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Can You Make Tea in a Keurig? Unveiling the Perfect Brew Guide

Written by

Erica Cervenkova

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Ever wondered if you can make tea in a Keurig? Here are some insights on this topic based on my experience and research.

In this article, I’ll guide you through the process of brewing tea using a Keurig. We’ll explore the best teas, how to enhance the flavor, and even how to make iced tea!


If you’re a tea lover with a Keurig machine, stick around. You’re about to unlock a whole new world of convenience and flavor.

Can You Make Tea in a Keurig

Can You Make Tea in a Keurig?

Definitely! Making tea in a Keurig is not just possible but also simple and convenient. Just pop a tea pod into the Keurig, as you would with a coffee pod, and select the preferred brew size. It’s also possible to brew your tea leaves using a reusable K-Cup pod like you would with your preferred grounds.

Let me share some insights to ensure you get the best-brewed tea each time. It is easy to get very bitter tea if you do not follow the right steps.

For instance:

This user had a lot to say about bitter tea leaves and Keurigs. 

“I don’t like them. The tea comes out horribly bitter. 1, the water is at the wrong temperature (you need boiling oolong teas, and too hot for black and white teas), and 2, the high pressure washes most of the bitter agents right into your cup. Good tea needs time to steep and proper water temperature.”

If you intend to use loose tea leaves, remember to grind or break them before brewing. This technique ensures your Keurig extracts maximum flavor from the leaves as hot water passes through.


Beware, not all teas are created equal when brewed using a Keurig! Delicate teas, especially, don’t do well. Green teas, for instance, should preferably be avoided or be prepared using single-serve green tea K-cups. 


Fruit teas and herbal teas can be quite tricky. Due to their nature, Fruit teas require longer brewing times, which a Keurig machine may not fully accommodate, often leading to weak flavored tea.

On the sweeter side of things:

Why not try a different recipe? Add 3/4 glass of lemonade into the tea and stir it all together. Voila, you’ll have a refreshing glass of Keurig-brewed iced tea lemonade!

Types of Tea and Brewing Options in a Keurig

Selecting the right tea for your Keurig brewer can greatly enhance the result

The machine heats water to about 192°F, a temperature suitable for various teas, including black, oolong, and even some green teas.


This research paper explores the effect of different brewing temperatures and methods on different tea leaves. It shows that your brewing temperature matters about the type of tea you intend to brew.

That being said, here are a few different types of tea you can brew with a Keurig.

Black Tea

Black Tea Keurig

Black teas tolerate higher temperatures and don’t require adjustments, making them ideal for Keurig machines. 

One example of such is the Assam variety, with its unique malty flavor. They brew best at temperatures between roughly 190°F and 205°F.

Keep in mind:

When brewed right, black tea can produce a cup with a richness comparable to dark roasted coffee beans.

Oolong Tea

Like black tea, oolong teas also perform well in Keurig brewers, with optimal brewing temperatures ranging from approximately 185°F to 205°F. They offer a broad range of flavors to suit the pickiest tea lovers.

Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea Keurig


Their caffeine-free nature and complex blend of herbs, spices, and fruits make herbal teas an interesting choice. 

While some flavors might not reach their full potential due to the short brewing time, stronger herbal teas like peppermint or chamomile still provide a great-tasting cup.

Green Tea

Green tea requires a lower brewing temperature ranging from 150°F to 180°F. While some high-end Keurig brewer models offer temperature adjustment, you can get the best taste from green tea using K-cups specially designed for these machines.

Fruit Tea

Fruit teas might be tricky because they require longer steeping to achieve the full flavor. 


Certain teas with stronger flavor notes might still work well with a Keurig brewer.

Another variety of tea to consider is White Tea. Like green tea, it requires a lower brewing temperature, which might limit its full range of flavors in a standard Keurig brewer.


As published in this research paper, the right steeping time and conditions could better your chances of getting the most from your white tea leaves

Not only will you extract maximum flavor but also antioxidants, which are essential for good health.


With the vast selection of teas K-Cups, brewing your favorite cuppa has never been easier. Brands like Celestial, Lipton, and Twinings have mastered the art of creating tea pods that seamlessly align with the brewing capabilities of Keurig machines.

To materialize your perfect brew, follow the simple steps below:

  1. Select your preferred tea K-Cup.
  2. Lift the handle of your Keurig, place the tea pod in the pod holder, and close it.
  3. Position a size-appropriate mug on the drip tray.
  4. Choose the cup size on the Keurig machine. Opt for a smaller cup size if you’re going for a stronger tea. A larger size caters well for a mellower tea taste.
  5. Hit the brew button and wait a few minutes for the brewing to complete.
  6. Enjoy your fresh steaming cup of tea made from the convenience of your Keurig machine.

The market teems with a plethora of tea pods, each offering unique flavor profiles and wellness benefits. 

Here are a few tips to help you pick:

  • Make sure to get pods that pair with your favorite tea types.
  • Check the brewing temperature requirements. Keurig machines are ideally suited for brewing black, green, and oolong teas.
  • If a stronger flavor is what you seek, opt for pods designed for a more robust brew. Some brands cater particularly to this need with their ‘extra-strength’ or ‘bold’ versions.
  • If sustainability is a key concern, opt for recyclable or biodegradable pods.

Compatibility is equally important. So, don’t forget to check whether the tea pods work well with your specific Keurig model.

Using Reusable K-Cups for Loose-Leaf Tea and Tea Bags

Insert Reusable K-Cup into the Compartment Keurig

So you’ve seen how simple it is to make tea with your Keurig using pre-packaged K-Cups. But what if you’re a fan of loose-leaf tea or have a stash of your favorite tea bags?


Tea K-Cups are expensive compared to the alternative, as this tea enjoyer pointed out. 

“Plenty of people have pointed out that they make bad tea. But they’re also ludicrously expensive. Just looked up the Walmart (US) prices and for the same not-very-good tea (Twinings English Breakfast), you can buy 24 K-cups for $14 or 50 teabags for $9.”


With reusable K-Cups, you can enjoy your preferred tea blend right from your Keurig at a cheaper price overall. 

Just fill it with your tea of choice, pop it in the machine, and let it do its magic. It’s a great way to reduce waste and explore a wider range of tea flavors. 

Remember: The key to a perfect cup of Keurig tea lies in choosing the right pods and understanding your machine’s brewing capabilities.

Erica Cervenkova
Coffee Connoisseur, SCA Member

As a coffee connoisseur and member of the Specialty Coffee Association, I am dedicated to understanding the sustainability of coffee pods and the impact it has on the environment. My expertise lies in the realm of capsule coffee machines, from the likes of Keurig and Nespresso to other well-known US brands. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and helping others make informed decisions about their coffee choices. Whether you're a coffee enthusiast or just looking for a new way to enjoy your morning cup, I'm here to help.


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