What if I told you that it wasn’t just tea leaves that determined the quality of your tea? That it’s something that covers over 71% of the earth and is often referred to as the “solvent of life”? It may surprise you to hear that water is the ingredient far more valuable when making our cups of tea than you may think.
Why is water so important?
Water quality has a massive effect on how we taste tea. You can have the best quality tea, the water boiled to the correct temperature, but if your water isn't of good quality, your tea will not taste its best. In fact, in can taste awful. Some people like to use bottled water to make their tea, but a very convenient and cost-effective option is to filter your tap water.
Why filter tap water?
Natural water contains dissolved gases and salts, including calcium and magnesium. These salts affect the 'hardness' of your water and can vary depending on where you live. Water hardness is classified based on concentration of calcium carbonate the water contains. Some salts found in water form insoluble compounds such as lime, often referred to as lime scale. You'll no doubt have seen this for yourself as the white scale left on appliances such as kettles, steam irons etc. wherever water is heated. In addition, some water can be affected by the pipes through which it flows and as a result contain traces of lead and copper. The presence of chlorine can also affect the taste of your tea. Using a water filter will reduce these substances in your water and make for a much better cup of tea.
What types of water filters are available?
There is a wide variety of water filters on the market to suit everyone's taste, demands and budgets ranging from full blown filters attached to your incoming water supply to a simple water filter jug. However, if you love drinking tea and want it to taste amazing, it's really worth considering filtering the tap water you use.