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The Secret to a Great Homebrew: Better Water

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Millions of people start their day off with a cup or two, or three, of freshly brewed coffee. For many of these people, nothing beats the taste of coffee brewed by a national coffee chain or their favorite neighborhood coffee shop.

Usually that same coffee is available online or at your local grocery store, but many people prefer to buy their coffee at a shop rather than brew at home. Why is that? Most will tell you that coffee just tastes better at the shop. When they brew at home they simply can’t get the same great taste.

Well, there’s a simple solution to improve your coffee at home: Filtered water. Water is a very important ingredient to your cup of coffee. The National Coffee Association highlights this fact in their definitive “How to Brew Coffee” guide.

An under-sink carbon water filter system will remove some of the common tap water issues such as chlorine taste and odor. Or if you have very hard water, a lot of sediment, or water with a strong mineral taste, a more advanced reverse osmosis under-sink drinking water system may be preferred.

So, by simply filtering your tap water, you can have coffee shop quality fresh brewed coffee at home. This is not only convenient, but very cost effective as well. By brewing at home you can save hundreds of dollars per year! And, the same benefit of better flavor applies to teas, juices, and everything else you make at home with your tap water.

Drinking Water Month is a great time to start saving money by brewing your beverages at home!

Drink to Your Health!

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Tips for Staying Healthy by Increasing Your Water Intake

We've all heard that we should be drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, but when was the last time you thought about why it's important? Did you know that drinking water improves your overall health and well-being? These are just some of the health-related benefits:

• By maintaining blood volume, water helps maintain your energy
• Proper hydration improves your concentration and reaction time
• Water increases the number of calories you burn during regular daily activities
• Water helps rid your body of excess sodium that can cause fluid retention
• Water increases energy when you exercise

However, between all the demands placed on our time at home and at work, it’s not always easy to remember to drink 8 glasses of water each day. So, if you’re struggling to keep up with your water intake, try these helpful tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

• Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.
• Freeze some freezer-safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
• Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This tip can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.
• Choose water instead of other beverages when eating out. Generally, you will save money and reduce calories.
• Give your water a little pizzazz by adding a wedge of lime or lemon. This may improve the taste, and you just might drink more water than you usually do.

You can learn more about meeting your daily fluid needs here by visiting the CDCs website here:


Hard facts about tap water

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Great article from the Chicago Tribune about soft water and hard water.

Soft and hard water behave differently, from cleaning power to corrosion potential

April 25, 2012|By Danielle Braff, Special to Tribune Newspapers
Apparently, all tap water is not created equal.

Some water is deemed "hard," and other is considered to be "soft." And here's the confusing part: Hard water isn't better than soft in all situations, and soft isn't always preferable.

Confused yet? We explain the ins and outs of each below...Click here to read the article