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The Bonavita variable temp kettle is on sale at Amazon right now for only $43. It's definitely "fancy", it's normally around $70-80 but it is under your budget. This would work great for you.
What the fuck are you smoking?
One of the more popular kettles in the tea community is this and it is great [link] there are a few higher end ones that heat up even faster as well.
The variable temp is important for tea ofc but lmfao @ you thinking that I'm using a stove or that it would be unsafe. This thing will hold the temp for 2 hours before it gives up and turns off.
This one for me, the variable temp control is a really nice feature. seems like it's on sale, looks like a darn good price to me.
Edit. Sale price is gone. That was quick
Amazon Japan has the gooseneck version of the Bonavita available via Prime.
I brought over the non-gooseneck version of the Bonavita and have used it for a few years. I like the degree-specific setting and hold mode for up to an hour. Built in timer as well.
The Bonavita is great ([link]). We have two. No rusting, no error messages in more than a year of multiple times per day use.
From the Amazon listing regarding rust:
> Bonavita kettles are made of stainless steel & should not rust. When rust develops, this means that the stainless was not cleaned properly in manufacturing. We have added a passivization process to the kettle metal treatment & this issue should be solved on all new productions. If you have a kettle that rusts, please complete a warranty claim form at www.bonavitaworld.com.
From the Amazon listing regarding "Hi Err":
> "Hi Err" error: This error message indicates that the kettle has reached the boiling point before reaching the set temperature. This is common in higher elevations, as the boiling point is lower.
If this is happening, and altitude isn't a factor, you may contact our Customer Service department in the following numbers: U.S. & Canadian Customers: 1-855-664-1252. All Other Customers: 1-206-388-1777.
I used to have a zojirushi, but it took up a lot of space and since I like gong fu tea, I prefer to bring the water to the gaiwan.
So I bought one of the Bonavita variable temp gooseneck kettles and haven't even wanted a zojirushi since.
Keep an eye out on Amazon for the $50 - $60 Bonavita Variable Temp gooseneck. It's been a few months (EDIT: Maybe even a year) since it dropped last, but it's great and a steal at that price.
You need a couple of things but we can make it with the lower end of your budget.
A good burr grinder. Your biggest investment but also the most important one. For pretty much everyone here I would recommend the Berata Encore. A fantastic electric grinder that grinds really well for every brewing method out there except for real espresso.
If you think you might want to get a grinder that will be great for espresso as well, look into high end manual hand grinders like a Lido. They costs between $200 and $250. They require manual labor of course but it takes about 20 to 25 seconds to grind for a single cup. Not that big of a deal.
An Aeropress itself. Around $40 I think. Comes with paper filters that will last you a long time. They also sell reusable metal filters that give a distinct, more french-press like, tasting coffee. Worth a try but non essential.
A kettle/water cooker. Probably have those already. Don't need anything especial like a gooseneck for Aeropress. If you're looking to invest, buy a gooseneck kettle with build in thermometer like this one. They will be very helpful if you expand the hobby beyond aeropress.
A 0.1g scale. A scale that works with a precision of 0.1grams. Costs around $17 on Amazon. If you buy one, buy one with a build in timer. Very handy it doesn't cost more. If you have a regular kitchen scale, this one is a bit optional but if you want consistent results you need a precise scale.
About Aeropress. It's one of my favorite brewing methods. Very fun to use and can brew a wide range of coffee. However, it doesn't do espresso. It can make a very strong cup of coffee. It can even do crema if you use it right. Just not actual espresso. It just can't. Doesn't provide enough pressure.
If you could extend your budget to 60~, you'll get this:
It's underpriced for how amazing it is, if you ask me. Great pour due to gooseneck, adjustable cap, temp presets, per degree, C/F, build in timer, hold at your required temp for up to 1 hour, makes no noise, sturdy and well built, almost entirely stainless steel except for one tinnnnny bit of plastic near the very top opposite of the spout(Doesn't come into contact with your water, this is the only con as far as I'm concerned and it's minimal).
It's quite a popular kettle, and if you're serious about brewing tea you'd be hard pressed to find a better one in this price range.
This is a far better kettle for the price.
They need a better graphics person. For instance, the picture of the barista holding it? It still has the kettle's base in the image (which I assume would be attached to a cord and still sitting on the counter).
