Tea Mat/Timer Idea
Hello Steepster!I have an idea for a tea related product that I wanted to get some opinions on. The product is a tea mat, made of some form of cloth material, and possibly a thin layer of absorbent material inside. Built into the corner of this mat, or perhaps protruding off the edge of the mat, would be a steep timer. I was thinking the timer could have programmable steep times for different teas/brew strength preferences, and feature a relaxing sound to denote the steep is complete, perhaps a gentle gong sound, rather then the loud piercing beeps most timers feature. Currently, I use the timer on my smartphone, but find it a pain to pull my phone out every time I brew some tea, when I could just press a single button, with a pre-programmed time and not have to worry about over-steeping or forgetting to set a timer in the first place (it happens to me more then you would think). Anyway, I know from a little perusing, and common sense, that many tea drinkers don’t use timers, however many do as well. I am curious as to what you, the members of the tea community think of this idea. I am open to opinions on this idea from anyone, regardless of whether or not you use a timer, but I do ask that if providing feedback you indicate whether or not you currently use a timer to steep your teas (and feel free to go into detail I’m curious what other means people use to time there tea steeping, as I haven’t been able to find any timing products specifically marketed towards tea steeping). Thank you for any and all inputs on this post!
The idea would not really work for me as I brew my puerh on a tea table, I don’t have a use for the mat. I do not use a timer anyway. For shorter times I just estimate. For longer times I use my watch.
I think you would have a hard time competing with cheap, common kitchen timers. The models that have a 10 sec and 1 sec buttons are very suitable for tea IMO. Basically two or a few buttonpresses and you’re good. Even if the programmable functions you describe might be good in theory, in practice I’m not sure it really makes any difference from a regular kitchen timer.
I think a $2 egg timer might be a simpler choice. You can also buy a sand timer kit with different options (3 min, 5min, 7min).
It’s a nice idea but wouldn’t work unless you use this mat all the time. I frequently change my tea setup and prefer a standalone timer.
I use this kitchen timer with a numeric keypad: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01K83OLAS
It’s a lot easier to directly set your time instead of tediously pushing the up and down buttons. The only downside is the loud buzzer and LED is too bright. But I was able to fix it by painting over the LED and muffling the buzzer
I use an application on my phone to time my tea. I really like the “Cooking Times” application as I can save details such as the brewing temperature as the time I prefer to brew that particular tea. It is especially good to know for times when I wanted to adjust the infusion time by a minute or two and I had a baseline to start with. The application is quite versatile and I also use it to remind myself of temperatures and timers for other recipes in the kitchen.
I always use a Timer …
Since I forget the time without the timer –
and you know what that mean.