So, you tried everything; the best quality coffee beans, used different proportions of coffee, proven brewing methods and even tried drinking your coffee out of different mugs (though you know it won’t really bring a difference in the taste), but the coffee you make at home doesn’t taste as good as the coffee you get at your favourite café across the street.
You might think you considered everything that could possibly contribute to the taste of your coffee, but you often overlook one key factor and that is the quality of water you use in your coffee.
Yes. You heard it right. The type of water you use to make your coffee can affect the flavour of your coffee. Use bad-tasting water, you get bland coffee. Add good quality water in the brewer and you can enjoy a delectable cup of café-like coffee.
What’s wrong with using tap water in your coffee?
Most people are content to use tap water in their coffee and in most cases, tap water is the culprit behind the ruined cup of coffee.
Regular tap water is treated with chlorine during the process of disinfection and may taste a bit like swimming pool water thus affecting the taste of your coffee.
Tap water may also contain sediments of dirt and dust which not only affect the quality of your coffee but may clog up your coffee machine obstructing its function.
In addition, tap water may contain a certain amount of minerals and salts depending on where you live. Too much of these constituents can result in a limescale build-up in the coffee machine leading to malfunction or breakdown eventually.
Water is one of the most overlooked ingredients when it comes to distinguishing between café-quality coffee and at-home coffee. However, it is important to know that water is not just an ingredient to add to your coffee beans, it has a key role to play in driving the flavour of your coffee and that is to extract flavour compounds from coffee beans and dissolve them in the solution.
That said, it makes sense to invest in a quality water filter so that you can be assured you have the right water to make your coffee is flavourful. Not only will filtered water enhance the taste of your coffee but it will also protect the life of your coffee machine.