How to Brew Fresh Iced Tea at Home With a Drip Coffee Pot

Updated on December 8, 2019
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I love making my own iced tea at home, it always tastes so delicious!

Fresh-Brewed Iced Tea Whenever You Want It!

You can use your coffee maker for tea, too!
You can use your coffee maker for tea, too! | Source

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


  1. 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.
  2. Pour water into coffee maker. Start the coffee maker and let it do its thing.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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      Liz B 

      19 months ago

      The usual way I and my family makes iced tea, we use two to three tea bags, a mug, and hot water, either by heating it in mug in microwave for like two mins before putting tea bags in or using the hot water from the kettle after 5 to 10 mins, whenever it starts whistling a ton. Then dip the bags until you hit your desired tea strength, we like ours strong. Then pour the mugs contents into a two liter or a bit bigger plastic pitcher filled two thirds with cold water. Then add you desired amount of sugar, a half cup for 2 liter, a cup or more for a bigger one (my family liking) Stir. Skim any bubbles from top cause that usually the bacteria that causes sun tea-ing faster if you don't want it to sun tea quickly. And your done, do a taste test. Place in refrigerate or leave on table, on table good for a day, re-fridge about four days to a week.

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      Liz B 

      19 months ago

      Other good teas for ice tea that I love, there's the regular Lipton tea (my familys default ice tea tea), Bigslow's Plantation mint which is mostly black tea and spearmint is amazing (my bothers love this tea as well and the flavor when strong with sugar is amazing), Lipton Green tea its almost like wendys green tea but a bit off from the original, Lipton Super Fruit Acacia berry and blueberry green tea is really really good hot or iced ( i love it but one bro is like its ok), and the Lipton french vanilla tea is ok. You can make spearmint tea from scratch with spearmint leaves and black tea. Just some teas for others to try.

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      Liz B 

      19 months ago

      For the Keurigs, you can also get a little reuseable metal and plastic cup mesh so you can place any coffee or tea you like in it.

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      Lee Tea 

      7 years ago from Erie, PA

      I've taken a liking to brewing a 1/2 cup of organic loose leaf ceylon tea. I brew the first pot and add it to a gallon jug, fill the jug with water, and add 1/2c of sugar. Then I brew it again and fill another 64oz jug with 1/4c sugar. It's so satisfyingly refreshing!

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      Lee Tea 

      7 years ago from Erie, PA

      Quick and easy way to really refresh with something tasty - enjoy MarkAse! And thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      7 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Pretty cool idea and thanks for sharing. It's going to be useful as summer seems to be endless for us right now-

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      Lee Tea 

      7 years ago from Erie, PA

      Thanks Mhatter - nice to see you again. Think I'll start a whole new section of my hubs with that heading :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this information. This goes under the "why didn't I think of that" heading.


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