I LOVE my new Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker! I wish I would have bought one/gotten with the times sooner. This one is black & glass-which makes it Classy as opposed to the old white bulky plastic one my parents have. And I love that it's black because all my other kitchen appliances are black and silver. This tea maker has a wonderful Recipe Guide for making special teas, adult cocktails & even a delicious smoothie-which we love. Now after reading some of yalls customer reviews I'd like to address a few things… first please read the whole manual! If you read the manual it clearly tells you “Rotate the shower head position so that it is over the brew basket. Close the top lid and have the unit positioned as (FIGURE 2)” if you do so it will not leak or make a mess! As an added precaution I move my top part to the normal position to look like what is on the front cover of the user manual, then slide my pitcher in that way so I know it's pushed in all the way & will not leak, then I swing the top part out before I brew. Also after my tea maker is done brewing I let it sit one minute so the access liquid can drip in the tea pitcher before I remove it. I read some reviews and a few of you think ice somewhat waters it down or else you don't like using so much ice… well you do NOT have to use ice and if you read the manual it even tells you that. Instead of using ice just fill Cold water to the water line-it's that easy. I do it all the time and no the pitcher will not break without ice. Only rough or clumsy handling will break the pitcher. Oh and I hand wash mine and do not put mine in the dishwasher. As far as stirring goes I use a Universal Flexible Heat Resistant Silicone Spoon or else a soft flimsy Plastic icing spatula and stir trying as much as possible to not bang the sides of the pitcher. Oh and if I am making something with frozen concentrated juice and it needs to be stirred more vigorously I transfer it to a plastic pitcher first. …To be honest I do not use ice when brewing tea unless I have guests who would like a cold glass of tea right away or else I'm following a recipe from the recipe guide. When you do use ice be sure to gently place the ice cubes in the pitcher by hand because I read from someone else's review that they poured bulky ice cubes in from a bag and it cracked the pitcher, so again please carefully place the ice cubes in by hand. *And last but defiantly not least… even though this tea maker wants you to use a bunch of smaller individual tea bags you can use one Family Size tea bag per pitcher but be sure to have it set on Full brew strength; Immediately after its done brewing I stir in a ½ cup of sugar (and yes it fully dissolves) & enjoy. :) Just a note: do not be afraid to experiment tea bag wise people. Also the more tea bags you add the stronger your tea will be.
A delicious mint tea I make: 1 family size Luzianne tea bag, 1 small individual Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea bag, 3 small individual Celestial Seasonings Peppermint tea bags, (optional: under tea bags place a fresh mint sprig), set about ½ cm from full brew strength, I use water to the water line instead of ice, stir in a ½ cup of sugar right after its done brewing and then let it chill in the fridge before drinking.
The photo shows the position to brew tea in and it making a Pineapple Orange Cooler.