Posted Sat Jul 10, 2010, 12:07pm Subject: Water kettle affecting taste of water.
One thing I can definitely warn newbies (like me) about is to change the water in your kettle out after every boil. I spent several days thinking that I had done some nasty roasts before I finally sniffed the water in my kettle. No, it wasn't growing anything. It had picked up a taste from the kettle! Every morning, I had some water left over from brewing my morning cup and brewing the thermos full I take to work. But I left it in the kettle and didn't think anything about it. Then after a while, my coffee was getting a strange tainted taste. There was a strong acerbic smell...metallic...like smelling salt in large quantities and close up.
Once I figured that out and changed out the water....welp..... I'm sipping on an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe right now that I roasted to probably a city+ to FC level 4-5 days ago and it's a great tasting cup of coffee. I don't look forward to when all the students get back in town (college town) and the water dept dumps a gazillion pounds of chlorine in the system. Gah! On the worst of days, it's like drinking out of a swimming pool. But until then, my coffee should taste just fine. :-)
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