The quality of water is extremely important when you are brewing espresso and other coffee roasts. Chlorine, minerals and other odors can dramatically affect the taste of your coffee. Having a household water filtration system would be optimal for filtering out these impurities, but not all of us have them. Here at Whole Latte Love we are constantly trying to educate our customers on the importance of maintaining their equipment by using the proper water filters for their machines, such as Aqua Prima Water Filters for Gaggia machines or Clearyl Water Filters and Claris Water Filters for Jura Capresso machines.
But, if for some reason you are caught off guard and don’t have a filter on hand, don’t panic, there are several things that you can do to improve the quality of your tap water before it goes into your coffee maker or espresso machine.
If you have high mineral contents in your water, you can reduce it with the help of your hot water heater. They tend to heat minerals out of your water supply. When the cold water flows into the tank and comes in contact with the heat source, the minerals separate and form a layer at the bottom of the tank called precipitated mineral deposits. So, if you draw hot water from your tap and allow it to cool to room temperature before pouring it into your machine’s reservoir, you will be refilling with water that has fewer minerals. Also, by letting the water sit for a few hours, it will help the odors, like chlorine, dissipate even more.
Of course doing all of this is fine, but you still have to follow a regimented schedule of cleaning and descaling your machine with a product like Urnex Cleancaf or Durgol Swiss Espresso Descaler in order to keep your machine limescale and calcium free.
Have you tested your water supply to see how high your mineral content is?
How often do you change your water filters and descale your equipment?