Tuesday

From Mr Coffee to Mr Tea


Adam, Contributing Writer (My husband!)

I'm sure most of us think of a coffee maker as a single purpose machine, but I've found that it's useful for more than just coffee.

It all began, when Becky got a sample of teas to review from Savvy Teas. (As a side note, I'm a big fan of the Early Bird Herbal).

These teas don't come packaged in individual tea bags and we don't own a fancy tea maker. We tried a tea infuser, but found that it didn't work very well (maybe I was putting too much in it).

I think most of the time we'd pour hot water over the tea, let it steep and then strain it into a mug. That is until I figured out how to use the coffee maker. Obviously, you can use the coffee maker without coffee to make hot water quickly. So I took the next step to make tea.
 
 Okay so it's actually a Bella coffee maker (not Mr Coffee)

We have a re-usable coffee filter (essentially, a fine mesh screen). I think we got ours at Meijer ($2-3), but they're probably available at any general merchandise store. A paper filter would probably would work too, but I haven't tried it.


I put a tablespoon of tea leaves where the coffee usually goes. Our coffee maker doesn't turn itself off if it's about to overflow (if the filter wasn't draining into the carafe), so I only fill it with water up to the 4 cup line.



I take the carafe out of the coffee maker and turn it on. 


The filter gets filled with water, then let it steep as long as you like. 


Once I'm ready, I put the carafe in the coffee maker which fills it with tea and the tea leaves are left in the filter.

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5 comments:

Mrs. Graham Gardens said...

A drip coffee pot makes great herbal tea! Love your tutorial!

We also have good success with an electric percolator (usually used for coffee). I keep the percolator dedicated to tea so that there's no off flavors.

We love the Red Rooibos Chai tea from Savvy - it's so flavorful!

CALAMITY JANE said...

that is a really great idea! :)

Nickole@savvyteasandherbs.com said...

Thank you for featuring us! I use our coffee maker to make teas as well. With regular tea I use the filter. But with herbal blends, I actually like to put the mix right in the carafe so it can steep more as it sits there after it's all brewed. That helps draw out more of the herbal properties. :)

Nickole

Nickole@savvyteasandherbs.com said...

Thank you for featuring us! I use our coffee maker to make teas as well. With regular tea I use the filter. But with herbal blends, I actually like to put the mix right in the carafe so it can steep more as it sits there after it's all brewed. That helps draw out more of the herbal properties. :)

Nickole

Becky @ purposefulhomemaking.com said...

You are welcome Nickole. Happy to do so.

Calamity Jane...totally my husband's idea! :)

Thanks Mrs. Graham Gardens!

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