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How to Make Tea in a Coffee Maker

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Updated August 27, 2022

Knowing how to make tea in a coffee maker will help you make any type of tea with little effort. While this isn’t a perfect brewing process for tea, it works in a pinch. You don’t need the best coffee maker to make this method work. However, it will give you the best chance at crafting quality teas using the method we’ll explain below.


  • Clean your coffee brewer thoroughly using vinegar and clean water. Use either a loose-leaf tea infuser or tea bags in your coffee pot.
  • After this, use a few ounces of water and begin the brewing process. Allow the tea to steep for an appropriate amount of time, and use a carafe for storage.
  • This shouldn’t be your first method for brewing tea because it’s an imperfect process that can lead to a bitter taste if done incorrectly.

Making Tea With a Coffee Machine?

If you have any other option, avoid using a coffee machine to make cups of tea. All brewing guidelines point to this being an imperfect process for making tea.

Insider Tip

The ideal temperature for green tea leaves will differ from black tea blends, so pay attention to brewing specifications for the type you’re using.

Just like you have to learn how to measure your coffee in a coffee maker, you need correct measurements for the type of tea you choose. Keep reading to find out more about the best brewing methods.


Clean your coffee maker basket thoroughly with a cup of vinegar mixed with a cup of water. Skipping this step results in a coffee taste in your cups of tea due to leftover coffee residue. You might also get coffee grounds in your final cup.


Now, fill your tea ball with the loose-leaf tea of your choice. You need to calculate the tea-to-water ratio carefully, so look into the brewing guidelines for the loose-leaf tea you’re using. Alternatively, you can use your coffee machine for other things. That said, if you’re making hot chocolate in your coffee maker or if you’re making ramen, you need to make sure you use the right water ratio, too.


Place your tea ball or bags in the coffee pot. Then, start the coffee brewer. When brewing hot water for tea leaves, you don’t need to put a coffee filter in the filter basket.


Hot water will cover the tea ball or bags in your coffee pot. This starts the thermal flavor extraction, which finishes through the recommended steep time for your tea.


The water temperature in your coffee pot might be too low, so allow for a longer steep time for your tea leaves. If you learn how to make strong coffee in a coffee maker, you already understand the process.


Once the steep time has passed, it’s time to pick the perfect cup size for your tea type. To keep the hot water temperature consistent, use a coffee carafe to store leftover tea.


-Add a splash of milk if you’d like. Some people prefer tea without sugar, but adding actual sugar can prevent highlighting exquisite flavor.

For more great coffee maker tips and tricks, check out our guides to sanitizing a steel coffee maker and using pods in a coffee machine.


If you’re sensitive to caffeine, avoid using black tea blends.


Can you use loose-leaf tea in a coffee percolator?

You can use a coffee percolator to brew tea. This method is almost as good for tea as it is for making a pot of coffee.

What are the different types of tea I can choose from?

There are several different exquisite tea blends to choose from:

  • Green tea leaves
  • Black tea leaves
  • Herbal tea blends

How many bags of tea do I need to use for exquisite flavors?

That depends on the strength of the blend you choose to use. Thermal flavor extraction works differently for different blends. Read the directions on the tea box.

How do I make iced tea in a coffee brewer?

There are tea bags specially blended for iced tea available. You’ll follow the same guidelines laid out in this article and then pour your final blend over ice to go from hot to cold water.

STAT: All the tea types, including white, green, oolong, black, and Pu-erh tea, are produced from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. (source)

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