Steeping your tea for the proper amount of time is part of the art and one of the most important steps in enjoying a great tasting cup of tea. Everyone is different and will enjoy their tea with slight differences, but these differences are counted in seconds, not minutes. There are guidelines as to how long each type of tea should be steeped, which will really help you head in the right direction. To find out the recommended steeping time for each of our teas here at California Tea House check out the label on the bag as well as more detailed information at the bottom of each tea product page on our website.
If you are like me, you're on the computer a lot. A lot of times I will get a kettle of tea started, sit down to start some work on the computer, thinking that I will hop right back up in time to stop my tea steep using the ever-so-accurate clock in my head (yeah right!). Needless to say, many times I end up with an astringent and bitter cup of tea due to over steeping. Due to this reoccurring issue, I have found a few fun and helpful tea steeping alarm clocks that operate right on your computer which is perfect for a laptop junky like me. Below are the top 5 tea timers that I have come across. All free, but donations are appreciated:
1) http://tea-clock.com/ (This tea timer is my favorite due to it's simplicity, customizable features as well as the desktop alert feature without any downloads required. Steve Jobs would be impressed!)
2) http://steep.it/ (This tea steeping alarm is at the tope of my list too due to the ease of use and fun graphics. I also prefer not to download software to my computer if I don't have to which makes this one a plus.)
3) http://widgets.yahoo.com/widgets/tea-timer (Here is a simple, nice design for a tea steeping alarm that you have to download to your computer.)
4) http://www.joshjacob.com/mac-development/teatimer.php (This is a downloadable, programmable tea alarm made for Mac)
5) https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/tea-timer/ (Another tea steeping alarm that you download. It's a little basic in design, but does the trick.)