Came across a commercial for 'electronic water treatment' for preventing scale buildup.  Has anyone heard anything about this (if it's even legit) and/or any espresso machine applications.  It would be ideal for me to retain minerals without any scale buildup.  Too good to be true?  I just don't see how it could change the minerals so they don't build up.

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Can you be a little more clear about what your saying or asking?
In my case with our machine I do not soften the water because it does not need it. The best protection for your 5 - 25K espresso machine is to have your water tested. If it needs softening then by all means. Aside from that you need to filter your water no mater what. First is a carbon filter then in line you need at least one maybe two sub micron filters. I follow the carbon filter with two Everpure MH2 filters. There are other brands out there I choose to go with Everpure for the customers support offered. Even before the carbon filter I needed to use a pressure reducer in line to reduce the incoming city water pressure to about 40psi.
The water filtration system I'm using does not change the existing mineral content of the city water. Which by the way is very good in that way. Hope this helps with what every your question or concern is.
Joseph
-- Ambassador for Specialty Coffee and palate reform.
Oh before I forget to mention, I bought our espresso machine new and the seller requires all of the above before they will install the machine.
I see this is just an ad for your water system. How lame.
Steve,
Did I get sucker punched by some spam? Daaa, I hope our list manager weeds these guys out.
Joseph

Steve Belt said:
I see this is just an ad for your water system. How lame.
Sorry for not forming the discussion clearer. And just for clarification, I have no ties whatsoever to this company (Steve, no ad, and I am not endorsing this company) ... I just saw a commercial while I was watching the news. This discussion is not limited only to this particular company by any means; but electronic water treatment in general. I never knew such a thing existed, but when I saw the commercial I immediate thought of it's coffee potential. I guess I'm really curious if electronic water treatment even works, and if it would have espresso machine applications. So I just want to see if anyone has ever used electronic water treatments. I own a coffee kiosk with a GB/5 and have to buy my water and am limited with what treatments I can use as well as the water available. A electronic water treatment would be great ... if indeed it works. ...
haha no spam, no spam! I probably should have just put "electronic water treatment" or something. I didn't know they existed and that one was the only one I knew of.
Gary,
Are you refering to ultraviolet light? If not you will need to provide us with link or a lot more information.

Gary T said:
Sorry for not forming the discussion clearer. And just for clarification, I have no ties whatsoever to this company (Steve, no ad, and I am not endorsing this company) ... I just saw a commercial while I was watching the news. This discussion is not limited only to this particular company by any means; but electronic water treatment in general. I never knew such a thing existed, but when I saw the commercial I immediate thought of it's coffee potential. I guess I'm really curious if electronic water treatment even works, and if it would have espresso machine applications. So I just want to see if anyone has ever used electronic water treatments. I own a coffee kiosk with a GB/5 and have to buy my water and am limited with what treatments I can use as well as the water available. A electronic water treatment would be great ... if indeed it works. ...
Anything like these units:

http://www.smarthome.com/3260/Clearwave-Electronic-Water-Conditione...
http://www.easywater.com

It doesn't remove the minerals, but rather supposedly changes the way they bond to surfaces.
Frankly, it sounds a bit pseudo, kind of like this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpyT4pc_0ak

But if it truly prevented and reduced scale buildup in the machine ... I may just have to do an experiment with one ... but I'm hoping for an 'uncle Rico' who can say, "I could have told you that." :-D
When it comes to using professional commercial espresso machines I'm staying with what I know. My gut tells me your looking at a mass consumer product and a marketing stradegy wrapped around the concept of selling as many as possible in the shortest time possible. I'm not nor will ever be your uncle Rio but I would advise you to stear clear or if you want to experiment with your machine and pipes at home do report back to us.
Joe

Gary T said:
Anything like these units:

http://www.smarthome.com/3260/Clearwave-Electronic-Water-Conditione...
http://www.easywater.com

It doesn't remove the minerals, but rather supposedly changes the way they bond to surfaces.
Frankly, it sounds a bit pseudo, kind of like this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpyT4pc_0ak

But if it truly prevented and reduced scale buildup in the machine ... I may just have to do an experiment with one ... but I'm hoping for an 'uncle Rico' who can say, "I could have told you that." :-D

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