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Brew Consistently

Your coffee’s flavor changes depending onewhereyou brew and evenwhen you brew. One of our founders, Charles Nick, was always frustrated that the quality of his coffee was significantly better at home compared to when he was traveling. He found out that the root of this problem was the water he brewed with.

The Wrong Water

Using tap water can be one of the worst things you can do to your coffee. It tends to contain chemicals, minerals, organic matter, and even small amounts of radioactive isotopes!

In a study comparing mineral content in tap water and bottled water, large mineral variances were discovered between water sources among individual cities as well as city to city. See some of their data findings below: 

City Source Calcium (mg/L) Magnesium (mg/L) Sodium (mg/L)
San Jose, CA Santa Clara Valley 56 14 57
Hetch Hetchy 9 3 9
Boston, MA Winsor Dam 2 1 3
Spot Pond 5 1 16
Wachusett 4 1 7
New York, NY Catskill-Deleware 6 1 6
Croton 21 4 18

Information from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1495189/

While your water may help your coffee taste great in one city, it may cause it to taste awful in another. This is the issue that Charles noticed during his travels. He needed a way to brew his coffee that tasted the same no matter where he travelled.

You may be thinking to yourself, “I use a Brita filter so I'm covered.” This is a good first step in using better water, but it is far from optimal. Brita filters are charcoal filters, meaning they only filter out chemicals and organic matter from the water (chlorine, bacteria, etc.). They do not remove or affect any minerals in your water, and can harm your coffee and equipment. Filtered water also changes depending on where you go because the water you put into your filter changes from city to city. 

Spring water has the same issue as your Brita filtered water. Unfortunately, spring water can contain the wrong minerals in the wrong concentration that will inhibit your coffee’s flavor, rather than help it. Also, similar to Brita water, spring water can vary from place to place depending on where it was collected. Not all springs are the same! 

 “I can go buy demineralized water and add a pack of Third Wave Water to that and I have the exact same water here in the middle of the lake as I do at home on my brew bar.” -Kyle Rowsell

Brew Amazing Coffee Every Morning

It should not be a hassle to make your coffee taste the same everyday. Your coffee should taste the same if you use the same grinder, brewer, and beans. Tap, spring, or filtered water makes your coffee's taste inconsistent from day to day.

If you change just the water you brew with to Third Wave Water, you will experience the difference it makes! We attended the NoFilter Coffee Fest in Charlotte, NC,  in September 2022 where all of the coffee brewed was with Third Wave Water. We hosted a booth where we showed attendees the difference that brewing with TWW makes. We used the same coffee beans, grinder, and grind setting to show everyone the difference between brewing with TWW and distilled water. Every single person who tried it was blown away with the taste difference and how much better the coffee was with Third Wave Water!