The soul is back. «Clover» coffee machines in Starbucks

Coffee for me and for most of you is one of the biggest passion. In each country you will see a different way to brew it, in each coffee pack you’ll see the different roasted beans and different region when it was grown. The phenomena of Starbucks has inspired many companies around the globe to bring more different coffee to customers, but the one thing I’m sure — for a time this fast-food concept of coffee-drinking killed the idea of artistic way to brew and enjoy it. Thankfully now Starbucks is bringing soulful way of brewing coffee back. Clover is an incredible example. 

I’ve tested this wonderful machine in Moscow’s Starbucks. For now company has brought 4 machines in 3 coffee shops in Moscow and one in St. Petersburg.clover7

The Starbucks Clover machine is one of the most significant innovations in coffee making since the introduction of the espresso machine. Customers will now be able to witness the technologically advanced system and enjoy the highest quality filter coffee.

This unique method uses a patented Vacuum-Press technology most similar to a caffetiere (French Press), but inverted resulting in the purest cup of coffee. Each cup is made one at a time, with each batch of coffee being aerated to release the full, unique flavour profile of each cup. Customers will also get the opportunity to try Starbucks Reserve coffees using this method, showcasing the cutting edge of flavour extraction for filter coffee.

Starbucks baristas go through a rigorous training programme to learn how to fine tune the machine to make the best cup of coffee for each variety, and will learn about the subtle differences in the flavour profiles of these exquisite coffees.

So, what I noticed by the end of all — Clover is a $11,000 machine that able to capture all the subtle tastes of a high quality coffee into your cup. Let’s see how it works.


The main steps:

1 – choosing the mode (brewing, region, etc) and grinding the chosen beans

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2 – putting coffee into this contraption (in pot or on the filter) Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 13.18.41

3 – water is pouring from a spout onto the beans, mix coffee with water very carefully Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 13.18.54

4 – then in tens of seconds since water mixed with coffee this mass raised above the machine — looks like a brownie, but too bitter and too dry to eat I’m sure. Cuz on the step 5…Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 13.18.59

5 – system sucked all the liquid from the coffee mass through the filter and spewed into the cup — pure coffee without any pieces of beans as you would see in french press, espresso machines or anywhere elseScreen Shot 2014-04-24 at 13.19.21

6 – cleaning the filter, machine include the special waste bin for the used coffee Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 13.19.06 Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 13.19.13

And now we can see the difference between french press coffee and clover one.

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FRENCH PRESSScreen Shot 2014-04-24 at 13.19.49

Small pieces of grinder beans are on the paper cup and, of course, down the cup under the coffee drink. Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 13.19.41

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