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Topic: ThermoColor kettle (10 msgs / 157 lines)
1) From: Michael Allen Smith
French Press fans - check out page 54 of the August 2001 Wired.  An electric
tea kettle that changes colors as it heats up.  The best part is it can boil
1 cup of water in 40 seconds.  Very cool.
mas
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2) From: John Blumel
On Mon, 30 Jul 2001 10:25:53 -0700, Michael Allen Smith wrote:
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For those of us who don't get the print version of Wired, who makes it
and what's the max volume of water it handles?
John Blumel
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3) From: Michael Allen Smith
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Russsel Hobbs - 1.8 quarts.
Their web site doesn't have this model, but I did see a few UK stores on a
google search.
Thehttp://russellhobbsusa.com has a search engine to find your local store
(by zip) that caries the product.
Later today I'll scan in the article and mail out a URL.
mas
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4) From: Michael Allen Smith
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Here is the scan:http://ineedcoffee.com/kettle.jpgmas
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5) From: John - wandering Texas
None of the Russell Hobbs suppliers seem to stock it yet.  Its clever, but
I'm wondering if it will be worth the extra $$ for the service.

6) From: Monty Harris
At 01:51 PM 7/30/01 -0700, mas wrote:
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While we are on the subject of cool kettles, here is an interesting one
that does not need electricity:http://www.lehmans.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ExecMacro/lehmans/searchdet.dw/report?prrfnbrx640&searchtext=irish
It is a long URL, make sure you copy the whole thing into the browser.
/monty
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7) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
Here is a copy of a note I just received:
Lubos,
Thank you for your interest in Russell Hobbs. Unfortunately, the production
of the Thermo Color kettle has been postponed indefinitely.
Regards,
Jack Bashian
PHD, Inc.
Director, eCommerce
440-516-5709
bashianj  
www.PHDDistributionServices.com
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8) From: Michael Allen Smith
40 seconds to boiling water.  That's about the same amount of time it takes
to clean out the french press, grind beans, and prepare for brewing.  No
more waiting.  I will definately buy this.  STOCK THIS TOM.
At 6am, if I can reduce the time waiting for that first mug of french press
by 2 minutes (gas stove), then it is worth $80. :)
mas
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9) From: Michael Allen Smith
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production
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They decide to cancel the product 1 week after it gets a half-a-page free
writeup in Wired?  Brilliant.  Maybe it'll have an after-ife on eBay  a la
the Melitta Aromaroast.
mas
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10) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
" ... 40 seconds to boiling water ..." wrote Michael Allen Smith.
Michael, that is for one cup of water, as I understand. However, you don't
need the Thermo Color kettle to do that. Many of the Russell Hobbs kettles,
and perhaps others, heat that fast.
Below is the OPTEC disc heating element description from the Russell Hobbs
site:
OPTEC DISC Technology
The latest OPTECT Disc technology from Russell Hobbs boils a cup of water
faster than a stove top kettle or a microwave oven.
 Boils one cup of water, from tap water to a rolling boil, 25% faster than
traditional kettles. OPTECT DISC (Optimized Printed Element) technology
dramatically improves heat transfer and energy efficiency by delivering heat
directly to the water, unlike traditional elements that have to heat
themselves first, then the water. The state-of-the-art, patented element is
made up a flat disc of stainless steel with imprinted tracks of conductive
ink, which has a low thermal mass and increased power density. OPTEC uses a
special thick film printing technology to produce a compact and rugged
heating element.
Hope this helps you get your morning cup of coffee faster -- Lubos
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