Fanatical Friday and TeaDay 7/11/08

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How FANATICAL are you about the water you use to brew tea?

Extremely...I do all the research, test my water, read the studies
3
5%
Pretty fanatic...I wil go pretty far to get the best water for my tea
8
14%
I think fanatic...
12
20%
*turns on faucet, fills kettle, brews tea* Need I say more
33
56%
Other
3
5%
 
Total votes: 59

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Fanatical Friday and TeaDay 7/11/08

by Chip » Jul 11th, '08, 04:56

Material and texture and touch were voted the most important qualities in TeaChatters teacups yesterday, one vote more than size. You can still vote and discuss yesterday's topic.

Welcome one and all to Fanatic Friday and of course TeaDay. Shall we brew and share what is in our cups today...all day.

Water...today's TeaPoll topic and discussion topic. How fanatical are you about your tea water? Or maybe you don't give it a thought...turn on the faucet and brew? Please share how you deal with water used in brewing tea.

I am definitely looking forward to sharing TeaDay with everyone...so...bottoms up, refill, repeat many times...come on...it is Friday afterall!
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by omegapd » Jul 11th, '08, 05:05

I've got great tap water so don't think about filters or bottled water...

Teavana's Rose Marzipan in my cup this morning at work. It's different. Another sample from kymidwife, it probably won't be a favorite but it's enjoyable while it lasts.

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by tenuki » Jul 11th, '08, 06:05

I don't consider myself a fanatic about water. I prefer to think of it as knowing exactly what I want and precisely how to get it.

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by bi lew chun » Jul 11th, '08, 06:35

As much as bad water disgusts me, I'm probably relaxed about it compared to some. I generally use in-fridge filtered water for my tea. I have noticed that a few brands of bottled water make some of the worst-tasting tea I've ever had, although not as bad as the tap water at my old job.

From my Ali Shan Traditional session (thanks Vic!):

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by Trey Winston » Jul 11th, '08, 07:03

The faucet option for me. We have pretty good water.

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A CNNP Sheng Puerh

by Salsero » Jul 11th, '08, 07:09

2001 CNNP Yiwu Zhengshan from the Spirit of Yiwu sampler kit. The teas from this sampler kit have been reviewed in the Spirit of Yiwu thread.

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by Ti » Jul 11th, '08, 07:18

I get my tea water from a spring that is located near the top of a mountain with nothing above it but forest. I keep it in glass jugs. Making tea with my tap water is like using swimming pool water.

I'm trying some yinzhen silver needle right now. Way too delicate for breakfast.

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by Jack_teachat » Jul 11th, '08, 08:00

I get my tea water from a spring that is located near the top of a mountain with nothing above it but forest.


Jealous somewhat! :wink:

I use Brita filtered tap water and also make ice from the same water for cold brewing. The tapwater in my area of the UK is far too hard for sencha brewing.

No tea as of yet today but will probably have some more Uji Gyokuro Kame Giru-shi later. I've been enjoying it quite a bit this week as I bought it to celebrate getting married last Saturday (one reason why I haven't posted much this week!)
My wife isn't a tea drinker, oh well more for me I guess! :D

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by Riene » Jul 11th, '08, 08:05

We have a water well in the yard for all of our water, lovely cold mineral-rich stuff. No fluorine or chlorine. We get it tested every so often to be sure there aren't unpleasant contaminents.

So...tap/well water for me.

Found a can of Taylors of Harrowgate Irish breakfast in the cabinet this morning. It's strong, but this stuff is just fannings. Dust. Bleh.

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by laran7 » Jul 11th, '08, 08:14

bi lew chun wrote:As much as bad water disgusts me, I'm probably relaxed about it compared to some. I generally use in-fridge filtered water for my tea. I have noticed that a few brands of bottled water make some of the worst-tasting tea I've ever had, although not as bad as the tap water at my old job.

From my Ali Shan Traditional session (thanks Vic!):

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How beautiful -

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by hop_goblin » Jul 11th, '08, 08:41

Tap for my breakfast teas, nothing but water from melting snow from a top of the sacred mountaints for my puerh.

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by Terrasi » Jul 11th, '08, 09:19

My tap water tastes fine, so I use it.

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by Zodduska » Jul 11th, '08, 09:29

I only use name brand bottled spring water.. so pretty fanatic I guess. :wink:

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by Victoria » Jul 11th, '08, 09:55

I guess I'm not too fanatic...

I use filtered from my fridge at home and bottled at work.

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by Geekgirl » Jul 11th, '08, 10:39

Tap water. Pacific NW has really good water. I can run tap through my Zoji for two weeks, and when I clean the pot there is still virtually no residue.

More shincha this morning. The flowers were picked out of the middle of the blackberry bushes near the creek behind our house. No idea what they are. The branches are hemlock I believe.

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bi lew chun, that picture is absolutely lovely. Salsero, you've done it again with your cups and my jealousies. :wink:
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