gschenk: Thanks for the reply.
I've already explained that I have a Melitta 1:1 that brews a perfect cup of tea from loose leaves simply put into the pod holder instead of an actual tea pod in about 30 seconds, so single serve machines do make good tea from loose leafs.
I had also got a digital water cooler/heater (those things that hold the big 5 gallon bottles) so I could program the perfect temperature to make tea using a tea pot and water from the water heater. I've used this method a few times and even got 2-3 different teapots to try and find a perfect one, but they all have problems in common:
-Takes much longer to brew than a machine that forces pressurized water through the tea leaves (2-6 minutes VS. 30-60 seconds)
-Makes a large quantity that usually gets cold by the time I drink it all, and forces me to have 3-4 cups of the same tea flavor in a row (the last cups being rather cold)
-If I'm with friends, we must all agree on one flavor for all of us
-I need to stop the infusion one way or another to prevent oversteeping which makes terrible tea, that usually means taking a filter out, meaning I have to wait in the kitchen while the tea steeps and then remove the filter, I've got some tea pots that try to counteract this issue, one had a closable "valve" to seal the tea leaves out of the brewed tea with the twist of a knob, but these are all a pain to clean as the tea leaves get in and around the valve mecanism
I'm definately decided on a single brewer, as the Melitta does an excellent job at brewing loose leaf tea, but the problems I have with the melitta are:
-Ridiculously small brew size (8oz)
-Ridiculously small water tank (fills my large cup ONCE between refills!)
-Ridiculously small cup clearance (most of my cups won't fit in it at all)
Those are the main problems I have with the melitta, don't get me wrong, it's an excellent brewer for the price and makes excellent coffee and tea, and was a great intro to single serve, but I'm ready to upgrade to something more serious now.
I'm nearly 100% decided on the Keurig B70 and My K-Cup to put loose tea in it, I was afraid it might make weak tea, but I've just done a simple test with my loose leaf tea, I put some in a filter and then simply let hot water pour through the filter and into a cup under the filter, even with this unpressurized "drip" brew, it made a perfect cup, this pretty much duplicates what happens in the Keurig using the My K Cup, and if it still doesn't make it strong enough, I have a few tricks in mind:
-Grind the tea leaves as one user on this website recommended
-Modify the My K Cup, for example I can try to put a small shower head instead of just a needle, and/or make the exit hole smaller, forcing the tea to steep longer
In any case, it will undoubtedly work with the vast majority of tea types from the test I did here with just letting hot water fall over tea leaves and into a cup, which is what the Keurigs do, and I can always try and modify it, because the Keurig seems to be by far the best machine for my needs.
Anyway, thanks a lot for all the info, I'm almost sure I'll get the Keurig B70, although I'll wait a few weeks before getting it as it's a bit expensive, but I'm convinced it will be a great buy, the melitta certainly was, and this can only be far better.