I don't know the product. But I'd be suspicious of something with 1 review, and yet claims to last for at least 3 years. I'd worry more about the electronics lasting for 3 years than that the steel would rust in that time.
I'd just be suspicious and willing to be disappointed.
I'd look at something like this Bonavita
A lot of it has to do with volume of the water, higher the volume the longer it takes. But I would recommend that you just stick your thermometer in and wait for it to get to the right temp and then take it off the heat as letting it cool down will take much longer than just getting it to the right temp.
If you are going to be drinking coffee regularly, I highly recommend getting an electric gooseneck kettle. I have this one and it's been incredibly useful. Not just for coffee but literally any time I want to boil water quickly. You can just set the temp and forget which is great.
>Are people using 80 C water out of the kettle?? Or is it meant to be 80 C water once it's in the Aeropress? E.g the act of pouring into the Aeropress probably would cool it a lot more, and then measure the temp once it's in the Aeropress?
I wouldn't be too worried about that. 80c out of the kettle would be fine. Also note that you might need to play around with temps because some coffees go well with different temperatures of water.
Hey OP, I strongly recommend an electric variable gooseneck kettle bonavita elec. gooseneck ($60) .
It heats up quick, and is safer to turn on, then attend to a child, then return to as it can keep at a specific temperature!
If its got a 15 -/+ variance, it sounds like its reached its end.
That being said, have you been descaling it on a regular basis? Also check the connection on the bottom to make sure that is also clean. Its a shot in the dark, but its worth trying.
Its on for $66 on Amazon right now, which is a decent price ($50 being the lowest.)
Prior to buying a Fellow Stagg EKG+, I simply used a electric boiler, which heated to an optimal-brewing temperature, and transferred it to a standard, cheaper, gooseneck kettle. Most temp-controlled, sleek-designed, kettles are in the $150 range. A popular choice in this community is the Bonavita Digital Temperature Gooseneck Kettle at around $65
For those in the US this is a good brand (from second-hand knowledge of friends and small coffee shops).
Second the Baratza Encore -- I have been very satisfied with mine and the ease of it being automatic is nice, especially if brewing for multiple people although there are some great hand grinders out there. There is also the option to upgrade to the Preciso burr kit which I think I plan to do at some point in the future so I can't speak on it from personal experience. Something else to consider is a good gooseneck kettle. I have this one which is pretty popular ([link]). It lets you set a specific temperature and also hold that temperature (for a believe an hour) which is nice for heating in the morning while you shower, etc.
Hmm, ok. I'm using an Aergrind (which I HIGHLY recommend if you're ok with spending about $100 [you should be]). And the V60 definitely highlights light/fruity flavors the best for me. By far.
I'd recommend getting one and experimenting because they're SUPER cheap (plastic is good, it's what I use) however, the truth is you really want a gooseneck kettle to make the pour over great.
I got lucky and got a Bonavita electric kettle from Teavana on clearance. It was $32 or so, normally much more ([link])
Step 1: heat water to correct temperature in your kettle (there are some cool temperature controlled electric kettles like this one)
Step 2: pour water into tea pot
Step 3: add infuser/infuser to tea pot for appropriate amount of time
Step 4: Pour tea completely out of pot or remove infuser and set aside for the next steeping
And, yes. You can steep most loose leaf teas multiple times.
This one [link]
That's the one I recommend. I think it does make a difference, but how much I think is subjective. I normally do about 195 and the boiling temp of water is 212.
I was thinking along these lines:
But now that I look at the specs, it says it takes 1000 watts for quick heating.....would it even be possible to run this?
I'm actually still using my $10 kettle/boiling water tap in my dorm but I have my eye on this one. My friend has it and she loves it.
If you want a true temperature controlled kettle go with this:
Its used in many actual tea shops around the world and is very accurate on the temperature.
I'm a big fan of this ~~Bodum~~ Bonavita kettle. I use it 3-4 times a day at work. Is that the one that failed on you?
Oh heck yes. I have a sweet one of these to get my water juuuuust right for making my morning coffee in an Aeropress.
Not glass, but a workhorse who holds a space of honor in my tea space. The gooseneck design is preferred for pour over coffee brewing (coffee drinking heathen/significant other) and is very nice to have to fill smaller teapots.
