Do you have icicles on your kitchen and bathroom taps?
These are icicles of calcium on your taps or do you have pronounced white water marks even when the water dries? Then you most likely have hard water. This is where your tap water contains dissolved calcium and magnesium. These are almost always at safe levels and in our water for purification purposes.
Find out if you live in a hard or soft water area in Britain: https://www.bristan.com/hard-water-map. If you live outside of Britain, well worth finding out if your water is soft or hard.
I have written previously about how to make tea well; see my blog on “7 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Loose Leaf Tea https://missteasmith.com/7-mistakes-to-avoid-when-making-loose-leaf-tea/ to “5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Tea” https://missteasmith.com/5-mistakes-to-avoid-when-making-tea/
To make that perfect cup, EVERY TIME, you need water that’s pure and unadulterated! If you have hard water then you would need to filter out all that stuff from it. I heard recently that there is cocaine in our water (not sure how true this is)!! So much of it gets washed into the system there is residue of it in our water system.
How to Soften Water
Not just for tea, but for your drinking water, for your coffee, cooking and all the other reasons you consume water. How? Well, you will need a water filter. There are number of companies that offer water filter jugs. Make sure to change the filter on a regular basis. Alternatively you could have a permanent water filter tap fitted into your kitchen.
I have one from Brita, https://www.brita.co.uk/fill-and-enjoy (and no, this is not a sponsored post) and it makes such difference to the taste of just my drinking water.
I brew my tea with filtered water and now I can with confidence say I can taste the difference when I drink tea brewed with unfiltered water. There is a big difference to the taste and as you can see from the picture, a difference in the gunk that’s in it too!
Ask your favourite tea or coffee house if they use filtered water, most tea and coffee machines can be fitted with a water filter.
Now that you know how to soften water, you will finally be able to truly savour the finest of Ceylon’s teas and tea blends on this very website.