At last, a company in Louisiana has formulated the perfect water for that everyday-use siphon brewer you keep on the kitchen counter. Aquiem ends the tyranny of Brita by finally offering “Coffee’s Missing Element™” to at-home enthusiasts — a purified H2O fortified with “selected essential minerals” to help extract natural oils from those high-dollar Gesha and Bourbon varietals.
Good water is irrefutably key to good coffee (it’s 98 percent made of the stuff), which is why many third-wave shops use filters. Aquiem claims to go a step further, however, by re-mineralizing purified water with only the nutrients that enhance the flavor in coffee. Co-founder Rob Vidacovich hints at what’s in this proprietary set of minerals: “What you definitely do not want is to have things like zinc and lead, fluoride, chlorine, and large amounts of calcium in the water. All of that affects the taste of the coffee,” he tells Daily Coffee News. “What does have a favorable effect on coffee are things like magnesium, potassium, and a certain right blend of calcium.”
Aquiem’s “Enhanced Water” required six years of development, and it hit the market earlier this year. Talks are reportedly under way with Whole Foods and other retailers, but right now, a case of one-liter cartons can be purchased online for $25.68, although consumers shouldn’t be dissuaded by the price tag: It’s also a “healthy” product that’s “been known” to fix acid reflux wreaked by coffee consumption, and its makers can’t think of any reason why people couldn’t also just drink Aquiem “as water.”