Kettle fontana5: not just a delight for tea-lovers. Whether it be 70 degrees for green tea, a clearly visible water-level display or simple filling – with the fontana5, which has been on the market since 2012, ritterwerk has remained true to its principles. This kettle combines those Bauhaus elements that make all ritterwerk products unmistakeably recognisable: reduction to the essential and durable materials. An additional special feature is the choice of four temperature settings – 70°, 80°, 95° and 100° Celsius.
- Quality product made in Germany
- Four temperature settings
- LED indicator
- Heat-resistant housing
- Cordless kettle with 360° rotating base
- Overheating protection
70° for green tea – no problem. Easily reading the water level – no problem. Conveniently refilling the kettle at the tap – no problem. Whenever the long-established Bavarian company introduces a new product to the market, all details are well thought-out. And because the design follows the functions, the first kettle in the company’s history looks both modern and timeless.
The right preparation and, above all, the right water temperature are crucial when it comes to the optimal enjoyment of black tea, green tea and coffee. The four temperature settings 70°, 80°, 95° and 100° C allow the temperature to be set exactly as required. The set temperature is also indicated by LEDs.
The outer housing is made of high-quality acrylic glass. This means that the kettle not only looks elegant, but is also thermally insulated from the outside. fontana 5 meets more than the existing requirements of the standard for hot surfaces for kettles. A combination of elegant appearance and perfect technical details.
The water level indicator of the wireless container can also be read easily from both sides during filling - for left- and right-handers.
The lid is equipped with a locking mechanism that prevents accidental opening for safety reasons.
The two lime filters, with fine and coarse pores, are made of metal and can be removed for cleaning.
The sharp pouring edge ensures convenient pouring without annoying dripping.
The wide-opening lid makes it easy to fill the kettle under the tap as well as easy cleaning and descaling. In addition, the highly polished stainless steel heating base counteracts the lime deposits. They do not adhere so quickly and are easier to remove.
Ideal water temperature for hot drinks and soups
No matter if you want to heat up water for tea, coffee or instant products – the possibility to pre-select the water temperature at either 70°C, 80°C, 95°C or 100°C with the ritter kettle fontana5, does always ensure the best treat.
A short survey of tea:
All of the about 3.000 known types of tea are made from the Camellia tea plant. Various crossbreeds, different growing areas with their individual climate conditions as well as harvesting and processing do result in the vast diversity of different tea flavors.
The freshly harvested tea leaves are being processed by different means, methods and techniques, resulting in total six sorts of tea whose only difference is their way of making.
Finally, it’s not only the quality of the tea leaves which decides on the optimal tea savor, but also factors like dosage, water temperature and –quality as well as the brewing time. Every type of tea has a certain brewing temperature at which it fully develops its flavor. For example, if you brew tender white tea with boiling hot water, the precious but easily evaporating flavors will get lost.
Thus, every tea needs its specific water temperature and brewing time. Therefore, please keep to the recommendations of your specialized tea dealer and experiment in order to find your own favorite taste.
The following overview will inform you about the six different types of tea and their approximate water temperature:
- Black Tea: 90 - 100°C
- Green Tea: 70 - 80°C
- White Tea: 70°C
- Yellow Tea: 80°C
- Oolong Tea: 70 - 80°C
- Pu Erh Tea: 70 - 80°C
Mixtures of herbs and fruits are no teas in a narrow sense, because they’re not made from the tea plant but from parts of herbs and fruits. For these brewing drinks it’s very important to have a high water temperature for soaking and releasing the pharmaceutical ingredients.
- Herb Tea: 100°C
- Fruit Tea: 100°C
Tea Master Zhang Dafu knew about the importance of the water quality for the preparation of tea already: “The quality of a good cup of tea depends 20% on the tea itself and 80% on the water used”.
In general, tea should be prepared with fresh, unchlorinated, oxigenic and rather soft water. The degree of the water hardness, however, also depends on the region. Water which is too limy causes a blurry film at the surface which prevents the flavor from developing.
Still mineral water is suitable to a limited extent only. It often contains high amounts of calcium and hydrocarbonate which become small white flakes when the water starts boiling while also increasing the pH value. Thus, only use still mineral water with low calcium and hydrocarbonate values.
Besides the temperature of the water, every sort of tea also has its own defined brewing time. Try and find out for yourself how you prefer your tea.
