Since tea is mostly water it stands to reason that tea is only as good as the water in which it is brewed.T he importance of good, clean water cannot be stressed enough. There are numerous different filtration systems that you can use to purify your brewing water, but there are also some very simple and traditional ways to guarantee delicious water for your brew. In Taiwan, tea lovers use bamboo charcoal to purify their water, and it is simple and easy to do.
The most direct way to filter water with bamboo charcoal is to just fill a large water container with water and drop in a couple of pieces of bamboo charcoal. Then let it soak overnight. The charcoal will absorb all of the chlorine in the water leaving it with a sweeter and cleaner taste. You should be able to taste the difference immediately.
Now for all of the wise guys out there, bamboo charcoal is not the same as a charcoal briquette that you use on your barbecue. It is not sooty, which makes it much easier to handle. To make bamboo charcoal, raw bamboo is baked at very hot temperatures. It still looks like bamboo, so it does not even resemble your barbecue briquette.
The really great thing is that once your water is purified, you can simply remove your bamboo charcoal and dry it in the sun for a couple of days. Once it is completely dry, it is ready to be used again. You can repeat this cycle for up to six months, or maybe a little less if you drink a lot of tea.
What could be simpler? Fill a container with water. Drop in a couple of pieces of charcoal. Wait overnight, and you’re ready to brew a fresh, sweet cup of tea!