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Sand Tea Timer

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Brewer beware, your tea will become bitter if you do not stare!

From the minute you drop the teabag in hot water the countdown begins, so why not take the guesswork out of tea steeping and tip over this easy-to-use timer instead. This ingenious device allows you to track the strength of your tea by the color of the shifting sands rather than the opacity of your water. For light flavor, keep your eye on the green timer, for slightly stronger flavor watch the red timer, and for strong, robust flavor, watch the yellow timer--hourglasses keep three, four and five minutes, respectively. This vibrant, battery-free timepiece lets you keep track of your tea without any obtrusive bells and whistles, so you'll be able to enjoy a quiet cup without waking up the rest of the house.

While this timer may be intended for steeping the perfect cup, it can also be used for many other purposes; flip it over to track the doneness of boiled eggs, the strength of French press coffee, to help your child learn the concept of time, to time exercise sets, and more! How would you use this vivacious timer? Made in China.
MATERIALS
stainless steel, glass, sand
SUBMITTED BY
Erin Fergusson, UncommonGoods Buyer
NOTES
3.5" L x 1.25" W x 3" H
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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

December 07, 2011 04:29:20 PM

Like sands through the hourglass, these are the strengths of our teas. Whether you like just a splash of flavor or a robust drink, this timer can help you brew the perfect cup. Is it time we add this device to our assortment?

Heather
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December 09, 2011 11:16:51 AM

It would be awesome if this came in some other color options. Maybe some more muted/soothing colors.

Angie
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December 10, 2011 10:54:31 PM

Brillant!!

Liane
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December 11, 2011 11:45:30 PM

As a serious tea drinker I can tell you that the times here are very general, not really good enough for steeping tea.

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

December 12, 2011 12:17:30 PM

Thanks for the feedback, Liane. Why do you say that the times are too general? They are 3 minutes (light), 4 minutes (medium), and 5 minutes (strong). How could this be improved for serious tea drinkers?

Tracy
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December 12, 2011 04:37:25 PM

Really cool idea. I'm always forgetting when I put the tea on.

Wendy
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December 12, 2011 07:56:49 PM

Given how into tea people seem to be these days, this would be a nice companion gift to some of the other tea gifts. Agree that. Ore soothing colors would be better, perhaps tea colors that correspond to the strength of the tea?

Cortney
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December 13, 2011 01:45:24 PM

Being an avid tea drinker- this would be a neat gift to receive (instead of always getting tea!) And it's very reasonably priced.

virginia
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December 13, 2011 02:43:40 PM

what a wonderful naughty corner timer.

carol
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December 13, 2011 03:37:34 PM

I agree the colors could be more muted but I think it is a great gift for that tea lover on your list and you can't beat the price.

Kayote
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December 13, 2011 03:45:40 PM

Like it, price is reasonable, it's cute. Not entirely sure it's worth having yet another item as well, but good for tea-themed gifts. Rather it not be Made in China, though.

Lisa
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December 13, 2011 03:55:53 PM

cute - great price -- nice

Kate
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December 13, 2011 04:17:34 PM

Seems to me like the colors are backwards. If you've chosen standard stoplight colors, why are they in the wrong order?

Holly
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December 13, 2011 08:51:18 PM

I LOVE the concept, but I do not like the design details. The colors are ugly too.

Roberta
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December 20, 2011 02:56:54 AM

Nice idea and thought behind the piece but it just doesn't look good. I would not want to use this and I would not want to gift it to any tea drinkers I know. Besides all of that what about those people who like tea stronger then strong? It is too general and doesn't take into account the different types of tea people drink.

Sara
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December 20, 2011 12:16:08 PM

Very unique. Great price

Sheila
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December 20, 2011 01:02:27 PM

I like it! Different colors would be cool.

Jenny
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December 20, 2011 02:38:08 PM

I don't drink tea though...so there..

Lacey
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December 21, 2011 12:13:32 PM

cute, good price

Lisa

January 04, 2012 12:33:19 PM

This was neat, sorry I missed the chance to vote. Not a tea drinker, but would totally use it as a timer for my homeschooled son, or even for myself. We're both ADD and time seems to escape us often.

Lynn

January 04, 2012 02:29:55 PM

China - didn't we cover this?

Gayle

January 05, 2012 09:07:55 AM

Yep, I like this. Price is on the money, too! Great idea since it can "time" other things besides tea.

Diane

April 03, 2012 02:28:59 PM

For the record, at least one "specialty" cooking supply store (For the Art

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