Hot Beverages and Water Quality

By Fenton Wayne

It does not matter if you use the best coffee in the world or the cleanest, newest equipment, if the water quality is poor then the drink will not live up to expectations.

Water quality is the most crucial element in producing a well rounded and tasty coffee that looks as good as it tastes. A cup of black coffee is 99% water, so water quality is vital to ensure a superb tasting beverage.

Mains water may contain impurities and additives. These can give water an unpleasant taste and odor even if it is still technically still safe to drink. Not only is the taste and smell of the coffee affected, but the presentation too. Drinks made with low quality water can appear flat and lifeless.

Water quality also varies greatly from the mains supply, so serving a consistent product can be difficult without a proper solution.

In catering establishments drink quality should be a top priority. Today customers are very particular and demanding and will not return to places serving low quality beverages. Competition is very keen with new coffee shops springing up everywhere. It is important to keep customers coming back for more, so there is a need to serve good quality and consistent drinks every time.

Fitting a cartridge water filter to an espresso machine will take care of the problem and make sure that tasty hot beverages are always served. A water filter will remove the impurities from the water supply that can affect the taste and look of the drink. This will mean great looking, great tasting and consistent beverages all day long.

Most water filters, especially those for commercial beverage equipment; also remove many of the sodium and magnesium ions that cause scale build up in the equipment. This means the coffee machine will function better, need less servicing and generally be more efficient. Scale build up can be a real problem in many areas, and untreated water can quickly cause problems. Scale will cause extensive problem to the working of the equipment.

The benefits of a water filter are therefore two-fold. Great tasting drinks and healthy reliable equipment. There is little excuse not to have a water filter fitted to your beverage making equipment.

Water filters are relatively inexpensive to buy and easy to fit. Quality filters will always pay for themselves in the long run. Make sure the filter is exchanged every 6 months or after a certain amount of water has passed through it. Your local supplier of espresso equipment should be able to recommend and supply suitable filters.

Fenton Wayne
Article by Fenton Wayne
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