Using Tea for iPhone with Experimental Blends

Tea for iPhone is hands down the most useful tea lover’s companion I’ve ever seen. Before this app, the best tea timing solution was a generic timer on your phone.  You would usually select ‘green’, 'oolong’, or 'black’, nothing else.  When the time was up, the alarm would go off and that was it.  Tea for iPhone allows you to keep an inventory of all your teas, set water, tea, temperature, and time settings for each individual tea, and gives you the option to take quick notes on your brew.  This improves your tea skills overtime, as you can quickly make notes like “steeped this too long, try 4 min next time”. It also helps us think about the tea a little more, rather than just gulping it down as soon as it’s done.  Recording cupping notes is a very useful way to use Tea for iPhone.  You can tell this app was truly made for tea lovers, by tea lovers.

One of the best reviews for Tea for iPhone I’ve seen so far comes from my pal over at steepleaf.com.  I suggest reading his article and following him on Tumblr.  Since such an excellent review has already been done for this app, I wanted to demo the way I’ve been using the app for experimenting with non-traditional brews.

I’ve been blending with cocao nibs, juniper berries, and cloves a good bit recently. As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, I traditionally try blend ingredients solo, just the ingredient and hot water.  Then when I understand their individual flavor profiles, I start to combine them in a way I think they’ll harmonize nicely.  So I use Tea for iPhone to add them individually as ‘herbal infusions’ as well as together in a more mature blend.

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I set all the water, ingredient, and temperature settings and brew like a regular tea.

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Then, my favorite part.  After I’ve tasted the first few sips, I record any notes I have about the blend.  This is very important as I may brew an ingredient or blend multiple times with many different time and temperature settings.  Tea for iPhone makes this very easy to do.

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Lastly, I can check my brew history to recall flavor details and brew tips I left for myself.

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I’m so happy to finally have an iPhone tea timer built by folks that respect tea.  If you have an iPhone and you drink tea, check it out in the App store!