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Whether sipped for pleasure at home or in a coffee shop, or guzzled on a coffee break at work, the taste of your coffee is directly related to the purity of the water you use. Hard water from your tap contains chlorine, iron, and other chemicals that will taint the taste of your coffee. Pure water has to taste or odor, so it can''t pass any taste or odor on to your coffee, leaving you to enjoy the pure essence of the bean.

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The coffee cult is growing, and coffee lovers are demanding a higher quality experience. According to Starbucks coffee, "A cup of coffee is 98 percent water. So the water you use to make coffee should taste clean, fresh, and free of impurities. Water heated to just offthe boil (90 to 96 C) is perfect for extracting the coffee''s full range of flavors. Any cooler and the water can''t adequately do the job. Clean water = Better coffee."

Water quality is so important to coffee quality that some manufacturers have come out with a coffee maker water filter, such as the Braun Coffee maker water filter, or the Cuisinart coffee water filter, or the Mr. Coffee water filter. But you have to continually purchase another replacement water filter, and you can''t be certain which harmful elements the filter is removing.

You don''t need to worry about that if you use water filtered by your Big Berkey or British Berkefeld product. Just set it up on your coffee table next to your coffee grinder, fill it with cool water from your tap, and use it whenever you feel the need for a great cup of hot coffee or expresso.

Pure water isn''t just better for your coffee, it also saves you time and money by reducing the amount of wear and tear on your coffee brewing equipment. Unfiltered water may leave lime deposits on the inside of the brewer.

To get clean water you can either buy distilled water at the store or use a water filtering device. Some of the newer automatic drip coffee makers have filters built in with replacement filters easily available.