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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012, 2:04am
Subject: Giotto Premium Plus - and Distilled water
 

Hi

I had a brand new Giotto sitting in its box in my garage, waiting for me to get it out tomorrow.

We've had a Nemox SBDU machine for the past 6 years and have only ever run distilled water in it - only becuase it strips out any nasties in the water.  

I read in a supplement that came with the Giotto to not use distilled water as the machine uses something in the unfiltered water for the auto shut off.  Is this the only reason it's not recommended?  I mean if I'm used to checking my tank fairly frequently, and intended to never let it empty, should this mean that distilled water is ok to use?

I'm not worried about the arguements that it stips taste out etc, we're used to it, and I'd rather protect the machien TBH.

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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012, 4:16am
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Distilled water won't harm the machine otherwise than that, but it'll simply make the espresso taste flat, because the minerals contained in tap water add to taste.

 
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Posted Fri Aug 24, 2012, 8:03am
Subject: Re: Giotto Premium Plus - and Distilled water
 

The Giotto relies on some minerals to sense the level of the water in the boiler. Without that the boiler will continually fill and the pressure safety relief valve will open spraying water inside the machine. If it uses a reservoir, you can use distilled (although reverse osmosis will not taste quite so flat) and mix in some tap or drinking water to add some minerals.

 
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 6:27am
Subject: Re: Giotto Premium Plus - and Distilled water
 

Like Randy said, the machine requires minerals in the water to properly set the level of water  IN the BOILER, not the water tank. Also as was said above, you need the minerals in the water to give the espresso depth of flavor, distilled or RO water are TOO PURE and they do not make good coffee in any form or method of brewing.

But, by now I think the question is moot as you used whatever you used over the weekend. So what did you use and what was the results?

 
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Posted Mon Aug 27, 2012, 1:34pm
Subject: Re: Giotto Premium Plus - and Distilled water
 

psycik Said:

Hi

I had a brand new Giotto sitting in its box in my garage, waiting for me to get it out tomorrow.

We've had a Nemox SBDU machine for the past 6 years and have only ever run distilled water in it - only becuase it strips out any nasties in the water.  

I read in a supplement that came with the Giotto to not use distilled water as the machine uses something in the unfiltered water for the auto shut off.  Is this the only reason it's not recommended?  I mean if I'm used to checking my tank fairly frequently, and intended to never let it empty, should this mean that distilled water is ok to use?

I'm not worried about the arguements that it stips taste out etc, we're used to it, and I'd rather protect the machien TBH.

Cheers

Posted August 24, 2012 link

mineral salts besides telling water level making water conductive, do contribute to make the espresso great, so you cannot have enjoyed good espresso the last six years : I suggest you sue whoever told you to use distilled water (that on the long run is not even good for irons...)
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 10:01pm
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Sorry I never had a notification on updates to this post....

I ended up being shy and trying our tap water....it's pretty clean over here.  I have a distiller for sale now... :D
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