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the Tea Maker

The new Breville Tea Maker is a revolutionary tea experience. The fully automated tea basket moves down, then up, gently agitating the leaves to precisely infuse your tea. Push the basket button and watch the basket cycle in and out of immersion. Seeing is believing.

Different tea varietals such as Black, Green, White, and Oolong require exact water temperatures and controlled brew times to allow their unique flavors and aromas to develop during brewing. The Tea Maker eliminates the guesswork so you can enjoy a perfect cup of tea, every time.

Fully programmable for all types of tea, water temperatures, and steep times. The moving tea basket allows water to circulate freely around the individual tea leaves for maximum infusion. Set the timer and wake up to the aroma of your favorite brew. The German-made Schott glass kettle is durable and stain resistant.

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BTM800XL $249.99
  • Capacity

    51 oz (1.5 L)

  • Warranty

    1 Year Limited Product Warranty

  • Dimensions

    N/A

  • Innovations

    Tea Basket Cycle auto lowers & lifts tea to brew
    Auto Start begins brew at pre-selected time
    Variable Tea Strength controls steeping time
    Variable Temperature for all tea varietals
    Accurate Temperature Sensor with real-time display
    Time Since Brew LCD monitors freshness
    60 Minute Keep Warm function

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December 17, 2011

tea tastes like plastic

"Actually I love this product except one major issue. The good out weights the bad with a work around that I continue to use it.

The tea tastes like plastic if left for any length of time in the pot after the cycle. I've also noticed the taste when using the timer function.

The smell/taste appears to come from the material on the inside of the lid. I'm hoping it will go away with time, but it has not so far (about 1 month). Breville happily exchanged it for another unit, but did not cross ship. They second one had the same issue. They said they have never had this complaint before.

In order to use it with acceptable tasting tea, I remove it right away upon completion and put it in a carafe. Also I make sure to leave the lid off the unit until next use.

I love all the features, the speed of the tea making and the flexibility of the time and temp brewing. Other than the bad smell/taste, it is a perfect unit and will continue to use it. I'd really like to use the timer feature so hopefully with time it will get better.

The suggestion of putting lemon in a hot water cycle did not make a difference.
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May 27, 2011

Great Tea Brewer and Kettle

"I just got my kettle, and have been using it for the last few days. So far, it works great. It was bought to replace a Capresso H2O water kettle, which broke after less than a year, and wasn't used that much. Although this was a lot more expensive, it can also do much, much more. You can vary the temperature even if you just want hot water. It heats relatively quickly, maybe not quite as fast as the Capresso, but it seems to be better made. Time will tell. But, I have several Breville products, the keurig type cofffe brewer, which works fantastically, the toaster oven, which also works great, and the blender, which I don't use that much, but still is excellent. All my kitchen appliances have been flawless in their execution, and the are beautifully designed. The non-Breville appliances that I had before, looked cheap in comparison, even though they weren't. You get what you pay for with Breville.

I have not yet tried brewing loose, tea per se, but I did brew some after cutting open some tea bags, and it worked fine, but there were just a few small leaves that got through the filter. Insignificant, really. I also brewed tea in the pot using the tea bags inside that basket. The tea came out great. I do want to buy loose tea, but I haven't had the chance, yet. But, I expect it to work just as well with that.

And I got a pretty good deal online. I bought an open box from One Call, at a used price, but they sent be a brand new, unopened one for the same price, with free shipping. So, all in all, I am very pleased with this unit, and would definitely recommend it, if you can afford it."

April 20, 2011

Tea Leaves in my tea

"There is so much about this machine to absolutely love -- consistent temperature brewing, automatic raising and lowering of the tea basket, timers ... all the bells and whistles.

However, the mesh in the tea basket is so large that tea leaves and spices go through it pretty easy. Anything except large leaf black tea and I have residue in my tea. Look at the picture of the basket and do a web search for a tea basket and compare the mesh size.

I inquired about other available baskets with a finer mesh and none are offered. Very disappointing for an otherwise high quality (and let's not kid ourselves -- pricey) product.
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April 13, 2011

Almost Perfect... Almost!

"I had the IQ Innovations Fine-T and hated how much it leaked water and that it didn't have common-sense features like customizable programming, audible notification when the tea was finished, and the ability to keep it warm for a decent amount of time.

The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker is like an answered-prayer in many ways but there are a few things that are surprisingly missing (and I realize that I'm being very picky here)... I would liked for there to be fill-lines on the OPPOSITE side of the glass jug (think about filling up the jug... it's below you in the SINK and you're gripping the handle... so how do you suppose you are going to see fill-lines if they are on the same side as the handle?!). I would also have liked to see an "off" button that simply returned the Tea Maker off (and showed the clock).

