Loose leaf tea + good quality water is it important

Loose leaf tea, how can we be sure we are preparing the best drink possible?

Do we need good water quality for brewing loose leaf tea? If we do, how can we be sure water for teawe have the best quality?


I remember as a child my parents rented a cottage in the country for the summers. The whole family would pack up the car and drive an hour and a half to get away from the city on the weekends.

There was no phone; no indoor showering facilities and our drinking water had to be carried from an outside well.

Mom would tell Bev (my sister) and me that we were lucky to be drinking good quality water from a well. I personally did everything I could to avoid drinking the so called good quality water. It tasted terrible to me and I didn't like the smell of it either.

I realize now that it was most likely what is called hard water. When mom made us iced tea or lemonade using the well water it ruined the taste.

Years later when visiting my sister-in-law who lived out of state, she had water delivered in large containers. Why, because she felt the tap water was unsafe. Joyce preferred to buy bottled water rather than take a chance with her family's health. Just like the water cooler at many work places, space in her kitchen had to be given up to house what Joyce felt was good quality water for tea and coffee.

The quality of bottled water is questioned today.

Today it is convenient to purchase bottled water. You can easily pick it up in the super market. Many people use this water to make their loose leaf tea or other beverages. I've done research on bottled water. I learned from the Natural Resources Defense Council that while most bottled water is good, some is not.

The industry is not as highly regulated as city water. I have found that it is perfectly legal to bottle water directly from springs, wells, and even municipal water supplies (talk about a rip off). It is not easy to find the actual source of the bottled water we're buying. If it is sold within the same state it is bottled in, the water is not even regulated by the EPA.

Safe and good tasting water is not guaranteed either from the bottled or the tap.

Using filtered water pitchers can give you a better quality water for you cup of tea.

The simplest method is to use a pitcher that has a filtering system inside. The initial cost is not expensive. This was my first option to insure my loose leaf tea tasted the way it was meant to.

I was happy with my Brita; it gave me good water quality for tea, but there was a problem. The pitcher holds a small amount of water. I needed larger quantities to be able to brew hot or iced loose-leaf-tea.

Next I tried the filtered water faucet made by Pur. It attached easily to the faucet. I liked this because I merely had to turn a handle and the water flow would go through the filter. It was very easy to get good water quality for loose tea leaves. If I shut that valve off, I used unfiltered water for cleaning use.

It turned out that buying replacement filters over a period of a year was about as expensive as having an under sink unit installed.

The Brita pitcher filters were more expensive over a year's time. The Pur brand sink attachment filters were also more expensive over a year's time.

What am I doing today to insure my leaf tea tastes great? I'm using a filtered water purifier system housed under my kitchen sink.

Today I have a filtering system hooked up under my sink that gives me great tasting water. Good water quality for loose tea couldn't be easier. It is really hard for me to describe exactly what good quality water tastes like. It almost doesn't have a taste, which is a good thing to me. There is no overpowering taste of any kind.

When I make Darjeeling tea, I taste the right essence intended by the farmers. They have worked hard to offer the very best quality loose leaves. If I make coffee, I taste the true flavor of the specially roasted beans.

I use the water from the tap to rinse my dishes and wipe my counter tops or do other cleaning jobs.

The water coming from the drinking spout is used for all cooking and for brewing my loose leaf tea. The filtering system also connects to the ice maker in my freezer. What a treat when we have iced water or iced tea or any beverage for that matter. We taste the good flavor of the beverage and the ice doesn't change that.

my two cats
The two family cats, Ruby and Silver, who generously allow Paul and me to live with them, are served from the drinking spout too.Yes, in the summer when it is really hot their drinking dish has filtered ice in it as well.

You can see there are a lot of options when it comes to the water used to brew the most flavorful loose tea leaves possible. You decide which the best solution is for you and your family to have good water quality for leaf tea.

For tips on how to use this quality water to brew each kind of tea properly visit this page on brewing tea.

Then sit back and enjoy drinking your cup fo tea.

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