TasteTimer iPhone App: 300 Settings for Tea, Coffee & Food

We have to admit, we were initially a little skeptical of TasteTimer, an app that offers "over 300 different timer settings for simple tea, coffee, and food preparation." We already know how to make coffee and tea (or so we thought…), and most cooking apps fail to impress us. But we gave it a spin and were pleasantly surprised. Click through for our thoughts and a demo video.

Right away, we noticed that TasteTimer is well-designed with elegant, intuitive navigation. The initial screen shows 19 categories, including beverages, eggs, fruit, grains, legumes, meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables. The user then drills down to menus of specific ingredients and preparations. Upon selection, a screen appears with instructions for temperature, quantity, time, and other preparation notes.

The app doesn't contain complex recipes; rather, it is a handy guide offering quick help for foods ranging from steak to dried beans and roasted vegetables. And where it truly stands out is in the realm of tea. With settings for approximately 125 different kinds of black, botanical, chai, green, oolong, pu-erh, rooibos, and white teas (plus several varieties and brewing methods of coffee, hot chocolate, and yerba maté), the app promises to help users steep the perfect cup.

We browsed through quite a few items and noted the suggested times seemed pretty accurate. However, users always have the ability to adjust the timer, as well as choose from 22 different timer sounds. Another neat feature is that users can edit existing items or add new ones.

Here's a demo video:

TasteTimer, $3.99 at iTunes

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