Today I had one of the best cups of coffee I’ve ever had. It was the Kenyan Mwiria roasted by 49th Parallel and served in a Clover Coffee brewer at Trabant Coffee. Earlier this week Starbucks announced they bought the company that makes the Clover and I asked an important question.
Will independent coffee houses still be able to buy Clover machines? The best cafes in Seattle already have one. What about the rest of the country?
I read some bad news today. According to A Clover quandry on Jimseven.com, the answer is no.
It seems that Starbucks has intentions of withdrawing the machine from the market and retaining complete control.
The people who have them now (approx 300 machines I think) are the only people outside of Starbucks with access to this technology.
I really hope Starbucks doesn’t go that route. I’d hate to see a bunch of unappreciated Clover machines littering thousands of Starbucks while quality coffee houses suffer without the brewer.