It’s 2:00 AM and my child is finally asleep, small victories deserving of a great prize – my late night coffee. Nearly sleepwalking, I stumble downstairs desperate to forget the papers that I need to write. I grab the water kettle and flip the switch, all by memory in pitched black. The light from the power switch gives me enough light to find my grounds, scoop them into my Bodum, and then slosh the hot water over top. Leaving me 4 whole minutes of silent contemplation.
Would my nightly ritual appall more savvy coffee connoisseurs? No doubt. There’s no measuring, no exact temperatures, no timer, no scale, once or twice it didn’t even include coffee grounds. Yet, every night I make a pretty darn good cup of coffee. Sure, the one time we used the kettle to heat apple cider I accidently made my coffee with it, proclamation? Actually decent. Sure, one time I added creamer instead of coffee grounds, and another I used salt instead of sugar. However, 99% of the time it’s perfectly good.
That’s my approach to coffee most of the time. So, when people ask me filtered or bottled water. I reply, “what’s in the kettle?” Then laughing I say, “in all honesty, it depends on what you’re doing.” So, I’ll do the same to you. If you’re making everyday coffee with a machine or device that isn’t susceptible to Lyme or Calk use what you have. We use this Brita Everyday Water Filter Pitcher, 10 Cup and it works wonders on our hard water.
If you’re making something special or own a high-end machine, of course, break out the good stuff. Just make sure your bottled water is actually pure water, not just bottled tap water.FIJI Natural Artesian Water, 16.9-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 24) is a pretty good option if you’re looking for high-end water for a special occasion.
Fiji water isn’t just for vacations. It’s naturally filtered and is one of the best for keeping your machine clean and running, and it tastes great.
Filtered Vs. Bottled Vs. Tap
Tap water vs. Bottled: put it to the test
There’s no amount of internet data that will satisfy a curious mind. Instead, opt to arrange a double blind test to see which one you like best – or if you can even taste the difference! Have a friend make the same coffee once with filtered, once with bottled, once with tap water. Then test each one and decide for yourself. I think you’ll find, each tastes different and you’ll likely have a preferred water.