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Cambridge Water Isn’t Working For Coffee Connoisseurs


When Aaron MacDougall opened Broadsheet Coffee Roasters in Cambridge, he quickly learned that you can pick your beans, but you can’t pick your water.

MacDougall sources his coffee beans from all over the world: Columbia, Ethiopia, Uganda, the list goes on.

But the water pumped through his Cambridge pipes is a lot more local. It comes from two reservoirs just west of Boston. And MacDougall is not a fan.

Cambridge is one of the few municipalities in the Boston area that’s not part of a regional water system, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The city goes it alone, treating and pumping its own water.

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