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Filtered Water Can Improve the Taste of Your Coffee

A delicious cup of joe can be a great way to start your day. A great tasting cup of coffee can also be a feast for the senses. But when the coffee is brewed using municipal tap water, it could be contaminated with other intruding influences. The best rule of thumb is, if the water you are going to use doesn’t taste right, don’t use it. It should have no discernible taste or character, such as sharp astringent qualities. Most coffee makers come with a cheap in-line filtration system that will eliminate bacteria, organic solids, and sodium but leave your water without the minerals needed to compliment a good cup of coffee.

My Coffee Never Tastes as Good at Home.

Coffee chains like Starbucks use filtration systems that provide delicious water that remove chlorine and other contaminants that interfere with taste and smell. Coffee tastings usually include an event known as “cupping” where you take your cup of coffee and inhale the aromas and then sip slowly to enjoy the tastes. In order to test your water quality, why not do the same thing? Smell your water and taste it to see if you pick up on any harsh odors or flavors. This will tell you whether or not this water is good enough for your coffee. Sure, it might take a skilled barista to create beautiful, thick foam for a cappuccino but not for a brewed cup of coffee. You can easily create a coffee at home without a barista.

But, My Coffee Machine Has a Filter, Right?

Coffee makers need to be cleaned every few months because of buildup that can affect the taste of coffee. Because coffee is 99% water, the water quality is critical to the taste of your brew. High-end coffee makers come with built-in filters that contain both carbon and organic compound systems that remove both taste and impurities. These systems need to be taken care of. Failing to do so can result in them failing to provide clean water for your brew. By pouring purified water into your coffee maker, you will limit the number of times you have to deep clean your coffee machine as harsh impurities will already be removed.

What Can You do to Improve Your Morning Cup of Coffee?

Purchasing bottled water to pour into your coffee machine will become pricey and wasteful. Using filtered water from an under sink filtration system is the perfect choice as it is convenient and always there, plus no plastic waste. Another helpful tip would be to pour cold water into your coffee maker and allow the water to become heated within your machine rather than adding hot water into the machine.

A good crafted cup of coffee can elevate your mood and wake up your senses long before you take that first sip. Don’t invest in a good quality machine and expensive beans if you’re just going to use unfiltered tap water. Your machine will need to be cleaned far more often and your coffee will never taste right. You will end up spending more money going to the coffee shop trying to satisfy that need for a good cup of joe. Save in the long run by investing in a good water filtration system.

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  • J Callen

    “High-end coffee makers come with built-in filters that contain both carbon and organic compound systems that remove both taste and impurities.”

    Yes, low-end and mid-range coffee makers. No, high-end machines – i.e., Technivorm Moccamaster ($300+ USD) no filter, OXO ON Barista Brain ($200-$300 USD) no filter, Bonavita BV1900TS ($150 USD no filter, and so on… Accordingly, I use a PUR basic filter pitcher as water source for my high-end coffee maker.

  • Bitminimod

    As a coffee enthusiast and someone whom can say first hand, just how much I appreciate a great-tasting cup of coffee, I must also admit how distasteful it is that so many would-be authors (whom hide behind fake titles such as ‘filter butler’) actually get away with posting articles containing such glaring mistakes.

    Proof-reading is an important part of a real author’s job and, especially when it comes to statements which contain a contradiction in terms, such non-sensible errors are never supposed to see the light of day. But for whatever reason, some online publishing entities feel as though it’s just as important to post as much content online and as quickly as possible, without proper regard for how such content might affect others, never mind hardly making any sense to it’s readers.

    But I must digress a little bit, because for all we know, ‘filter butler’ could actually be an AI bot being used to replace a humans job. Either way, the implication is still so blatantly obvious.

    The statement, “A good crafted cup of coffee can elevate your mood and wake up your senses long before you take that first sip,” as stated in the article, and as it relates to the subject of the article is a contradiction in terms.

    Considering the idea that using “filtered water” to improve the “taste of your coffee,” as the title of this article suggests, obviously water quality and taste are the main themes in which the context of this article is written. As such, the statement above, would appear to suggest that not only can you feel the effects of a “good cup of coffee,” “…long before that first sip…,” but that such would also be presumably impossible, unless, of course, you were using ‘filtered water.’

    Whether or not I’m using tap water or filtered water, the aroma of the brewed coffee is the same. Just as with bottled or filtered water, the smell is no different if I simply decide to use tap water (unless of course, your tap water is deemed unsafe for some reason).

    As far as the quality of the brew itself is concerned, I appreciate good ingredients, and I use them anywhere I can, however I wouldn’t suggest that I could determine such differences, without first having actually consumed or otherwise tested the ingredient itself, and, after evaluating how it affects ‘all’ of my senses, only then would I render a verdict for judging its quality.

    Trying to determine these multi-faceted aspects of an ingredient or set of ingredients and tools, just based upon smell alone, is simply not something we as humans have the ability to do. However, the aforementioned statement implies this much, with it’s foolish yet backwards sentimentality.