Why Coffee Machine Water Filtration Is So Important
Although water filtration is a fairly big, complex topic, it is not one to be avoided because of how important it is for the lifespan and maintenance of your espresso machine.
Hard tap water contains a higher mineral content which can build up on the insides of your machine over time, requiring more regular maintenance to clean out. It may even kill off your machine prior to its natural lifespan.
This makes hard water one of an espresso machines biggest enemies!
There are a number of different options for saving your machine from this mineral content, so as long as you are aware and take action you can save your machine from a lot of unnecessary maintenance as well as keep it operating well for as long as possible.
What is “Hard” Water?
The “hardness” of water refers to how much mineral content it contains. Because espresso machine manufacturers know how important soft water is for your machine, they will often include a test strip when you buy your machine so you can test the hardness of your tap water.
Something else to be aware of is that water that has high levels of lime in particular will burn through filters more quickly, so they will need to be changed more frequently.
A bare bones filtration system will require some extra attention and care on your part to make sure that, based on the specific hardness of your water as well as how often your are using the filter, you replace the filter frequently enough. Some very fancy machines, on the other hand, will take care of everything for you: they will test the water’s hardness and then notify you of when you should change the filter based on how long the current filter has been in place.
Some machines will even keep track of how much water is being poured through your filters to give you a more precise estimate of when to change the filter.
Is there a way around all this trouble?
If you are not in a position to get a smart filtration system that will take care of all the particulars for you, and if you are not inclined to painstakingly measure and monitor your water and filters constantly, another option is to simply buy bottled, pre-filtered water. You should still be careful to make sure that this particular brand of water you are putting your machine is suitable for it.
You could contact the manufacturer to ask them, or even contact the water company to ask about the hardness standards of their water. The best way to make sure, however, is to measure the bottled water’s hardness yourself to you can be sure that the mineral content is low enough.
Regardless of which route you take to get the excess minerals out of your water, please remain vigilant about maintaining whichever system you opt for. At some point or other your machine will need to be descaled, and it is highly recommended not to attempt to do this by yourself as you can seriously damage your machine if you do not know what you are doing.
So, for every descaling you are going to have to bring your machine into a technician, putting your coffee machine out of commission for however long the process takes.
The best way to make sure to put as much time as possible in between your machine’s descalings is by ensuring that the water you are using is not too hard, whether that means changing your filters regularly or only using pre-filtered water that you know has a low enough mineral content for your machine.
Not to mention, of course, that filtered water makes better coffee! Take the variable mineral content out of the equation today so you can hone your perfect and consistent signature cup of coffee!
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