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12 years 7 months ago #2185 by Wallace
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Hello All,

I have been using distilled water from Canadian Springs for the past year or so in my Gaggia Classic espresso machine on the recommendation of the vendor where I purchased the machine.

I have been cleaning and descaling the machine every 4 months with the \"puly\" brand cleansers and descalers. The last time I was scheduled to do this maintenance, I was out of stock of the \"puly\" stuff, but I managed to get some \"Saeco\" descaler instead... Saeco's instructions explicitly stated to not use distilled H2O.

So, now I'm confused...

What's the general concensus on distilled water in espresso machines? Is it a waste of money?

Thanks in advance for your replies and opinions.

Wallace.

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12 years 7 months ago #2186 by colin
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Distilled water in an espresso machine?

Waste of time and money?

100% Yes!

Coffee and espresso made with distilled
water is flat tasting.
You NEED minerals!

Run out of the regular descale stuff?

Use powdered citric acid -- literally
dried lemon juice...
costs about 10$ a kilogram!

1 teaspoon per litre of water.
Save your money.

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12 years 7 months ago #2188 by Wallace
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Thanks Colin,

Another question, if I may: Would you recommend filtered tap water?

I live in an urban area which chlorinates and adds flouride etc... to the municipal water supply as per the standards within most urban areas of North America, and we use a Brita to \"filter\" and store water in the refrigerator. How effective this filtering process is could be debated, I'm sure.

However, are there enough of the minerals which you speak of remaining in the water after filtering by this process, or would you recommend using plain, old tap water?

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12 years 7 months ago #2189 by dave
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Wallace,

You may wish to read Jim Schulman's Insanely Long Water FAQ and refer to his comments near the bottom about Gaggia boilers and Brita water filters.

Personally, I stopped keeping my water in the fridge, deciding that I would rather have room temperature water entering the boiler as I pull a shot, rather than fridge temperature water.

Dave

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12 years 7 months ago #2190 by Wallace
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Whoa - that is indeed insane. Maybe I'll read it when my daughter has graduated from university, I'm retired, have learned to fly a plane, written that novel I keep putting off and finally climbed Mount Everest.

So, do you use Brita water at room temperature, or do you use straight tap water?

Thanks,

Wallace.

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12 years 7 months ago #2191 by colin
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Depending on the quality of your tap water --
pull out a jug. Fill it up...
and let it sit in the open for 1/2 hour to
\"de-gas\".

bye-bye Chlorine!

Don't worry about the Fluoride. I would be surprised if there was fluoride in your water -- really.

Use whatever water tasted good \"straight\"

If the water tasted like crap - then so to will the coffee!

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