Technically tea can be made in a coffee maker, although there are several reasons why you may not want to do it. We’ll cover these in some detail below.
Why brewing tea in a coffee maker isn’t the best tea making method
Here are a few reasons why making tea the conventional way (adding hot water) may be better than making tea in a coffee maker:
When it comes to creating a perfect cup of tea, steep time is the most important factor. This length of brewing ensures that all the flavors and aromas are released into the water, resulting in an extraordinary beverage full of flavor and aroma. Simply put, if you want your tea tasting its best – don’t make it with a coffee maker!
Although most teas require a few minutes to steep prior to serving, coffee makers do not allow for such a process; the water simply flows through and does not give your tea leaves time to release its full flavor profile. As a result, you are left with an unappealing cup of weakly-flavored tea that is devoid of any smell or taste.
Additionally, some teas, like Hibiscus or Chamomile teas require even more steeping time in order to get the best flavor.
Although most coffee makers come with a preset water temperature, which is usually near boiling, some teas actually need lower temperatures to achieve the best flavor. To make sure you’re brewing tea at the right temperature for optimal taste and aroma, reference this comprehensive guide of ideal tea temperatures.
Green teas are a perfect case to demonstrate this. As an avid green tea drinker, I’ve discovered that when pouring into a cup for steeping, the temperature should be around 175 degrees. Therefore, if you’re planning on experimenting with various blends of teas, it’s best not to opt for a coffee maker.
The cleanliness of your coffee maker is a big factor as well. We use our machine at least once daily, often more than that. Many areas accumulate leftover grounds which are difficult to access and remove no matter how much we try cleaning it up!
This can cause an undesired change in the flavor of tea – making it taste excessively bitter, and thus transforming its intended blend into something that does not measure up.
How to brew tea in a coffee maker
If you’re still determined to brew tea with a coffee maker, then follow the steps below to get the best results possible.
1. Make sure your coffee maker is as clean as possible to avoid any residual flavors impacting the tea.
To ensure an optimal level of cleanliness, start by eliminating all old grinds and residue. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar into the coffee maker and run a brew cycle to really get it deep cleaned. Afterward, throw away the remaining vinegar and do one last cleaning with hot water to flush out any residual traces.
2. Add the correct amount of water to your coffee maker for the selected tea.
3. For a stronger, fuller-bodied tea flavor profile, double the suggested amount of tea in your coffee filter and place it into your coffeemaker (especially since you won’t be steeping).
If you are using tea bags instead of loose-leaf tea, simply break them open and pour the contents into your filter. However, never attempt to place an entire bag in it; this could cause serious damage or leave debris behind!
After your tea is ready, you can pour and savor it! Just make sure to let the beverage cool slightly since it may be significantly hotter than regular teas brewed in a traditional manner. Enjoy your cup of tea today!
A better way to make tea
Making a perfect cup of tea is an art requiring precision and practice. Brewing the ideal cup of tea has many considerations, from selecting the highest quality loose leaf teas to controlling water temperature and infusing time. Start by preheating your teacup or pot with boiling water for about a minute, then discard it. Next, warm your teapot in the same manner if you are using one. Measure two teaspoons of loose tea leaves per eight ounces of water desired into the preheated pot or cup using a spoon or infuser basket. Boil fresh spring water separately and allow it to cool slightly as hard rolling boil can destroy some of the delicate flavors and aromas within tea leaves. Pour hot water over the leaves and steep for three to five minutes according to drinker preference. Remember not to let tea steep too long since it can become bitter due to the release of tannins. Once brewed, serve black teas with or without milk according to taste, or sweeten them with a bit of sugar or honey for added complexity. Creating that perfect pot of tea is now touched by science– determining optimal steeping times under different conditions- no longer just a result of trial an error!
Making tea in a coffee maker may work, but it’s far from ideal. Not only does it produce unnecessary waste of the product, but you won’t be able to enjoy quality flavors and aromas either. Treat yourself and make an investment in a tea steeper or teapot – especially if drinking tea has become part of your daily routine!