We get asked often about Water Filters and why you should use one with your espresso machine, using a water filter on an espresso machine can have several benefits:
Better Taste: Water filters can remove impurities from tap water that can affect the taste of your espresso. Impurities like chlorine, sediment, and minerals can all affect the flavor of your coffee.
Longevity of machine: Removing impurities can also help your espresso machine last longer. Impurities can build up in the machine over time, leading to clogs or damage. By using a water filter, you can reduce the amount of buildup and extend the life of your machine.
Reduced maintenance: By reducing buildup and deposits, a water filter can also reduce the need for frequent descaling and cleaning of the espresso machine. This can save time and money in the long run.
Consistency: Using a water filter can also help ensure consistency in the quality of your espresso shots. Consistency in water quality means that each shot of espresso will have the same taste and quality.
Overall, using a water filter on your espresso machine can improve the taste and quality of your espresso, help your machine last longer, reduce maintenance needs, and ensure consistency in your coffee.
But what about RO Water?
While using reverse osmosis (RO) water in coffee equipment may seem like a good idea as it removes impurities and minerals, there are a few downsides to consider:
Lack of minerals: RO water removes most minerals from water, which can affect the taste of the coffee. These minerals can contribute to the coffee's flavor, body, and acidity. Therefore, using RO water may result in a flat and dull taste.
Corrosion of equipment: RO water is very pure, which can lead to corrosion of coffee equipment such as espresso machines, coffee makers, and boilers. The lack of minerals can cause the water to become aggressive and damage the metal parts of the equipment, leading to expensive repairs or replacements.
pH imbalance: The lack of minerals in RO water can also cause a pH imbalance in the water, which can affect the extraction of coffee compounds. This can result in an uneven or under-extracted brew, which can affect the taste and quality of the coffee.
Cost: RO systems can be expensive to install and maintain, and the cost of the system may not be worth the benefits for some coffee shops or homes.
Overall, while using RO water can remove impurities from water, it may not be the best option for coffee equipment due to the lack of minerals and the potential for equipment damage. It's important to consider the balance between water quality and equipment longevity when making a decision about which type of water to use.
So what do you suggest?
We offer a few options from Dual Filter Systems to simple inline filters:
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