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.