Most of us use our tap water to make our morning coffee. I do. But if you have not tried a more pure supply of water, you should. I still use my clear tap water for most of my coffee and espresso, but when I want a special treat, I bring out a jug of distilled water. And I make sure my coffee pot is cleaned and free of old oils and residue.

Many years back, I didn’t make the connection between pure water and good coffee. I just knew that after I moved to a town with rusty water, my appreciation of fine coffee faded. The water wasn’t too bad except in the spring when melting snow from the forests turned the water brownish from the tannins. But the water was safe and didn’t taste too bad.

But what I didn’t know was that all the minerals in the water were leeching out the flavor I used to enjoy in my coffee!

After a couple of years of buying various coffee blends with disappointing results, I was finally able to put it together enough to realize the water was what was depriving me of my quest for good coffee (yes, I’m a slow learner!).

I started buying pure distilled water and cleaning my coffee pot frequently. And my appreciation for wonderful coffee and espresso returned.

By the way, bottled mineral water or so-called pure spring water is not a good alternative to distilled water for the best coffee. You should at least give distilled water a chance. You may not easily find distilled water in the water and beverage section of your store. I’ve found it in with baby food in some stores and in with hardware or auto supplies in others.

I now live in the country and my water comes from a deep well filtered by hundreds of feet of the earth. The water is pure and chlorine-free and my daily fix of coffee is delicious.

But even with the clean source of well water, I still periodically treat myself to a gallon jug of distilled water so I can enjoy the purest cup of coffee possible.

So whether you think your water is somewhat filtered or it is loaded with chlorine and other chemicals, pick up some distilled water, scrub your coffee pot (and carefully rinse out any soap), and really enjoy the taste of coffee!