The People's Tin Lid Timer by The Republic of Tea from Teaware

The People's Tin Lid Timer by The Republic of Tea

At The Republic of Tea we believe that the correct steeping time is essential for the perfect cuppa. Our exclusive timer features five preset steeping times based on the tea varietals of white, green, black, oolong and red/herbal teas.

Store the timer on your favorite tin of tea. Timer also features built in magnet for storage on your refrigerator and includes two AAA batteries.

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  • “My microwave broke and I have been enjoying the throwback to the 70's lifestyle before microwaves were standard in every house, so I haven't replaced or fixed it. The feature I miss most on it is...” Read full review
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My microwave broke and I have been enjoying the throwback to the 70’s lifestyle before microwaves were standard in every house, so I haven’t replaced or fixed it. The feature I miss most on it is the timer, so when I saw this tea timer while grocery shopping it was obvious it must come home with me.

This timer has a couple features that are pretty neat. It can double as a lid for a standard small round tea tin, which is pretty clever designing! It’s a tight squeeze, but it works. That feature would probably suit someone who has only a few teas in their collection. I have over 30 teas in my cupboard, so searching for the one tin with the timer isn’t going to work in my house. Fortunately it also has a magnet inside the plastic casing, so I am able to stick it on my fridge instead. Perfect! It has five preset buttons, color coordinated for the type of tea; 1 minute for white, 2 for green, 4 for black, 5 for oolong and 6 for herbal. It also has a button for you to add minutes to the time, one to add seconds to the time, both of which beep for every second/minute you add (annoying) and the start/stop button. The preset buttons are great, but it’s the recommended time for their teas to steep. Other companies have different suggestions for steeping time for their teas, so I find myself having to add time to adjust. Not the end of the world, but not super convenient either. The timer only goes up to nine minutes and fifty nine so you can’t use it for any other application that may need more time. If you add too much time you have to reset it which consists of pressing the start/stop button enough to clear it. I like that it runs on standard AAA batteries, not some hard to find watch sized, but it looks like you need a screwdriver to get past the 4 screws and into the battery compartment. I have only had it for a few days, but I’m finding the buttons get stuck and don’t pop back up the way they should. I have to press on them and tilt them in the opposite direction of where they are stuck to release them. Lastly, the beep reminds me of some super annoying digital alarm clock that left early morning scars on my subconscious. I would have preferred a little tune of some sort that doesn’t set off a clawing urgency inside me to shut the timer up when I’m preparing to relax with a cup of tea, but oh well!

Despite the down sides and room for improvement, I dub this sleek looking little timer a keeper.

tperez

You drank your timer?!? That sounds unhealthy! :D

Dustin

If Steepster had a more obvious way to rate teaware, I wouldn’t have had to drink this timer in order to review it. And believe me, I looked around a bit on here before giving in and drinking this thing! :P

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