In the past few monthes I’ve run into a couple of challenges that have made both my weight loss and my money saving goals really difficult.
A few monthes ago I gave up artificial sweetener. I know that sounds easy but I found coffee tastes incredibly bitter to me (even with natural brown sugar added to it).
So I decided to start drinking more tea. In theory it sounded like a good idea — I figured all I would have to do is find some teas that I really enjoyed and then it would just mean replacing tea for coffee.
The problem, I quickly discovered, is that my tea never tasted quite right. I often found that my tea had a really bitter taste to it (which, as I’ve mentioned, is not a taste I enjoy!). I even tried buying tea from a large chain where I often bought the same tea already brewed and it still tasted weird. I couldn’t figure out what the problem was but it made switching to tea incredibly challenging (which, in turn, made my healthy living plans a real challenge because I found myself wishing I had artificial sweetener to take away the bitterness!).
Because I couldn’t figure out how to make my tea taste good, I found myself buying tea that was already brewed from a large chain. The tea tasted great, but I found I was taking a real hit financially! At $2.00 per tea (and sometimes 2 teas a day), I was spending between $14 and $28 a WEEK on tea. Not very fiscally responsible I have to say!
I was complaining to a friend when she explained that most teas reach their optimum flavour when they were steeped at an optimum temperature. Given that my cheap kettle had 2 settings (On and Off), I had no idea at what temperature I was brewing my tea!
Then I tried the T-fal Thermovision and quickly realized that it has everything I’ve been looking for!
The first thing I noticed (after I was done oooohhhhing and aaahhhhhing over the brushed stainless steel and the sleek design) was the fact that I could program the kettle to a variety of different temperatures. Sometimes I want the temperature to be over 200 degrees (especially when I’m making various loose teas) while other times I only want it to be at 165 or 175 degrees (like when I’m making gravy). I love the fact that I can program the kettle to reach one of the specific preset temperatures.
I also loved the fact that, as the temperature of the water in the kettle was increasing, the a colour inside the kettle would changed. Known as the visual thermo indicator, the internal illumination changes from blue (lowest temperatures) to red (highest temperature) so that I can easily monitor the boiling process. Not only that, but the T-fal Thermovision also has a keep warm function for an additional 30 minutes which is brilliant for me — if I finish my first tea of the morning in record time (which I often do!), I can quickly brew another one to take with me to work.
I also like that the kettle is cordless – the kettle comes off the base easily (because it has a 360 degree base) and is compact, which allows it to sit on my kitchen counter, which has limited space, without getting in the way.
There are also a lot of safety features that are perfect for someone like me (translation: someone who can be forgetful and clumsy!). It has an auto off & boil dry protection which is perfect as I have to admit that I’ve forgotten and let a kettle boil dry in the past! In terms of safety, it also has a concealed element, an easy pour spout, an easy to open lid and a stay-cool handle for added safety. Just remember not to touch the body of the kettle after it has boiled because it is hot to the touch!
Have spent a few weeks using the T-fal Thermovision, I find myself wondering why I never considered it sooner! To be honest, I looked at the Thermovision and thought that it wasn’t worth the money — and I’m going to be the first to admit I was WRONG! I only wish I’d gotten a Thermovision kettle sooner because it would have made my life easier and my tea more mellow and suited perfectly to my liking!