I recently made a rather large tea purchase, I bought a $170 water boiler. This may sound like a lot of money, but I am completely in love with the purchase. I bought a Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler. Let me tell you why it is awesome:
My Tea Brewing system:
– All water used for tea is treated with bamboo charcoal. I simply pour water into a gallon pitcher with several pieces of bamboo charcoal in it. Once my water boiler is empty, the bamboo charcoal water is then poured into the Zojirushi.
– The Zojirushi heats the water to boiling then boils it for 4 minutes straight, this is called the “de-chlorinization phase.”
-The water is then kept at 195 degrees (per my setting) all day until I am finished with it. Once I am done for the day, I switch the machine into energy saving mode which vacuum seals the canister and keeps the water hot for hours, if pressed after boiling, the water will be 200F 2 hours later, 190F 4 hours later, and 180F 6 hours later. So I never waste energy when I’m not drinking tea.
– Before bed, I press the 8H timer button and it boils the water and has it ready for me at 195F by the time I wake up.
Lets talk about the pros and cons of this water boiler/warmer:
– Timer function allows for the water to be ready when you wake up.
– Energy saving vacuum feature keeps water warm nearly all day using no power at all.
– The heating element is internal to prevent scaling.
– The spout never drips after dispensing, it cleanly stops dispensing about 1 second after you take your finger off of the dispense button.
– Capacity, this machine holds 4 liters of water. That is enough to fill approximately 22.5 gaiwans (holding 0.75 cups each), that is a lot of tea, and keeps me going all day!
– It takes approximately 37 minutes to complete a boil cycle from cold water, but the timer makes up for this.
– The price, at $170, this machine is not for everyone.
If you consider yourself a serious tea drinker and you drink tea throughout the day, this machine is right for you. Even if you just drink tea after work, this machine will considerably enhance your tea experiences, you will find that by having access to hot water at any time you will be brewing more and more tea. And not just tea, I use it for my french press coffee, my oatmeal, I use it to wet cleaning rags (nothing cleans better than boiling water) I use it when I have junk stuck to cooking pans, the hot water loosens it right up. the possibilities are endless. the tea is endless. the temperatures are spot on – I keep mine at 195 thoughout the day and I use that temperature to brew a myriad of tea.