Coffee is 98% water. What is the “right water”?
Here is a simple rule of thumb: If you don’t like the taste or smell of your water, you will not be able to brew high quality coffee.
What’s the Big Deal about Water?
Since coffee is mostly water, it is essential that the water you use is the right water or your coffee will be poor quality.
For example. I once tried to drink a cup of coffee made from water that came from a well. The water stunk and was undrinkable and the coffee was disgusting.
Unfiltered water will distort the taste of coffee more than filtered water, especially if it is chlorinated or has other contaminates in it.
Is Tap Water safe?
There is a lot of awful stuff in tap water these days if you do not filter it. It may taste okay, but that does not necessarily mean it does not have pharmaceuticals, fluoride and other bad stuff in it.
I am not going to declare your tap water safe or unsafe. You need to know your own city and state water supply.
What about Bottled Water?
There has been a lot of “talk” about bottled water.
- First, the impact of those pesky plastic bottles on the environment.
- Second, the water sits in plastic, which is a not healthy.
- Third, it has been exposed that many water companies that bottle their water are just bottling municipal water. If you want to pay a premium price, there are some bottled water companies that actually use spring water.
- If you choose to use bottled water, make sure you know its source. It usually says the source of the water on the label.
- Lastly, water is bottled for the convenience of the consumer so it usually costs much more overall.
A Home Filtration System is an investment that can save you money over time. Instead of spending a lot of money of water stored in a plastic bottle, it may be something to consider.
Add Minerals to Your Water
While it is common knowledge among the home beer brewers that the best beer is made with mineral water, I have yet to come across a home coffee brew site that recommends that mineral water be used for brewing coffee.
I have heard both coffee and beer brewers say that water from an artisan well makes the best coffee and the best beer. That is because it is (most of the time) a natural mineral water.
Many home coffee brewer sites will state that distilled and reverse osmosis water should not be used. This is because all the minerals have been taken out.
Minerals are essential to the coffee extraction process!
We add a drop of ionic chelated minerals to water filtered with a reverse osmosis filter. It can also be used with distilled water or water filtered with any filter. (For more information about these minerals click here)
Why Add Minerals?
We find the coffee with minerals added is less bitter especially when using a stove top espresso maker. Coffee made this way tends towards the bitter side simply because it is brewed with steam at a hotter temperature than is ideal.
When Do I Add the Minerals? How Much Do I Use?
When you add minerals will depends of the coffee making process used, but you only need a minute amount of minerals. A “drop” of minerals is about 1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp.
We use the chelated minerals featured in the above image. We just carefully add a drop into the water we use for coffee.
Stovetop Expresso/Moka Pot: add a drop of minerals into the water in the bottom chamber before you start brewing
French Press: add a drop of minerals to the press before adding the coffee and water.
Pour Over: add the drop of minerals to the cup or carafe into which the final coffee product drains.
Chelated minerals. Would you buy them to add back minerals into your water? Leave a comment below!