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I would be interested to hear what you think of the various temperature settings for making coffee, I always use the "boil it and wait a bit" method but it would be nice to be a bit more scientific. And I'm sure my binary kettle (if it isn't on, it's off) will die some time.

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I always make 'tea on the boil' and 'coffee just off the boil'. I also like to avoid boiling the water to death when making tea as it spoils the taste, so the fancy kettle makes it easy to set the temperature to 90 C to warm the pot and then 100 C to fill it.

There is scientific basis for both of these as tea requires free oxygen in the water which is removed by boiling, whilst coffee has a lot of low boiling point aromatic compounds that are spoilt and boiled off by poring too hot water in.

That said, it can never make tea quite like British Rail tea, made in a metal bucket with a quarter pound of lose leaf tea, a pound of sugar, a tin of condensed milk and steam!
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We have one of these:

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9016710

It cost 8, but is now down to 5.

Makes perfect boiled water!

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But does it have the 130 Smeg taste?
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But does it have the 130 Smeg taste?


No - thankfully!

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On the subject of shorter working weeks, disposable income and all that, we made the mistake of wandering into John Lewis on Saturday in search of a new electric kettle to replace our Kenwood which has packed up and cannot be repaired. (Elements are no longer replaceable I'm told.)

Anyhow, I naively thought that a kettle was a kettle and that its sole purpose was to boil water to make a brew. It is around six years since we bought the Kenwood, which cost about 40 on special offer from Sainsbury's, so I was quite taken aback to see Smeg kettles amongst others selling for 130 plus.

So much for boiling the water to make tea, or letting it cool a moment to make coffee, many of these new machines had multiple temperature settings with digital displays for green tea, white tea, black tea, coffee and something else I cannot even pronounce!

We enjoy a coffee so we ended up spending 80 on one of the less elaborate examples that lets us set 85, 90, 95 Centigrade and boiling; but it did leave me wondering quite what the point of all this is. Has the kitchen become some kind of fashion parade for the nouveau-riche and others with more money than sense?

In case you are wondering I was more swayed by the JL five year warranty than any particular Features and Benefits.
Smeg also make toasters. Alas, they dont make a talking toaster.
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Re: 10 Hour Working Week

I've had my Russell Hobbs K2R kettle for probably forty years or more and I wouldn't swap it for any of the modern plastic rubbish. I have an esspresso machine for making coffee but on the odd occasion I make an instant coffee I mix a little cold water with the granules before pouring on the boiling water (I drink coffee black). If you like white coffee, put the milk in first. Boiling water straight onto the granules makes a more bitter tasting drink that I don't like. I think I read somewhere that the ideal water temperature for making coffee is around 95C.

I'm afraid anything with the word "Smeg" written on it wouldn't get anywhere near my kitchen . I believe it's an Italian brand and the name is an acroynm, like "Fiat", but it sounds unpleasant to English ears - especially fans of "Red Dwarf" .
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Our kettle is a Goodmans, 14. It's only concession to technology is a blue LED which illuminates the water when in use. The best thing is.... it actually boils the water.

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Re: 10 Hour Working Week

We bought a kettle for the branch office we have in Huntingdon. About 30 avid tea and coffee drinkers - probably on the boil for 4 hours solid per day. Went to Argos who offered us a 5 year guarantee on a 10 kettle. We got through 25 FOC replacement kettles in that 5 years ! They never noticed - there was always a new spotty youth serving who really didn't give a damn
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A friend of mine bought a new exhaust system for her VW Polo from KwikFit. It came with a lifetime guarantee, valid for as long as she owned the car. They didn't know she was going to own it for 20-odd years!
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I have had a few watch batteries from Timpson's too. They wanted to sell me the lifetime guarantee about twenty years ago so I have had my money's worth.
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