How to Brew Fresh Iced Tea at Home With a Drip Coffee Pot
Fresh-Brewed Iced Tea Whenever You Want It!
Easy Instructions for Making Pure, Healthy Iced Tea with Supplies You Already Have
Over the four years I've been selling fine quality teas at craft shows, I've discovered most of my customers are fairly uncertain of their ability to brew their own tea at home. And with good reason! Go online and search for information on "how to brew tea" and you'll find hundreds of articles by tea connoisseurs riddled with tips on what NOT to do to mess up your ever-precious limited supply of quality tea leaves. If you don't have a "tea ball", or know what "pu-ehr" is, then the exotic technical jargon of tea-snobs probably sends you running scared.
But fear not! Tea leaves no longer cost $2600 a pound like they did in 17th century Europe, so even if you DO mess up a pot of brew, you're only out about 30 cents. And you don't need to learn a new language or pay for pricey equipment to enjoy your own home-brewed iced tea. If you have water and tea, you can brew. By using a drip coffee maker and some bags of tea from your cupboard, brewing your own iced-tea has never been easier! And after you realize that all-natural, no preservative Arizona Iced Tea you've been buying from the store has high-fructose corn syrup as it's most abundant ingredient (next to water, of course), you'll be refreshingly surprised at what you've been missing from a real glass of unadulterated iced tea—and your body will thank you for it!
- 1 12-cup Drip Coffee Maker
- 8 bags of black tea, 1–2g bags (these are your normal sized bags of tea)
- 64 oz drinking water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 quart pitcher
- Place tea bags in basket of coffee maker. You do not need to line the basket with a coffee filter, just throw them in with the tags hanging out.
- Pour water into coffee maker. Start the coffee maker and let it do its thing.
- Once all the tea is in the coffee pot, turn off the coffee maker. Allow the tea to cool enough that it won't melt your pitcher if you're using a plastic pitcher or jug. For a stronger tea, take tea bags from coffee maker basket and place them in the freshly-brewed tea at this time.
- Once tea is cool enough to handle, wring out tea bags into tea and pour tea into pitcher. Add sugar and ice. You may also want to try adding lemon slices, orange slices, or spearmint to liven up your brew.
- Refrigerate until you're ready to enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I use my Keurig to brew tea? After strolling down the coffee aisle at my local grocery superstore last week, I found the answer to this is a resounding yes! Many tea companies have jumped on the Keurig bandwagon, and now offer their teas in K-cups for you to brew at home. Although to make sure your tea is organic and top quality for freshest flavor (and in the case of many herbal teas, for maximum medicinal effect) I recommend ordering from a reputable organic and fair-trade certified loose-leaf tea supplier and brewing your own.
- Can I brew green tea in my drip coffee maker? Yes! The water temperature and 3–5 minute steep time from your drip coffee maker are sufficient for brewing both black and green teas. Not optimal, but sufficient.
- What about herbal tea? Mostly, yes. The steep time and water temperature from your coffee maker are sufficient for brewing herbal teas made of the leaves, flowers, or buds of the plant—like chamomile, lavender, and mint teas. The steep time and water temperature are not adequate for reaping all the medicinal benefits from an herbal tea made of the root, stems, or bark of the plant—like valerian root and willow bark.
- Which loose-leaf tea makes the best tea? For your classic black iced tea, I like to use an organic and fair-trade certified Ceylon Tea.
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