If this review seems familiar, it probably is. It was in a generic category and I found that there is now an actual category for it. Rather than wait for Epinions to move it, I chose to delete my review dated October 31, 2001 and move it myself.
Recommend this product?
My husband loves iced tea. I would take me forever to make enough to keep him a supply in the refrigerator. He even takes it to work, so I was constantly making it. It got old fast.
While in Wal-Mart one day we saw the Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Pot on an end display. It wasn't expensive and seemed easy to use, so I thought why not? If it didn't work, not an overly big deal. We picked it up, added it to the cart and took it home.
When we unpacked the box, we found that the box had not one, but two pitchers. It was a bonus pack, and I have not seen these in a long time. The second pitcher was free. I somehow managed to miss this when we purchased it.
The Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Pot is very easy to use. Fill the pitcher to the water level line engraved on it. Pour the water into the top of the Iced Tea Pot machine. Fill the pitcher with ice to the ice fill line, also engraved on the pitcher, which is roughly 4 trays of ice. Place the brewing basket on top of the pitcher, place it under the machine and hit the brew button. When it is on, the light lights up. That's it. In less than 10 minutes your tea will be done.
One thing that we noticed was that to make sure the sugar melted, it needed to be added before it was brewed. Trial and error was how I finally figured out how much sugar was needed for the 2 quart pitcher of tea for my husband. He likes a little tea with his sugar. Very sweet stuff. The problem was getting it to dissolve and incorporate into the tea. What I finally ended up doing was instead of adding the 4 trays of ice to the pitcher, I added 2 trays of ice and 2 trays of water. It doesn't get as cold as quickly, but the sugar dissolves better and the tea tastes better this way, to us anyway.
We have had our Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Pot for over 3 years now. We use it all of the time, but the pitchers were getting old and overused. I used to wash them in the dishwasher. Ok, it isn't dishwasher safe, but they made it thru great. Finally, after about a year, one of the pitchers cracked on the bottom so we had to throw it away. The second one I have, since then, been washing with mild, soapy water. Same with the lids for the brewed tea pitchers and the brewing basket. I haven't seen any pitchers to replace the one that broke, but with no more than the pot costs, I'd probably just by a new one when my poor old pitcher finally gives out.
For brewing, Mr. Coffee recommends using a filter in the steeping basket, but I never have. I use Lipton Tea Bags and figured that was good enough. So far I haven't had any problems. The tea tastes fine and there has been no accidents with tea grounds floating in our tea.
To clean the machine, use a soft, damp cloth. It is suggested to delime every 80 brew cycles for soft water and 40 cycles for hard water. I am horrible about this and it has probably been over 500 cycles since this was done. Better get on that, huh? You can use either Mr. Coffee Cleaner, as they recommend, or you can use vinegar.
This iced tea pot is simple to use and maintain. It says you can also make iced coffee, but we have never tried it. If you like iced tea, this is a nice addition to your kitchen appliance collection.
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