Waiting for The Kettle to Boil

Does anybody fully wait until the kettle is boiled for their tea/coffee?

I flicked the kettle on and prepared my coffee (3 teaspoons of coffee and half a teaspoon of sugar) and waited for the kettle to boil. Just before it finished (maybe 5 seconds tops) I took the kettle off and poured into my cup.

A colleague walks by and said my coffee will be warm and I have to wait until it 'clicks' until i can take it off.

IMO, it is the same temperature when I take it off compared to when it 'clicks'. Does anybody else wait right to the end or do they take it off early like me.

P.S, my colleague also pours her milk in before the hot water, I cannot take her seriously now.

Any thoughts Ozbargainers?

Poll Options expired

  • 214
    I wait until it clicks
  • 157
    I take it off just before it clicks
  • 7
    Who makes their own coffee these days? I buy from a cafe
  • 317
    I have better things to do than waste my time on this poll (but ill vote anyway)


  • +87 votes

    Slow at work today?

    • We tackle all the most serious issues plaguing the First World right here on OzBargain.

    • very slow day!

      • I would never have instant coffee, but Ill take the kettle off early depending on the type of tea. Most of the time I let it boil and just wait a little while for it too cool. I also barely ever overfill the kettle because I hate waiting. I will boil water in the kettle for any stovetop cooking or rice cooker or coffee machine becasuse the kettle is quicker.

    • OP's next post. 'Do you enjoy watching paint dry?'

      • Who has time for that when I'm already so busy watching the grass grow??

      • +18 votes

        Lol. The next post is:

        Waiting for the pee to finish

        Does anybody flush before they finish their pee?

        I flush while the last few drops of wee are still coming out (5 drops tops)…… blah blah

        <insert poll for the lolz>

    • This has given me justification for all the little questions I think up of each day. In fact, I have now created a shortcut to 'NEW Post - General Discussion' on my phone's homescreen, just in case I forget the silly question by the time I get a chance to post it. Best to be prepared! P.S: I wait until it clicks; infact, I sometimes hold down that button for an extra good ol' boil!

      • And to add to that, I have now realised that these types of questions are better suited to the 'Everything Else' sub-forum…. I'll make another homescreen shortcut!


      Must be working at Westpac.

      • Can't be. They would be too busy trying to impress with their high yielding investment.

  • +5 votes

    maybe make a post on ozbargain (with a poll)

  • Poll(y): put the the kettle on?

  • I keep the button held down so it boils for extra long… like those people who ask for their coffees Extra Hot.

    Just kidding. :D

    • I cover the heating element with just enough water to keep it submerged. That gives the quickest boil, the lowest power bill and, most importantly, saves the environment, polar bears and coral reefs!

    • I boiled my water in my pressure cooker and use the steam to make coffee

    • how truly does one make a coffee extra hot at the cafe? should we nuke em whilst we make em or perhaps just blast the cup so the clients can't even hold it….

    • if you open the cover, you wont need to keep the button down

      atleast in the kmart glass kettle i got.

  • Scientically, you do not need to wait for the kettle "click". Water is boiled when it starts bubbling violently and steam comes out. Leaving it boiling will not increase the temperature of the boiling water in your kettle any further.

    P.S. Pouring in your milk before hot water keeps your tea/coffee warmer. :) If you are having a slow day, perhaps this video will entertain you.


    • For coffee or tea that stays hotter longer you need to put boiling water in your cup, put the kettle back on to boil, swirl the water around the cup for 20 seconds or so, pour it out, then make the coffee/tea as normal. To preheat the cup.

      • You could also invert the mug and rest it atop the toaster while you wait for the kettle to boil.

        Or roast it in the oven at 350 for a favoured colleague.

    • Scientically, you do not need to wait for the kettle "click". Water is boiled when it starts bubbling violently and steam comes out. Leaving it boiling will not increase the temperature of the boiling water in your kettle any further.

      Local boiling around the heating element is less heated than the whole mass of water boiling.

      Gotta be scientic!!

      • Yea what Scrooge said. I've actually measured this with a quality thermometer. It may appear like its boiling in those final few seconds before it shuts off, but the thermometer only reads 99/99.5. When it hits 100 it stays there for a few seconds and then turns off. About 5 seconds before boil mine will read about 98

        • I challenge you to drink that straight down at 99.5 or 98 or 88 or 78 or 68…

          Hot water systems are maxed at 55 I believe. A HOT shower is in the 40's. For reference.

          This is actually a thing that I hate. The person who insists on boiling 1 litre of water, for a 250ml cup. Then lets it sit for 3 mins before drinking.

          Do we need to boil a kettle?..I don't recon. If anyone knows of a kettle that stops at say 80 (or how I can tweak the thermostat), take my money (not the selectable tea types as my partner will insist it is set to max).

        • @tunzafun001:

          Xiaomi MiJia Kettle?

    • I like this answer!!

    • If you lived on a high enough mountain the kettle would never click off. It would just keep boiling until all the water was turned to steam.

    • Yep. Depending on the tea, I either let it boil through or take the kettle off the base before it "clicks"

      I call the bagged variety instant. I usually use a double boiler to steep my tea leaves. Takes around 20-30 minutes. Good for when I have company.

    • Pouring milk before the hot water? That's god damn sacrilege!

    • All the video really shows is that the cup that started with more hot water ended up hotter. There no surprise there. It would have turned out like that even if the milk was added at the same time for both cups.

  • Three teaspoons??? If I drink instant coffee I usually tap a little off a single teaspoon.

    This also reminds me of when I was like 8 and made mum breakfast in bed for the first time ever and I thought coffee was like got chocolate, the more you put in the better it tasted. Mum took a sip and was probably gagging inwardly but pretended it was lovely. I didn't find out I put too much in until like 5 years later when I started drinking coffee myself, and she told me.

  • Your colleague is right in the milk part. Wrong in the click part. But right in the click part with the milk. Confusing? I'll explain.

    Temperature between just before it clicks and when it clicks is negligible. The water is boiling, i.e. 100c. The proportion of boiling water changes slightly, but overall it's negligible. However, if you're going to pour the water straight on the coffee, I would take it off well before the click, or let the water rest to at least below 96c.

    If you want a better tasting instant coffee, while the kettle is boiling, put milk in with the coffee and dissolve it slightly. This will reduce the effect the boiling water will have on the coffee, because if you pour the water from the freshly boiled kettle, it will be 100c, and burn the coffee, causing it to have a stronger bitter flavour.

    Source: I coffee

    • Wow, different perspective.

      I will try the milk first part.

    • +1

      Boiling water + coffee = burnt coffee.

    • Not true about burning the coffee. Instant coffee is just dehydrated, so adding boiling water only rehydrates and melts it. Different if using ground coffee beans though, that will burn the coffee.

      • exactly instant always taste like shit no matter what you try

        • Thankfully, shit can be a relative term. Like, that comment was shit. However, I'm sure it could be shitter.

          I enjoy my fresh coffee, however, if I don't have anything around, instant is a fine substitute. What tastes shit to you, might not taste shit to others.

        • Yep its utter ass. Watered down, vacuum dried mess of a process.

      • Interestingly enough, you may be right! There seem to be many discussions regarding the matter of not being able to 'burn' instant coffee on the net, stating the point you just made. However, there also seems to be a lot of anecdotal comments of pre-water first drinkers who came out and said the flavour of 'milk first' made their coffee taste a lot better.

        So if I was OP, I would definitely give it a go either way and see if it made a difference.

        Years ago I used to be a water-first drinker, and my parents (who love their instant) showed me milk first, and I definitely noticed a difference. Although now I'm a little more of a coffee snob and have a french press sitting at my desk at work which uses fresh grounds, which definitely shouldn't have boiling water, as you mentioned.

        • Defo milk in first with instant.
          I didn't believe it at first as I was brought up differently, but it's superior.

  • But you're meant to put the milk in first when you're making instant, you didn't know that?

    Some of us prefer to make our coffee with 100°C water not just 98°C

  • 3 teaspoons of coffee?

    You must be bouncing off the walls?!

    • I thought it was normal to have at least 1 tablespoon of coffee for an instant, which would probably be around 2-3 teaspoons. I barely feel a tickle after it, it just prepares me for the mid-morning brew.

    • No, some of the other people here have 3 coffees a day with extra shots in each.


      3 teaspoons of instant would probably have less caffeine than a small espresso coffee.

  • Your life is full of drama. Im jealous.

    Does everyone here leave the tea bag in?

  • 90oC is a good temp for me

  • Don't drink tea or coffee.

  • My kettle does a boiling rage type thing 2 seconds before it's about to click. I'm too impatient and pour it probably around 15 seconds before it clicks.

    For milk, apparently you're meant to put the milk in before (and even mix it in with the coffee granules) then gradually add boiling water. Something about scalding the milk.

    • hahaha yes our kettle has the boiling rage thing as well. Couldnt have described that process better.

  • This really needed to be a question? Drink your coffee as you like it.

  • I'm not a coffee snob/aficionado but I don't think it matters if you are drinking instant coffee.

    • I'm an instant-coffee aficionado.

      It absolutely makes a difference. The warmer the water, the less crunchy. Ruins it.

  • It's either use a fully automatic coffee machine and don't have to worry about boiling water OR use a digital kettle so I can select the right temperature for my tea.

  • Did you contact mnifacturer of the water kettle and what did they say? :)

  • Yes for tea (black tea), no for coffee.

    For black tea I always understood it was better if made with boiling water. So I wait for the kettle to boil, brew the teat and add milk last (when making in the cup/mug). Ideally I would make the tea in the teapot and add the milk first to the cup and then the tea as this prevents the tea from staining the cup (but still end up potentially with a stained tea pot) but generally can't be bothered with all that palaver and additional washing up just for one cup of tea.

    For coffee I have been told that boiling water burns the coffee so you don't want it at 100 degC - it is therefore best to stop the kettle when it the water is hot enough, better not to wait for it to get to boiling.

    • Boiling water burns tea also. Hence the milk first.

    • See, this has been my understanding as well although the other comments say otherwise.

    • Actually its the other way around, to make coffee beans requires very high temps above 100 deg to cook, so you cannot burn coffee with boiling water, but tea leaves are dried and can be burned. You should use about 70 degrees water on light color teas, and about 90 degrees on dark teas. The time you steep the tea also varies depending on the type of tea.

  • Where is the obvious option?

    Sigh loudly and hold the kettle handle, ready to lift off as soon as it clicks.

  • At work we have boiling hot water in a machine ready to go all day.
    I pour a half mug of milk and heat in the microwave for 30 sec, then stir in my coffee, and top up with boiling water.
    At home i use the same method but of course we have a kettle and if i am standing around waiting for it to boil i will just pour the water once it is bubbling - no need at all IMO to wait until the kettle clicks. If the water is bubbling then it has boiled.
    Some people just get hung up on what is "normal" or how they have been conditioned. Life can be lived in a number of ways, making coffee can be done in a number of ways - each to their own.

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