Is a Water Softener Good For Making Tea and Coffee?

Dec 15, 2020 | General

Us Brits drink tea and coffee like there’s no tomorrow and we’ve each got our favourites in the brewing stakes. Ceylon or Cappuccino? Or what about a barista’s concoction or a good old fashioned builder’s tea? The choices are as long as your arm and they all have their appeal. But it can all count for very little without one essential ingredient. How many of us realise that it’s the quality of the water that can make or break the taste of a great cuppa? 

You might attach the enjoyment of your cup to the particular strain of tea or the freshness of the coffee. Yes, these are all factors. But if you make them using poor quality water, this will have a big impact on the overall taste. There’s nothing worse than taking that first eagerly awaited sip, only to end up with an unpleasant taste of chlorine in your mouth. A sure sign that the drink’s been prepared in the wrong water – hard water. 

Make no mistake – hard water doesn’t do justice to tea or coffee. Whether you are making your drink with an inexpensive tea bag or the most exquisite coffee beans – you will always get the tastiest results with soft water.    

What are the benefits of making tea and coffee in soft water? 

  1. The reason why tea and hard water are not the most obvious of bedfellows is because tea contains flavonoids which react against the calcium hydroxide in hard water. If you have ever seen a thin layer of film on the surface of the teacup or in the pot, it is this reaction which has caused it. Indeed, some tea connoisseurs would even go so far as to say that it is impossible to make a decent cup of tea using hard water. 

  2. That’s not the only reason. It is also a fact that soft water is a naturally good solvent, which helps to disperse those wonderful aromatic smells that tea and coffee emit. If they made from hard water, the limescale content thwarts the free movement of these aromas. The result is that you don’t get such flavoursome beverages.  

  3. Also, your tea and coffee will go a lot further if made with soft water. You won’t need to use the same amount of ingredients to enjoy a satisfying strength of brew. 

  4. As well as producing an unsavoury surface on the drink itself, hard water is also a devil at staining cups and teapots. And before you even pour the water into the receptacle, it will also play havoc with your kettle. Repeatedly boiling with hard water will lead to a horrible looking scaling on the inside of the kettle, a problem which will only get worse with use. Inevitably, some of this scaling will end up in your cup! Yuk!  

  5. On the other hand, soft water won’t just prevent this build-up of limescale altogether, it also has the added benefit of actually dissolving the scale in your kettle – providing better quality water, superior tasting tea or coffee and speeding up the time it takes to bring the pure, scale-free water to the boil.  So, you get to enjoy your great-tasting tea or coffee that much sooner! 

Do you know what? It’s time for a tea break. Come to think of it, I’ve got an even better idea. If you supply the tea or coffee, I’ll provide the soft water!   

To find out more about the benefits of having a water softener in your home, check out our website including our informative blog section which tackles all manner of questions you may have. 

For all installation and service enquiries, please contact tea-loving Scott at SJ Water Softeners. We are the number one company for water softeners in West Sussex (and parts of Hampshire and Surrey). Call us today on 01243 607494 or via email: