Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hario Buono Electric Kettle

UPDATE 2/2013:This is the absolute worst electric kettle I've used. The burnt plastic taste in the water will NOT go away even after months of use. It makes all tea I brew taste terrible. After reading another Amazon review- it appears not to be an isolated problem.

To solve the problem of tepid water at work, my husband bought for me a Hario Buono kettle which arrived this week.  Hario Buono kettles are all the rage among drip coffee drinkers. It has a long gooseneck spout to prevent sputtering.  I know, I shouldn't be lapsing into writing an Amazon review  but the long spout really provides superior control to fill my tiny teapots. 


I brought out one of the roasted oolong Su sent me to have with a quick custard soft bun snack. I was surprised to find that even different electric kettles give a different flavor to the same tea.  I tasted more of a burnt flavor. Then I tasted the plain boiled water to check what was going on. Much to my horror the tea water tasted burnt and rubbery even though I had carefully swished the interior with detergent and ran the kettle five times. I had to get serious with detergent and a scrubby pad and elbow grease to get rid of any remnants of the steel casting.


5 comments:

  1. How does the kettle work? Does it have a plug?

    Hope you have a better brew next time :)

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    1. Thank you Ms. Teaist. I've hidden the cord underneath but it's a traditional electric kettle with a simple lever in the back.

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  2. If you still are getting the same effect and some times dry tasting tea probably due water. I started to use bambo charcoal to clean the water and was told that it also replenishs the water minerals. WOW WHAT DIFFRENCE! Good luck

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  3. This is a very informative post. I've Morphy Richards Rapido Electric Kettle but I think i need to get this one too. Looks more classy and has a vintage look. Interesting !!

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    1. Dear Sonu,

      I sadly cannot recommend this kettle as it has a weird burnt plastic smell even after a month use. I have not been able to make good tea with it. Looks are not everything and I may have to just buy a Kamjove.

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