Cuisinart CPK 17 PerfecTemp Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle REVIEW

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The Cuisinart CPK 17 PerfecTemp kettle is a joy to own!  I’ve had mine for several months now, and my tea has never tasted so good.  Nor has it been so easy to brew.

Here it is, just out of the box!

Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTempCusinart CPK 17 Perfectemp Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

If you like to drink nothing but the finest tea, or a perfect cup of coffee, then you will know how important it is to get the temperature just right. If you consider making the perfect cup of tea or coffee to be something of an art work, then you need to right tool for the job!

The latest innovation for making the perfect cup of tea is brought to us exclusively from Cuisinart.  They’ve given us the incredible CPK-17 perfect temperature electric kettle.

Owning this appliance has changed my life for the better and I’m willing to bet that the Cuisinart CPK-17 Stainless Steel Kettle is the tool for you, also!  Not only is it functional, it looks great in any kitchen and will match with any decor!

This kettle does a whole lot more than simply “boil the water”.  Boiling water implies that the temperature has reached 100 degrees Celsius, or 212 degrees Fahrenheit, give or take a few degrees.  In other words, just keep adding heat until the water reaches boiling point, then you are done.

But what if boiling is not what it is cracked up to be?

What if too much heat is too much of a good thing?  If you prefer to drink green tea, or oolong tea, or even French press coffee, then you will know what I mean.  To make the perfect cup of green tea, you shouldn’t add boiling water.  Apart from drinking black tea, or instant coffee, sometimes you don’t always need to have the water at boiling point, and what you really want is to have hot water at just the right temperature.

How can you get the temperature just right?

Unless you want to stand there with a thermometer waiting for the boiling water to cool down just the right amount, there is an easier way to do it! (Don’t laugh – before I got my Cusinart CPK 17 Perfectemp kettle I used to do just that.  I’d boil the water and then let it cool with a thermometer in to make sure I got the right temperature before adding my tea leaves.)  The Cuisinart CPK-17 is here to help!  Simply fill with cold, clean water (remembering that the better the water, the better the tea). Then select the temperature setting from the push buttons on the handle, and push “START”.  As simple as that, the Cuisinart CPK 17 Perfectemp kettle will heat the water to your selection and with a gentle beep, you are ready to make your perfect brew.

But wait there’s more!

Better still the Cuisinart CPK-17 Perfect temperature kettle is able to hold that temperature if you ask it to.  By simply pressing the “KEEP WARM” button under the “START” button, this brilliant electric kettle will keep the water heated to exactly the correct setting, for up to 30 minutes, or until you pour the water.  How many times do you boil the kettle, walk away to do something, and by the time you get back, the water is too cool for tea?  Not any longer!

What temperature settings does it have?

The Cuisinart CPK 17 offers six temperature settings at the touch of a button.  This powerful kettle is rated at 1.5 kWatts and can heat up to 1.7 liters of water in a matter of just a few minutes.  You can quickly and easily select whichever temperature you prefer, and the Cuisinart CPK 17 will quietly and effortlessly do the job for you.

The Perfect Temperature for Every Cup of Tea

The Cuisinart CPK 17 allows for a choice of six different temperature settings, and this means you can select the water temperature depending on whichever tea you choose to brew.  Simply select from the temperature buttons on the handle of the kettle, which are LED backlit, and easy to choose.

Once you know what cup of tea you want to drink, the rest is simple.  For example,

If you want Warm Water – select 160 degrees

This temperature setting is excellent for any delicate brews you want to make or to warm up a night time concoction.  Perfect when you want to warm something up, but no make it too hot.

Brewing Green Tea – select 175 degrees

For any of the range of green teas that are available, the perfect temperature setting is right on 175 degrees Fahrenheit, or 80 degrees Celsius.  With the Cuisinart CPK-17, there is no longer any guesswork, and you can easily and simply select the perfect temperature, to make the perfect green tea brew.  As we all know, green tea is a delicacy, but get it wrong, and it can be bitter, or tannic, or too heavy, or just not right.  When I drink my green tea, I want it just right!

For White Tea – select 185 degrees

For those who adore the special treat of white tea, it is imperative that you get this bit right.  The water must be heated to just on 185 degrees Fahrenheit or 85 degrees Celsius.  This temperature setting allows for the perfect release of the delicate blend of flavours and colors from the very tips of the smallest tea leaves.  The Cuisinart CPK-17 takes all the hard work out of selecting the perfect temperature so that you can enjoy the perfect cup of tea.

The Very Delightful – Oolong Tea – select 190 degrees

The subtle flavours of Oolong are best released around 190 degrees Fahrenheit or approximately 90 degrees Celsius.  The fermented leaves of Oolong tea means that a little higher temperature will bring out the very best in this blend of tea.  Be careful not to over steep the Oolong as it is a subtle variety of tea flavor.  It is best enjoyed as a mild and aromatic tea.  It’s one that can be nicely paired with meals.

Into Herbal Teas, Tisanes, and Peppermint teas? – select 200 degrees

For a whole range of herbal teas and tisane blends, the perfect temperature is around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is equivalent to around 95 degrees Celsius.  It is best to brew these teas just below boiling point.  You’ll avoid scalding the leaves, but be able to extract the full flavor from these blends.  And for the coffee lovers, we have not forgotten you!  This is also the perfect temperature setting for French Press Coffee.  It will extract the smoothest flavours from the coffee beans, without the bitterness that can result from boiling water.

Good ‘Ol Black Tea – select Boiling Water

For all those who like a nice hot cup of black tea, whether loose leaf, tea pot blend, or even a tea bag, simply select boiling water and you will get piping hot boiled water in a matter of minutes.  At 212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius, sometimes it can be reassuring to know that you have hot boiling water right when you need it.

You can even make porridge, noodles, oatmeal or a delicious hot chocolate from boiling water, and when you need it piping hot, the Cuisinart CPK-17 will do it for you.


How do you control the Cuisinart CPK 17 Perfectemp?

This intelligent kettle is simple and easy to use.  It operates exactly the same way as any other electric kettle.  The present temperature control settings are backlit so that you can set the temperature even in the dark.  Simply fill with water (easy to see with the Blue Backlit Water Window) select the appropriate temperature and push “START”.  The start button is also backlit, as is the “KEEP WARM” button.  The “KEEP WARM” option can be selected or deselected as easy as you like.

Smart features

Importantly, this intelligent kettle has an automatic shut off as a protection from boiling dry.  With this feature you never need to worry about damaging the heating element.  Just to prove how smart this kettle really is, it comes with a smart memory setting!  That means you can lift it off the swivel base for 2 minutes and it can simply restart right where it left off.  It also has a long term memory that means that the previous settings will remain in the memory.  So and the next time you switch on the Cuisinart CPK-17, it will remember your previous selection.

Modern and Stylish

Not only does the Cuisinart CPK-17 work intelligently, it also looks modern and stylish and will suit any kitchen decor.  With a range of colors and stainless steel construction, it is extremely functional, yet super easy to use.  It is mounted on a 360 degree swivel base that keeps your bench top clear, a non slip handle which will never get hot, and a non drip spout to prevent those nasty little spills and splashes.

The Cuisinart CPK 17 Perfectemp stainless steel electric kettle is perfect for your next cup of tea!