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Quiet Brews: Yes.. You Can Brew as You Zoom!

We’ve all been there. That long Team video call. You’re dying for a cuppa, but the deafening boil blast from your kettle means not only would you not be able to hear the call, but you’d have to mute your mic, and the moment you do that is the moment your boss asks you that important question! Not to worry… Thanks to the manufactures of these Quiet Mark certified Kettle and Coffee Machines, you can brew while you Zoom!

Quiet Mark’s expert team of acousticians conduct extensive testing in Quiet Mark’s specialist acoustic test lab, which has been designed to be representative of a real home environment, with the reflective surfaces found in a modern kitchen, has also shown that proficient performing Kettles, from an acoustic standpoint, comprise generally of a broadband sound (flat across all frequency spectrum) and benefit from being slightly weighted towards the mid-low and low-frequency range (everything below 500Hz). This frequency distribution translates into a perception of ‘richness’, showing that the unit is sufficiently powerful, whilst minimising its ‘sharpness’, which typically relates to an excess of high-end frequencies.

Image credit: Quiet Mark certified Tower Bottega 3KW 1.7L Stainless Steel Kettle

Sharpness is an attribute commonly related to disruption and annoyance. Tonal components (frequency bands that are more than 6 dB above frequency bands directly above or below), can often become a source of disturbance too.

Quiet Mark does the science. The distinctive purple Q logo on a product means it’s one of the quietest available on the market. With the growth of Work From Home, consumers need to create the most productive and peaceful domestic soundscapes. Quiet Mark makes it easier for them to do so.

Dualit Classic Kettle

The multi-patented Classic Kettle features a ground-breaking replaceable element that lengthens the lifespan considerably, whilst the Whisper Boil™ drastically reduces unwanted boiling noise. The Dualit Classic Kettle is available in a selection of finishes and is fitted with a superfast 3Kw element, making for quick boiling time. Two measuring windows with cup level and litre indicators help you to only boil the amount of water required from one cup to 1.7 litres.

UK Sales of tea and coffee have soared since the lockdown as the nation’s drinking habits have become home-based. Grocery stores also rang up an extra £24m in tea and coffee sales last June, during the first lockdown, and an additional £19m on biscuits – marking a massive shift away from takeaway lattes towards boiling the kettle and buying barista quality, coffee machines.

Lakeland Mirror Kettle

Bring some glamour to tea-break time with this beautiful Mirrored Kettle. With a stunning mirrored finish when it’s turned off, but just enough visibility to check your water level, switch it on and watch as it glows a lovely bright blue colour while it’s heating. Practical and good-looking, it makes an eye-catching addition to any kitchen.

This gorgeous kettle has a 1.7 litre capacity – perfect for making lots of cups of tea or coffee! The blue LED lights illuminate when the kettle is switched on and then shut off when the water has boiled, allowing for optimal temperature regulation. The kettle is easy to fill through the wide opening at the top via the flip-top lid, and has useful measurements on the side of the glass chamber so you can fill it up to the level you require, without wasting energy boiling more than you need.

This attractive kettle has a soft-open lid, which allows the steam to escape gradually, and a cool-touch handle, making it safe and easy to handle.

Sage Tea Maker™ Kettle

Different tea varietals require different temperatures and steeping times to bring out their unique flavours and aromas. Simply press a button and watch as the basket descends gracefully into the water with the Sage Kettle. Set the timer and wake up to your favourite brew.

Tower Bottega Stainless Steel Kettle

Boil your favourite hot beverages in no time with this 3kW kettle, in a contemporary black and rose gold finish. Equipped with quiet boil technology, you can boil drinks with minimal noise disruption within open living spaces.

Its 1.7 litre capacity can provide up to 7 cups from one fill, while its 360 degree base makes it suitable for both left and right handed use. The boil-dry protection and automatic cut-off safety features make this kettle reliable and practical for everyday use.

Melitta CI Touch Coffee Machine

The Melitta® CI Touch® is an all-round talent among fully automatic coffee machines. Numerous international coffee specialities can be made with a simple touch.

Exclusive functions such as the two chamber bean container ”Bean Select“, which allows you to always select the right type of coffee beans, an elegant design, a quiet as a whisper grinder and an intuitive use make it a pleasure for all of your senses.

Sage Barista™ Pro Espresso Machine

A manual espresso machine, offering hands-on prepping for a practicing baristas personal touch. The intuitive LCD interface provides all the information you need to create third wave speciality coffee at home. The built-in grinder readies 19g of ground coffee on demand.

