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Posted Sun Oct 9, 2011, 8:37pm
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I live in an area where the public water supply if absolutely loaded with calcium and other chemicals that both affect the taste of anything you put it in and clogs holes in faucet water diffusers and shower heads.  I absolutely will not drink this water so my wife brings home water by the gallon from the store.  We get "Drinking Water" that is nothing more than water from the public water system of a city that has decent water (Columbus, Ohio).  Now that I am about to be brewing my home roasted coffee is it ok to continue using this water or should I use distilled water?   The water from Columbus is really pretty good... I have tried gallons of water drawn from other municipal systems and the Columbus water is the best I have found yet.  I am thinking it should be ok, but I thought I would ask.
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Posted Sun Oct 9, 2011, 9:36pm
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I would stick with the non-distilled if it tastes good.  I read somewhere that distilled water doesn't extract as well as water with some mineral content.  One sure way to find out is to make a couple pots and see which one tastes best to you.

 
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Posted Sun Oct 9, 2011, 10:40pm
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I agree Eric, but I am pretty sure that the local water supply, with it's high lime, calcium, and iron content would not do the coffee maker much good.  I'll just stick with the water we've been buying at the store... that is what I currently use in my coffee.  Thanks for your input.

 
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Using regular water you will have to descale your coffee maker. But the minerals sulted in water add to the taste of your coffee. Extracted with distilled water it will just not taste good. As long as you don't want to use local water, keep buying drinking water.

 
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Posted Mon Oct 10, 2011, 7:05am
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NobbyR Said:

Using regular water you will have to descale your coffee maker. But the minerals sulted in water add to the taste of your coffee. Extracted with distilled water it will just not taste good. As long as you don't want to use local water, keep buying drinking water.

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Thanks... sounds like a plan.

 
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