Case StudyCoffee Perfection

October 12, 2020by Ed Gabrish0
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My husband and I love a great cup of coffee. Over the years, we have experimented with different coffee beans and roasts and many coffee brewing methods. To us, a great cup of coffee is next to as religious experience.

During the week, we rely on an automatic drip brewer, a complicated coffee maker that grinds the beans before brewing a delightful cup of coffee. But it pales in comparison to what my husband brews on the weekends and holidays, where he handcrafts our coffee using a burr grinder, a handblown Chemex® carafe, and paper filters. And it is a beautiful way to start the day.

However, to achieve coffee perfection, we needed to ensure the water was pure and adequately filtered. Our friends at Schaible’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are water treatment experts and had the ideal solution- a reverse osmosis water filter system.

We weren’t looking to expend a lot of money, nor did we want to give up lots of space or create inconvenience. And we didn’t need a whole-home solution, so the answer was a dedicated faucet mounted on our kitchen sink.

My husband and I love a great cup of coffee. Over the years, we have experimented with different coffee beans and roasts and many coffee brewing methods. For us, a great cup of coffee is next to a religious experience.

Simpler than we expected

The plumber from Schaible’s installed the filter bracket and made the connections in about an hour. Because we needed the storage space under the sink, he chose an appropriate home for the filter system in the basement, directly below the sink. This decision proved itself because the system also requires an exhaust line; the system removes contaminants from the water using pressure to force water molecules through a semipermeable membrane. During this process, the impurities are filtered out and flushed away, leaving clean, delicious drinking water. Fortunately, our sump pump was across the room, and he ran a line above the drop ceiling to the sump hole.

As you can see from the photos, there are four easily accessible cartridges in the R/O bracket, along with two others, which I’ll explain in a minute. The cartridges need replacement between three and twelve months, depending on the usage and the content of the water:

    • Stage 1 is a sediment filter (3-12 month life cycle)
    • Stage 2 is a pre-carbon filter (6-12 months life cycle)
    • Stage 3 is the carbon filter (6-12 month life cycle)
    • Stage 4 is a membrane (1 to 3-year life cycle)

The final stage is a post-carbon filter and a re-mineralization kit. Water directly from the reverse osmosis system is so pure that it has an almost metallic taste. Remineralized water contains useful minerals for the body, including calcium, magnesium, and sodium, to the drinking water, beneficial to our bodies. Remineralized water improves the taste of the water and also quenches thirst more effectively.

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There were a few surprises

I was surprised to learn these things about a reverse osmosis system:

  1. For every gallon of pure water produced, several times more is flushed away.
  2. The reverse osmosis system will perform better and last longer with more significant usage.
  3. It’s automatic and will stop/start by itself, keeping the storage tank at an optimal level.
  4. Out of the tap, the water looks cloudy. Within seconds it magically becomes crystal clear (see photos).

The faucet is much smaller than the main kitchen faucet, and the spigot can swivel out of the way. We could also opt to have Schaible add a connection and have purified water directed to our refrigerator’s water cooler and ice maker.

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Out of the tap photo 1
Out of the tap photo 1

Put to the test

Schaible’s completed the installation on Friday, and before going to bed, my husband got the Chemex® and electric tea kettle ready. On Saturday morning, I awoke to the sound of the grinding coffee. My husband carefully poured the hot water over the grounds (today was a French Roast), filling the kitchen with the most beautiful aroma. But the test was in the mug, and the coffee was delicious and better than ever.

If you want the best flavor from your cooking or are concerned about your family’s water quality, I highly recommend contacting Schaible’s. They can recommend a system that is right for your needs and provide a professional installation.

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