Nevertheless, there are some basic rules for orientation: The more tea leaves you use and the hotter the water is, the shorter the brewing time. Black teas are not quite as sensitive as other sorts which sometimes only need a few seconds.
Hot chocolate or instant soups should be prepared at a water temperature of 100°C.
The optimal temperature for pot- or manual brewing of coffee is at 95°C. Instant coffee should be prepared with 80°C hot water.
Blue Angel - fontana5
Our fontana5 kettle has been awarded the Blue Angel seal. The environmental label was created in 1978 on the initiative of the German Federal Minister of the Interior and approved by the Ministers of the Environment for the German federal states.
red dot design award - fontana5
The red dot award is an internationally recognised seal of quality for high design quality. The design competition has existed since 1954. An international jury only awards the coveted prize to products that clearly stand out from comparable products due to their outstanding design. In 2013 the fontana5 kettle received this renowned reward.
Home Style Award - fontana5
The Home Style Award has been awarded by a professional jury in the context of the Interior Lifestyle China 2013. Awards were given to those products contributing significantly to interior decorations in China in the categories "Best Look", "Best Practical Use" and "Best Green Style". From more than 150 applications, our kettle fontana5 has been selected winner in the category "Best Look".
Haus & Garten
Haus und Garten Test is the magazine for consumers with advice columns and test reports. Products are competently and professionally tested by this magazine. In November 2013, Haus und Garten Test tested our fontana5 kettle and rated it as "VERY GOOD" (test score 1.4).
Do you have any questions about our kettles? Here are some frequently asked questions and the corresponding answers. If your question has not been not included or still isn’t sufficiently clarified, we will be pleased to assist you.
What is a kettle?
A kettle is used to bring water to the boil. A ritter kettle can do more than just boil water, however, as it only heats the water to the temperature which is required à which is important for the optimum enjoyment of black tea, green tea or coffee.
How does the kettle work?
The kettle can be used to heat water to four predefined temperatures (70°C, 80°C, 95°C and 100°C). To prevent calcification from being rinsed out when pouring the water, the kettle is fitted with a removable lime-scale filter. The kettle also has boil-dry protection, which prevents the kettle from overheating when it only contains a little water or doesn't contain any at all.
What is the kettle made of?
The part of the kettle which comes into contact with the water consists of a stainless steel base plate on the one hand, and the plastic polypropylene (PP) on the other. This plastic material is approved for food use and is odourless. The lid of the kettle does not contain bisphenol A (BPA), as BPA is not used in the production of PP. Our kettle is the only kettle in the world which is allowed to carry the Blue Angel eco-label, which it was partially awarded because of its low energy consumption.
The reasons for choosing plastic instead of stainless steel are as follows: no risk of burns and, in addition, the double-walled, thermal insulated housing keeps the water warm for longer.
Doesn’t the kettle get hot on the outside?
With its heat-resistant acrylic housing, the ritter kettle doesn’t get hot on the outside and therefore provides protection against burning.
What is a cordless kettle?
Cordless means that the kettle doesn’t have a power cord and can therefore be used freely. The power cord is situated in the 360° rotating base, which has two cord exits for pulling out the cord.
How much power should my kettle have?
It isn’t possible to say for certain, but in general, the greater the power, the faster the water is brought to the boil.
When does the kettle switch off?
The kettle has overheating protection. This ensures that the kettle switches off automatically when it reaches the set temperature. The kettle also switches off automatically when it is removed from the base.
Is the appliance always in standby when the battery plug isn’t removed from the mains?
The appliance is in standby when the battery plug isn’t removed from the mains. The electricity which flows in standby mode is below the maximum statutory limit.
Can boiling water splash out of the kettle?
As long as the maximum fill level isn’t surpassed when boiling the water, no hot water will splash from the kettle.
How can I descale my kettle?
The frequency with which the kettle should be descaled depends on the local water hardness.
Why is it important to descale your kettle regularly?
Clean and/or decalcify your kettle regularly to prevent calcification.
Why does my kettle continue to smell of plastic after repeated use?
We recommend that you clean the kettle with household vinegar or clear vinegar essence.
What is the right way to dispose of my kettle?
The kettle shouldn’t be disposed of with the standard household waste at the end of its service life. It should be handed in at a collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment.