August 20, 2007

Review: Zarafina Tea Maker Suite - Make Perfect Tea One Pot at a Time

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We've just spent the last 3 weeks using the Zarafina Tea Maker suite. It's been a very interesting addition to our already large coffee and tea habit here at KitchenContraptions.com. What's surprising about the Zarafina Tea Maker is how consistent the cup of tea you brew can be if you have a tea brewing appliance like the Zarafina Tea Maker.

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You get a serving tray, the main tea maker, the tea pot, two tea cups,
and some serving utensils.

What's different about the Zarafina tea maker? The Zarafina tea maker has a unique brewing chamber which allows you to observe the process, variable settings that allow you to control the strength, brewing time and temperature and a built in diffuser that keeps your tea free of leaves whether you are using tea bags or loose tea. It is designed distinctively to enrich your tea experience and give you a perfect consistent cup of tea every time.

Setting up the Zarafina Tea Maker

We set up the Zarafina Tea Maker in less than 10 minutes. The unboxing experience was amazing. The details and beautiful packaging will not be thrown away any time soon. There is a bi-level experience to the items you get - the main maker, and then the tea pot and tea cups. We also received a box of tea to try as well.


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The unboxing of the Zarafina Tea Maker is amazing.
Very Apple like in how detailed and beautiful the
packaging is.

Zarafina Tea Maker Suite Features:

  • Steeps and automatically dispenses up to 16 oz of tea
  • Steeps a variety of teas: black, oolong, green, white and herbal tea respecting the different steeping times and temperatures
  • Adjustable Tea Strength setting: from mild to strong
  • Adjustable Tea Format setting: steeps both loose and bagged tea with equal ease
  • Ceramic tea pot, tea cups and serving tray included
  • Dark shale color with stainless steel accents

Making A Cup of Zarafina Tea

It's very easy to make a cup using loose leaf tea or your own tea bags. You can dial up the tea strength on the side and also pick whether you are using loose leaf or bagged tea.

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We put some loose leaf tea in the tea brew chamber.
It's very neat because once you place it in the water
filled chamber it floats on top for a minute.

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Here you can pick all the settings to make
the same pot of tea every-time.

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It's hard to see, but you place the tea chamber into the
water filled reservoir and it floats for a bit. Amazing.

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With the tea pot in place you start the brewing process.

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A very nice and strong cup of the Osmanthus
herbal tea provided.

Our Thoughts and Conclusions

We love the Zarafina Tea Maker and think you will too. The best part is the ability for us to venture out into loose leaf tea and also still use our tea bags as well. The consistency that you get in a cup of tea that you don't let over steep or forget to drink is amazing. The tea produced was always top notch, and the settings of low-strong for strength worked very well.

We also love the design. At first we were unsure about the serving tray the Zarafina Tea Maker sits on. But we can assure you - once you use it to bring out tea to your guest or just to move the Zarafina Tea Maker around - you won't be so unsure. We also love the small round cups - they have the perfect hand feel.

But in the end the tea has to be great right? It is. We even got several tea only drinkers to try out the Zarafina Tea Maker with their loose leaf teas and bagged teas - verdict. They all loved it and thought it was a great way to also not leave the pot of water boiling on the stove. Thanks again to Zarafina for sending - we can't wait to see more tea makers, cups, and pots from you in the future.

Zarafina and available at Zarafina Tea Maker Suite with Ceramic Tea Pots, Cups, and Serving Tray

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Posted by Jay Brewer at August 20, 2007 6:13 AM
Recent Comments

Biggest problem is my lack of knowledge about teas - where to set the automatic controls for length of brew and water temperature. Trial and error will prevail.


Posted by: Ken at December 29, 2007 12:09 PM

Is the infusor/tank plastic or glass? That makes the deciding difference to me whether I purchase.


Posted by: Tony at September 5, 2007 12:52 PM

I like the detailed review. You guys should do more of these.


Posted by: Poiuyt Man at August 26, 2007 3:24 PM

A question on how the Zarafina works: when you put the tea in the water tank, is the water still cold, or do you make the machine settings first and the water is at temp before you put it in? I wonder about putting tea leaves in the water and letting it warm up while the tea is there. How long does it take for the basket to fully immerse in the water, and is there a mechanism that causes it to descend or is it just based on the leaves getting saturate?

Darryl


Posted by: Darryl R. at August 24, 2007 3:06 AM

the machine looks so complete and a lot of work to clean it. i would rather use a small teapot or my smart teapot from www.teacuppa.com/smart-teapot.asp


Posted by: Jen at August 21, 2007 8:59 AM
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