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Brewing Tea on the Capresso EC PRO Espresso & Cappuccino Machine

Mar 14, 2014 · culture · education · semi-automatic · tea
Brewing Tea on the Capresso EC PRO Espresso & Cappuccino Machine

[caption id="attachment_9486" align="alignright" width="150"] Ground black loose leaf tea in a pressurized portafilter.[/caption] Through the magic of the Internet, we heard that people have been using their espresso machines to brew black tea. This sounded like an interesting concept to us, and we were curious to see if it would work. People have been known to brew rooibos (also called red espresso) this way, and have even started whole cafes based on this idea. So why wouldn’t it work with black tea? We decided to put this theory to the test and use the Crema on top of the second cup of tea.[/caption] Not ones to be easily defeated, we were curious what would happen if we ground up the tea leaves before dosing them into the portafilter. To grind the tea, we grabbed the The lighter tea (top left) was the first cup we brewed. The dark one (bottom right) was the second.[/caption] We were (pleasantly) surprised to find you can brew a decent up of tea using a semi-automatic espresso machine and a pressurized portafilter. If you are going to try this experiment yourself we highly recommend grinding your loose leaf tea into smaller particles, since that gave us the best results. We only tried this experiment with black tea, so we aren’t sure if this technique will work to brew other types of tea, such as rooibos or herbal infusions. We also haven’t tried brewing the tea with a different machine or tested to see if brewing tea on an espresso machine is faster than brewing with a kettle. If you try this experiment with different variables, let us know in the comments. I sense more tea experiments in our feature!

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