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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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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!"

December 24, 2010

Absolutely Perfect

"I just purchased some loose leaf tea and the person gave me the temps and times for the various teas. Breville was right on so now there is no thinking at all to get a perfect cup of tea. I am thinking of purchasing another one to put at the office. The ease of use of this machine makes me like tea even more. I purchased this product about a week ago. I hope the Tea Maker is well made and I don't have any problems.down the line. So far I am totally satisfied."

December 11, 2010

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS TEA MAKER!!

"We are blown away by the quality and ease of use. We've been having tea at least twice a day and lovin' it! We like how the "keep warm" feature automatically goes off whenever the pot is removed from the unit. That is a definite safety feature. The water heats up so much faster than boiling water in a teapot on the stove. You can set the machine to brew, walk away, and come back to perfectly brewed tea. It is great to have all the options for the different types of teas and let the machine correctly brew each one.

Thank you, Breville, for a great product!"

December 8, 2010

Love it!

"I was easily able to make the tea without needing to read the directions, the buttons and display are intuitive and there is a nice loud beep when your tea is ready. I have not yet played with the timer feature or custom overrides but will let you know how well they work later. I will also do a comparative review between Zarafina and the Breville once I have gotten used to the Breville.

The cord is wrapped around the base and needs to be unwound not tugged on - so the cord is plenty long enough now!

The auto-on feature is amazing, life changing, and delicious! You set the time for it to start the steep, put in the water and leaves, and wake up to freshly brewed tea. I've now used it twice and will keep using it daily. It is a slight bit stressful to have to select your tea the night before, but only a little.

The default settings (green, strong) work fine when you aren't sure what to do with a tea, and the ability to adjust those (custom time and temp) are KEY features. I know what it plans to do, and can adjust it to what I know I prefer for certain teas. I can go up or down in 30 second intervals.

I thoroughly enjoy that it also acts as a variable temperature electric kettle if you don't want to have it brew up the tea.

It is easy to hand clean, I have not considered putting it into the dishwasher as I use it too often and so have not bothered to validate if some parts are dishwasher safe or not.

The filter on the kettle lid is a nice touch to keep out some of the particles that do make it out of the leaf basket once you've steeped the tea.

It BEEPS clearly and loudly when it is done (this is great for those who are easily distracted like me). The entire thing, aside from the beep, is very silent aside from the sound of boiling.

If you could not guess, I am in love.

The worse I could come up with so far after a few solid days of use is:

It tends to get condensation up along the inside of the glass whenever I brew tea. There is nothing wrong with this I just find it looks ugly.

I do tend to get a dirty counter as the leaf basket has a perforated bottom and for some finer teas dust or chippies drop through."

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