Through our 25+ years serving the Kalamazoo and Portage communities, Water Street has been searching for the perfect loyalty program that would be the right fit for our customers. We wanted to set up rewards that would not only allow our loyal customers to save money, but would also provide an easy way for us all to give back to our community. We are excited to announce a brand new loyalty program that will do both!

Introducing Water Street’s new loyalty rewards program

Now, with every dollar you spend at Water Street, you earn 3 rewards points. These points can then be redeemed for discounts, OR you can choose to donate directly to a local non-profit. You can choose to redeem points as soon as you reach your first reward, or choose to accumulate them to save even more. Thinking of taking your office out to lunch, or eyeing that beautiful Chemex coffeemaker in our retail area? With the new loyalty program, you’ll see your rewards points increase with every dollar spent.

If I choose the donation option, where will the donation go?

We are proud to feature Bronson Children’s Hospital as our non-profit for 2018.

Bronson Children’s Hospital is the only children’s hospital in the area, caring for more than 4,000 inpatients each year. It is a unique place, with services and an environment designed specifically for young patients. From the whimsical murals that cover the walls, to the child life specialists and art and music therapists who enhance the care for patients and families, the children’s hospital provides more than medical care.

“We know that children and babies require different care than adults,” says Liz Semaan, director of the Bronson Health Foundation. “We have created a place where young patients have access to services for their all-around health – physically, socially, emotionally and psychologically. This would not be possible without the generosity of our community.”

Now is your chance to incorporate this generosity into your daily routine. The points you earn with your morning coffee purchase can translate directly into real help for local children. Water Street is happy to support the amazing work that Bronson Children’s Hospital does.

“Bronson Children’s Hospital is grateful to be the first recipient of Water Street Coffee Joint’s loyalty program,” says Semann. “We are thankful to Water Street and its loyal customers who choose to join us in building a culture of caring around each child.”

I’m in! How can I start earning points?

Enrolling in the loyalty program is easy!

Want to enroll right now, from your phone or computer? Download the Water Street app, create an account, and you will be automatically enrolled, plus you can take advantage of ordering ahead to #skiptheline! In the app, you can easily see how many points you have, and can redeem them on your order.

Not interested in the app? No problem. On your next visit, you can self enroll at the register or ask your barista to enroll you in the loyalty program. All they will need is your name, phone number, email address, and birthday (optional) to get you signed up. You’ll start to earn points right away with your purchase. Then on your next visit, you can enter your rewards number (your phone number) on the ipad yourself to see your points and choose how and when you’d like to redeem them.

We couldn’t be more excited to start this new program for our customers and our community. Enroll today to start earning points!


At Water Street, we are always looking for new and exciting areas to expand and respond to what our customers are looking for. When the studying and work has ended for the day, we want our customers to be able to sit back, relax, and catch up with friends. What better way than with a refreshing cocktail, smooth glass of wine, or cool local beer? With that in mind, we are excited to debut our recently acquired liquor license at our Portage cafe with an official Cocktail Launch Party on June 16th, from 6pm-10pm.

It’s party time!

We’ll be offering 25% off all cocktails, beer, and wine from our Spring Menu, and 30% off delicious appetizers all evening. Guests can also enjoy live music from Borr+McFerrin from 6pm-8pm, fun giveaways, and a special tasting from One Well Brewing.

Now is your chance to try something cool and refreshing, like our Hibiscus Twist, made with Tito’s Vodka, lemon juice, freshly brewed Hibiscus Rooibos Iced Tea, and Lavender Syrup (made in house using locally grown lavender from Shades of Lavender Farm in Mattawan, MI). Looking for something with a little zip? Try our Irish Coffee with a BANG! We combine Jameson Whiskey, Water Street’s own cold brew (Iced Coffee with a BANG), and simple syrup, then we pour over coffee ice cubes and top with a float of heavy whipping cream.

With such a vibrant local beer scene in Kalamazoo and Portage, we couldn’t help but feature some local beers on our beer list. One of our favorites is One Well Brewing’s Sweet Water Street. An Imperial Porter at 7.1%, this beer highlights our very own Water Street coffee, as well as donuts from another Kalamazoo mainstay: Sweetwater’s Donut Mill. Sweet and smooth, it’s the perfect beer to pair with our summer desserts. Our beer list also features selections from Kalamazoo’s own Bell’s Brewery, as well as Grand Rapids’ Founder’s Brewing Company and Brewery Vivant, and more.

If wine is what you’re looking for, we have a carefully selected list, including a 2016 Barista Coffee Pinotage from Western Cape, South Africa. Rich with coffee, chocolate, and mulberry notes, we recommend pairing a glass with a delicious Spinach and Feta Turnover. Or try a mimosa, featuring the Valdelavia Cava Brut, along with fresh squeezed orange juice.

Water St Live!

What else goes well with a cocktail? Live music! We are happy to continue our Water St Live series of free live music at our Portage cafe throughout the summer. Catch Borr+McFerrin at our Cocktail Launch Party on June 16th, then come back to hear The Birdseed Salesmen with Helen Yee on June 28th. Our full event listing can be found on our events page, as well as on Facebook. Each of these events will be free of charge and feature local artists from the Kalamazoo or West Michigan area. With such a lively musical community in Kalamazoo and Portage, we are thrilled to be able to showcase local musicians’ talents and provide a fun, relaxing evening event.

Our cocktail, beer, and wine menu will be changing seasonally, so come in and try these offerings while you can. And we hope to see you on June 16th!

Beer and and wine is served from 7am to close Monday through Saturday, and 12pm to close on Sunday. Cocktails are served 4pm to close Monday through Friday, 7am to close Saturday, and 12pm to close Sunday. Stay tuned for news on approval of our full license, which will allow us to serve cocktails with Sunday morning brunch, as well as let guests enjoy their drinks on our outdoor patio.