Cultural aspects of thirst-quenching
If you visit a neighborhood café one afternoon, watch a group of Czechs enjoying their beverages. You’ll be able to spot the natives with their beers, espressos and Mattoni (a popular brand of mineral water from the spa town Karlovy Vary) and their children sitting quietly sucking down Cappy brand, room-temperature strawberry or black currant juice. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone drinking tap water. In fact, if you tried to order it, the wait staff in the restaurant might give you a funny look. Although you can purchase non-bubbly bottled water, it would likely still be a mineral water, rather than plain water.