'It's all about taste not thirst': Meet Candice Jansen, Africa's first water sommelier

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Water sommelier Candice Jansen believes restaurants should have water menus and that each bottle is unique. (Photo: Instagram)
Water sommelier Candice Jansen believes restaurants should have water menus and that each bottle is unique. (Photo: Instagram)

She holds the glass at eye level, stares intently at the liquid then swirls it and takes a sip. “Can you taste it?” she asks.

“The creaminess and the strong presence of minerals?” You might think this is a wine-tasting, but it’s not. The liquid Candice Jansen (33) is sampling isn’t an expensive Bordeaux – it’s water.

Candice is the first water sommelier in Africa and there’s almost nothing she doesn’t know about the precious liquid. To her, a good bottle of water is just as important an accompaniment to a good meal as a fine wine – and like the best nectar of the gods, a bottle of the clear stuff can set you back a pretty penny too.

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