4 Ways Water Affects the Taste of Your Coffee
There are many factors that go into making the perfect cup of coffee. First, you need a high quality coffeemaker, like the Mr. Coffee® 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker + Hot Shot Station. Aside from that, you need to consider the quality of your coffee grinds, the temperature of your brew and the water you use to make it. Since coffee is 98 percent water, it's incredibly important to choose the best type for your coffee. Here's what you need to know about the water you use for brewing.
"It's best to use filtered water - or even bottled water, if you're very particular."
1. Filter vs. Tap Water
Filtered water and tap water typically taste slightly different, and as a result they also affect the way your coffee tastes. Many people simply use tap water when brewing coffee in their home cafe. However, if your tap water tastes somewhat metallic or acidic, it's best to use filtered water - or even bottled water, if you're very particular. Aside from taste, filtered water is also better for your health, as it contains fewer impurities.
2. Hard vs. Soft Water
You may have thought water was simply filtered or not. However, your water can also be "hard" or "soft." Water that contains extra minerals, like calcium and magnesium, is considered "hard," and water that contains a lower level of these ingredients is considered "soft." When hard water is used to make coffee, the end product can taste slightly bitter, since the minerals reduce coffee's flavor. On the other hand, soft water shouldn't deeply affect the taste of your brew.
3. Water Temperature
Water that's not hot enough may not bring out the full flavor of the coffee. For optimal taste, heat water to boil and then turn off the water to reduce your chances of over boiling, which can also dull the taste. Aim for a temperature of 195 - 205 degrees for the perfect batch.
4. Ratio of Water to Coffee
The amount of water you use in your coffee can also alter its taste. Too much coffee, and the flavor could be overpowering; too little coffee, and it could be diluted. While it depends largely on your preference, a general rule is that for every six ounces of water, you should have about two tablespoons of coffee. Add more or less water depending on your preference, and enjoy!