If you'd rather enjoy a cup of coffee or a mug of tea as soon as you make it -- instead of painstakingly sipping at the scalding beverage until you can tolerate the heat -- your plight has officially been resolved. Bonavita's variable temperature kettles let you specify exactly how hot the water should be.
Six preset settings should suffice for most users needing hot water for instant coffee or a recipe. But if you're precisely brewing coffee or steeping tea, and the water temperature needs to be exact, you can program a specific temperature (minimum 60C) within two degrees of accuracy.
It will even automatically hold that exact temperature -- which is constantly displayed on an LED screen -- for up to an hour. The kettles will be available in two flavours next month: a one-litre gooseneck model, perfect for fancy tea parties, and a more traditional 1.7-liter design. Both will sell for $US100, much to the delight of budget-conscious coffee connoisseurs. [Bonavita]