Well then, try just using boiling water, and see if you like what you get. What's most important is that you find a way of brewing that gives coffee you think tastes good. All the rules and recipes are flexible - have fun exploring and experimenting a bit!
If you really want to tinker with your water temperature, you could get something like a temperature controlled kettle (which can get expensive if you want a gooseneck), but that's probably further down the road. Another option is just taking a kitchen thermometer and sticking it in your stovetop kettle so you can keep an eye on what the temperature is.
This is on sale for $65 right now if you have Prime - I cannot recommend it enough. It changes your coffee and tea game soooooooooonnnnnn.
$75 if you don't have Prime I think - still a crazy good deal. Absolute best in it's class IMO.
I'm confused if you're willing to spend 100$ on a heating source why not just get a variable temp gooseneck kettle?
Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle [link]
I have an avanti induction cooktop; I typically use it for cooking bacon or some other breakfast item at the table, but can vouch for the speed of these devices. I have the bonavita kettle and feel it does everything needed for pour-over, aeropress, and french press.
I have used a water boiler many times and can also vouch for the quickness of these devices. If you have a small gooseneck kettle that you like, boiling the water in this container and figuring out how much the cold kettle affects the temperature depending upon the volume you place in it could work. If you plan on preheating your coffee mug, this seems like a reasonable option. If not, I do not see why it makes sense. Are you limited on counter space?
This Bonavita seems to be the most recommended electric kettle on /r/coffee. Includes a gooseneck spout for better control and a digital temperature setting.
I have been using this with good results.
The only issue has been that it slows down a lot when approaching the target temp. I assume it's trying to be precise, but in practice, I set a higher temp and kill it before it hits it.
If can walk away for a bit, it's great, it'll hit the temp and stay there. The gooseneck is great for pour-overs and generally I use it 1-4 times a day.
This seems like a very good kettle, but honestly, if you're going to buy a kettle that expensive I'd recommend the Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle simply because you can adjust the temperature by the degree, instead of by increments of 10, which is more accurate. Of course you lose the nice looking design and 0.7L of capacity, but it stays warm 30 minutes longer and is more accurate.
If your concern is getting fresh hot water, what about just getting an electric kettle? Something like this, so you could set it to specific temperatures, might work.
I got this, I liked it for the three months it worked before it crapped out and died like the piece of cheap shit that it is. My particular review isn't uncommon with this kettle, which is why I don't feel so bad about saying this.
Saved up for the Bonavita after that and now life is really, really great.
I have this one and it works great: [link]
It heats up really quick. The only possible issue is that the cord isn't long (but if there's an outlet nearby that point doesn't matter) and it doesn't make a sound when it hits the specified temperature (which may or may not be a good thing).
After $80 my choice would probably be the Bonavita which has such good reviews. I do however, really like that you've had yours for 3 years without any problems.
I know you specifically asked about automatic drip, but have they considered a nice electric kettle and a french press?
I've had more than a couple people realize their love for coffee after trying a different brewing method.
Probably this one:
The gooseneck is supposed to be handy for pourovers.
I think this is the correct link [link]
Right now the only things I use are:
The kettle is overkill for an Aeropress, but I also have a couple pourovers that I sometimes use, and those benefit from a gooseneck. Namely a Hario v60 (cheap, but excellent) and a Chemex (not cheap, but excellenter).
Bonavita, Oxo, and Fellow are the top three and the one's I'd recommend.
Interesting. If you don't mind me asking, what is it that requires you to have milk with your coffee? Is it just too "harsh" black?
An espresso-like ratio (coffee:water) is probably the best way to make your drinks unless you want a cafe au lait (half black coffee/half milk).
~~Closest to $40 temp-controlled kettle would probably be the bonavita 1L kettle at $50.~~
EDIT: Sorry. No temp control on that one. It'll be $60 for temp control
Definitely get an Aeropress it's a great beginner brewer that will allow you to grow in your coffee brewing technique as well as being easy to use for a novice. As for grinder don't skimp on it I suggest the lido 3 because I have it and I know it's good. It's a manual grinder but you will never need another one.
Get any scale that does grams it really doesn't matter and get a kettle to heat up the water. If you want it to be a one time purchase that doesn't require an upgrade in the future get the Bonavita 1L variable temp kettle
Here are some links:
I'd argue that the best kettle for coffee is going to be a gooseneck if you're going to be getting into any of the Hario style pour-over methods in the future.
