. I’ve been wanting one for a long while.

Evol Ving Ness

Of course, here it costs $40.

LuckyMe

$40 is way overpriced for something this basic. Since you’re in Canada, I would check out Bed Bath and Beyond. I just did a quick Google search and found it for $14 on their Canadian website.

Evol Ving Ness

Good thinking. Thanks. I’ll get on that.

Courtney

I’ve never heard of such a device – neat! I’ve bookmarked this as I feel like getting one is a great idea (especially for travel)! Also, I take it that you have travelled with a kettle — we are forever travelling with appliances (notably our blender since being vegan requires a good blender), and yay for others also travelling with appliances!

LuckyMe

@Courtney yep, one less appliance to haul. And as a bonus, it hasn’t freaked out TSA (yet)

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Evol Ving Ness

Thank you for posting about the ins and outs of this. I’ve been wanting one for a long while.

Evol Ving Ness

Of course, here it costs $40.

LuckyMe

$40 is way overpriced for something this basic. Since you’re in Canada, I would check out Bed Bath and Beyond. I just did a quick Google search and found it for $14 on their Canadian website.

Evol Ving Ness

Good thinking. Thanks. I’ll get on that.

Courtney

I’ve never heard of such a device – neat! I’ve bookmarked this as I feel like getting one is a great idea (especially for travel)! Also, I take it that you have travelled with a kettle — we are forever travelling with appliances (notably our blender since being vegan requires a good blender), and yay for others also travelling with appliances!

LuckyMe

@Courtney yep, one less appliance to haul. And as a bonus, it hasn’t freaked out TSA (yet)

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea many years ago and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and flavored Teavana teas. My tea epiphany happened when I discovered jade oolongs. That was my gateway drug to the world of high quality tea and teaware.

For the most part, I drink straight tea but do appreciate a good flavored tea on occasion. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks have started to grow on me. I’m less enthusiastic about puerh though. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, philosophy, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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