Will "the Mighty" Strohl

The Cadillac of Tea Makers

Any serious tea drinker knows that the teas they drink are only one part of the lifestyle.  That’s right. Coffee is a drink, and tea is a lifestyle.  Few things have changed my life in a similar way.  Anyhow, tea is one part of the equation, but the sweeteners and the tea pot are the remaining portions of the equation.  Because of my busy lifestyle, I mostly opt for a tea maker over a tea pot.  For the longest time, I thought that I had the coolest tea maker, but I was wrong.

How could I be wrong though?  My tea maker worked much like a coffee maker, only it was clearly designed for tea drinkers.  It wasn’t a coffee pot by any means.  In fact, using it for coffee would present a few challenges.  It had an automatic timer, a variable heating element that worked off of the timer and everything.  Any true tea drinker knows how valuable those features are.

Fine-T Gourmet Tea Machine: In the BoxSome time ago, I mentioned on a tweet about how cool I thought a tea maker was that I saw in one of my favorite stores, Teavana.  I sent a picture to twitter and everything.  Unfortunately, I cannot link to it, because I cannot find it, or am not able to search that far back.  I guess this caught the eye of someone, or some people, as you will soon find out.

I recently helped to plan and organize the first annual Day of DotNetNuke®.  It should go without saying, but it’s no easy task to plan a free code camp, and to take care of all of the details that make such an event great.  It took a great deal of my time, and many sleepless nights.  Of course, if I had it to do over again, I would. 

Fine-T Gourmet Tea Machine: unpackaged Yesterday, when I got home, I had a little gift waiting for me when I walked through the door.  It was quite the sight.  But let me back up a bit…  Towards the end of the day, I received an angry tweet from my lady.  She was very upset because she knows about my dream tea maker, and it miraculously showed up at the front door.  She thought I bought it.  A few moments later, she noticed that the name on the invoice was not mine, but someone we know.  It turns out that this was a gift.

A few of the people at the Day of DotNetNuke® chipped in and bought the tea maker for me.  That’s incredibly kind of them.  We do these things for the community, expecting that we will not get anything in return.  When we do, it’s always a welcome surprise.  However, this is also not a cheap surprise – not at all.  I will not out them in this blog post, as I am not sure if they would appreciate that or not.  If they want to, they can post their comments on this blog.

I would like to thank the gifters with all of my heart.  I appreciate the gift so much.  You can very easily and quickly tell from a gift if people know you, and if they really meant to say something to you with the gift they give you.  This one means so much to me.  I cannot think of anything else that they could have given me that might have had the same impact.  Thank you so much!

Now Let’s Use the Tea Maker!

Fine-T Gourmet Tea Machine: Ready to Brew The tea maker is a Fine-T Gourmet Tea Machine, and it can be found at any Teavana store.  From the very first sight, you can tell that there is something special about this tea maker.  It looks like something off of the set of the latest Star Trek film.  Perhaps, a Clingon poison vessel of some kind?  Hehehe…

There’s no disputing that the designers of this machine really care about how a product looks to the customer.  It’s sleek curves and aesthetic controls are top notch.  It has a very well-designed program that helps you prepare your tea making, and also prevents you from missing any steps in the process.  Coffee drinkers take the water level meter for granted.  With this tea maker, any tea drinker now has the same convenience.

Fine-T Gourmet Tea Machine: Filled with water, tea leaves, and sugar There is a mid-section that swivels out, where can put our tea and sweetener.  I use a German Rock Cane Sugar.  If you use loose or granulated sugar, or honey, I would suggest sweetening your tea after it’s been made.  In my case, I can put it in right away.

Filling this tea maker with tea leaves and water is so cool.  It’s like playing with the latest and greatest gadget.  It’s similar to the first day I had my G1 phone (Google phone).  I put the water into the top and close it up.  I open the mid-section and put in my tea leaves and sugar, then close it.  I put in the tea pot, and then go through a few short steps on the tea maker’s display to get everything started.

There are a few key features to note about this machine.  First, it has a tea wash feature.  I am not sure what that’s for.  Please let me know if you do.  Second, it has a feature to allow you to pre-program a time or a timer to make your tea at a later time. 

Fruta Bomba Green Tea and German Rock Cane Sugar in the Fine-T Gourmet Tea Machine The last feature that I LOVE is that the mid-section where the tea goes and later steeps, is quite open.  Why is this important?  Well, most tea makers have a diffuser that makes it difficult for the tea to fully expand.  This usually results in a lesser quality pot of tea.  The center section of this tea machine allows the tea to expand even more than in a typical tea pot.

What you see in the picture to the left is Fruta Bomba Green Tea.  It is a delicious blend of South African Rooibos and green tea, with some fruit pieces in it.  It has a great aroma when steeped, and tastes fantastic.  It’s health benefits should go without saying.  Both green tea and rooibos tea are very good for you.

Well, I hope that I have made you jealous of my new tea maker.  It’s friggin incredible!!!  I love it!  Thank you, anonymous gifters!  :)

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