Why is Water Treatment Management Important for your Coffee Machine?

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Water is crucial in any cup of coffee; poor quality water will lead to the quality of coffee suffering. However, it’s not only your coffee that will be impacted. Your commercial coffee machine lifespan will also be affected. Similar to your kettle being affected by limescale, your commercial coffee machine will be affected by using unfiltered water. This is common for commercial coffee machines; without an experienced team of coffee machine engineers, the damage will get worse. Water treatment management needs to be put in place for your commercial coffee machine to perform at its best. 

Water treatment management can make sure your coffee machine for the business remains in working order and consistently producing excellent cups of coffee. Filtered water is especially needed in the south of England where limescale is a big problem. Our smart device Hydracs is a perfect solution to this problem, giving you real time information on when your filter needs changing

Hard Water & Limescale

In hard water areas of Britain, limescale is an issue (around 60% of Britain). Mineral water can have its benefits health-wise, however, it can have negative implications on the performance of your machine. When hard water is heated up past 60 degrees, moisture evaporates and the minerals from the water start to set, producing limescale in your commercial coffee machine. The solid limescale at the bottom of your machine can often hide the heating element of the appliance and can also affect the taste. According to figures, 1.5mm of limescale in your machine can reduce efficiency by 15%. This then often proceeds to elements burning out faster than they should.

Influence on the Flavour

Remember that 98% of a cup of coffee is water, this is why the quality of water has an impact on the taste of the coffee. If you have water that tastes or smells bad, here should be no surprise that your coffee is going to taste the same. For some types of water, you have to dispose of any chlorine or chloramine before you brew the coffee. You will be surprised how much better a cup of coffee can taste with filtered water.

Types of Water Filtration

Mechanical Filtration

This type of filtration uses a media filter to remove any unwanted particles, mostly dirt and sediments all the way down to the smallest micron. Mechanical filtration uses a pre-filter to protect the primary filters from getting built up with unwelcomed particles.

Carbon Filtration

The carbon filtration uses mechanical filtration with carbon to diminish chlorine from the water as well as other elements that may affect the taste of the water. The main advantage of this type of filtration is that it reduces unwanted chemicals like chlorine but keeping the minerals that create good coffee.

Reverse Osmosis

This process where water is pressed through a membrane to remove most of the solids. This RO water is then transported to a tank where the water is ready to use, and where the further residual is rejected.

Scale Inhibitor

This type of filtrations utilizes inhibitor media to influence the hardness of the water. This reduces the chances of the chemicals in the water to crystallize and form limescale.

Let Espresso Service help take care of your water treatment, using either Hydracs or Vendon managing your filter exchanges for you.

Contact Us for Coffee Services

If you’re looking for commercial coffee maintenance services and repair, look no further, we have the commercial technical expertise to meet your requirements. Please get in touch with our friendly coffee engineers on 02039 574 961 or you can contact us here. We serve the UK and Ireland.