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Starbucks's Small Batch Coffee Program Reaches Bay Area

Tasting Starbucks Small Batch Clover Coffee

Starbucks has been keeping itself busy. Not only has it developed a whole new line of food items, but the company has been working on a bigger product launch: its Clover Small Batch Coffee, a new offering that highlights high-end coffees. The new coffee program has two important elements: high-quality beans from varying origins, and specific coffee equipment known as Clover machines to brew the beans. The idea is to encourage customers to taste coffee like they would wine. Because like wine, coffee's origins, soil, and climate are reflected in its taste. At $11,000 each, Clover coffee makers aren't cheap, but they employ a vacuum-press process, turning out individually brewed, made-to-order cups that highlight coffee's true flavors.


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This morning, Starbucks launched its Clover Small Batch Coffee Program in San Francisco (it has already been released in Boston, Seattle, and Portland). From a choice of five coffees, I selected the Ethiopia Nardos brew. The coffee was floral, and its notes of sweet brown sugar were enhanced when I took a bite of my croissant. At $2.75 for a tall, it was a treat well worth it.

Have you tasted Clover coffee yet? What did you think? To see if there is a Clover program location near you,

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San Francisco Bay Area
1364 Park Street, Alameda, CA
1160 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, CA
1230 Broadway Avenue, Burlingame, CA
3595 California Street, San Francisco, CA
350 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA
295 California Street, San Francisco, CA
7 Third Street, San Francisco, CA
2292 Bridgepoint Parkway, San Mateo, CA

Seattle
701 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA
10214 NE 8th, Bellevue, WA
601 S. Grady Way, Renton, WA
7100 E. Greenlake Drive N, Seattle, WA
1524 7th Ave. Seattle, WA
505 5th Ave. South, Seattle, WA
21920 Highway 99, Edmonds, WA
1420 5th Ave., Seattle, WA
400 East Madison Ave., Seattle, Wa
2135 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle, WA

Portland
8400 SW Nimbus Ave. 120, Beaverton, OR

Boston
1016 Paradise Road, Swampscot, MA
1154 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA
159 Sudbury Road, Concord, MA
473 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
1662 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
68A Central Street, Wellesley, MA
165 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
350 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
183 Grove Street, South Brookline, MA
14 Main Street, Andover, MA
211 Congress Street, Boston, MA
910 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA
147-151 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA
31 Church Street, Cambridge, MA
521 Main Street, Melrose, MA
723 Broadway, Saugus, MA
84 Burlington Mall Road Suite D, Burlington, MA
1655 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
112 Trapelo Road, Belmont, MA
60 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA
552 Adams Street, Milton, MA
101 Drum Hill Road, Chelmsford, MA
1660 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA
847 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
1810 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA
6 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA
5 Rever Beach Pkwy, Medford, MA
750 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
1 Charles Street, Boston, MA
The Garage 36 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA
75-101 Federal Street, Boston, MA
513 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA


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Join The Conversation
ManSeekingCoffee ManSeekingCoffee 8 years
I'm pretty cynical when it comes to Starbucks and have not been impressed with their previous efforts to improve the quality of their coffee, but I have to say the new small batch/Clover options are pretty good. Starbucks really does deserve some credit for getting it sort of right this time. There's still a lot better coffee out there, but this is decent and I'd have it again. Of course, you have to include the fact that Starbucks is gradually "weaning" all other cafes away from the Clover in the process - a legitimate, but somewhat slimy move. If they do such a good job with the coffee why prevent other people from using this brewing method?
vitisva vitisva 8 years
I'm in OH so trying this is out for me right now
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I'm with you, tlsgirl...$11,000?!
swag1 swag1 8 years
Starbucks coffee in a Clover machine is like listening to AM talk radio on a $30,000 home theater system.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm with the first two posters. Also, $11K for a coffee maker? Really?
4blankwalls 4blankwalls 8 years
I doubt they'd have one of the clovers up here in NH. We're just starting to get Starbucks up here! I'd love it though, I'm pretty much addicted to it since I started working by one. I'm a Sumatra girl, myself.
CBragin CBragin 8 years
Starbucks does offer Fair Trade certified and certified organic coffee. Try Cafe Estima Blend, Organic Serena Blend or better yet, Organic Shade Grown Mexico, which supports Conservation International.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 8 years
clover, come to texasssss.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I couldn't agree more 356UIK. How about making the things you already sell actually taste good before you ambush the market with new stuff. Better yet, why not venture into organic or fair trade offerings.
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Oh for heavens freaking sake Starbucks. Get over yourselves!!
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