My neighborhood coffee shop, housed in a historic red brick edifice  on a shady intersection, no longer sells bottled water. The barista  posted a small, handwritten sign explaining why:

Nina’s Coffee Café took the pledge to think outside the bottle and serve St. Paul’s finest tap water. Join us in this effort. Fill your own bottles at the watering hole.

Thank god, I say. Or more accurately: Thank you, café owner  June Berkowitz. Inviting customers to drink their fill of free water is  such a novel concept after decades of cafés, fast food joints, and movie  theaters, when asked for “just water,” either handing over a tiny Dixie  cup that lasts two gulps or making patrons pay for a disposable plastic  bottle. Read more …

My neighborhood coffee shop, housed in a historic red brick edifice on a shady intersection, no longer sells bottled water. The barista posted a small, handwritten sign explaining why:

Nina’s Coffee Café took the pledge to think outside the bottle and serve St. Paul’s finest tap water. Join us in this effort. Fill your own bottles at the watering hole.

Thank god, I say. Or more accurately: Thank you, café owner June Berkowitz. Inviting customers to drink their fill of free water is such a novel concept after decades of cafés, fast food joints, and movie theaters, when asked for “just water,” either handing over a tiny Dixie cup that lasts two gulps or making patrons pay for a disposable plastic bottle. Read more …