Are you mystified by all the chatter about water? What was once a simple boil-and-steep process has suddenly become complicated. Is it all necessary? What does it take to get that perfect brew?
Stumped by all the hype about water, engineer Victoria Bisogno set out do some research. Her main question, “Regardless of the steeping temperature, does boiling the water affect the taste of the infusion?” Despite all the hype to the contrary, Victoria’s blind taste tests found that boiling the water before letting it cool to steeping temperature did not alter the flavor negatively. In fact, in some cases (if it was hard water), it made the tea even better. What was important was steeping the tea at the recommended temperature.
We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes two different multi-part sequences: “The Lexicographer” and “Porcelain Ballast”. We have added a link to the end of each one to take you to the next if you would like to read … Continue reading
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