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I recently read about how coffee is so much better if you use Evian (or other bottled water) instead of tap water. Has anyone else tried it? i've converted to it.

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Friends swears by distilled water. I have never noticed big difference. In theory different elements in water will dissolve different things in coffee in different ways, but differences in solubility are minimal and as such as a chemical engineer I am skeptical about human taste being able to discern difference.

BTW, last year, I did not drink coffee for ~3 months. Had some headaches so doctor decided to exclude... something and said "no caffeine for 3 months". Other than being barely functional in the morning (I have low blood pressure, about 100/70 in the morning) I had no other issues. But was still glad when it was over. :D 

 

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I use spring water, because:

  • local tap water is approximately 85% H2O, 10% CaCO₃, and 5% chloramine, so scale deposits are massive;
  • I figure the trace minerals in spring water are a bit healthier than distilled.

As for caffeine, about 2 months ago I weaned myself off of caffeine by using only decaf beans. I was a bit sluggish, but survived; until work decided to get stupid. I fell off the wagon, sadly.

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I gave up energy drinks and coffee recently, for 3 days I drank nothing but water. All I got was massive headaches all day long, painkillers wouldn't work it was a nightmare.

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