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Fresh, filtered, cool water is always the best choice when brewing a satisfying cup of coffee. (Wicked water will not enhance the taste, even if you are brewing wicked good coffee.) Distilled water is not a good choice, either, as it leaves the coffee tasting flat. For espresso, we recommend soft, not hard, water.

On the subject of water, how much water should you use? The recommended amount is 1 to 2 tablespoons of grounds to every 6 to 8 ounces of water. The difference between 1 and 2 tablespoons is a lot, so there is lots of room to experiment.

The reason coffee sages can’t be more specific about amounts of water to coffee grounds is not simply that everyone’s taste is different. Brewing methods are different and brewing temperatures are different from user to user and brewer to brewer. Sometimes coffee batches even differ, not that you ever need to worry that Wicked Coffees will be different from one bag to another.

Water is the carrier of your beans. It will pick up tastes left over in your coffee pot, be it aging coffee oils or incomplete rinsing of cleansers. A satisfying cup of coffee depends on wicked-clean water.

See more facts about coffee.