Only four? How about eleven thousand? And substitute dollars in for leaves, please. That’s about as much as Starbucks’ new Clover machine costs, according to our trusty Newbury Street barista. But we knew any coffee made with such an expensive machine better have the goods to back up the bravado. Introduced with the tagline “small batch coffee,” Clover is the new system of making coffee at Starbucks. Self-described as a “work of art,” the unique brewing machine is supposed to allow the barista to make each individual cup of coffee “according to each bean’s unique characteristics.” Specially timed and dosed in fashion that seems more meth lab than coffee pot, Clover coffee is put through a 70-micron filter, therefore extracting the specific taste and quality the coffee is going for. These tastes are rare and foreign ones that Starbucks has gathered everywhere from Africa to South America and back again.
But the real question on everyone’s minds is does Clover coffee taste any good? We have to admit we love Clover. However, we also have to admit we drink coffee (made by the typical brew-in-the-pot method) that our boss says looks like mud. So if you’re into strong, French and Italian roast coffees that have quite the kick, head to one of your Starbucks locations and check if they’re making Clover yet. While the price will put you back quite a bit more than a typical tall house blend at the ‘Bux, we assume some coffee connoisseurs and hard core caffeine junkies will be plenty satisfied to wait in line for that perfect cup.
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