The Mr. Coffee 3-Quart Iced Tea and Coffee Maker is one of the (many) workhorse appliances in our kitchen. We’ve never used it for iced coffee, but for tea it’s a snap. Iced (or just cold) tea is our mainstay casual drink, and this iced tea maker can make as little or as much as you want quickly and without muss or fuss.
Its operation is simple. First, flip up the lid, push the steamer thingy aside, and remove the teabag basket. Then fill up the pitcher to the water line for how much tea you want and pour that into the body of the unit (that sounds sort of like water boarding the poor thing, but it’s not — trust me). Replace the basket and add your teabag(s).
From there, fill up the pitcher with ice to the appropriate line (e.g., if you want 3 liters of tea, you’ll fill it to that ice line), or just fill it with water to the same line that you used to fill up the unit. Scoot the pitcher up to the maker and push the start button, and you’re off to the races.
Just make sure the spout is snugged up against the maker, or some tea may dribble down onto the counter. Also, if you flip up the top after making tea, some water from inside of the top runs down the back. Those are minor quibbles, but can be annoying.
We use Lipton Gallon Size Black Tea Bags. Just toss one in the basket, and you can run it through two 3-liter cycles on the “strong” setting. What to do with all that extra tea? We pour it into a couple 2 liter Ball Jars and cram those and the pitcher into the fridge.
So, sure, there are lots of ways to make iced tea. But if you’re looking for a modestly priced, easy to use iced tea maker, check out the Mr. Coffee 3-Quart Iced Tea and Coffee Maker!