Steeped tea is 99% water. Your water quality affects the flavor of your tea as well as your health. Alkalinize and re-mineralize city and other waters with our exceptional Japanese bamboo charcoal from Miyabi. The taste of water after treatment cannot be easily put into words, it is sweet, alive and restructured to its natural state. Structured water is different than water that has been over-filtered, it is more thirst-quenching, has all of the trace minerals of natural spring water, and has been purified of chemicals and additives found most frequently in modern water systems.
Purify & mineralize your tea water with Japanese bamboo charcoal. Made from renewable bamboo by an artisan whose methods date back over 300 years, the simplicity & flavor enhancement of this water ritual brings mindfulness & beauty to your daily tea ceremony. Includes a 1-month supply.
Our bamboo charcoal adsorbs tap water impurities as they attach to the porous surface area within the bamboo charcoal. Tests indicate that bamboo charcoal removes chlorine, chloride, phosphorus, ammonia, toluene (alcohol), nitrogen, chloramine (ammonia and chlorine compound added to water to kill pathogens), and even toxins like pesticides that can seep into tap water. Bamboo charcoal adsorbs solids and gases, but not pathogens, so we don't recommend relying on bamboo charcoal to filter creek water while hiking.
Compared to wooden charcoal, bamboo charcoal has high adsorptive power and contains many mineral components (especially potassium, calcium and silicic acid).
A test conducted by the Division of Forest Management (Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan) in 2004, found that the pH value of bamboo charcoal-purified water changes from acidic to alkaline when bamboo is carbonized at a high heat, our charcoal is carbonized at 800 degrees celsius.
Upon receipt of your Bamboo Charcoal, simply boil it for 10 minutes. Dry in the sun or somewhere dry then add to one liter pitcher of water. Refill water pitcher as needed and allow charcoal to cleanse it for 2 hours. Use this water to steep your Magic Hour teas for a superior tea ceremony flavor.
Does bamboo charcoal add anything to tap water?
Yes! Bamboo charcoal leaches minerals like magnesium, silicone, silicic acid* and calcium into your tap water as it adsorbs impurities. You are making your own mineral water! Filter systems like reverse osmosis removes everything from water - even the good minerals. If you have a home filtration system, make sure to add bamboo charcoal to your drinking water so you don't miss these essential minerals. You might see trace amounts of bamboo charcoal in your tap water - this residue is packed with nutrients, so enjoy!
*Silicic acid, which is essential for cultivating agricultural crops and soil reinforcement, is contained in the epidermis of bamboo. This means that bamboo charcoal can be used as a soil conditioner and organic fertilizer additive.
How long does bamboo charcoal last?
Everyone has different quality tap water. We recommend that you replace your bamboo charcoal every 4 weeks for optimal results. If there is a lot of chloramine in your water, you will taste a difference when the bamboo charcoal has stopped adsorbing the chemical compound. However, many toxins in tap water do not have a notable flavor, so we suggest replacing the pieces every 4 weeks to ensure properly filtered tap water.
When your bamboo charcoal is done adsorbing impurities, it can still do work for you: add it to your compost for nutrients or directly to soil or a potted plant. You can stick used bamboo charcoal into old shoes to reduce smell. Bamboo charcoal carbonized at lower heats is often used to dehumidify and reduce order. So use your old "high heat" bamboo charcoal as your own deodorizer! No need to add bamboo charcoal to garbage. It's a natural product that can be returned to the earth...
Is Miyabi Bamboo Charcoal "activated" charcoal? Activated charcoal often requires a chemical process before carbonization. Miyabi Bamboo Charcoal relies only on high heat (800 degrees Celsius) for adsorption. Some "activated" charcoal cannot adsorb ammonia or nitrates; Miyabi Bamboo Charcoal can adsorb soluble substances, which makes it more effective as a water purifier than "activated" charcoal.