[G]atesphere is a tea connoisseur. When tea is made, it needs to be “steeped” properly – leave the leaves too long and it will be bitter, too short and you have very light tea. To do this, [G]atesphere came up with his simple tea steep timer. Three DIP switches when read, give a binary value which determines the amount of time the tea needs to be steeped.
P1.6 P1.5 P1.4 Tea type (time) 0 0 0 White Tea (2 minutes) 0 0 1 Green Tea (3 minutes) 0 1 0 Black/Oolong Tea (4 minutes) 0 1 1 Herbal Tea/Infusions (5 minutes) 1 0 0 Chai Tea (8 minutes) 1 0 1 Rooibos Tea (6 minutes) 1 1 0 Other1 (1 minute) 1 1 1 Other2 (30 seconds)
Press the start button and the brewing starts. An LED blinks slowly during this procedure and flashes faster as the end time nears. Once done, a buzzer sounds(like an old fashioned tea kettle) to signal that your steaming hot cup of chai is ready.