Teakettle or Microwave: Which Does the Job Better?

by Connie Dunlap 05/12/2019

In this quick, got to have it now society, the microwave is the go-to for a quick cup of tea or to reheat that coffee. But does it give a satisfying, refreshing cup? Some people believe that water heated in a kettle is hotter and stays hotter longer, so it brews a better cup of tea.

What does the science say?

Personal experience notwithstanding, the scientific community seems to be in agreement that water heated in a microwave to boiling is the same temperature as water brought to boiling on the stove. And, that once in the cup, the cooling rate is the same. There is some speculation that the kettle heats water more uniformly than the microwave, resulting in certain parts, especially in the center, cooling faster because they had not reached the same temperature as the rest of the cup.

Others contend that the heated kettle allows the water to remain hotter while the microwaved container immediately begins to convey the higher temperature away from the heated water. For this reason, microwavable packaging often instructs to stir or let stand for a specified time so that the heat transfers evenly throughout the dish.

And then there are the folks that claim the perfect cup of tea comes from microwaving your tea leaves or tea bag in the water rather than pouring the water over the tea after it has heated. Some studies conclude that boiling the leaves in the microwave extracts more of the nutritional compounds than traditional brewing methods. 

What about nature?

Well, yes, heating the water over a flame has a satisfying earthiness about it. The act of filling the kettle, lighting the burner, waiting for the steam to build up a head so the kettle will whistle … all of that adds to the mystique of the brew. During the waiting, you're already relaxing. Then, you have a few moments more to be mindful as you pour the boiling water over loose tea or tea bag and watch as the tendrils of color begin to flow through your cup.

By the time you sit down and take a sip, you've already relaxed so the tea's catechins and warm steaminess can work their magic on your soul. Then, once you've rested, the caffeine slides into your senses to perk you back up so that you can move forward in the day and accomplish more.

Whatever side you’re on, you can find the perfect kettle to brew your stovetop experience or try a borosilicate glass teapot made for the microwave to create your ideal cuppa!

And if you need a new kitchen to support your tea habit, ask your local real estate agent to show you some options.

About the Author
Author

Connie Dunlap

Personal I am originally from Ohio but please don't hold that against me. :) I moved here with my husband in 1978 and we raised three sons who all graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School with an excellent education. I received a Dental Hygiene certification from Ohio State University and a B.A. degree in psychology from Wayne State University. My current hobbies include spending time with my family, needlework, learning French, and volunteering with the Junior League of Detroit, Operation Smile, and Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. Professional I have been a licensed Realtor since 1987 and an Associate Broker since 1990. I specialize in representing my clients in the purchase and sale of single-family residences and condominiums in the Grosse Pointe communities. I truly love this area and pride myself on my knowledge of current transactions, school districts, neighborhood information, and related services, including mortgage, insurance and inspection information. I am a customer driven Realtor dedicated to achieving results and providing exceptional service. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, I will put my 31 years of real estate expertise to work for you! Certifications and Recognitions [email protected] certification [email protected] Graduate, [email protected] Institute ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative CRS- Certified Residential Specialist RAM- Real Estate Alumni of Michigan e-PRO- Advanced Training in Technology