The importance of water in tea brewing

Pouring water Photo by Dmitry Mordolff

A lot of people may not know that in order to brew a great pot of tea you also need high quality water that tastes good. One way to test this would be to taste the water on its own. If the water is good by itself, then the tea that is brewed in it will most likely taste great as well.

Because tea is mostly made up of water, whether or not the water is good is just as important as the quality of the tea that will be brewed in it. The water should not be contaminated and should not contain minerals. Having a high oxygen content will also help to enhance the natural flavors of the tea. Water temperature can also have an effect on the tea infusion. Using chlorinated tap water can also negatively affect your cup of tea.

If you are brewing tea with tap water, filtering the water may be the best option. Filtering your water will help remove minerals and other elements that contaminate the water and cause it to taste strange. If you are unsure of the contents of your water, there is often water quality data available on the Internet.

The temperature of your water
When brewing a cup of tea, the temperature of your water is more important than you would think. Water should never be boiled in the kettle for a prolonged amount of time and you should never boil water that has already been previously boiled. This is because boiling water causes it to lose oxygen. The more you boil it, the more oxygen is lost. When using tap water, always run your tap until the water becomes cold. This gives the water a chance to infuse oxygen.

Mineral content of water. What does it mean to have soft or hard water?
If water is described as hard, it means that it has a high content of dissolved minerals. These minerals can affect the taste of the tea you brew and can also begin to accumulate at the bottom of teapots and tea kettles. Teas that are brewed with pure water tend to have a more crisp taste. Hard water can also cause the tea to have a dark and murky appearance. Soft water on the other hand is water that does not contain minerals and is on the whole much better for tea brewing.

Oxygen content in water
High oxygen content tea is best for brewing a cup of tea because it helps release all of the best flavors in the tea leaves. If you want great tasting tea always get fresh water that has not been boiled previously to ensure that it is at its highest oxygen content when you begin to boil it in your kettle.

If you are looking for a sure fire way to brew great tea, go for bottled water. Bottled water is more likely to ensure a flavorful pot of tea. When choosing a bottled water to use, steer clear of water from springs because it is more likely to be contaminated with minerals. Mineral water is always a bad choice for making tea for obvious reasons.

Purified bottled water is the best water to use for your tea. Purified water has had all of the minerals and contaminated filtered from it. If you are really going for the best, check to see if the water company infuses their water with oxygen.

Now that you know what sort of water to go for, you may notice an improved taste in all of your future cups of tea. Test out water from different sources to see if it makes a difference in your tea enjoyment.