Water DropRecently we were approached by a few people who were curious to know if water is an important feature to their morning brew. “I just get it from the tap!” one of the businessmen expressed. “I use a filter!” proudly declared another. We’re committed to ensuring quality is poured into every cup of coffee you enjoy and need to explain to you that, in fact, all water is not the same.

The Source

Your water should be as close to the purest, most beautiful, bacteria and mineral free liquid you can find. Straight from the tap this is not. Despite the refreshing sound of water flowing through the pipes into your glass, minerals, fluoride, biological specimens, etc, that may invade your faucet detract from the enjoyment of a fine brew. Though not all of your water trouble may result in poor taste or aroma, alkaline water (hard water) has a nasty tendency to create a bland cup. Not the way to start your day off right. The National Coffee Association of the USA states that you should use either filtered or bottled water when brewing your cup of joe. Though they continue to say that running your tap for a few moments may help, we recommend simply investing in a simple filter.

The Temperature

Water needs to be at the right temperature to afford it to “marry” the grounds appropriately. Think of it this way, would you cook pasta in cold water? No. Coffee requires a temperature just shy of boiling, around 195 degrees, to brew properly. If you expose boiling water to the coffee grounds, you’ll find your coffee has a slight hint of "burn" to its taste and aroma. So what to do? If you’re using a french press or a Chemex, boil your water, let it sit for ten to twenty seconds, then pour it over your beans. A digital themometer can aide your efforts even further here by providing a quick and accurate read. Many of you may use commercial auto-drip coffee makers. We’re sorry to say, many, but not all, auto-drips fail to reach the appropriate temperature. If time is of the essence and auto-drip your savior, you can find plenty of equipment reviews here at Roaste to ensure you find the right product.

Whatever method you enjoy using, we urge you to consider the importance of crisp, clean, water. Coffee prices are already setting new records and we want to ensure every cent you spend results in a satisfying experience.

Author:

Andrew Russo is President of Minuteman Espresso and a marketing and web development specialist at Red Barn Coffee Roasters.

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Comments

Submitted by caffeine65 on
We have extremely hard water at my house. It had meant the death of several coffee makers in a relatively short period of time. We have switched to bottled water and that has made a huge difference. The coffee does taste better and we do not have to worry about getting another coffee maker for (I hope) a very long time. :) (I am tempted to make the coffee with caffeinated bottled water but have resisted the urge so far! Too expensive.)

Submitted by EricBNC on
<br>I went on my city/county web page and reviewed the water quality audit for the past couple years and we are not considered to have hard water - I filter water coming out of my coffee water spigot through an under sink ice maker filter too - bought the biggest one I could find ($14) that has the Teflon pipe press fit couplings. Cheaper than the proprietary systems and good enough for ice - and coffee too in my opinion.

All water is not the same

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Water DropRecently we were approached by a few people who were curious to know if water is an important feature to their morning brew. “I just get it from the tap!” one of the businessmen expressed. “I use a filter!” proudly declared another. We’re committed to ensuring quality is poured into every cup of coffee you enjoy and need to explain to you that, in fact, all water is not the same.

The Source

Your water should be as close to the purest, most beautiful, bacteria and mineral free liquid you can find. Straight from the tap this is not. Despite the refreshing sound of water flowing through the pipes into your glass, minerals, fluoride, biological specimens, etc, that may invade your faucet detract from the enjoyment of a fine brew. Though not all of your water trouble may result in poor taste or aroma, alkaline water (hard water) has a nasty tendency to create a bland cup. Not the way to start your day off right. The National Coffee Association of the USA states that you should use either filtered or bottled water when brewing your cup of joe. Though they continue to say that running your tap for a few moments may help, we recommend simply investing in a simple filter.

The Temperature

Water needs to be at the right temperature to afford it to “marry” the grounds appropriately. Think of it this way, would you cook pasta in cold water? No. Coffee requires a temperature just shy of boiling, around 195 degrees, to brew properly. If you expose boiling water to the coffee grounds, you’ll find your coffee has a slight hint of "burn" to its taste and aroma. So what to do? If you’re using a french press or a Chemex, boil your water, let it sit for ten to twenty seconds, then pour it over your beans. A digital themometer can aide your efforts even further here by providing a quick and accurate read. Many of you may use commercial auto-drip coffee makers. We’re sorry to say, many, but not all, auto-drips fail to reach the appropriate temperature. If time is of the essence and auto-drip your savior, you can find plenty of equipment reviews here at Roaste to ensure you find the right product.

Whatever method you enjoy using, we urge you to consider the importance of crisp, clean, water. Coffee prices are already setting new records and we want to ensure every cent you spend results in a satisfying experience.

Author:

Andrew Russo is President of Minuteman Espresso and a marketing and web development specialist at Red Barn Coffee Roasters.

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Since water is the majority

December 6, 2011 | by intrepid510

Since water is the majority of coffee we drink it only makes sense.

not too pure either

November 6, 2011 | by wakeknot

distilled is not recommended either.

It matters

September 8, 2011 | by EricBNC


I went on my city/county web page and reviewed the water quality audit for the past couple years and we are not considered to have hard water - I filter water coming out of my coffee water spigot through an under sink ice maker filter too - bought the biggest one I could find ($14) that has the Teflon pipe press fit couplings. Cheaper than the proprietary systems and good enough for ice - and coffee too in my opinion.

re: water

November 26, 2010 | by caffeine65

We have extremely hard water at my house. It had meant the death of several coffee makers in a relatively short period of time. We have switched to bottled water and that has made a huge difference. The coffee does taste better and we do not have to worry about getting another coffee maker for (I hope) a very long time. :) (I am tempted to make the coffee with caffeinated bottled water but have resisted the urge so far! Too expensive.)

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