Keurig® has revolutionized the way America drinks coffee and it doesn't end there. The world of tea has been turned upside down by this modern marvel, leaving tea lovers with more than one way to enjoy their favorite brew. Keurig® has recruited an elite group of experts to provide consumers with top-quality K-Cup® tea choices.
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These names are very familiar to tea aficionados as they are the industry leaders. Combining their amazing product with the convenience of Keurig® technology is certainly a match made in heaven. But, there is some subtle difference when brewing K-Cup® teas versus K-Cup® coffees that you should know.
- In general, K-Cup® teas can be brewed with the higher water setting. I find all of the lines of teas to provide a substantial flavor that does not get thinned out with the larger amounts of water.
- K-Cup® teas can be used more than once. As I near the end of my mug I reheat the remains by brewing a second dose of tea with the same pod but, this time I use the lowest water setting. This is completely off-the-record advice that has been spoken against by many for sanitary reasons. However, I certainly would not reuse a tea capsule several hours after the initial brew. My general rule is I can reuse my pod within a 30-minute time frame.
- All K-Cup® teas can be brewed over ice. In fact, one of my very favorite iced teas is made with a regular ol' green tea K-Cup®.
- You should run a water-only brew cycle after every K-Cup® tea. The ingredients inside these little jewels are lightweight. The herbs and seasoning have a tendency to get trapped inside the brew needles. This can clog your unit or leave a tea taste in your next cup of coffee. Just raise and lower the lid with no K-Cup® inserted (make sure you have a mug on the base) and give it a good rinse with a cleansing water cycle.
- You can brew standard tea bags. In addition to brewing K-Cup® coffees and teas, your Keurig® machine can be used as an instant hot water dispenser. Just put your teabag in a mug and place it on the drip tray. Run a water-only brew cycle and viola...a freshly brewed tea bag. Many have made the mistake of attempting to place their tea bag in the brew basket of their Keurig® units. DON'T DO THIS. You are sure to clog your needles and end up with a mug full of herbs. Keep the bags in your mug and your results will be much more enjoyable.
- Last but not least, do not use loose leaf tea in the my K-Cup® adapter. Instead, try a reusable tea steeper in your mug and use your brewer as an instant hot water dispenser.
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