Have you ever been disappointed by a coffee at home that tasted phenomenal at the shop, even if you nailed the recipe? Don’t fret! It could just be your water! With a desire to bring the same standards of specialty coffee in a cafe setting to your home, Taylor Minor and Charles Nick launched Third Wave Water.
Coffee is 98% water. Coffee is a solution that uses variables like time and temperature, as well as the mineral composition of the water to extract all of the acids and sugars from the coffee bean and into your cup. Water’s mineral composition varies dramatically based on location, filtration process, and piping. This means that in many cases, your morning cup of coffee is entirely dependent on the quality of your water. Even filtered water contains variable amounts of minerals and cannot provide a consistent product. Should home brewers invest in expensive, coffee-focused water filtration systems or turn into a chemist and create their own water recipe?
Using distilled water and a packet of minerals from Third Wave Water, you can have cafe quality water to make cafe quality coffee at home. Each packet contains Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Citrate, and Sodium Chloride to provide your water with a precise and consistent ratio of minerals to bicarbonate which allows the acids and sugars in the coffee bond with the water and preserve the clean, bright flavor specialty coffee aims for.
Why We Recommend Third Wave Water
If you brew coffee at home, we want to provide you with everything you need to make the best cup of coffee you want to make as simply and as replicable as possible. With a gallon of distilled water (which can be found at virtually every grocery store), and a packet of Third Wave Water, you can elevate the clarity of your cup and move on with the rest of your day. It’s simple and effective.
We sell both Third Wave Water’s Classic recipe and their Espresso recipe in the shop. If you’re interested in what it could do for your home brewing routine, ask one of the baristas next time you stop by!