What kind of water to use with your Keurig?
Water and coffee are the key ingredient to make a nice cup of coffee. While water accounts up to 98% of a great brew, we hardly spend time consider how using it correctly. As a result, we decide to focus this article on discussing what kind of water is best for Keurig. Let’s follow!
How brewing water affects your Keurig and your coffee?
The biggest concern about water from your tap is the hardness. Hard water comes with high amount of minerals, like calcium, sodium, sulfate, chloride. So if you use this water kind to brew coffee, you are unintentionally reducing your Keurig’s life by building more scale or lime, without mentioning to the decrease in taste of your coffee.
Some people deal with this issue by softening their water with salt. Salt can help to remove the minerals and the soften water used in the Keurig makes it easier to clean with soap. However, the problem is just partially solved. Soften water may cause clogging around coffee grinds and tea leaves, making the ingredients less penetrable and the process become slower, which then results in. In term of machine affection, the slower process forms clogs in the brewer, leading to poor performance. So what should we do now to have the problem solve completely?
What should we do to deal with the problems?
Use distilled or filtered water
Many refrigerators is designed with a built-in filter, so you can easily install one to your sink for filter water to use. Or you can invest in an entire house filter. Whatever way you choose, you should consult an area water professional to make sure that you are making a wise investment which will certainly bring about your desired result. So why filter is suggested here? Yeah, filter can help to remove taste and smell of minerals like sulfur, chlorine, or iron, which solve not only issues of your machine performance and longevity, but also those of poor tasting coffee and tea. To have filtered water, you can choose to install the filter on your fridge, on your sink, let it free standing or invest in those which are supposed to go with. Put it wherever you want, providing that the water to add into the water reservoir of the Keurig is filtered.
Use bottled water
To some extends, bottled water is more highly recommended, but be carefully before buying some or you won’t get your desired result. Not all the bottled waters are in the same quality. There are some types of bottled waters, such as distilled, spring, mineral… of which, do not pick spring or mineral water to use with your brewer because these two kinds are in high amounts of minerals which are as bad to your Keurig as the those in hard water. So if you make a wrong investment, you will do harm, rather than good.
The only recommended boiled water for your machine is distilled water. This kind of water is the most purified with the amount of minerals is less than 1 PPM. This makes sure that your brewer won’t be involved in lime or scale formation, and the coffee made will be in nice taste. In addition to this, distilled water helps to decrease the dreaded descaling routine. I myself own a Keurig and I rely on bolstered water to brew coffee. Three years passed and I have never had to neither descale my machine or got a performance issue.
But please note that distilled water is not recommended for Keurig 2.0. It is so pure that the sensors in Keurig 2.0 can not operate properly with it. So it you are owning a Keurig 2.0 brewer, you had better check filtered water or invest in a Keurig filter.
Install a water filter in your Keurig
Keurig is available with a feature which allows you to install filter cartridges to use right in the water reservoir. The result here is not worse than using bottled or filter water, the coffee taste is still fine and the machine’s performance is still smooth and effective.
Yeah, so are you clear about the important role of brewing water to your Keurig’s longevity and your coffee’s taste? Do you know how to brew nice tasting coffee and lengthen your Keurig’s life? Yeah, let’s say no with hard water and wisely invest in filtered or bottled water.