Internet Water: Why it is Essential for the Perfect Cup of Coffee
January 12, 2022
If you’re a coffee-lover, you know the joy that a freshly brewed cup brings. Whether you prefer a hot cup of coffee in the morning or an artfully prepared cup of cold brew coffee on a hot afternoon, you'll want to use water from a commercial water purifier to get the best flavor profile out of your chosen coffee.
An expert brewer understands the importance of filtered water, but the nuances of coffee preparation can be lost to the average coffee drinker. How much does the water you use to brew your coffee make a difference?
Actually, quite a bit. Let’s take a closer look at why.
Isn’t the Bean More Important?
Water is the foundation of a great cup of coffee. Because coffee is made up of over 97 percent water, paying attention to water quality is just as important as paying attention to your beans, grind, and contact time. The importance of water quality in a commercial setting cannot be overstated. Water quality allows for full extraction of the coffee's flavor notes and ensures that your customers receive consistent quality. A commercial water purifier system will also protect your coffee and espresso machines from scale buildup while still retaining enough mineral content to ensure proper extraction during the brewing process. The type of coffee bean you use to brew your coffee is crucial to the flavor you get, but most people make the mistake of focusing solely on the type of coffee they buy. The water you use to brew your coffee is as important as the coffee beans. Here’s why:
• Water is the solvent that extracts the flavor profile from the coffee beans. What’s in your water affects what gets extracted.
• Water is the largest ingredient, by weight, in each cup of coffee you drink.
• Impurities and contaminants in your water will affect the taste.
• Harmful contaminants in your water not only affect the flavor of your cup of coffee but your coffee-maker itself.
Is the water more important than the coffee bean you use to brew with? Maybe not, but it’s close. Both the coffee bean and water you use work together to create the perfect cup of coffee. To get the richest, most accurate flavor profile from your favorite coffee bean, you’ll need to use an appropriate commercial water purifier.
The Role of TDS in Coffee
To make a great cup of coffee you not only want the best coffee beans available but also the best water. One of the most important aspects to look at when rating the quality of water is the TDS. TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids. The total concentration of dissolved substances in water, which can include minerals, salts, and other solids, is measured by TDS. The taste of water is affected by the amount and type of solids dissolved in it. Because coffee is 97 percent water, the TDS of the water used in the brewing process has a significant impact on the final product's quality.
TDS readings differ greatly depending on the type of water. TDS is usually 0 ppm in distilled water. Steam is condensed from boiling water during the distillation process, resulting in pure water with no dissolved solids. Spring water, on the other hand, has a high TDS, ranging from 50 to 450 ppm. This is due to the fact that as the water travels through underground rock passages and cracks in the earth on its way to the spring, it picks up various minerals and salts. As a result, the water has a high concentration of dissolved solids. Between these two extremes is tap water. The ideal ppm range for tap water is 100-150, while the average ppm range may be in the range of 100-400. So what does this all have to do with coffee? (source: raleighcoffeecompany)
TDS in water can affect not only the initial flavor of a cup of coffee, but also the extraction process. Low TDS waters, according to the theory, tend to over-extract coffee. Because these waters contain little to no solids, they have a greater ability to absorb coffee material from the ground beans. This will result in a bitter and dry cup of coffee. High TDS waters, on the other hand, have a high mineral content and tend to under extract coffee. These waters already have a high level of solids dissolved in them and will have less capacity to absorb coffee material from the coffee grounds. This may lead to a coffee that is sour or lacking sweetness.
According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) the ideal TDS range for the water used to brew coffee is 75-250 ppm. The target TDS is 150 ppm (3). The target TDS of 150 ppm should lead to a properly extracted cup of coffee with balanced flavors and acidity
What is the Best Water for Brewing Coffee?
The option used extensively today by commercial coffee shops is activated carbon filtered water from a traditional commercial water purifier. Before investing in a commercial water purifier for your coffee shop, see how the TDS water levels can be monitored to give you the right taste and quality. There is little evidence that today's commercial RO plants have an easy-to-understand method for validating TDS levels and performance. There is no way to know if a commercial water purifier is producing germ-free water within the specified TDS until the filters become clogged and restrict water supply or water flow changed. Here are the problems associated with traditional water purifiers
Fluctuating TDS levels
One of the major issues with RO systems is their inability to deal with fluctuating T DS levels in water owing to mixed water supply sources. The problem is compounded when a coffee shop has multiple outlets, making it impractical to check purity and TDS levels across multiple locations. It is critical to understand that changing TDS levels in water have a direct impact on the taste of coffee provided in that establishment.
Uncertainty about the Purity of Water
With commercial RO water purification systems, there is no way to guarantee the levels of water purity. RO systems do not aid in the total removal of pathogens, and clogged RO membranes can cause terrible taste and foul odor in addition to breeding dangerous pathogens within the membrane.
High Cost of Investment and Ongoing Maintenance Costs
Traditional RO plants come with a high cost of investment and require you to have a considerable budget to cover maintenance costs over the years. Not only is this a burden for most businesses, especially start-ups, but also frequent breakdowns could lead to delays and unplanned expenses, which result in tangible and intangible losses for the business owner. The worst problem faced generally with an RO commercial water purifier or even RO+ UV commercial water purifier, is that you absolutely do not know when servicing of the machine is due. In this era where the world is on the internet, only Internet technology can offer a full-proof technique in maintaining TDS level and water quality. This can help you win the customers’ trust, a good name in the market, as well as a proper solution to this problem of growing competition.
How does Internet Water make coffee taste best?
Cloudtap –Internet Water, utilizes the combined power of AI (Artificial intelligence) and the Internet to help your coffee business with smart water management in line with digital changes sweeping the world. This can function majorly in solving any problems related to inconsistent TDS levels and water quality. The solution to the problem of inconsistent TDS level and water quality is Cloudtap –Internet Water, which harnesses the combined power of AI (Artificial intelligence) and the Internet to help coffee shops with smart water management as mentioned above.
Cloudtap Internet Water offers a simple but highly technical solution that combines various water purification technologies to always guarantee safe drinking water. Fortunately, the internet and the use of AI in designing a commercial water purification system are capable of tracking TDS levels and system performance in real-time. The combination of assured purity, no downtime, and online monitoring 24x7, make it a unique and path-breaking idea offering financial viability and complete peace of mind to the business owner. It ensures that customers get the cleanest water possible without ever having to doubt its quality. In these days of water-saving awareness drives,Cloudtap ensures that the right technology is used for water purification, reducing water wastage to a large extent.
With Cloudtap Internet Water, coffee shops and other foodservice outlets can be assured of a 24/7 uninterrupted supply of pure water with predetermined TDS levels, which will ensure consistency, optimum hygiene, and clean water across all outlets. Since Cloudtap commercial water purifier incorporates RO +UV processes along with sensor technology, it is possible to set water to pre-determined TDS levels, irrespective of the input quality so that the taste and safety of foods and beverages are seldom compromised.
So, in these unprecedented times, ride the technology wave to be a winner. Adopt Internet-based water treatment technology, with other digital initiatives. And proudly tell your customers about how far you'll go to ensure they get the purest, safest, and most consistent cup of coffee possible. Give us a call at +91-9321005309 or send us an email at email@example.com to learn more about how Cloudtap can help your company.
- Written By Anushri Jain