US here. We have a Keurig and use the hot water on that for tea. It can brew without a little cup thingy (yes this is the technical term) for hot water. Much like many Australians and British cannot image living without a kettle, I cannot live without a very good rice cooker. I am half Japanese and the rice cooker has to be from Japan (meaning that my mom sends me one from Hawaii). Costco has a very nice 5.5 cup that is about $70-80. And much like tea prep, rice prep is not just counting cups and adding water. You must wash the rice till the water is clear. Its the way it has to be lol.What type of strainer do you use to wash rice?
This is the way I was taught by my mom and Oba-chan (aunt). Put the rice into the pot. Fill with water and pour out using your hand as a strainer. After most of the water is poured out, "beat" in a stirring motion and count at least 50 turns. Alternate between filling/straining and the beating till the water runs clear. Before I used the markings on the side of the pot to fill with the proper amount of water, I used my finger to measure the water level. Japanese are very serious about rice....very, just trust me on this...lol.
I always wash rice (no asian heritage that I know of), it cooks much better. Funnily enough, my Indian friend saw me washing rice and wondered why I would bother in the UK. He said he would do it at home, because the rice might legitimately be dirty (bits of grit in it, etc), but he wasn't thinking about washing off excess starch. Having said that, he also asked me why I was washing fruit and veg, as that wasn't dirty either (I had to explain to him about pesticides).
Mind you, I get the impression that he was very coddled before he moved here. He told me his mum packs food in his case every time he's coming back to the UK, so it's possible that she does wash rice and fresh produce, and he just has no idea. In fact, that's more than likely.