As far as electric kettles go, the Bonavita is the most commonly recommended and an excellent kettle. I've since switched to the OXO which I like significantly more. There is also the Stagg which would be the premium choice and has finally released after what seemed to be an eternity in development.
All three come in stove-top versions which are going to be cheaper. Other options for stove-top would be the Hario which I wouldn't recommend for electric as it doesn't have temperature control. While I've never used it, I'd also trust the Bialetti to not be a piece of crap mainly due to the solid build of their moka pots. For stove-top I'd honestly go with the Hario.
Link for US. On sale for $71.86.
Bonavita pour over kettle maybe..?
Ive got a temp control kettle, im not sure how accurate it is
It is this one:
I'm partial to the Bonavita kettles myself.
Oh this kettle: [link]
Just a scope from aeropress kit makes a cup. There is a reusable metal filter made by someone else.
It looks like it is $74 this morning. [link]
I've got this one and it works great. Comes up to temp quickly, pours well, and has a timer.
Thanks for the reply. Is this the one you'd recommend?
Bonavita BV382510V Electric Kettle, Gooseneck Variable Temperature, 1.0L [link]
Hey thanks for the reply. Is the pouring experience the only main difference between the gooseneck and spout models? I just noticed the ratings on amazon are quite different from one model to the other. Also do you know the difference between the two gooseneck models, other than the color? The silver/black model looks nicer IMO, but it's not available. Did you have any issues with the plastic melting on either of the ones you owned?
Bonavita BV382510V Electric Kettle, Gooseneck Variable Temperature, 1.0L [link]
Bonavita 1.7-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Kettle [link]
I believe this one is what they're referring to.
So a little bit of an update for anyone that cares.
This is really my third time ever brewing any type of tea at all. For the last couple of months I have brought to work mass produced bottled tea (exhibit A and B) for lunch. I decided to up my game and try to brew my own higher quality tea. I've had experience cold brewing coffee with great results and tried it with some bag tea and got something that was okay. So I hopped on Amazon and got some loose leaf green tea for my French press, which is what you see in this post. I brewed it according to this recipe for about 8 hours in my fridge. Didn't add any sugar and packed it with my work lunch. Pretty disappointed to be honest. Super grassy and pretty bitter.
But then this morning I brewed it hot according to the package directions (I have a nice adjustable temp kettle which I used for coffee and now for tea). And let me tell you it was a whole different cup of tea. Sweet and lemony, with a present but not over powering vegetal taste. Just ordered some Darjeeling and jasmine loose leaf tea to experiment with. I've been down the coffee road for the last couple of years and I don't think I'm ready to give up coffee, but I do think tea might be a companion to it.
Hario v60, about $6-7 on Amazon (the one I bought even came with 20 papers filters). This is the kettle I have ($80).
You're welcome :)
Oh, and one last thing: don't pour boiling water over your grounds, regardless of what method you settle for! This Reddit post gives a chemistry breakdown but in short, ideal brew temperature is between 195-205°F. Pour the water ~30 seconds off-boil, instead. Best way to make it consistent? A programmable/variable temperature kettle or just a decent thermometer ;)
Pre-heat whatever brew vessel you're using to ensure better thermal stability during the brew period.
I have the grinder one step up, the Virtuoso, and I still agree that the Encore is a better "bang for your buck." I absolutely love mine and don't regret it at all though. When I do eventually get into home espresso (in a few years) there's a good chance I'll go with Baratza again since they're releasing a dedicated home espresso grinder this year.
A gooseneck is super useful for pourovers but honestly kind of a pain for anything else because of what makes it so useful, the slow pour rate. It's absolutely necessary for a v60, for example.
I have the variable temp bonavita gooseneck that's useful for tea, but I'm definitely eyeing a Stagg kettle, and I'm probably going to buy my sister a non-variable temp model soon now that I've gotten her and her husband into pour-overs.
Agree--you can get a great variable temperature kettle for manual brewing under $80. This and a Chemex/Kalita, etc. is arguably the best way to make coffee.
This is the kettle that's pretty popular here, it's a really good deal for the money and yeah you can choose the specific temperature with it. A kitchen scale can be had for under 15 and is important for hitting consistent cups. Almost all recipes you'll see will ask for a specific gram measure of beans and even water. You can work without it, but there's honestly no reason to skip it when it's so cheap.
