Over 85% of an espresso consists of water, and it can make a huge difference to the taste of a coffee depending on the water it’s made with.
Water varies considerably across the UK, and the world, with water supplies coming from various different sources and being processed in various ways. It depends on local geology, with 60% of the country having “hard” water, which means it contains a larger amount of mineral deposits.
These mineral deposits cause scale within plumbing and machines, as well as change the taste of the water we drink; in turn changing the way coffee tastes.
Filtering your water before it reaches the espresso machine is a method of keeping your water quality consistent, and preventing your coffee machine from scaling up.
This can reduce the likelihood of your machine breaking down, and is a key part of keeping your traditional coffee machine running smoothly.
When does the filter need to be changed?
Water filters should be changed at regular intervals, which depends on which filter you’re using, and how much water is passing through it – as well as the level of water hardness in your area.
The more coffees you’re making on a day to day basis, the more often it’s recommended to change your filters.
A good starting point is changing your water filters on an annual basis, although if you run a busy site it may be recommended that changes are carried out more frequently.
Calcium treatment units are purposefully designed to be used with commercial coffee machines. They help protect the circulation system of your coffee machines. Everything from the boiler, steam wands, hot water tap and internal piping can be covered with limescale if water is not treated or filtered before entering the system.
Filtering your water ensures only the natural flavours of the coffee remain in the drink, retaining all the flavour notes and keeping a consistent flavour that you and your customers love.
We have a range of servicing options, as well as supply and fitting of a calcium treatment unit. Find out more on our Coffee Machine Service page.