Water accounts for 98.5% of the volume in a cup of tea so the quality of the water you use is equally important as the quality of your tea. You could steep fantastic teas in poor water and the result would always be less than perfect.
Students of tea have always been aware of water’s importance in the art of making good tea since Lu Yu, author of Cha Ching in 780 A.D, stumbled upon a glorious spring where the water was extremely clear and clean. He brewed tea with this spring water and found the tea tasted unexpectedly better than usual.
Even the early settlers of Manhattan had designated tea water pumps to be used only for drawing water for making tea.
Most Americans are fortunate to have safe and affordable municipal water but that rarely means tap water is best for brewing tea. How can you enhance the quality of your home tap water for steeping tea?