Certified Water Sommelier
Certification Date: October 26, 2018
Certification Issued: Fine Water ACADEMY
Certified by: Michael Mascha & Martin Riese
I am a Certified Tea Sommerlier since 2016. During my studies with the World Tea Academy I learned to appreciate the complexity of water and the significance for water in tea. I studied the process of water tasting during this programme and description of tastes of different waters. I started my tea blog ManwithaMug.com and have been a strong advocate for high quality water in tea.
Over the past years I have become passionate for fitness and the role of hydration in the daily life.
I was born in Germany, lived in the US (New York) and in Rome, Italy. I am currently working as the head of finance and administration for the United Nations World Food Programme in Myanmar. I am married to my wonderful wife Kristen and have two sons Lukas and Nico.
After a verbal examine our candidates have to complete a final project before Certification. We asked Michael to look into the water and tea relationship and below you will find the results of his final assignment.
Introduction to the final project
The characteristics of tea and water – an overview
The minerality of water in tea – the range of colors
Distilled water in tea
The contrast of minerals in the water
Orientation (pH) of water and effect on tea
The world of hot – fine water and fine tea
The world of cold – cold brew and sparkling tea
The world of food – tea and water pairings