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Title: Time to brew....coffee
Post by: rhcpfan4002 on April 21, 2013, 01:11:37 PM
I was going to brew my morning coffee and while I was filling my pot with tap water it came to mind. I spend all this time and energy understanding brewing water for beer. What about coffee and tea? I hoped on google and maybe it was the frustration of trying to do research on a Ipad but I could not find anything. Do we have any coffee geeks who can ansewer this question? Does checmical composition of your brewing water for coffee and tea have an overall effect on the outcome of your cup of coffee or tea?
Title: Re: Time to brew....coffee
Post by: nateo on April 21, 2013, 03:29:44 PM
Tea works better with hard water. I think the calcium binds with tannins to make the tea taste smoother. Don't really know about coffee, but I think hard water is bad for it.
Title: Re: Time to brew....coffee
Post by: Three on April 21, 2013, 03:59:35 PM
I was going to brew my morning coffee and while I was filling my pot with tap water it came to mind. I spend all this time and energy understanding brewing water for beer. What about coffee and tea? I hoped on google and maybe it was the frustration of trying to do research on a Ipad but I could not find anything. Do we have any coffee geeks who can ansewer this question? Does checmical composition of your brewing water for coffee and tea have an overall effect on the outcome of your cup of coffee or tea?

Indeed it does.  Coffee needs "some" minerals in the water as does your brewing water.  Way too much info to post here.  Try this site for info.......  http://www.coffeegeek.com/
 
Title: Re: Time to brew....coffee
Post by: rhcpfan4002 on April 21, 2013, 10:25:29 PM
Thank you both. I'll take a look at that website and have a go at brewing better coffee and tea.
Title: Re: Time to brew....coffee
Post by: reverseapachemaster on April 22, 2013, 03:04:55 PM
Just like beer, bad water makes bad tea and coffee. The local muni water supply is so bad I have to use purchased water for beer. I'd do the same for coffee but I drink too much coffee to spend the money on a water supply for my coffee. I do use a faucet mounted filter for my coffee water supply as well as my regular drinking water. It isn't ideal but it strips out most of the foul aroma and flavor in the water. At least enough that I can enjoy the coffee. 
Title: Re: Time to brew....coffee
Post by: corkybstewart on April 22, 2013, 05:48:28 PM
I brew my coffee with RO water, maybe I'll add some tap water to see if it makes better coffee.