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Still, sparkling, mineral, tap, filtered... what's your choice?

In our home you will not find any soft drinks. Our liquid diet at home consists of almond milk, teas, the occasional coffee and water.

Personally I am not great at drinking enough water so I have a few tricks to get me to the required volume. I bought myself a cool cup to drink from, I sometimes jazz up my water with frozen fruit and I have to admit that for a short while I had an app on my phone to remind me to have a glass of water. I also prefer sparkling to still water and since my water cup has a straw, I have nothing to worry about!

My mom on the other hand is a true water connoisseur because contrary to what most people think, there are a lot of things to look out for when buying water. My mom for example has special water to make tea. Quality spring water is the optimal bottled water for tea, but some types are better than others. The best spring water for tea should be neutral in pH (about 7) and in flavour. It should have a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) content of 30 parts per million (PPM) or less.

We all know the main brands in the super market and some of those are quite acceptable but I recently discovered there is a whole other “water world” of gourmet waters. This really got my attention as water is a big part of our life.

And so I found myself with a few bottles of Are, an award winning water from Sweden. Yes award winning because just like wine, there are also Gourmet Water contests. (

First of all it looks the part, I mean the elegant bottle beats plastic bottles by far and contributes to a different “drinking” experience. It doesn’t just look good though, it also tastes really good both the still and sparkling water are definitely superior to any water I’ve bought in the super market.

You can’t buy this in the store but you can get it delivered to your door so that’s even

better. As one would expect Gourmet water is just a tad more pricey than your regular mass produced water.

At 15 EUROS for a box of six bottles delivered to your home in Monaco or surrounding area it is of course more expensive than what's available in the super market.

So is it worth it? If you can afford it, then yes. I would definitely consider it for myself and for parties.

So what are your favourite water brands?

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