Making Your “At Home” Coffee and Tea Taste Better

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Making Your "At Home" Coffee and Tea Taste BetterSo it is not a far reach to say most of us know that making coffee and tea at home vs a daily Starbucks run is going to save you money.

But here is the problem… it never tastes as good to me.  Do you feel this way?  I needed a “how to” on how to make good coffee.

I found a way to improve it, though, and get it a step closer to that yummy coffee shop flavor.. use bottled water. Bottled water is ultra filtered and doesn’t have any of that funny taste that even home filtered water can have.

Also see: Buying Local, Organic and Grassfed on a Budget

I started doing this and I was really impressed by the better taste. I have found that it doesn’t even need to be expensive bottled water, even the cheap stuff in the gallons works well.

Have you tried this? What did you think?


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  1. Lilian says

    Well, I generally refrain from bottled water, most of the time, I just boil water myself.
    I live in Hawaii and the water here is naturally filtered from lava rock, the water from the faucet tastes even more refreshing than the bottled water I get from the store.

  2. says

    I don’t make tea often, but I think you’re on to something. I don’t use/buy bottled water but I agree that a really good filtered water is probably what makes the difference. Thanks for sharing.

  3. says

    I will definatley have to try this idea. I usually only use Dunkin Donuts coffee at home since I hate most others. But I will use this at my Aunts when I visit. She only has well water and every cup of coffee you make it tastes AWFUL regardless of the type of coffee you use. THANK YOU for the tip. I will be telling everyone . Thanks.

  4. Carly Wiegand says

    Hi Jen!
    I have been using bottled water for a couple years now and yes it makes a HUGE difference. But, I will tell ya, Spring Water tastes far better than any other bottled water for coffee.
    Along with that buy a Tassimo Brewbot. I will never go back to a pot again. Only occasionally because I own a Bunn. I loved my Bunn, but Tassimo is the best !
    Some people like Keurig but the coffee for the Tassimo is better and its brewed differently, it has a bar code that brews it for whatever Tdisc you are using. and you can make real Lattes or whatever else you like, Cappuccino’s ects. The only coffee I buy now out are Starbucks Choc Chip Fraps.
    What kind of Coffee maker do you have? :)

  5. Paige says

    I only like coffee that is really sweet (like a mocha latte!), so I’ve needed to figure out a way to save on those. Adding two tablespoons of powdered hot cocoa mix (Walmart brand) and a french vanilla creamer to some strong-brewed coffee is AMAZING. It’s not good for you, but it’s good for your wallet and taste buds! I usually watch Dr. Oz in the afternoon while I enjoy this in a pretty mug… It’s my down time while baby naps!

  6. says

    Check to see if you have an artisan well anywhere near by. We haul our drinking and cooking water from the one where Climax Water gets their bottled water from and it makes a world of difference. If you are a little unsure of the water, never used it before, you can have take a sample to the local health department and have it tested for little or no fee in most places! The only thing that it should cost you is the time and gas to go get it so we use our truck and get enough to do a month at a time. :)

  7. Tanya says

    we have well water and the coffee tastes great. I always get compliments on it. I have a burr grinder and buy organic rainforest blend frm Costco at 3.95/lb. cant beat the price or taste. haven’t been to starbucks in forever! im very particular on how to brew it though. weak coffee reminds me of chicken slops

  8. Laurie says

    Hi My former husband used to love making coffee with spring water we collected from a spring not far from us. We would save up 4L vinegar bottles (12) and fill them Well, I got tried of the extremely steep path to the spring so I tried something and it works great. He seriously didn’t know we were out of spring water for months & raved to anyone of how good the coffee tasted. I still do this because it tastes soooo much better.
    I fill my stock pot with tap water and bring it to the boil….once it begins to boil I time it for 15 mins, turn off, lid on and let it cool enough to handle. Then I fill the bottles and put them in the cooler basement. That’s it !
    And I’m NOT adding to the problems with bottled water either. Yes they can be recycled, but only a limited number of times… then its off to the dump with the remaiing plastic dust that they can’t do anything with.

  9. Pat says

    As a “Frugal Mom” how do you justify purchasing bottled water? I’m sure you recycle all the plastic bottles, but as stated earlier, plastic can only be recycled so many times. I have 3 filters my tap water goes through, and my coffee tastes fine. It might be better to invest in a better filtering system.

    • jlpenner says

      Everyone has different levels of “frugal”. If using a bottled water saves you money on buying $4 coffees out… then it’s good practice and maybe a stepping stone to saving even more.

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