What is the best and the worst water filtration system?

 

 

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Wow, that's a big question. The short answer is that filters have become so specialized that there is no one answer. You have to have different solutions for different pieces of equipment, your dishwasher has different needs than your espresso machine, your drip brewer or hot water boiler something else completely. Some things can get a scale inhibitor some may be damaged by that. Your best bet is to ask your local roaster what works well for your equipment in your area or have a pro come out and test our water.
Agree with Jason with the addition the worst filtration system is the one that doesn't get the filter replaced when it should and/or the one you can no longer get replacement filters.
I'll vote for the Everpure system linked below. One large pre-filter, three micro carbon (three enables high volume and high demand uses), and a scale reducer. I've used this one for over 12 years. The water tastes great and we've never had an issue with any sediment or mineral build-up in any piece of equipment. We built our shop so that filtered water went only to the cooking/baking area, ice machine, pop machine, coffee makers, and espresso machines. If you plumb it to filter all water, (i.e. toilets, dish washing, mop sinks), you'll need to change filters more frequently. We also used a small canister type softner at the espresso machine only. BTW - don't let the price scare you, there's lots of places that sell it for several several hundreds less.

http://www.espressoparts.com/EV9328-05?utm_medium=shoppingengine&am...
Another vote for Everpure. Been in operation for 2 years and no problems.
Joe
Mike McGinness said:
Agree with Jason with the addition the worst filtration system is the one that doesn't get the filter replaced when it should and/or the one you can no longer get replacement filters.

...and/or the one that you bought without understanding what your store's water actually needed.

From a quick scan of LA's annual water quality report it looks like your needs can vary depending on what part of the city you are in, probably by the time of year as well. Have your shop's water tested and go from there.

FWIW, I use Cuno (sorry, 3M) filters. Cirqua seems to make good systems as well.
Brady,
Thanks for bringing this discussion back to the beginning. That being imo, the details of the system is dependent on your local and individual needs. The only way to know this is check with the local municipality like Brady mentioned and have your water tested. In my particular location I don't need to soften the water for the espresso machine. My ice maker and espresso machine and sink tap are the only three draws on the filter system. I want to add a low flow audio alarm to my system for another warning when the system needs attention. I hope to hear that before I notice a low flow on the spro machine.
Joe

Brady said:
Mike McGinness said:
Agree with Jason with the addition the worst filtration system is the one that doesn't get the filter replaced when it should and/or the one you can no longer get replacement filters.

...and/or the one that you bought without understanding what your store's water actually needed.

From a quick scan of LA's annual water quality report it looks like your needs can vary depending on what part of the city you are in, probably by the time of year as well. Have your shop's water tested and go from there.

FWIW, I use Cuno (sorry, 3M) filters. Cirqua seems to make good systems as well.
I like cirqua. And the worst? Using a homeless mans sock as filtration. I kid, I kid. Of course.
Everpure is alright, but I really like the new Mavea with digital display which tells my baristas when it needs to be changed. http://www.visionsespresso.com/node/676
Sounds nice.
JR

Pierce said:
Everpure is alright, but I really like the new Mavea with digital display which tells my baristas when it needs to be changed. http://www.visionsespresso.com/node/676
I will put in a vote for Brita Maveas. They were easy to install, recyclable and you can adjust the amount of filtration to fit your needs.
One thing about having a really great water filtration system (reverse osmosis etc.). Is you can sell just the water, or infuse it with carbonation. I really think sparkling water and espresso are a great compliment to each other. Obviously, don't mix them. But give it a try.

Does anyone know anything about the Bunn EQHP-25L or EQHP-25 water filtration system? Crazy low price, but high volume and appears to be a good system...but when something is that much less expensive there's got to be a catch. Anyone care to illuminate me?

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