We have been experimenting quite a bit with water these days at our cafe. We have been really surprised by the results. Ethiopian coffees which taste like peach with one water can taste like lime candy with another.
If you are curious about your own water we propose a simple experiment that will only cost a few dollars. Next time you are at the store, pick up two gallons of water: one distilled and one gallon from Crystal Geyser. Both water types are readily available and cheap. Your distilled water has no hardness at all and the Crystal Geyser is a fairly soft water bottled from Mt. Shasta. Brew your coffee with the waters and see if you notice a difference, we think you will be surprised to see the influence of water on coffee’s flavor.