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.
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.
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.
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.