27 November 2007
I hear about new technology at work every day, but the most impressive gadget I've seen lately is a kettle [link no longer available]. But no ordinary kettle: it has a thermal layer, so it can keep the water hot for up to three hours. Boil the kettle, make a cup of tea and come back later on for more tea and the water is still hot! Amazing! You don't have to wait for it to boil again, or waste energy reheating.
As a man who rarely writes without a cup of camomile tea by my side, you can imagine how this has changed my life.
How did it take until 2007 for someone to market a kettle like that? It seems such an obvious idea now we know about it.
Sorry. Did that just happen? Did I just blog about a kettle?
Bear in mind, while English tea demands the hottest water you can get, green tea and coffee are both better made with water that's not quite boiled.
When an American visited our office, I facetiously pointed out the kettle, but to my surprise, he actually appreciated the help. "Oh yes, there's a think like that in my hotel room".
I'm quite keen on the newish Tefal Quick-Cup, that dispenses water past an element, giving you a mug of coffee-temperature water in 3 seconds, and heats no more. But I'm not keen on the price...
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