What am I doing writing a review of an app, I hear you ask? What has that got to do with tea? Read on and you will find out . .
Using Twitter means I come across all sorts of information about tea (among other things); some useful, some quirky, some weird, some wonderful. One of the many ‘finds’ recently was the Mighty Timer app. This lists all different types of teas, from black to blooming, from flavoured green to flavoured white, to oolong, to pu’erh, and so on. You can use the customise features to add your own blends if you wish; I added Rose Congou as it is a tea I often drink. Alongside each tea type is a suggested time for brewing, the amount of tea to use and the temperature to which the water should be boiled. Teas are made at different temperatures? Yes; that’s one for another blog. You may wish to brew your tea for a longer or shorter time but, no worries, there is a custom feature, which is simple to use, in order to adjust your brews to suit your preference. After all, brew times for tea are a matter of taste as much as what anyone else may recommend to you. I like my black tea brewed for 4-5 minutes in a teapot but you may brew your leaves directly in the cup with an internal cup strainer and only require 2 minutes.
However you like your tea, all you need do is to boil the kettle, add the water to your tea leaves, set the timer to your chosen tea, press the icon, and wait. As you wait, the image of a teacup slowly fills as the clock ticks down. Once it has reached the correct time it chimes and does a little dance for you. Well, ok, maybe it’s not exactly a dance but the cup jiggles about so you know your tea is ready. By the way, don’t be fooled by the ‘tea bag’ hanging from the cup; this timer is aimed at loose leaf tea users – it even suggests the amount of spoons to add to the pot.
Why would I use that, you ask? Well, I found the perfect opportunity only the other day. I was on my tea room travels, had ordered a pot of loose leaf English Breakfast Tea and, as it was served to the table, remembered I had my trusty Mighty Timer app on my phone. Ah ha, thought I, now is the chance to put this little app to the test. As I’ve said, I like my black tea brewed for 4 minutes but I had already used the custom feature to set to 4 minutes so it was ready to go. I watched with glee as the cup filled up and then chimed and ‘danced’; bingo, tea ready and a lovely cup it was too. You are also able to customise the alert sound, which can be handy when using in a public place such as a tea room; you can even just have the ‘vibrate’ alert to avoid disturbing anyone else – though I am sure this ingenious little app would be a great talking point!
I find this to be a delightfully simple and useful app, handy when you are away from home without your usual timer (if, like me you have one at home) or for use for every pot you brew home and away. What’s more, it could encourage your workmates, partners, or children to get brewing for you while you sit and put your feet up; perfect.
Mighty Timer is @MightyTimer on Twitter or follow the link to download the app at r.mightytimer.com/w5.c.r