Best Kettles For Loose Leaf Tea


Welcome To Green Tea Benefits! As your read through this website you will read tons of articles on how green tea is so good for you, all backed by scientific literature. However “how you prepare” your green tea and other loose leaf tea’s is very important too! Green tea, unlike black tea or herbal tea has to be at a specific temperature (around 80-90C) to extract all of it’s goodness. Having the water too hot can actually work against you. Therefore, I though I would share some of my favourite kettles for preparing loose leaf tea.

Kettle NamePrice $BenefitsRating
Breville One - Touch

249.0 + free shipping-60 minute keep warm feature
-LCD timer to monitor freshness
-Tea Basket Cycle (automatically lowers and lifts)
Nesco Tea Maker

54.29 + free shipping-Selection of steeping times
-Automatic 1 hour keep warm feature
-Use loose or bagged teas
-Anti drip function and water scale filter
-Easy controls
Cuisinart TEA -Perfect Temp Programmable Tea Steeper and Kettle

129.0 + free shipping (regularly $235!)
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-Removable stainless steel tea infuser; raise and lower to steep loose or bagged tea
-Programmable controls: 6 preset temperatures (for delicate, green, white, oolong, herbal and black teas)
-Adjustable countdown steeping timer; 30-minute keep warm option; 2-minute lift-off memory feature
-Cordless glass kettle holds 1 liter for tea steeping; 1.2 liters as a water kettle; perfect for homemade iced tea; removable spout filter
-Overheat and boil dry protection; dishwasher-safe removable parts; 1500 watts for fast heat-up
Adagio Teas TriniTea

92.46 + free shipping- 32-ounce easy-to-use electric tea maker steeps loose tea leaves
- Quickly boils water and steeps four 8-ounce cups at a time
2 temperature settings; 2- to 7-minute timer for adjustable strength
- Keeps tea warm for hours; works with all tea varieties
KRUPS Electric Kettle

83.99- Glass infustion kettle
- 4 programmed temperature settings: low, medium, high and boil (176f, 194f, 203f amd 212f)
- Patent-pending removable and height adjustable tea brewing filter system; programble settings
- Keeps water warm at 167 degree f for an hour
- Removable tea brewing system; separate lid for water boiling

Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper and Kettle KRUPS FL700D50 Electric Kettle with Incorporated Tea Infuser Temperature Settings Nesco Real Hot Tea Maker

Preparation of Different Types of Green Tea and Health Benefits

Green tea benefits are endless, but how does one really know if they are getting the same amount of antioxidants in the bagged tea compared to loose leaf tea? Most people just assume that loose leaf is better for you (i.e. has more antioxidants) because they aren’t getting the tea leaf stems and other such ingredients often mixed in a tea bag.

There are many things t hat affect a tea’s antioxidant capacity and thus health properties, such as the way it is prepared or environmental effects. Green tea can be prepared by¬†steaming, drying, chopping before put into a package and sent to your local store. The composition of tea can also be influenced by additional factors that will also contribute to it’s downstream health benefits. These can include, the season the tea leaves were picked, the age of the leaf, climate, horticultural practices and a bit less by the effect of locality.

One study published in the Journal of Food Research International found interesting results that are worth sharing about different types of green tea. Their study looked at different extraction conditions [(1) water temperature (2) time (3) multiple extractions (i.e. if you use a tea bag more than one time) and (4) storage conditions] on the the polyphenol and methylxanthine (antioxidants and caffeine) content of tea samples. Specifically, they looked at powder (Matcha), loose leaf (Gyokuro) and bagged (Twinings of London) green teas.

Among the teas tested, bagged green tea was recognized as the richest source of phenolic antioxidant compounds (surprising!), which reached there maximum values when the water was heated to 100 degrees Celsius. Note though that this study only involved 3 different brands of green tea and had only one in each category.

The two main things to take away from this study are:

(1) Water at higher temperatures (80-100 degrees Celsius) extracted higher phenolic and flavanoid antioxidants (i.e. Bagged green tea 3585 mg/L versus. 2865 mg/L)

(2) From a “green tea and health perspective”¬†It is not a good idea to reuse a tea bag since most of the health enhancing compounds (flavanoids) decompose.