Hot tea at the touch of a button

The Instant Hot Water Dispenser delivers piping-hot water within seconds. The countertop device produces water at 203 degrees Fahrenheit.

More than just a tea-maker?
More than just a tea-maker? Hammacher Schlemmer

The art of brewing tea is an age-old process that has been refined for generations. Cultures far and wide have developed traditions and ceremonies surrounding the ubiquitous beverage. The drinking of tea offers a way to bring together people, giving them a reason to slow down, relax, and contemplate their place in the grand scheme of things. Also, it is available caffeinated.

The rush to get caffeine into our system is not of minor importance. In recent times we have seen the proliferation of coffee shops and energy drinks -- there is even an inhaler contrivance out there called the AeroShot. Tea-lovers need not fear though; quick caffeine is there for them too.

The Instant Hot Water Dispenser is a countertop device designed to deliver hot water in as few as 8 seconds. With a capacity of 1.5 quarts of water, the unit stands by waiting to get called into action. When the need arises, the 1,700-watt heater delivers water at a piping-hot temperature of 203 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hot tea need not be the only thing that this hot water on demand system can be used for; oatmeal and hot chocolate lovers can rejoice, too. While there is nothing wrong with instant oatmeal gratification, it probably doesn't hold the same cultural cachet that tea does. Maybe in a few centuries' time. Or maybe not. Regardless, it is something to ponder while sipping tea.

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