Puretec perfecting water

When it comes to achieving the perfect water recipe to complement coffee, it’s a careful balancing act. Mineral concentrates, chlorine, and alkaline have a large impact on the taste profile of the water and overall coffee outcome depending on which state of Australia you live.  Over the past few years, the coffee industry has seen a large uptake in filtration systems to help purify the water responsible for extracting flavour compounds from beans. This includes reverse osmosis and ion exchange systems that extract ‘the nasties’. But more often than not, Puretec National Food Service Account Manager Simon Read says it comes with compromise.  “Filtration models are typically a double-edged sword. It’s a balance between looking after your customers and producing a great-tasting coffee, or protecting your equipment – it’s one or the other, and that to us, it is not good enough,” Simon says. 
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Coffee Science Lab

Tapping into water filtration

Baristas strive to control each element of coffee production, from processing methods and roasting through to grind consistency and temperature profiling. Water is another element not to forget. If you use the water straight from your tap and let it run through a coffee machine, chances are that rare, expensive Panama Gesha you’ve just added to the menu will be lacking in the flavour profile it deserves. That’s why most cafés implement water filtration systems – to control water’s impact on coffee flavour and maximising the lifetime of the espresso machine at the same time. 
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Water treatment around Australia

Dr. Monika Fekete explores what occurs in the water treatment process and how new additions and omissions can impact water flavour and coffee profiles. One spring morning I went for a leisurely 20-kilometre walk around the Maroondah Reservoir, a pristine lake near the Yarra Valley, north-east of Melbourne. Read More