Believe it or not, coffee is the first thing that most people reach out for in the morning. It can be an eye-opener for most of the people; for others, it could provide the daily dose needed to keep with the daily stress bestowed upon us by life. In such crucial times, we must have the perfect coffee cup to scathe away all our stress and remain fresh throughout the day. I am not sure if you all are aware, but coffee consists of 60-70% of water; it can be 98% water if you prefer having a black one. In such cases, it becomes necessary to use the perfect amount of ingredient – water.
What are the options available?
1. Tap water
I am sure that most of us who have coffee machines or brewers use tap water to prepare coffee. It’s not wrong to use the tap water at all, but the coffee tastes quite different, and it increases overhead to descale the machine frequently. If you are an old school guy and prefer using stovetop for preparing coffee, then the other part doesn’t affect you. But the flavor or taste is quite different if you use distilled or filtered water.
2. Distilled water
Distillation is one of the best methods to get rid of the impurities present in the water. It has been around for a long time; you can check this link to know more about it. Different industries use distilled water, and making coffee with distilled water is not a bad idea. It will make a better cup of java and even prolong your espresso machines’ maintenance cycle. One thing I’d like to highlight is that distilled water doesn’t have essential minerals like magnesium, calcium, and other elements that are typically present in the tap water. So, if you decide on using distilled water, you need to make sure that you are using it only for making coffee and not anything else. Consuming distilled water isn’t bad; it lacks the taste that the regular tap water has and can taste quite different from your regular water.
3. Filtered water
Filtered water is another excellent option to enjoy your favorite beverage. I’d recommend everyone reading this to use filtered water for brewing coffee since it is one of the best ways to get the perfect taste. Not only that, but you can also get a portable filter that can be easily attached to your tap. Another option would be to get the filters that are available in the market. They can be kept under your sink and do not require electricity. On the flip side, you need to replace the filters over time, since they do not run on power. They are useful to get the contaminations from the water removed. You can use this water for other purposes like cooking as well.
4. Bottled water
Just imagine, if you want to avoid the hassle of getting a distiller or filter, I’d say this is the right option. You can get bottled water of any type, be it distilled or packaged at the price of few bucks. If you are going to buy in bulk, that will save you a lot of money. Another good thing is that you can buy bottled waters of different types to suit the tastes and preferences of various family members. I buy the Nestle purified water bottles from the Amazon since they are inexpensive and provide excellent flavor overall.
An additional tip for making the best coffee:
Coffee may not turn up as you’d expect it to be despite using the best water. In such scenarios, you must have a look at the coffee powder which you are using. You should probably change your powder to get better flavor and fragrance. If you are using coffee machines, you should try using different flavored pods (in case of K cup machines). In case if you are using a bean to cup brewer, then it will help to change the brand of the coffee beans being used for preparing coffee.
Another thing worth mentioning in the case of coffee machines is, you should keep your machines clean. Most of the time, the grinder gets clogged, which can block the passage of new beans. You should even rinse your filter thoroughly after using it. The powder remains get stuck on the filter. Please note that this is applicable only in the case of reusable filters. Lastly, you should always descale your machine so that it remains sparkle clean every time!
We have highlighted different water types to use while preparing your coffee, which will be quite helpful for you. Apart from that, we have even laid out specific methods you can follow to make the perfect brew to sip in the morning. Do you follow anyway to make your best cup of joey? Do let us know in the comments below!