After three children in less than five years I’ve come to learn something about quiet time.
Late in the evening, after the kids have dropped off to sleep, I like to browse the internet using my Mac, catch up on my reading, and enjoy it all with a cup of tea. It’s a few moments of heaven. How does a Mac user use a Mac to help brew the perfect cup of tea? Start with a free tea brewing app.
Timing Is Everything
Brewing tea is a new adventure for me and I found there’s much more to it than a cup of hot water and a bag from Lipton. First, there are twenty eleven brands of tea.
Second, each brand has twenty eleven different flavors.
Third, how you brew the tea makes a difference in how the tea tastes. Who knew? As I browsed around the web one night looking for specialty teas, I came across Cuppa.
It’s not what you think. Cuppa isn’t a brand of tea or a flavor or a cup or a pot. Cuppa is a Mac app (and iPhone app) that times your cup of tea as it steeps.
Wouldn’t a stop watch or a glance at the wall clock do the same thing?
Puhleeze. Since when did your wall clock come with a Preferences panel? Cuppa lets you set up and save the brewing times for different teas. For example, one type of English breakfast tea might require 3:30 to steep. Cuppa’s Preferences take into account all you need to take into account to brew very good tea, regardless of brand or flavor.
Plus, Cuppa on the Mac is easy to use. Once you set up the Preferences for different teas, simply right click Cuppa’s Dock icon to select and set the timer.
It’s all about timing, you know.
When brewing is complete you need an alarm to let you know. The Dock icon can be set to bounce. Set Cuppa to play a sound, or pop up a Brewing Complete alert box.
Cuppa can also show a countdown timer on the Dock icon.
Even cooler is how the Cuppa Dock icon works. Right click on the Doc icon to select the tea. Cuppa’s timer begins. A teabag will appear in the cup and, as the tea steeps over a few moments, the tea bag darkens.
When it’s done, all the alerts go into play. Is that cool or what? Alright, Cuppa is made for tea, which requires precise timing to steep properly. Since it’s a timer, it can also time other things which require specific timing—like pasta.
Unfortunately, Cuppa is only going to time one thing at a time, but as Donationware, the price is right.