How to make the perfect cup of teaCuisinart reveals 'the art of brewing' a cuppa

30 May 2010

Cuisinart red tea kettle

There's more to making a decent cup of tea than dunking a tea bag into a cup of hot water, according to Cuisinart.

Unveiling its latest launch - a stylish stove-top tea kettle with an 'accurate' water temperature gauge - the kitchen gadget manufacturer recommends the best temperatures and brewing times for making different types of tea - from black and green to oolong tea.

It says each tea has a 'specific brewing temperature that will reveal its optimum flavour.' Using water that's too hot or cool means you won't be able to properly enjoy its full taste.

Brewing different types of tea

While you'll need a lower water temperature to retain the therapeutic properties of green tea, you won't be getting the full flavour of black tea if you don't use boiling water.

Brewing tea
Type of teaTemperatureBrewing time
White80ºC2-3 minutes
Green80ºC2-3 minutes
Oolong90ºC2-3 minutes
Black / herbal100ºC3-5 minutes
Source: Cuisinart

More tea-making tips

  • Keep loose tea or tea bags at room temperature, and in an airtight container.
  • Fill your kettle with fresh water.
  • Only boil the amount of water you need.
  • The time you leave the tea to brew is largely down to personal taste.

In our kettle lab tests we measure how fast a kettle takes to boil, how long a kettle takes to turn off after reaching boiling point and the amount of energy it uses. 

Our kettles review reveals our tried-and-tested Best Buy kettle recommendations - as well as more tips to help you create the perfect cuppa.

Cuisinart tea kettle

Cuisinart PerfecTemp tea kettle

Cuisinart's new PerfecTemp porcelain tea kettle is available in red, black and cream and has a built-in 'precision' thermometer, which the company says is able to accurately measure the temperature of the water as it heats up. The tea kettle is a traditional stove-top kettle and has a large temperature dial on its side.

According to Cusinart, the tea kettle whistles when boiled and has a stainless steel handle for 'added comfort and control' that 'remains cool when handling'.

The Cuisinart PerfecTemp PTK330 tea kettle is £65 - visit the Cuisinart website to look up your nearest stockist.

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