Politics Corporate Taste Test
The local chapter of Corporate Accountability International, a cool group that exposes and challenges irresponsible behavior of transnational corporations (full disclosure, I used to work for them in the early 90s), held a water taste test in Seattle yesterday.
The group is currently battling companies like Coke and Pepsi and Nestle for privatizing water supplies in developing countries.
Yesterday, to prove that bottled water doesn’t actually taste better (and in fact, is less well-regulated) than public utility water, they set up shop at Westlake Center and gave people (including Ethan Stowell, Executive Chef and Owner of Union Restaurant & Doug Nufer, Manager of European Vine Selections) a blind-fold taste test.
People took sips of bottled water like Coke’s Dasani or Pepsi’s Aquafina—and tap water from public water here in Seattle. Out of nearly 60 people who took the test, only two (not Stowell of Nufer) could spot any difference. And the two folks who could tell the difference said they could only do so thanks to the “plastic-y” taste of the bottled water.