Is it OK to microwave water for tea? | The Tylt

VOTE NOW
Culture
Is it OK to microwave water for tea?
#YesMicrowaveWater
#YesMicrowaveWater
#NeverMicrowaveWater
#NeverMicrowaveWater

To some, microwaving water may seem innocuous. If you need hot water, but you are without a kettle, a microwave is a logical choice. All you need is a mug and two minutes, and you've got a cup of water ready to go for tea. Others are horrified by this idea and say water should never be placed in the microwave. According to some research, microwaving water might also produce uneven results. What do you think?

Dataviz
Real-time Voting
Is it OK to microwave water for tea?
#YesMicrowaveWater
#NeverMicrowaveWater
#NeverMicrowaveWater

Some people are nothing short of horrified to find that others choose to warm their water in a microwave. Let's be reasonable here. Water should be warmed in a kettle or on a stovetop. Microwaves are for popcorn and yesterday's dinner. Nothing more. 

#YesMicrowaveWater

Others are confused by this sudden anger. If you need to warm up water for any reason, why wouldn't you place it in the microwave? If it's tea you're after, you can get your water to the perfect temperature, eliminating the need for the water to cool for ten minutes after you've poured it. 

#NeverMicrowaveWater

No self-respecting tea-drinker would do anything so horrendous as place their water in the microwave. According to Slate's Nadia Arumugam, microwaves don't heat water evenly, which ultimately results in lousy tea. Water for tea should be warmed to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, but this is an impossible goal for a microwave:

Such water may misleadingly exhibit signs of boiling despite not being a uniform 212 degrees. For instance, what appears to be steam rising from a mug of microwaved water is only moist vapor evaporating off the water’s surface and condensing into mist on contact with cooler air—it’s the same principle that makes our breath visible on frigid days.

There's no doubt that your tea will suffer if you dip a tea bag into a mug of microwaved bathwater, zapped instead of warmed responsibly in a kettle:

Water also cooks certain volatile compounds, chemically altering them to produce more nuanced flavors and aromas, such as the earthy, malty, and tobacco notes in black tea. When the water isn’t hot enough to instigate these reactions and produce these bold flavors, tea tastes insipid.

Be responsible. Warm your water in a kettle. 

#YesMicrowaveWater

But according to Life Hacker, warming your water in the microwave is really not that big of a deal. Your water will be fine:

That's not true—after all, microwave wavelengths are about 4-inches, so unless you have a really huge teacup, you're getting pretty even heating, especially if you remember to put it on the edge of the carousel, so we don't think that's much of a problem, especially if you stir after heating. Temperature control in general is the issue at hand.

Not everyone has a kettle at their disposal, and getting out a pot for the water to warm on the stove requires cleanup. Your tea will survive with microwaved water:

Is it fine in a pinch or when you have no other options? Sure—just make sure to bring the water up to temp in the microwave, then stir and let it calm down before brewing so you get the right temperature for your tea. 
VOTE NOW
Culture
Is it OK to microwave water for tea?
#YesMicrowaveWater
#YesMicrowaveWater
#NeverMicrowaveWater
#NeverMicrowaveWater