As for burr vs blade, you can read up on that here. The cheapest acceptable grinders are the Hario Skerton/Mini Mill and the Porlex, both around $30-40~.
Note, if you get a chemex, that kettle will be a pain in your ass. I have that kettle at work and it's perfect for an aeropress but with a chemex (or V60, Kalita Wave, etc.) you need a goose neck kettle or else you'll get a lot of stuck brews.
Bonavita, and Hario have good ones if you go that route.
Bonavita Electric Gooseneck Variable Temp Kettle on Amazon for $72
Disclaimer: I literally just switched from bags to loose leaf tea drinking today after hours and hours of research.
I bought a Bonavita Electric Kettle ([link]) and chose it for it's precise tempature control and the ability to dual-purpose it for coffee pour-overs as well.
For infusion, I purchased an in-cup stainless steel one ([link]) mostly because it has good reviews and Amazon Now had it in stock for 2-hour delivery. There is some well-reviewed plastic infusers as well, but I like the visual of stainless steel in my new ritual.
The process is super easy. I fill up the kettle with water and punch in the temp (160 degrees in my case for Harney Japanese Sencha). Once it's hot I put the infuser in my mug and add a heaping spoonful of loose leaf. Then I pour-over the leaves and set my phone timer for a couple minutes. In no time, the tea is ready and I remove the infuser and dump the contents into composting.
The resulting tea is perfect. Easily twice as good as the experience as using the tea bags (I've been drinking Harney Japanese Sencha in bags for 2 years).
For electric, I'm liking my Bonavita variable temp.
For stovetop, I really like Takahiro (they also make a 900mL version), but the handle isn't heatproof, so you'll need a towel or hot pad to handle it off the stovetop.
For tea, I recently got myself gift set samplers from Camellia Sinensis; I got the Grand Crus collection and the Exploration 4. The packaging is beautiful and sturdy, plus the tea is great quality! If she likes Japanese teas or matcha, Ippodo also has many nice gift sets like this one for matcha.
For brewing, I would suggest this variable-temp electric kettle if she doesn't already have a kettle, which makes it really easy to brew different types of teas.
I would definitely stay away from the plastic kettles. I got a super cheap one awhile back and it definitely leaves a plastic taste, esp. when it's new. :/ I would suggest this Bonavita, which has variable-temp settings.
If you always like to have hot water on hand to make tea instantly, you can try this Zojirushi water boiler. A bit pricy IMO, but it might be worth it if you have the countertop space and want the convenience of not always having to reboil.
Electrical kettle really is the best. It's the fastest/easiest method.
Since you're on 220V, you could grab one of those kamjove kettles from china that I've been wishing for.
(They don't make 110V versions.)
Hey, I just started getting into pour over coffee and saw this post. Listen, if you're going to do pour over with a V60, you will not get a good result with a normal electric kettle. Normal spouts pour too fast and end up swamping the coffee and possibly even knocking the filter out of place, and then you get grounds in the coffee and it's a mess.
So if you get V60 you can really control your cup and get really creative and that's AWESOME, but you'll need a gooseneck kettle. I recommend this adjustable Bonavita:
It lets you set your temp exactly where you want it, which is awesome, but it's pretty expensive. You can also get other gooseneck kettles for less, but they are usually stovetop and not electric. That's fine, too, but you have to boil the water, then take it off the boil. Anyway, choice is yours, there.
If you get a Chemex or Clever Dripper or some other pour over method, word is that you don't need a gooseneck kettle and can get away with anything, and you'll get a more consistent cup of coffee with less effort. I didn't learn all of that before I ordered though, and just with the V60 that my local coffee roaster uses, not realizing how hard it actually was. It's fun once you get used to it, though.
All that said, definitely do some reading over at /r/coffee. Specifically read about a Moka Pot (which I want to try next) and the Aeropress. Both are good options.
If you just want a standard drip coffee machine that you can throw your ground coffee in and program to start up in the morning, get this:
That's a killer machine for a cheap price. Best part about it is it uses a cone-shaped filter so your water hits the coffee and filters through all of it, versus a flat bottomed Bunn-style machine where some of the coffee never contacts the water. It also uses a really nice thermal carafe that keeps the coffee drinkably hot for 5-6 hours without using a hot plate and cooking the coffee like a glass carafe would.
I'm not saying that it's wrong to have to go to the dealer, if that's how Nitecore wants to handle it. Just saying we don't have a lot of reports like this thread where someone says Nitecore themselves is helping out.
That said, I've been getting into /r/coffee and bought an expensive kettle and a new drip machine. Both Bonavita and Melitta/Hamilton Beach were happy to ship new units when I had very minor problems with the ones I bought from Amazon, because the problem lies with the manufacturer and not with the sales channel, even though I could have just as easily called Amazon and I know they would have made it right.
It's an electric Bonavita kettle with variable temperature control. It's awesome.
How much are you looking to spend?
Awesome gifts could be:
temperature controlled gooseneck tea kettle (~$75, Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle [link])
chemex coffee brewer ( ~$47, Chemex 6-Cup Classic Series Glass Coffee Maker [link] )
aeropress coffee maker (~$30, Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker [link] )
Baratza electric burr grinder (~$230, Baratza Virtuoso - Conical Burr Coffee Grinder [link] )
some nice single origin beans from his/her favorite coffee roaster, or some new beans. I recommend blue bottle, four barrel, intelligentsia or counter culture coffee.
If I think of anything else I'll let you know!
If he or she doesn't yet have a temperature variable kettle then getting one would be an amazing gift for a tea lover. This one is exactly 80 USD and is one of the best on the market. And this one here looks promising and is about half the price.
ONLY TWO. HOT AND COLD.
/edit: But in all seriousness, I drink a lot more coffee than I do tea. I wish I had gotten this kettle instead.
I've read from a few people on here that they went from a regular kettle to the gooseneck kettle and it makes a huge difference. I've only used a gooseneck kettle with mine and I love it. MassDrop did a deal selling these at around $70 for the BonaVita variable temp version. The price fluctuates on Amazon. But for almost half that you can get one that doesn't dial in the temp. You use it just off boil. Here's that one.
Google gooseneck kettle...
Yes. The recommended stack is the brewer in /u/cookinggun's comment, plus:
However, I use a non-gooseneck non-digital kettle and a regular old kitchen scale with no problems.
EDIT: You can totally beat $73.67 too. They're not frequent on CL as most people use them until destruction afaik.
Oh my God. I guess this is what I get for browsing reddit instead of paying attention in my understanding colour lecture. I shouldn't have left at break; I could have made a reddit/tea friend!
I have a variable temperature kettle (See, tea snob) like this one. It's awesome. Alternatively, you can learn how to read the bubbles in the water to get an approximate temperature, which is not at all difficult when you get the hang of it.
(Also, I used Dylon for assignment 2. I was waaaay too lazy to make my own dye)
If you got a Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle, you could use that to get specific temperatures for tea and coffee.
For tea, you could then nab a brewing basket online (or in store somewhere for cheaper). A brewing basket allows room for leaves to expand and makes some great tea.
For coffee, you could get a Hario V60 (with some filters) and a hand burr grinder to grind coffee fresh before brewing. The kettle's gooseneck spout is necessary for pourover brewing and will make some kickass coffee.
Both of these will allow you to make a single, or multiple, cups when placed into some sort of container, a mug or glass carafe, et cetera. I advise doing some research on the specifics of everything, obviously.
This may seem excessive and fragmented but it's basically combining common advice and entry-level equipment suggestions that any snob over at /r/coffee or /r/tea wouldn't shake a stick at. :)
I could tailor my recommendations or try to help more if you gave some more information about what you have already, how hands-on you want to be, how much you need to make at a time, etc.
Just a guess, but but Bonavita brand electric kettles are well liked in this sub. Especially the Gooseneck var. temp. is popular.
I'm personally thinking about getting one.
EDIT: I see that heir non-goose neck ("mongoose"?) kettle is now half off on Amazon.
A good, reasonably priced green I drink every day is this organic Lung Ching (Dragonwell) from Upton. For an extra couple bucks they'll ship it in a tin, which is what I use for tea storage.
Also, get a cheap meat thermometer while you're getting started, $4 from Wal-Mart, then think about investing in a variable temperature kettle like the UtiliTEA or Bonavita down the line
The Bonavita's are by far the best. Having that kind of control when pouring is awesome. They have a model for 90USD with temperature control. as well as a model for 60USD without.