I'm new to TeaChat and forum posting in general, so bear with me.
Over the past year I have become more and more involved in the world of tea after using it to stop drinking coffee. I am excited to share and learn everything I can about it.
I have an idea for a tea related product that I wanted to get some opinions on. The product is a tea mat, made of some form of cloth material, and possibly a thin layer of absorbent material inside. Built into the corner of this mat, or perhaps protruding off the edge of the mat, would be a steep timer. I was thinking the timer could have programmable steep times for different teas/brew strength preferences, and feature a relaxing sound to denote the steep is complete, perhaps a gentle gong sound, rather then the loud piercing beeps most timers feature. Currently, I use the timer on my smartphone, but find it a pain to pull my phone out every time I brew some tea, when I could just press a single button, with a pre-programmed time and not have to worry about over-steeping or forgetting to set a timer in the first place (it happens to me more then you would think).
Anyway, I know from a little perusing, and common sense, that many tea drinkers don't use timers, however many do as well. I am curious as to what you, the members of the tea community think of this idea. I am open to opinions on this idea from anyone, regardless of whether or not you use a timer, but I do ask that if providing feedback you indicate whether or not you currently use a timer to steep your teas (and feel free to go into detail I'm curious what other means people use to time there tea steeping, as I haven't been able to find any timing products specifically marketed towards tea steeping). Thank you for any and all inputs on this post!