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Here is a Useful Online Tool to Help You Steep Perfect Tea

Here is a Useful Online Tool to Help You Steep Perfect Tea

Whenever I am stressed, overbooked or simply feel like tearing someone’s face off, I instead choose a soothing cup of tea. A nutritious cup of tea not only aides in calming nerves or warming up a chilly day, but can also assist your body in preventing high blood pressure, colorectal cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and can help lower your cholesterol. The benefits are still being discovered. The trick is that the best cup of tea requires proper storage and steeping.

If you ever find yourself with a bitter cup of tea, or one that is simply flavored water, something is off. Like ordering your favorite coffee drink and getting an awful brew, sipping on an unappetizing cup of tea can really make your day go sour. Tea-clock is a useful tool for those who want to balance the steep time of their favorite tea to ensure they enjoy every last luscious drop of each cup. GitHub user krtek developed Tea-clock and is still testing new additions to the app. The interface is minimalist, clean and relatively intuitive.

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    The site offers choices of teas: White, Yellow, Green, Oolong, Black, Herbal and Fruit. After choosing whichever tea you are drinking, you are directed toward how long steeping will take. You can choose to receive your time quote in Celsius, Fahrenheit, Kelvin, Rømer and other conversions. You can also set an alarm to go off when it’s time to sip at your leisure. Tea is still a bit of a well-kept secret in the Americas, as coffee drinks and highly-caffeinated libations dominate the market. Tea-clock helps cut out some of the guesswork on making the perfect cup of tea.

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    As Aprilynne Pike writes in Illusions, “As far as her mom was concerned, tea fixed everything. Have a cold? Have some tea. Broken bones? There’s a tea for that too. Somewhere in her mother’s pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, ‘In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes.’”

    I’m convinced. There’s a tea to suit any occasion.

    Featured photo credit: Tea-clock via tea-clock.com

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    Last Updated on March 24, 2021

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    We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

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    2. Smart Kitchen Tools

    Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

    3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

    If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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    4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

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    5. Nest Thermostat

    This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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    6. Smart Lighting

    Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

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    Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

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    This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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