Post By TampIt
In tank anti scale filter Vs Filter jug?
I have a PuraTap filter fitted to my kitchen sink, but apparently that's not enough to take the calcium out. I am not going to change my plumbed in filter, so that leaves me with either a filter jug (eg Brita), or an in tank anti scale filter?
Any opinions about which would work better to take good care of my machine?
Can you fit an extra stage for water softening to your existing sink filter system?
IMO in tank filters have an interesting life.
They start by flavouring your coffee adversely "while they bed in" for a week or so.
Then they hope you have forgotten the added flavour / odour whilst they remove some gunk. The flavour is still there, just more muted.
When they finally clog up, they stop doing anything except tainting the coffee and often harbouring an ever increasing mould colony. I have seen some shockers over the years.
Why do they exist? They help to protect the machine from contaminants. Nothing to do with the quality of taste in the cuppa - which is why most CS'r's make the brew in the first place.
As you can tell, I am not a fan...
So I guess it comes down to an "in jug" solution that just removes excess calcium (assuming you really know you have it) without detracting from the flavour / aroma of the coffee you wish to enjoy. As I have used dual filtered (i.e. both in and out of the tank) rainwater since 1970, I know nothing about any current means of removal of calcium.
Hope this helps.
Do you know the mineral content of your water? Also how do you brew? Anything between 100-150tds is ideal for soft brew methods, especially pour over. If you have an espresso machine then itís better to get the water down below 120tds if you can. A Brita jug is good for general use and will remove some of the other gunk, but it wonít really affect the hardness of your water. If you have hard water up around 200tds or more then you need a proper under counter filter system OR have a look at the new Peak Water jug.
Originally Posted by branjie
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