Coffee and tea are enjoyable drinks, even in hot climates like South Florida. When making one or the other, people put a lot of emphasis on the type of coffee grounds or tea leaves to use, but there is very little mention of water quality. But if you think about it, coffee and tea drinks are primarily made up of water. As a result, the water you use can greatly affect the taste and texture of your two favorite hot (or iced) drinks. A high-quality water softener system can elevate your drinks to a new level.
Contaminants Found In Tap Water
Most of the water people use to make coffee comes from their tap. After all, this is the easiest source of acquiring water. Even though the water from your tap was boiled down to get rid of toxins, it does not have the same high-quality taste that filtered water has. Tap water still contains contaminants that affect its overall taste. Bacteria, nitrates, lead and sometimes chemicals may be present, creating a metallic or acidic taste that will greatly affect the quality of your coffee or tea. It can also leave an undesirable feeling in your mouth.
Hard Water Equals Bitter Coffee
All coffee has a degree of bitterness. That bitterness is a central component in the overall coffee experience. That being said, nobody wants their coffee to taste overly bitter. You’re probably wondering how unfiltered water impacts the coffee’s bitterness. It has everything to do with the presence of minerals in hard water, like calcium and magnesium. These minerals significantly change the taste of your coffee, making it taste more bitter than when prepared with soft water.
If you don’t believe us, try it out for yourself! Make one cup of coffee using unfiltered tap water and compare it to the cup of coffee prepared in filtered water. See the difference?
Water Can Change The Acidity Of Coffee
You probably woke up this morning and made yourself a delicious cup of coffee, as you do every morning. Maybe you poured a cup for your spouse and they complimented its warm and inviting aroma. If you made this morning’s coffee with tap water, unfortunately, it could have been better.
You already know that contaminants can be found in water, but you probably assume the trace amounts present can’t be that impactful. Maybe it doesn’t impact your health, but the contaminants in water can affect its pH level. The pH level dictates whether your water is neutral, more acidic, or more basic. If your water is basic, that won’t mesh well with the acidity of the coffee. Acidity in coffee creates sharpness, depth, and flavor. When combined with unfiltered basic water, you lose the vibrant quality that coffee’s flavor can bring to the table. Instead, it will taste flat and dull – even if you don’t realize it.
Changes To Your Tea’s Color And Flavor
Tea drinkers face very similar problems as coffee drinkers. When using unfiltered water, your tea will be affected by the pH level, contaminants, and minerals that create water hardness. These factors will also affect the taste and aroma of your cup of tea, making it metallic tasting. It can even change the color, turning the surface cloudy and unappealing.
People put a lot of stock on the types of tea leaves they use and the quality of the brand they purchase at the grocery store. In fact, your focus should be on the type of water you are using to brew that high-quality tea. Using filtered water with cheap tea will probably taste the same or better than unfiltered water with tea you purchased at Fortnum and Mason.
Contact Coastal Energy Water & Air
We can provide you with a water filtration system in Greenacres that is unparalleled to any other system. Our mission is to improve your water quality, but first, it’s important that we know what contaminants are present in your water. We provide a free water test to assess your water system and then determine what premier water treatment is right for your family. For the best water softener system, contact Coastal Energy Water & Air. Call today at (954) 333-3336.