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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012, 3:49am
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While waiting for my first espresso machine to arrive, I wonder what kind of water should i fill it with? I have two options. Bottled water or Brita filtered water. The tap water is very hard where I live.

  1. Which is better for the health of the machine?
  2. Which gives better tasting coffee?
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012, 6:01am
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Brita doesn't really do anything to remove scaling minerals from the water, so if those are your only choice, go with the bottled water. Or, you could use in  in-tank cation softener with the Brita-filtered water, which is what I'm currently doing on my NS Ellimitic with LA's ~10 grain water. Although I'm running a plain 3-stage water filter at the sink rather than a Brita, but really the same type of filtering.

Taste? Depends on the bottled water. I run bottled water on my Caravel at work and, taking into account the difference in the cup between the normal Caravel and Ellimatic extractions, I wouldn't say that I see a difference either way.
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Posted Sat Nov 10, 2012, 8:16am
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Thank you for your input. I'll go with the bottled water.
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 6:24am
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GVDub,

How much is the 10 gr water hardness reduced after you have filtered thru the Brita-filtered water and the in-tank citation softner ?

Thanks, WS
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 6:55am
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CSME9 Said:

GVDub,

How much is the 10 gr water hardness reduced after you have filtered thru the Brita-filtered water and the in-tank citation softner ?

Thanks, WS

Posted November 11, 2012 link

Hadn't measured it, as I only just got the Ellimatic back in service a couple of weeks ago. My measurements aren't very exact, being based on standard water testing strips, so I'll only be able to give you an approximation. Testing this morning, the strip is indicating a general hardness between 2-3 gr and a carbonate hardness between 4-5 gr.

I know West Texas water can get pretty hard, especially in Hill Country. Hope this helps.
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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 7:49am
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GVDub,

Thanks, that's pretty consistent with my readings below using a CCS water test strip. I find the costs between buying bottled water and the brita filter about the same based on my water consumption.  

Brita and Citation In tank filter=indicates a general 3 gr hardness
Cresytal Geyser (bottled in Norman OK) and Citation In tank filter=indicates a general 3 gr hardnes

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Posted Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:35am
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I use one of these with these to filter for water taste, and then the in-tank cation softener. Filters Fast almost always has 3-pack deals on the carbon filters, and they last 6 months or so. I've had the dispenser long enough that it's essentially completely amortized, so water cost is just about a dollar a month for filtration. Considering that Crystal Geyser runs me about that per gallon (I'm using it in the Caravel at work) and I use about two gallons a week, the filter combination is a substantial savings for the home espresso.
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