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Tea drinkers no longer have to wait for water to heat in the kettle or to buy special items to hold their loose tea leaves. The Sunbeam Tea Drop tea maker looks like a coffee maker but is designed to brew tea. Water heats and drips slowly through a double-drip mechanism, steeping the tea as it goes. This machine makes an entire pot of tea with no mess or hassle.The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

Open the top of the machine and remove the bean-shaped brewing filter and the brewing basket below it. Remove the carafe.

Fill the carafe with cold water (never use hot or warm water; your tea will suffer). Pour the water from the carafe into the reservoir on the back of the Tea Drop. Use the reservoir gauge on the side of the machine to add enough water for the desired amount of tea.

Place the carafe back in its place on the heating plate. Fill your brewing filter with one teabag or 1 teaspoon of loose leaves per cup of tea. For herbal teas, double the amount to attain the desired tea strength. Place the basket and filter back inside the machine and close the lid.

Choose “strong”, “Regular” or “Mild” from the buttons on the front of your machine. The stronger the brew, the longer the tea will take to brew. Choose “Mild” for herbal and white teas. “Regular” works well for green and Oolong. You may choose any setting for black, but “Strong” works well for morning teas like English, Irish or Scottish Breakfast.

Wait until the machine is finished brewing. Pour yourself a cup of tea and sweeten as desired.


Clean your Tea Drop machine before using it for the first time and after each subsequent use by running water through the machine on the “strong” setting. Wash the carafe with hot, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. This keeps each cup of tea tasting fresh.