Looking for the best kettle for that perfect cup of hot tea or for that ice cold glass of sweet tea to soothe you at the end of the day? Consider a ceramic tea kettle to make that perfect beverage. This article features Xtrema’s three tea kettle designs, the Swirl, the Retro, and the Asiana to complement the modern kitchen. These are all metal-free designs in elegant styles of tea kettles.
What This Covers…
- Why You Should Use A Ceramic Tea Pot
- The 3 Xtrema Tea Kettle Designs
- How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea
Tea has many benefits with the history of tea drinking heralding back to 2737 B.C.E. when the Emperor Shen Nong accidentally discovered it. The American iced tea tradition started with the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. So tea drinking has been around for a long time.
I enjoy making tea using loose leaf teas, but you may like using tea bags. All forms are suitable for brewing tea with a ceramic kettle. Green tea especially, being a delicate flavor, finds a place in a ceramic tea pot.
Why Ceramic Makes the Best Tea Kettle
Here are the five main reasons to choose ceramic tea kettles over others.
Safe From Toxins
Ceramic is the best teapot material because it is a natural, it’s a healthy option. People have been using pure ceramic to prepare and store consumables for centuries without known side-effects.
About Xtrema: They use only natural and pure ceramic materials in their beautiful teapots. All ceramic teapots in their collection are handcrafted and designed to provide consistent and safe products, above all else. They are made free from BPA, lead, heavy metals, and other chemicals released from kettles with plastic parts and metals.
The ceramic glaze used on all tea kettle designs that provides the glossy finish contains no harmful PFOA or PTFE coating.
Xtrema also use sustainable manufacturing practices that assure minimal impact on the environment.
Boiling water and brewing tea in a ceramic tea pot avoids that metallic taste from metals that can leach into the water and spoil the taste when using metal teapots or kettles.
Using a ceramic teapot means you will also avoid revisiting the kitchen to heat up your favorite tea.
Xtrema kettles not only heat liquids evenly, they also can retain temperature for long periods of time. This is due to the infrared cooking properties of the ceramic.
You can enjoy entertaining and topping up from the tea kettle at the table. The tea pots are designed elegantly for this purpose.
The Xtrema ware can go from the stove to the refrigerator – perfect for making ice tea and other brewed and chilled beverages.
The best part is the cleaning. Ceramic tea kettles are easy to clean. All are dishwasher safe. Simply put your Xtrema teapot in the dishwasher!
Though, I much prefer to rinse my teapots by hand, which is just as easy to do.
When full, some folks may find the ceramic types heavier than aluminum or stainless steel kettles (though not as heavy as cast iron) and might need to use two hands when handling a full kettle.
Xtrema Modern Tea Kettle Designs
Xtrema not only makes cookware, but also teaware in pure ceramic. The three designs, the Swirl, the Retro, and the Asiana each have a 10 cup capacity. That is, they are all 2.5 quart tea kettles. They come in Midnight Black, with Firebrick Red and Apple Green available as color options for the lids.
All teapots from Xtrema are backed by a limited 10-year warranty covering faulty workmanship or defective materials.
Ceramic Swirl Teapot
This design has an easy grip handle and a swirl style in the body of the pot. It is ideal for those who like to swirl the tea in the pot before pouring.
Teaware products by Xtrema include the 2.5 Qt Ceramic Swirl Teapot. The Swirl line is a gourmet way of brewing and serving tea blends. Because it is all ceramic, the taste is pure.
The Swirl weighs 3 pounds, has a height of 9.5″, and is 8.5″ in diameter (6.5″ at base).
The Retro Tea Kettle
The Retro Xtrema Stove Top Ceramic is a modern tea pot and another 2.5 Kettle in pure ceramic.
The Retro weighs 2.64 pounds, has a height of 7″, and is 6″ in diameter at the top (6.5″ at base).
It has a large easy grip handle that remains cool enough to handle. The wide opening makes this one extra easy to hand clean. It’s a great pot for simply boiling water.
Asiana Tea Kettle
Another elegant 2.5 quart tea kettle in pure ceramic. Lid options include Apple Green and Firebrick Red.
The Asiana weighs 1.42 pounds, has a height of 6.5″, and is 12″ in diameter (8″ at base).
This one is the lightest of the collection. Because of the broad design, some folks might find they need to use two hands (with a potholder) to maneuever this kettle safely.
How to Make The Perfect Cup of Tea
For every cup, the correct amount of loose tea leaves is 1 teaspoon.
Then, it’s about temperature and time. This depends on the tea variety.
As a general rule, for all types, bring water to boil (212 ºF/100 ºC) for both loose leaf tea and for tea bags. Then allow the tea to brew. According to the School of Tea, the following are the best brewing temperatures and times:
- White Tea: 2-3 minutes at 158–176 ºF (70–80 ºC)
- Green Tea: 2-3 minutes at 158–176 ºF (70–80 ºC)
- Oolong Tea: 2-3 minutes at 195–203 ºF (90–95 ºC)
- Black Tea: 3-5 minutes at 203–212 ºF (95–100 ºC)
- Infusions: 3-5 minutes at 203–212 ºF (95–100 ºC)
Of course, the quality of the water does make a difference and a poorly washed teapot can affect the taste of your tea. According to the School of Tea, “water that contains high levels of minerals, especially calcium, or magnesium (hard water), water that is chlorinated, briny, or desalinated sea water, or has been boiled several times is not good enough for brewing tea”.
But then, at the heart of a perfect cup of tea is the invisible ingredient — the love and caring that goes into making and enjoying a comforting soothing experience.