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Postby BDogD » Fri Mar 24, 2006 7:12 pm

When brewing coffee, with whatever method, are there flavor issues with the type of water used? For example, I use RO water from my house system rather than tap water with chloramine. Will good quality water with minerals (without chlorine or chloramine of course) make better tasting coffee than RO water?
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Postby MeadMeister » Fri Mar 24, 2006 7:22 pm

My gut tells me better tasting water makes better tasting coffee. That depends on personal preference and what's available.

I use tap water, but the tap water here is one of the few things this area is good for. :)
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Postby mr.so.brewer » Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:19 pm

Non chlorinated/chloramine water is better than RO water. RO is to soft and has a lower PH thus will strip some of the harsh components of the ground coffee.
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Postby ChrisL » Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:41 pm

mr.so.brewer wrote:Non chlorinated/chloramine water is better than RO water. RO is to soft and has a lower PH thus will strip some of the harsh components of the ground coffee.


That I did not know. However, my tap water tastes nasty. (typical beach water). Coffee tastes much better using my RO system than it does with my tap water. I'll have to try using some bottled spring water to brew with and compare.
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Postby mr.so.brewer » Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:41 am

Yea most coffee shops use filtered water with a water softener.
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Postby sourbeerguy » Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:43 pm

I use tap water (Lake Michigan water from Chicago piped to the 'burb) that's been run through the Pur filter in my fridge. There's also a small carbon filter in the coffe maker but I doubt that does much more than the one in the fridge. -Joe
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Postby rasqual » Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:13 am

Aquasana carbon filtered Lake Michigan water. Excellent stuff for regular brewed coffee.
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