Better Water = Better Single Serve Coffee
Don't kid yourselves. The better quality water you use in making a cup of single serve coffee will make all the difference. We have recently been testing out this theory with both the Nespresso C90 Essenza and the Keurig B60. The difference in single serve coffee taste and quality when using filtered water is amazingly better.
When we visited Green Mountain in August, we had a very heart to heart talk with the master roaster about how much we put into using filtered or spring water when brewing and testing the coffees here at Single Serve Coffee.com. We're lucky enough to have both filtered water on the fridge, and filtered water at our sink using an instant hot/cold dispenser.
We recommend using filtered water however you can get it. The difference in taste is very noticeable and also using filtered water will prevent less build up and need to descale your single serve coffee machine. The last thing you want to have in the morning is a cup of somewhat chlorinated coffee from coffee pods, k-cup, or coffee capsules you spent a good amount of money on.
There are several home filtration options at low cost you can use to get better water:
At $29.99 and the ability to replace the filters, the Brita Magnum Deluxe 3-Quart Water Filtration Pitcher is a great way to start. Up until we got our new kitchen we relied on Brita pitchers (yes plural) to satisfy our water drinking needs and also our coffee water needs.
You could also opt for the under the sink option on your regular faucet. This might require a plumber but the Aquasana AQ-4000 Under-sink Water Filter is a good way to go or the Insinkerator product we mentioned above.
Another great option and one you could install is the Pur Ultimate Faucet-Mounted Horizontal Filtration System, You simply hook this up to your faucet head and presto - filtered water. We like this option but it may be a bit unsightly.
You can also opt for the only single serve coffee machine with a charcoal filter - the Krups KP1010 Home Cafe Pod Brewing Machine. We still recommend using filtered water when using the Krups. The charcoal filter gets whatever might be left in impurities and you can really tell the difference even if you don't use filtered water with the Krups.
We hope this get's you started on a better cup of single serve coffee. Use better water - get better coffee. It's really that simple.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 26, 2005 8:11 AM