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Jordan Andersen
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Mineral/coffee interaction

How are the minerals that a packet adds, such as Third Wave Water, interacting with the chemical makeup of the coffee to make it taste better?
  • Eric Andersen replied

    Lots of ways that are too much to cover here - coffeechemistry.com is a great resource if you really want to get super geeky about the chemistry of water and coffee.

    Basically, though, the minerals in water act as a solvent that help extract the soluble materials from the coffee as the water passes through the grounds. If those solvents are missing, less coffee goodness gets extracted from the beans.