But please do not misinterpret my constructive criticism as anything more than a wish list for Version 2 of this absolutely amazing product that BY FAR buries all other competition on the market!"

April 5, 2011

Finally, I can take home from my favorite Chinese restaurant & still have great tea

"The family has been drinking tea more often as our daughter is now regularly traveling to both Japan & China and each time had brought varieties of tea not readily available to us. This pot is a revelation as it will now allow us to brew and taste each type as it was meant to be. We've only been using the pot for a few days but have already diminished our tea cache by 10% (and we had a lot of tea). The only drawback that we have found is the tea scoop. Are we supposed to break (we haven't) the tea leaves before using the scoop? Most of our teas are too large to fit in the scoop. And our Jasmine teas come in a ball (we've used two balls for a full pot).

I won't repeat some of the accolades already posted. If you are a tea drinker and don't have this pot, get one. If you're on the fence about tea or the pot (yes, I know it's an expense), I believe it's money well invested as you'll be enjoying the fruits of that investment for years to come."

February 14, 2011

I didn't know I wanted it, now I wouldn't give it up

"I had been having a terrible time not burning tea, so I asked my family for a variable temperature kettle for Christmas. My sister, who is a master of all things tea found this for me instead. I was instantly in love. It hadn't occurred to me such a thing even existed! I have gone from occasionally drinking tea (because I didn't want to deal with the stress and hassle of making it properly, and because it never tasted like it did when my sister brewed it), to drinking multiple cups of perfect tea every day. Those peaceful moments of calm when I can take a quick second and sip my tea are priceless. It sounds a little silly, but this appliance has quickly become an important part of my day!

Now for the more functional review:
The One-Touch is very easy to use. I did read the directions before using it because it looked so hi-tech I was concerned about breaking it. I recommend this because there are some warnings and tips that are beneficial to know. With that said, the interface is extremely intuitive and I haven't had to look at the instructions since.

The tea presets are a great place to start, but I have found I now do almost all my brewing through the "custom" option. My preference is for flavored white teas and the automatic white temp setting is just a little high. The One-Touch remembers the last custom setting used between brewing (even though I unplug it every time), so this is still as easy as the push of a button.

The strength settings can get the novice tea brewer in trouble. In general if you want stronger tea you should add more tea, not increase the length of brew - however they are a handy way to select common brew times.

The "keep warm" feature is great, and very handy, especially if you are brewing the tea while running around in the morning; it means your tea is still steaming even if you have lost every item you have looked for and your morning routine has taken twice as long as usual.

One thing to note is that the minimal brew amount is 2 cups, or just over 16 oz. This is about what I put in my travel mug anyway, but if you are a person who only drinks one, 8 oz cup of tea in the morning this is not the kettle for you.

As someone else mentioned condensation does form at the top of the kettle, which functionally effects nothing, but aesthetically is undesirable. While I do use filtered water I suspect better filtered water would cut down on some of the water marks this leaves.

All in all, I cannot recommend this enough. It is a truly fabulous thing. The only real downside is you may end up buying a lot more tea, and more variety of tea, than you did before!"

January 31, 2011

I am excited !

"I have been a tea drinker since I spent a year working part-time at Teavanna. Making tea properly can be a real art. I use different methods for various teas. This tea maker does almost everything perfectly.

I was a bit disappointed when I made my favorite Genmacha, which is usually sipped through the leaves and popped and roaster rice. I buy Genmacha that has a lot of Matcha in it. The tea maker did not have the matcha in the water as it does with other methods. So, I have to say that it is the ALMOST perfect tea maker and I really love it."

January 29, 2011

If you love tea then...

"This is well worth the money. We enjoyed our teas before but now that we have this breville one touch our tea is brewed perfectly. My wife and I did not realize what we were missing. Different teas have different temps and brew times and that is very very important!! Teavana tea + Breville one touch= perfection!!"

December 28, 2010

The last step to perfect tea!

"I started with the Teavana plastic Perfect Teamaker, cast iron tea pots, graduated to the Zojirushi hot water dispenser, now I've reached the top with my One Touch Tea Maker! What an unbelievably perfect way to make tea! With the exception of my cast iron pots, this perfects the others by combining them all into one tea maker. It was so very easy to set up, and to use. I immediately tried it out with some Oolong, I'll have to make some adjustments to the amount of tea used, by all in all it is very simple to use! I can't wait to experiment with all my different kinds of tea. I don't plan on buying another tea maker, and am hoping with the high price I paid, I won't have to replace this for a very, very long time!"

December 25, 2010

SO GLAD I PURCHASED THIS

"Even though the price is a bit steep, this is the best tea maker on the market. I love the way it looks and it does exactly as advertised.
I know people said the one drawback is that you cannot submerge the pot in water because of the heating element, but that is not a problem, would definitely purchase one again. I am a Breville FAN!"

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