Water makes up about 98% of coffee beverages. When coffee is brewed using unfiltered water, it may be contaminated with chlorine, heavy metals, and minerals. We’re sure you’ve heard people say over and over again to use filtered water to brew your coffee, but oftentimes you’re not told why! Here are the top 3 reasons My Filter Supply suggests using filtered water to brew your coffee.
- Do you want to extend the life of your coffee machine? Something as small as using filtered water vs. unfiltered tap water might be the difference between having your coffee machine for 10+ years vs. a few years. Due to contaminates and high mineral contents in most water supplies, you could be unknowingly clogging up your coffee machine. Sediment gets trapped in the nooks and crannies of equipment plumbing and can clog solenoids, screens, valves, and other fittings.
- Have you noticed that your tap water has a mineral taste to it? When you use that same unfiltered water to make coffee, it can alter the taste of your brew. Think of it this way, you spend top dollar to get a great whole bean, a top of the line grinder, a scale to measure out your grounds and a thermometer to make sure you have the precise temperature for brewing – why not make sure you’re using the best possible filtered water as well? If your tap water has an off taste to it, chances are your coffee will have the same problem.
- It is important to note that your water needs some minerals in order to carry flavors, and some espresso machines even require minerals in order to detect water in the reservoir. No matter how good your brew is, mineral-free water will cause you to over-extract your coffee. OptiPure carries a variety of filtration systems that reintroduce a balanced amount of dissolved minerals into the water.
Not sure if you have hard water? Try our H20 Express Test Kit.
Our Top 3 Recommendations for Coffee Filtration:
- OptiPure OP175/50 Reverse Osmosis System
The OptiPure® OP175/50 utilizes Reverse Osmosis (RO) to remove >97% of the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) from water. Then, a balance of minerals is dissolved into the RO water to provide optimized water with desirable TDS for recommended applications. The system operates at line pressure and can produce up to 175-gallons per day of optimal quality water. The OP175 processor can be wall-mounted or installed under the counter and includes integrated pre-filtration with particulate and chlorine reduction. System includes a built-in full system bypass valve. System also includes a 50-gallon atmospheric storage tank with a top-mounted variable-flow repressurization system and a sub-micron air breather, hose, tubing and fittings required for installation.
2. OptiPure BWS1500/300 HF Water Treatment Systems
The OptiPure® BWS1500/300 HF Water Treatment System utilizes Reverse Osmosis (RO) to remove >97% of the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) from water. Then, a balance of minerals is dissolved into the RO water, followed by a precision blend valve for further TDS adjustment, to provide desirable optimized water TDS. The system is pump-driven and will produce up to 1500-gallons per day of optimal quality water for applications where TDS reduction or the removal of the majority of hardness minerals is required.
3. OptiPure BWS100/5 Blended Water System
The OptiPure® BWS100/10 is a Blended Water System that utilizes Reverse Osmosis (RO) to remove >97% of the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) from water which can be precisely blended with filtered water to a user-determined TDS level. The system operates at line pressure and can produce up to 100-gallons per day of optimal quality water. The system includes an integrated pre-filter which reduces sediment and chlorine and a final post-filter to assure beverage quality. The BWS100/10 also includes a hydropneumatic storage tank that holds up to 10-gallons to meet specific demand requirements. The compact design can be wall-mounted or installed under the counter and comes with tubing and fittings required for installation.