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Water - The Key to a Better Cup of Coffee

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In this episode, Kenneth sits down with Taylor Minor from Third Wave Water to discuss why using the right water is the key to creating a better-tasting cup of coffee. Taylor explains why choosing the right water profile has such a big impact on the finished result. They cover the impact of water hardness, the relationship between water quality and equipment efficiency, and why different brews can benefit from different water profiles.


  • A standard cup of drip coffee is about 98% water!
  • Third Wave Water makes it easy for you to take filtered/de-mineralized water and turn it into water that contains the right mix of minerals to make that perfect cup of coffee.
  • You can buy several types of bottled water, but not all of them are actually de-mineralized. Taylor explains the differences and which to buy.
  • Using the right water reduces scaling. This ensures the equipment works as it should, which improves the taste.
  • When making different styles of coffee, it is worth choosing the right water profile for each style. The type of water you use has a big impact on acidity and alkalinity.
  • The pace at which the coffee brews will be impacted by the mineral profile of the water you use.


‘Start at a neutral base, add our minerals and you are going to get a consistent cup, anywhere in the world.’

‘The meters to test it (water) are about $12-$15.’

‘If you have softened the water with salt, that causes the brewing to extend up to 50%.’

‘You don't want to brew coffee with toilet water.’


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As a coffee lover, physician, chemical engineer, serial entrepreneur, competitive runner, writer, and family man, Kenneth knows what it’s like to push yourself to achieve goals very few accomplish. He’s one of the best specialty coffee roasters in the United States as he’s a multi-year US Coffee Roasters’ Competition Finalist. He created Umble Coffee Co with the belief that, if sourced and roasted right, coffee can taste phenomenal and be good for you.

“Life’s too short to drink bad coffee.”


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Coffee 101 is an educational show on all things coffee. The host, Kenneth Thomas, starts with the most basic questions about coffee and builds your knowledge from there. If you love coffee, are curious about coffee, or you’re a business just looking for a resource to train your team, Coffee 101 is without question the show for you!  Season 2 is all about coffee’s journey from shelf to sip. 

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