Can You Make Coffee In A Tea Infuser? (A Quick Guide)

The processes of making coffee and tea are, in their essence, very similar. Near-boiling water reacts with ground coffee or tea leaves, extracting the flavors, caffeine, and antioxidants. Given the similarities between them, is it possible to make a tasty cup of coffee using a tea infuser?

You can use a tea infuser to prepare a cup of coffee. The strength and flavor will not be as intense as coffee made with a traditional brewing set-up, but the coffee can taste really pleasant. A spherical, egg, or spoon-shaped tea infuser or a tea strainer and a teapot work equally well. 

Using a tea infuser to make coffee is useful for making coffee at your desk at work, for hiking and camping, and for when you don’t have access to a French press or pour-over set-up. Here, we discuss the different ways of making coffee using a tea infuser, the advantages, and the drawbacks.

Is It Possible To Make Coffee In A Infuser?

Filling your tea infuser with coffee instead of tea leaves may be unorthodox, but it is an alternative way to make coffee. If you are ever without a coffee brewing set-up and cannot stand the thought of a cup of instant coffee, you can use a tea infuser to make a version of pour-over coffee.

Is it the best way to make coffee? Certainly not. But it does work, and the coffee you make with a tea infuser can actually taste really good if you know what you are doing! 

Advantages Of Making Coffee In A Tea Infuser

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There are a few surprising advantages to making coffee using a tea infuser:

  • Zero-waste way to make coffee because you do not need a coffee filter.
  • The tea infuser method is one of the best ways to make cold brew coffee.
  • You can make a large amount of coffee at once to serve many people. 
  • Tea infusers are cheaper than coffee filters. 

Disadvantages Of Making Coffee In A Tea Infuser

There are, however, a number of disadvantages to using a tea infuser for making coffee:

  • Tea infuser balls, eggs, and spoons are often too small to hold the amount of coffee you need because coffee grounds expand as they steep in water.
  • Many tea infusers do not have a strong enough closure to prevent grounds from leaking out, so you end up with a gritty cup of coffee.
  • The mesh in many kinds of tea infusers is too coarse, so fine coffee grinds leak out.

The Best Tea Infuser To Use For Making Coffee

There are many different tea infusers out there, and not all of them are ideal for making a cup of coffee. Some are a bit small, and others have a mesh that is way too coarse to hold ground coffee.

Let’s look at which types of infusers work the best for making coffee:

Tea infuser basket

This type sits on top of your mug and holds the tea leaves while you pour water over it. Basically, it makes pour-over tea. 

Tea infuser bottle

These have a cylindrical mesh infuser built into the vessel to hold tea leaves. The best ones are double-walled to keep your coffee or tea hot. 

While it is possible to use a ball, egg, or spoon tea infuser, these are often too small, flimsy, and their mesh is too coarse. Only use these tea infusers if you can’t find anything else.

How To Make Coffee Using A Tea Infuser?

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While there are still a few drawbacks to making coffee with a tea infuser, if you take the necessary steps and use the right kind of tea infuser, there shouldn’t be any problems. 

Making a cup of coffee using a tea infuser basket:

  1. Grind your coffee to a medium-coarse texture. You will need about 3 tablespoons per cup. Remember, freshly ground coffee always tastes better than pre-ground coffee.
  2. Bring filtered water to the boil. Once boiling, set it aside for half a minute to cool down slightly. The optimal water temperature for brewing coffee and tea is just below boiling point. 
  3. Pour some of the hot water into the empty mug and the infuser basket to warm them up. Pour out the water afterwards.
  4. Add 3 tablespoons of coffee into the infuser basket and tamp it down a bit so that the layer of coffee is smooth and even.
  5. Measure out 240ml of hot water in a gooseneck kettle. 
  6. Set the infuser basket on top of your mug and slowly begin to pour water over the ground coffee. Do this for 30 seconds. Pour in a circular pattern, starting in the middle of the basket, moving outwards.
  7. Wait for about a minute for the coffee to bloom. During this time, the coffee releases gasses. 
  8. Slowly pour over the rest of the water in the same circular motion. Pour very slowly so that the layer of coffee stays even. It should take 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. If the water filters through the coffee too slowly, use a spoon to gently stir the coffee to help the water filter through the infuser. 
  10. When all the water has seeped through, dump out the ground coffee, remove the infuser basket from the mug, and there you have it – a delicious cup of coffee. 

Making coffee using a tea infuser bottle:

  1. Boil the water, let it cool a little, then use some of the hot water to warm the infuser bottle.
  2. Add between 3 and 6 tablespoons of ground coffee to the infuser cylinder (depending on the size of the bottle). 
  3. Fill the bottle with hot water, screw on the infuser cylinder, and shut the lid. 
  4. Give the coffee 4 minutes to steep inside the bottle. You can shake the bottle or flip it to help the coffee infuse. 
  5. Remove the infuser cylinder, dump out the grounds, and enjoy your coffee! 

Conclusion

It is possible to make coffee using a tea infuser. Not only is it possible, but the results can be delicious! Making coffee using a tea infuser is easy. Tea infuser baskets and bottles are the best kinds to use for this purpose, but you can make an infuser ball, egg, or spoon work. 

Remember to grind your coffee to a medium-coarse texture, as finely ground coffee will just leak right through the infuser’s mesh. Always use freshly ground beans for the best flavor!