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Tea App for iPhone

I just discovered a nifty little iPhone app called “Tea.” It allows you to catalog your tea stores and monitor your brewing habits so that you can make your perfect cup every time. Each time you brew a cup, you enter the name of the tea, the type of tea, the amount (in bags or ounces of loose tea), the steeping time, and the temperature of the water. Then, a timer begins and chimes when you should stop steeping the tea. Then, post-consumption, you rate the taste of the tea. Over time, you can deduce from your records the conditions necessary to brew the perfect cup of a particular tea.

I do have a minor off-the-bat criticism of the app; I don’t know about you, but I certainly do not measure the temperature of the water in my kettle before pouring it over my tea. However, when using the app, I enter either 212 degrees (boiling, for black teas) or a non-boiling (for green teas) temperature, if not a an exact value.

When discussing Tea with my boyfriend, an aerospace engineer, he came up with an idea that could really elevate the app. If the collected data could be shared among users, the app could create a series of graphs — one for each type of tea — with points that represent individual ideal cups of tea. The x-axis of the graph would correspond to steeping temperature, and the y-axis would correspond to steeping time. Therefore, if a user observed a clustering of points around a particular temperature-time intersection, the user would have an idea that that temperature-time combination makes a great cup of that particular tea.

Tea is available in the iPhone app store for $1.99.

A more in-depth review of Tea can be found here.

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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in Images, Tea culture, Tea recipes, Tea tech

 

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Green Tea and Ginger Granita Recipe

Granita is a semi-frozen, slightly granular Sicilian dessert that is similar to sorbet and Italian ice. Daydreaming about this fabulous summery treat is my way of denying the existence of the terrible Syracuse April weather.

I stumbled upon a great green tea and ginger granita recipe, which serves four, on The New York Times site.

Green tea and ginger granita

Photo courtesy of nytimes.com

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger                                                                                                                3 green-tea bags, or 2 tablespoons loose green tea                                                                                             1/4 cup honey, or more to taste                                                                                                                            Juice of 1 lemon

Procedure:

1. Put the ginger in a saucepan with 3 cups of water and bring almost to a boil, add the tea, cover and turn off the heat. Let sit for 10 minutes, then strain and discard the solids. Stir in the honey and lemon juice and taste. You want a fairly sweet mixture, so add more honey if necessary.

2. Pour the mixture into a shallow glass or ceramic pan and freeze. Stir to break up the ice every 30 minutes or so, until the mixture is slushy and crunchy with crystals, about 3 hours total. If the mixture becomes too hard, pulse it once or twice in the food processor to break it up, or put it in the fridge and stir occasionally until it reaches the desired texture. Spoon into small bowls and serve.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Images, Tea foods, Tea recipes

 

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