Listen up, coffee-enthusiasts: This may be the key to taking your barista skills to the next level.
A company called Aquiem has come out with a water that is specially designed to amplify the flavor profile of your coffee, taking it from your basic brew to gourmet.
According to the Aquiem website, it is the complete removal and subsequent addition of selected essential minerals to highly purified water that allows Aquiem to enhance the flavor of your morning coffee, as well as increase the coffee’s beneficial health effects.
“You could probably refer to it as ‘distilled’ because at that point in time, we’ve pulled out just about everything, and then we add back a blend of essential minerals that specifically enhance the flavor, the aroma and the consistency of the coffee,” Aquiem co-founder Rob Vidacovich told Daily Coffee News.
This January, Aquiem officially launched.
"What you definitely do not want is to have things like zinc and lead, fluoride, chlorine and large amounts of calcium in the water. All of that effects the taste of the coffee," said Vidacovich. "What does have a favorable effect on coffee are things like magnesium, potassium, and a certain right blend of calcium."
"Experts will tell you that probably the best point for total dissolved solids in the water would be right around 150," he said, adding, "pH would be somewhere very, very close to a neutral 7."
“Higher-end coffee drinkers are spending more and more money on high-end coffee beans. They’re spending an enormous amount of money on the equipment to grind it and to brew it, and yet it’s 98 percent water and they don’t have the appropriate chemistry of water to get the value that they’re trying to get,” said Vidacovich. “They’re definitely not getting the best cup of coffee that they can possibly get.”
So, coffee enthusiasts: if you're interested -- and are willing to drop some cash on not only high-quality beans, but the water required just to brew them -- you can purchase a case of 12 Aquiem cartons here for $25.68.