Today, the chain uses Antunes’ VZN water filtration system, which works specifically with beverage equipment to provide consistent, high-quality ingredient water.
The most widely used system is the VZN-421H-T5. Higher volume locations may employ the VZN-441H-T5, which has a max flow rate of 15 gpm, compared to the VZN-421H-T5’s 8 gpm.
Both of these systems feature a .015 micron ultrafilter, which removes particles 33 times finer than .5 micron filtration. A self-cleaning mechanism ensures consistent water pressure and low maintenance costs. The separation of mechanical filtration from taste and odor reduction ensures only one low-cost carbon cartridge replacement per year.
Additionally, a TAC (Template Assisted Crystallization) cartridge reduces lime scale by 96-98 percent without using chemicals or wasting water — preventing maintenance issues from scale buildup on in-line beverage equipment.
The VZN systems used in the chain’s locations address an entire range of water quality issues: scale concerns, substandard odor or taste, and particulate matter. The lower cost of ownership and dramatically reduced cost of maintenance also assists operators in providing the highest quality water at a cost-effective investment.