Coffee lovers everywhere know the all too familiar feeling of trying to make their own coffee at home but are discovering that it simply doesn’t taste as good as the one in coffee shops. Some imagine that this is due to a secret coffee recipe that bartenders keep to themselves or to high-end coffee machines that are too expensive for a regular person, but that isn’t always the case. Many people buy coffee from coffee chains like Starbucks hoping to enjoy the same taste at home, but no matter in how many ways they try to make it, it’s not as flavored or has an odd aftertaste. This happens for one simple reason: water quality.
How does water quality affect coffee taste?
Coffee is 99% water. No matter how great your coffee maker is or how expensive the coffee, you will not be able to enjoy its full-flavored body if the water you use is polluted with bacteria or debris. You can test the purity of your tap water at home:
- Fill a glass with tap water