Keurig® has revolutionized the way America drinks coffee but, 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 tea experts to provide consumers with top quality K-Cup® tea choices.
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 are some subtle difference when brewing K-Cup® teas versus K-Cup® coffees that you should know.
- In general, (and in my personal opinion) K-Cup® teas can be brewed with the higher water setting on your Keurig. I find all of the lines of teas to provide substantial flavor that does not get thinned out with the larger amounts of water. This is particularly true of Twinings and Snapple (keep in mind this is my opinion, if you enjoy a very "thick" tea then by all means use less water).
- K-Cup® teas can be used more than once. Yes, I said it...I use my K-Cup® teas twice. As I near the end of my mug I reheat the remains by brewing a second dose of tea with the same Kcup 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. There are certainK-Cup® teas specifically designed to be brewed over ice that are quite frankly AMAZING (I am talking about you Snapple) but, no one ever said you cant use a standard tea K-Cup® to make an ice cold refresher. 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 light weight. For that reason the herbs and seasoning have a tendency to get trapped inside the brew needles of Keurig® brewers. 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 with your Keurig® coffee maker. In addition to brewing K-Cup® coffees and teas your Keurig® machine can be used as an instant hot water dispenser. Just put your tea bag 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, I do not recommend using loose leaf tea in the my K-Cup® adapter. This is a sure fire way to experience the same issues I listed above. You can simply use a tea steeper in your mug and again use your brewer as an instant hot water dispenser.
As far as tea recommendations go, my absolute favorite is Twinings Peppermint followed closely by India Spice Chai. However, tea is a pretty subjective taste. For that reason I would suggest beginning your Keurig® tea adventure with a variety pack or even better a K-Cup® tea of the month membership!
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