Coffee Maker Iced Tea

It’s complete laziness that brought this idea to me today. I hate the traditional method of making iced tea; it always takes too long to make a lot of servings. I thought I’d try using my coffee maker instead and I am absolutely thrilled with the results…

To make several servings of great tasting iced tea quickly, try using your automatic drip coffee maker.

The process here is the same as making coffee. Fill coffee maker with 12 cups of cold water. Place paper coffee filter in basket and add 8 tea bags (tags cut off). I like to make my tea strong and add a lot of ice to it – you can adjust the strength to your liking. Once the water has run through the machine and tea is brewed, turn it off, take pot off of burner and let tea cool down for a bit. Add brewed tea to an ice-filled glass, add sugar and lemon to taste.



  1. Vanessa  May 15, 2012

    Love it! Do you know if this affects the taste of coffee afterwards? Because while I love my iced tea, I need my coffee! 😀

    • camilla  May 15, 2012

      Hi Vanessa! Thanks for stopping by! I removed the tea bags straight away and rinsed the basket – I think it will be fine since the brewed tea doesn’t come into contact with anything other than the basket and the glass carafe. Take Care, Camilla

  2. matlockja  May 16, 2012

    Wow! Now why hasn’t anyone thought of that before! I only use my coffee maker for guests, so I am excited to find a way to put it to good use. I prefer loose tea, but I’m sure with a calculator I can figure the right measurements 🙂 Thanks!!!

  3. kelly  May 16, 2012

    did the tea have any sort of coffee flavor to it?

    • camilla  May 17, 2012

      Hi Kelly, No – my coffee still tastes great. Thanks for stopping by, C

  4. Echo  May 28, 2012

    This really is a wonderful way to make tea. I’ve made mine this way for years. I run some cold water through the coffee maker first and then again once the tea is made. I like Sweet Tea, so while the tea is still warm, I’ll add my sugar so that it dissolves well.