Concocting an aromatic, full-bodied experience. The ThermoJet® heating system achieves the optimum extraction temperature, 93°C, in 3 seconds. PID temperature control maintains the water extraction temperature within +/- 1 °C. Assuring the nuanced flavour notes of the bean is perfectly balanced. 9 Bar pressure is applied during the extraction process via the 15 Bar Italian pump.

Delivering charming, caramel-coloured coffee. The steam wand textures the milk to a velvety mouthfeel. Creating silky microfoam capable of composing latté art. With a 3 second heat-up time and precise espresso extraction, you go from bean to cup, faster than ever before.

Quiet Brews
Image by Nitish Meena on Unsplash

And finally… Did you know that your coffee tastes better in quiet spaces?

A new study shows loud noise affects how people experience the bitterness, acidity, sweetness and aroma of their daily brew.

The study published in the Food Quality & Preference journal found that people were “less sensitive to specific sensory and hedonic attributes” of coffee under louder conditions. In particular, noise affected the bitterness, acidity, sweetness and aroma.

Check out the latest episode of The Quiet Mark Podcast about Sound Walks in the City, with Soundtrackcity and Tranquil City, and find a quiet corner for your cappuccino!! ☕️

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What is Quiet Mark?

Quiet Mark is the international approval award programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation (est. 1959). Conducting expert acoustic testing and verification of products Quiet Mark has over the past 9 years driven change in manufacturing worldwide to prioritise noise reduction within the design of everyday machines, appliances, technologies and house build materials, creating the first one-stop platform for third-party approved noise reduction solutions for every living space to health and well-being.

Through specialist acoustic measurement and product assessment, Quiet Mark identifies the quietest products in over 70 product categories giving consumers and trade buyers a more informed choice about the sound levels of the products they buy. The Quiet Mark scheme drives designers and manufacturers to reduce sound levels of their products enabling households and workplaces to rebalance the soundscape reducing stressful unwanted noise.

Why Quiet Mark?

“I couldn’t hear my baby crying over the noise of the hairdryer”

The damaging effect of excessive noise on health, productivity and social cohesion is seriously underestimated.World Health Organisation research shows that environmental noise pollution affects mental and physical health and is now second only to air pollution as the world’s largest killer pollutant. Across an estimated population of 340 million people, at least 1 million years of healthy living are lost each year due to noise pollution in Western Europe.

In the fast-paced lives, vibrancy is exciting and necessary. But this heightened state can only be valued if there is also the opportunity to choose the alternatives of calm, quiet and the chance to switch off. Quiet Mark was established to provide a credible, independent scheme that would help consumers easily identify quieter products for the home, at work and for public spaces.

Acoustics Academy for the Building Sector

In February 2020, in a move to further expand its service to tackle noise related problems in building design Quiet Mark launched its Acoustics Academy to include third-party verification of specialist acoustic materials for the building sector including – walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows etc.

This brand-new online platform further equips and empowers architects, builders and designers with a guide to expertly verified leading acoustic solutions for every building application area.

Quiet Mark Partnerships

Quiet Mark has established a unique alliance of partnerships with leading retailers who are helping shoppers to find the quietest appliance technology available on the market including John Lewis & Partners, Argos Sainsburys, Currys Dixons, ASDA, Lakeland and British Independent Retailers Association.

Quiet Mark is working in partnership with the US Good Housekeeping Institute, one of the most trusted and respected names in America, acoustically testing and reviewing products for the benefit of its readers and raising the bar for quality acoustic design to support consumer health.

By highlighting the distinctive purple Quiet Mark as a trusted symbol, our retail partners are enabling consumers to make a more informed choice about quieter high- performance products they share their homes with. This is a powerful example of collective customer care to combat stress-related noise, an important health and environmental issue.

Quiet Mark Heritage

The Noise Abatement Society (NAS) was founded in 1959 by the entrepreneurial businessman John Connell OBE who believed that being exposed to excessive noise profoundly affected health, children’s learning, productivity, and general quality of life – he called noise ‘the forgotten pollutant’.

John almost single-handedly lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament, when in 1960, noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK. His practical problem-solving included introducing rubber dustbin lids and plastic milk crates to reduce urban disturbance, stopping night flights, and in the early 70’s he commissioned detailed planning for a revolutionary Thames Estuary Airport directing flight paths out to sea.

Today the internationally respected NAS seeks to accelerate change to protect future generations from a worsening aural environment by disseminating new methods of sound management, running an awareness programme for schools, incentivising industry to design low-noise technology and providing the only national help line dedicated solely to the problems of noise. NAS cannot change the human condition, but it can offer practical ways to support those who wish to exercise choice in an otherwise noisy world.

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