To operate most teasmades, all you need to do is fill the kettle with water, place the teabags in the pot, and set the alarm. Detailed instructions for current models can normally be found on the manufacturer’s website. We have some instruction manuals for vintage models on this website – simply check the relevant page for your model. Continue reading A basic guide to Using a Teasmade
The basic operation of a Teasmade is a sealed kettle with a tube passing from the bottom of the kettle out into the tea pot. As the water heats nothing much happens. The water will expand but that will be taken up by the air in the kettle. However, when the kettle boils the water is converted to steam which generates an enormous pressure (like a steam train!) and forces the water out and into the pot. It is quite violent so the tea gets a good stir! Continue reading How does a Teasmade Work?
Goblin occasionally received complaints about scum floating on the surface of the tea. Complaints peaked in 1971 when Goblin introduced a new type of teapot with a large open spout and no grill. The sudden influx of queries from the service department forced them to devote some of their not inconsiderable resources to understanding and hopefully minimising the problem. Continue reading Scum on the Tea
The tube-fed syphon principle used by nearly all teasmades has been employed in coffee makers for well over a hundred years. This photo of the patented Napierian Coffee Machine, comes from website reader Eunice. The water was heated by a brass lamp under a spherical glass bottle supported by a nickel or brass frame, and was then fed through a nickel or silver plated syphon to the vase. The whole apparatus could be covered by an optional brass cover. Continue reading The Syphon Principle
I receive many enquiries about running UK made Teasmades in the USA and other countries. Back in the day, between 1976 and 1978, Goblin 860 Teasmades were available in the USA and spare parts were available from BSR Macdonald. Currently there is a US version of the Swan STM201, the Swan STM201US. Continue reading Using Teasmades Abroad