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    Water & Coffee & Tea: Learn What Role Water Plays

    Water & Coffee & Tea: Learn What Role Water Plays

    All coffee and/or tea connoisseurs, as well as most daily drinkers, know that the quality of their water is paramount to the quality of the final product. With over 98% of the brewed product being water, knowing what is and isn't in the water being used for brewing tasty beverages is essential to making a perfect cup of morning goodness.

    Any artisan coffee shop worth visiting has likely invested a pretty penny towards a commercial water filtration system. These systems usually consist of multiple stages dedicated to removing the assortment of harmful and taste-affecting chemicals as well as an extra stage to monitor and control the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) of the final water output. While it's much more fun and effective to advertise  fair-trade farmed beans (Which we are all for!), following the money would show that experts believe water quality is equally important to bean quality in overall outcome of tea or coffee brewing.

    For most of us, the convenient and cost effective water source for brewing is our sink tap.  And while some home-brewers use water filtration systems, most of those solutions really aren't designed for coffee or tea.  Because standard water filters like Brita and SOMA focus only on the taste and smell of the water; many harmful chemicals pass through those filters and not only can they harm you, but they will also negatively impact the way the coffee or tea binds to the water molecules therefore leaving your end product less than stellar. There are other filtration systems that claim to be "super powerful" by removing all of the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) from the water.  But aside from sounding awesome, any coffee or tea enthusiast would politely tell you that its the (healthy) TDS molecules that allow the binding to occur; therefore, no TDS=no rich flavor.

     

    "Having the right filtered water is key to making an exceptional cup of tea or coffee. If you over-filter the water, you will remove the minerals (total dissolved solids) that make the water taste delicious. Trace minerals like calcium, potassium and iron will make your coffee or tea taste even better." - Brewmaster Simon T.

     

    At REVIVAL Water Co. we have created a filter that gives you the ultiamte water for your brewing experience. Our ULTRA filters our designed to filter out over 70 contaminants including some that you can taste and smell as well as other tasteless, yet harmful chemicals that should be removed before consumption like Fluoride and Chromium 6. What is unique to REVIVAL is that while removing these chemicals and contaminants, we also have the ability to leave the healthy minerals in the water and therefore maintaining a healthy concentration of TDS that are not only good for you but also essential for the perfect cup of coffee or tea.

    Of course, there will always be arguments between brewmasters as to the perfect TDS levels for brewing tea or coffee. Though our filter cannot perfectly monitor or target a specific TDS range, we feel it's the best option on the market for creating the coffee-shop quality water for your tea and coffee from your home.

    There is a very interesting book about this topic called Water For Coffee by Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood and Christopher H. Hendon. In the book, they dive deep into the intricacies of the brewing processes and the chemistry behind what makes the perfect cup of joe. Give it a read if you want to learn more.

     

    Should you filter your water?

    Should you filter your water?

    It’s hard to go a day without hearing from some media source about another contamination outbreak or scandal about a water department somewhere failing to provide clean water.  The truth is, it’s hard to deliver clean water across many miles of pipe without any mistakes or unforeseen challenges.  First of all, our drinking water comes from either surface water or ground water.  Surface water collects in streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs while ground water is located underground where it collects in underground aquifers.  Federal law requires that systems reduce contaminants to set levels before pumping water from these water sources into our utility systems but from that point on, it is not re-tested or treated, and history tells us that while they may have lots of precautions in place to aid in the successful delivery of clean water, failures happen far too often to leave your drinking water to chance. Various governing bodies do a great deal to protect our drinking water, yet it is still a problem.

    First, there is the possibility of bacteria and virus entering within the pipes.  Pipes get cracked by roots, corrosion, and old-age allowing a pathway for microorganisms to enter with little potential for a utility to catch the crack and fix it in a reasonable amount of time.  This isn’t rocket science so they add Chlorine and Chloramine to the water to act as a disinfectant.  Unfortunately, Chlorine isn’t healthy to drink and while deemed “safe” in very low doses, many have concerns about it’s long-term safety.  Also, chlorine and other natural organic matter can yield a byproduct called Trihalomethanes which at elevated levels have been linked to cancer and adverse reproductive outcomes.  Lastly, while it’s nice to trust our utilities that the disinfectants work, how would you know if they didn’t?  (Hint: You’d probably wind up either over a toilet or in a hospital before figuring it out.) 

    In addition to the bacteria challenge, there are other issues like corrosion of the pipes between the treatment facility and your tap.  Lead poisoning is extremely dangerous and children and seniors are even more susceptible in limited doses.  There are over 2000 known drinking water contaminants including hormones, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals,  that may be present in tap water even at declared EPA safe limits.  But do you really want to be drinking safe levels of known poisons? 

    Once we begin to grasp that maybe drinking tap water isn’t the greatest thing for us, it’s time to ask where the solution is.  Likely the top 3 candidates are bottled water, a whole-home system, and using a water pitcher.

    Bottle water is incredibly detrimental to our planet from a pollution perspective.  30 billion water bottles are manufactured each year using 20 million barrels of crude oil.  If you imagine 1/4 of that water bottle being filled with oil being the cost to manufacture that apparatus used to deliver the 20 ounces of water to your mouth before being thrown away, I don’t think you’d see that as a viable solution.  And unfortunately, only 1 in 6 bottles are recycled meaning 24 billion hit our oceans and dumps every year.

    Whole house systems are interesting in that they provide extremely high powered water filters to the point of access where the water enters your property from the street.  However, they rob the water of all of the valuable minerals that naturally exist in water and are imperative to our health and they still leave the water unprotected from the filter to your faucet only this time the disinfectants are also removed leaving the water even more susceptible.

    Water pitchers are truly the best solution as they allow the water to travel the length of the utility with the disinfectants necessary to keep it as clean as possible and then provides point-of-use filtration right before you drink the water.  And while many pitcher filters last a measly 30 gallons and only make claims on Chlorine, taste and odor, our mini filters last 50 gallons and regular filters last 150 gallons and filter over 100 contaminants!  The proprietary blend within REVIVAL filters is simply the most effective way to drink clean, mineral-rich water everyday.