The Holy Grail of Coffee Machines

On our recent trip through Western Canada I read an article in the Wired magazine, on a fancy coffee maker called Clover. It was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread. Sadly Starbucks took over the company making the Clover, and stopped selling it altogether. Instead they want to put them in their own shops to redefine Starbucks’ coffee business. Right. A key ingredient to excellent coffee are fresh beans, something which Starbucks can hardly deliver.

Anyways, a few days later we got to Vancouver, where we met the incomparable Claire, an Australian living with her boyfriend in Vancouver. Her boyfriend works in a coffee shop, and rather jokingly I asked “But you don’t happen to have a Clover, do you?” Well, of course the shop has one. In fact, the owner has two. And the shop, the Elysian Room, used to be the Clover distribution hub in Canada. What are the chances?

We went there the next day, and had a coffee tasting, together with a nice Cherry Pie with maple syrup. And let me tell you, it was the best coffee ever. I’m usually not a fan of plain coffee, but this was just extraordinary.

When we went to New York I was totally looking forward to visiting Cafe Grumpy, supposably the place where Starbucks founder Howard Schultz first discovered the Clover. Sadly it was closed for renovation, for exactly the time frame we were in New York. What are the chances! So it looked like we’re not going to be able to enjoy Clover coffee for a long time, since there are none within reach in Germany.

Or at least, that’s what we thought. Turns out the Berlin-based coffee shop “Bonanza Coffee Heroes” bought a Clover a while ago, and soon they’re gonna make it available for mass coffee consumption, as soon as they start roasting their own beans. Life is good again!

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