3M grabs water filter deal with budding chain

Harris+Hoole is fitting out its high street coffee stores with 3M Reverse Osmosis filters to keep water mineral content at optimal levels

3M has landed a contract to supply budding artisan coffee shop chain Harris+Hoole with its reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration systems.

A ScaleGard LP2-BL Dual Port Reverse Osmosis System from 3M has been deployed at the debut store in Amersham, and in stores recently opened in Uxbridge and Ruislip, to remove limescale and provide purified water.

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Andrew Tolley, director of Harris & Hoole, said: “This gives us the optimum mineral quantity for getting the best flavours out of the coffee. If water is too hard, or has too many minerals, then the coffee will taste flat. We monitor the reverse osmosis filtration system daily to make sure the water is at the ideal level.”

Tolley had previously used 3M Reverse Osmosis systems for the successful London coffee shops Taylor St Baristas, and he worked closely with 3M to provide feedback about its products for further improvements.

At Harris+Hoole, a single RO filtration system is used at each coffee shop to prevent limescale build-up and provide optimal quality water to expresso machines, Bunn bulk brewers, water boilers and flash steamers.

“Harris+Hoole is an up and coming coffeehouse brand and by choosing 3M has set a precedent in the market for the ultimate high street consumer taste experience,” said Richard Scorer, sales manager at 3M’s Purification division.

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