Tea in a Coffee Maker: Possible or Not?


When I was a kid, my mom would make tea for me by steeping a bag or two in hot water. It wasn’t my favorite drink (I liked milk!), but she thought it was good for me. Now that I’m all grown up, though, I’ve discovered that making tea in an er… more traditional way can be extremely rewarding—and delicious! The only problem is, what happens if you want to make tea with your coffee maker? Can you do it? And will it taste good? Let’s find out together!

yes, you can.

Yes, you can make tea in a coffee maker. The main thing to keep in mind is that the size and shape of the filter will determine how well your tea will brew. Tea leaves are small and light compared to coffee beans so they’ll pass through most filters with ease. However, if your machine uses a large paper filter or mesh screen (like those found in French presses), then it’s possible that some of those leaves could get stuck inside the basket as well as other parts of your machine like its water reservoir or shower head assembly overtop where hot water comes out into cups or pots below.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our time as baristas at Starbucks stores across America: never try making iced coffee using hot water!

you need to use the right type of tea, though.

You can use any type of tea in your coffee maker, but it’s important to use the right kind. For example, if you’re using a black tea like Darjeeling or Earl Grey, then it’s best to use a loose leaf and not bagged tea. Loose-leaf teas are better because they have more room for expansion than bagged varieties do. This will help prevent clogging in your coffee maker’s filter basket.

If you’re using white or green tea instead of black or oolong (another kind), then make sure that there aren’t too many stems mixed in with the leaves–these can get caught on other parts of your appliance and cause problems later on when brewing time comes around again!

you need to let the tea infuse for a while afterward.

If you’re looking for a strong, flavorful cup of tea, the best way to get it is by letting your leaves steep in hot water for at least five minutes.

  • The longer the tea sits, the stronger it will taste.

coffee is not going to go well in a teapot.

Coffee is not going to go well in a teapot, and tea will not taste good if you brew it in a coffee maker. Coffee and tea are two different types of drinks that require different brewing methods.

If you try to make your favorite cup of Earl Grey or Chamomile with your automatic drip machine, it’ll end up tasting like burnt cardboard instead of being refreshingly floral or mildly earthy. The same goes for using hot water from your Keurig: no matter how many times we’ve seen people try this online (and trust us–there are some truly disturbing videos), the result will never be anything close to what you’d expect from a properly prepared cup of joe or caffeine kickstart!

it’s not going to taste good, either.

And no, you won’t be able to get the same effect. Tea doesn’t have any caffeine, so it won’t get you as wired or jittery as coffee does. Plus, tea has antioxidants–the same kind that helps prevent cancer and heart disease–and some studies show that these antioxidants can actually reduce stress levels in your body (and who doesn’t want less stress?).

So if you’re looking for a pick-me-up or just trying to bring down those blood pressure numbers, go with tea instead of coffee!

some teas will work well, others won’t

Some teas will work well, others won’t.

Teas that work well include black, green, white, and oolong.

Teas that don’t work well include herbal and rooibos teas. These teas have a high tannin content and will leave your coffee maker tasting bitter after brewing them in it. Pu-erh and yerba mate are also not recommended as they have very high levels of caffeine which can damage your machine over time if left in there too long (or ever).


If you’re looking for a way to make tea in your coffee maker, it’s definitely possible. You just need to use the right type of tea and let it infuse for a while afterward so that all of the flavors have time to develop before drinking. It won’t taste like coffee or like regular tea–but if you like both those things then maybe this method will work well for you!

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