An avid tea drinker, I am embarrassed to say I didn't purify my water
An avid tea drinker, I am embarrassed to say I didn’t purify my water. And what a difference it made!!
I tried everything out there, boiling the water before lowering it to the temperature needed (thus flattening the water and removing the oxygen—I just didn’t know any better—). I used distilled water removing every heavy metal, chemical, particulate, and anything else—including the good stuff!!—from the water. I mostly just used the municipal water as doing anything else was too bothersome.
I must say, after bringing my tea into both of my jobs, where they both have hot/cold water coolers, and tasting the difference that made, I only drank tea at work!! I didn’t even realize that this was happening until I noticed drawers-full of my tea at work and NO LONGER IN MY APARTMENT!!
Now, you must give me a break, I work around 70 hours a week, and I am not usually this oblivious. However, what this subconscious act has shown me was how much I have been missing out on tea at home because of not having a water purifier. I went to my local Costco with coupons in hand (of course!), and bought a Brita pitcher and two years worth of filters (that’s Costco for you!).
Am I the only die-hard tea drinker that does not use the proper water to brew tea? I think not! I’ve shared, now it’s your turn! :-)
I’ve never regularly used anything to purify water for tea. The municipal water didn’t taste funny and isn’t that hard, so I’ve always thought it would work fine. The one time I brewed with filtered water, there was no noticeable difference.
Of course that’s fine. I am lucky to live in one of the areas with best water quality in the country. I still use a brita filter, and can skip it sometimes and the water still tastes good enough. There are people in my area using commercial bottled water and I would say it’s not wise to buy water that’s not better than, not even as good as what nature gives us.
But I’ve been to places where un-purified water is barely drinkable. In that case you wouldn’t need anybody else to remind you of purifying the water :-p
We have to purify our water to drink it. (Darn well.) Would I purify my water if it wasn’t necessary? Probably not.