Capresso H20 Plus Review – Stylish, Modern, Fast (Instructions for the Perfect Cup of Tea Included)

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The Capresso H20 Plus an ultra-stylish, state-of-the-art, water kettle is now an offered product from the same company that creates highly efficient specialty beverage preparation and brewing appliances from Ice Tea Makers to Espresso Machines.

The H20 Plus, separate into two units, the attractive heat-resistant pot, made of beautiful and durable German SCHOTT glass, holds 48 ounces at capacity, and the quality crafted concealed heating element is covered in stainless steel and cordless design with 360° swivel base for right and left hand use.

As a tea lover one cup is never enough and with time between steeps, keeping the kettle on a low heat often leads to an empty pot as the steam escapes.Want only two cups of tea and six ounces of water? The Capresso kettle unit has water level indicators with ounce and cup markings for easy filling.

Water, when boiling, bounces and rolls, and even with the protected lid, the water in the Capresso will spray and could cause burns.

A quick simmer to boil, the H20 Plus provides a fast, quiet boil with a safety auto shut off. Ever wake up or return home to find you left the coffee pot or water kettle on the burner only to find a encrusted burn? The H20 Plus, also has a built in dry boil protection and an illuminated power switch, that automatically turns off upon boiling.

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Even after a rolling boil The H20 Plus kettle can be placed directly on the table or counter without using a heating plate for easy serving. Of course with any steam producing appliance caution is the rule and when pouring all of the steaming hot water from the H20 Plus at once, open the lid first, to divert any steam away from your hand.

No hot mitt is needed the slip free, textured underside handle doesn’t hold heat and is designed with a cool-touch handle and drip free pouring.

Although The Capresso H20 Plus indicates it is “cordless” it does in fact has a wall plug and short cord which is hidden in the base.

A gleaming stainless-steel dome, which is easy to clean, covers the highly efficient concealed heating element which boils water faster, quieter and safer than a stovetop kettle. It shuts off automatically when water has reached a boil.

The H20 Plus reduces the wait time for a perfectly brewed cup of tea and makes preparing French press coffee effortless. For any use that calls for heated water, from cooking or culinary needs like preparing yeast, instant soups or re-hydrating dried mushrooms or tomatoes or medicinal purposes (testing the temperature of course).

Guide to Steeping Tea

There are many factors that contribute to the perfect cup of brewed tea:

• The quality of the tea leaves

• Purity of the water

• Ratio of tea to hot water

• Correct steeping temperature for the specific type of tea

• Correct steeping time for the specific type of tea

• Adequate room for the tea leaves to expand and fully extract the best flavor

To extract the best taste from your tea start every time with fresh, cold filtered water. Never re-boil water that has been left in the kettle as the taste could be stale or flat. Choose a high quality tea and store the tea away from the light in a dark, airtight container.

For each 6-8 ounces of water, use approximately: 2 grams/1 teaspoon of tea leaves or 1 teabag. When using a teaspoon to measure the tea, be sure to take into account the surface size of the leaves. For larger tea leaves you may have to use a heaping teaspoon, whereas for finer teas you may want to use a level teaspoon. Always adjust the amount of tea and steeping time to your personal taste.

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Check below for each type of tea for accurate brewing temperature and steeping time. Each tea entry has the Water Temperature; the Steep Time and the amount of Resteeping Times.

Green Tea 150-160°F; 2-4 minutes; 2-5 steeps

White Tea 175-180°F; 4-6 minutes; 3-5 steeps

Yerba Mate Tea 185°F; 3-5 minutes; 3-6 steeps

Oolong Tea 190°F; 5-8 minutes; 3-6 steeps

Black Tea 212°F; 4-6 minutes; Does not resteep well

Rooibos Tea 212°F; 4-6 minutes; 1-3 steeps

Herbal Tea 212°F; 5-8 minutes; 1-3 steeps

Pour hot water into a pre-heated teapot or cup to ensure the water steeps the tea at the ideal temperature without being cooled by the pot or cup. Place tea leaves or tea bag into hot water rather than pouring the hot water directly over the leaves. Tea can burn easily if hot water is poured directly on the leaves. Allow adequate room for the tea leaves to expand when using a tea infuser.

The majority of teas can be infused multiple times; in fact some consider the second and third steepings better than the first. To resteep loose tea leaves, always remove the leaves from the first extraction after steeping time is complete otherwise the leaves will become over extracted and bitter. Follow the chart above for the number of times each type of tea can be resteeped. Never save the steeped tea leaves overnight, only resteep tea leaves a few hours after the first steeping.

For fresh brewed iced tea, heat 4 cups (32 oz) of hot water and add 6-8 teaspoons of loose tea or 6-8 teabags. Allow tea to steep for 8-10 minutes then remove tea and add 4 cups (32 oz) of cold water. If desired, sweeten with sugar, honey or agave nectar and serve over ice.  

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