If you have been reading this site for any length of time, you probably know that I take my electric kettle very seriously. I use an electric kettle several times a day to heat water for coffee, tea, soaking and blanching vegetables, plumping raisins, and any other number of things that require hot water. Many of these things, though — especially coffee and tea — require water that isn't heated to boiling temperatures. Most teas steep at a much lower temperature, and coffee also should be brewed a little under boiling. But most kettles go straight to boiling without stopping.
So you can imagine my delight when I got to try out the new variable temperature kettle from Breville. Here are a few thoughts on this very handsome electric kettle.