HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >

Discussion

Lazy way to brew teabags without kettle (not for purists)

First off I'm a coffee drinker but I like tea and iced tea. What I don't like is measuring the water into the kettle, waiting for water to boil, and placing the tea bags in individual cups. Just too many steps and then waiting for the tea to steep - which never seems to consistently come out right for me.

So here's what I did today and the tea came out perfectly. I used my electric coffeemaker. I measured two cups of water into the Braun unit and then placed a paper filter where the coffee usually goes. I put three tea bags into the filter and turned the on switch. Voila! In a couple of minutes I had perfectly brewed tea in the pot and then just threw the paper filter out containing the teabags. No fuss no muss.

Call me lazy and I know purists will say I should use real tea. I am now going to make a big batch for iced tea in my coffee maker. I feel good that I'll be able to drink more tea now for its health benefits.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. heh...I am not a purist (I also use tea bags) BUT ...here's my concern with your method...would the tea be strong at all?? I like steeping my tea bags in water that has boiled for 5-7 minutes...then proceed with either drinking it hot or making iced tea...it seems that your method would just let the hot water pass thru the tea bags and no steeping would be involved, therefore yielding a weak tea...? And especially with iced tea, you may want it a little stronger since the ice dilutes the tea. But, you would have to tell me...we all have our preferences, but I applaud your easy-to-do-it method, nonetheless!

    3 Replies
    1. re: Val

      Val, what difference does boiling the water for 5-7 minutes make?

      1. re: Vladimir Estragon

        What I meant was pouring boiling water over the tea and letting it steep for 5-7 minutes....I'm sorry, I wasn't clear on that! I phrased it poorly.

        1. re: Val

          A standard drip coffee maker will have an average of a 4 minute brew time. If the tea is too weak add more tea. I know I've seen a drip maker for tea being sold

          Like these

          http://www.epinions.com/review/Salton...

          http://www.absolutehome.com/home/1/27...

    2. A friend recently made tea for me using her French press. She doesn't drink coffee. She boiled water on the stove, cut the tea bags and emptied the contents into the French press, added a bit of honey, then the hot water. It was pretty good, but I'm not a big tea drinker. I prefer coffee.

      1. Lazier yet-- have you tried to cold brew? I just toss two tablespoons of tea in a half gallon jar and put it in the fridge overnight. Sometimes I use a bit less tea and do the same in my french press.

        So far it's my very favorite preparation for rose petal black tea.

        http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/...

        1. I always fix my tea for iced tea in the coffeemaker. I fix a full pot of water, pour it in, and usually 3 teabags (Red Rose or Luzianne). I've done 4 teabags, but then I usually am planning to make a big pitcher of iced tea and can dilute it with a couple cups more water.

          1. Put 4 cups of water in a pyrex measuring cup and a family sized Luzianne teabag then microwave for 6 min 30 secs or so. Dunk a few times, let it steep a bit and add water if needed as you pour a glass. If the bag ruptures you are microwaving it too long.

            1. As an Englishwoman, I am having trouble imagining why it is such trouble to make tea in the old-fashioned (ie proper) way. I do it a dozen times a day! The water HAS to be boiling when you make tea, otherwise it won't infuse properly. That's why the French (and to some extent the Americans) are so useless at making tea. (That, and the Liptons tea bags they use - noone drinks Liptons tea in England.)

              1 Reply
              1. re: greedygirl

                Perhaps the English can still learn a bit about tea...white or green teas use water between 75 and 80 degrees Celsius not boiling.

              2. I've never done this at home, but I have tried brewing my tea in the coffee pot when we are staying in a hotel. The tea always (even if I wash out the entire pot first) has a bit of a coffee flavor. Tea with a tinge of coffee flavor is really really bad. Anyone else have this problem? Also I agree with greedygirl, the water you make a great cup of tea with needs to be brought to a boil first.