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    Choosing a Pour Over Brewer

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    Espresso: Almighty Crema

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What the .... Starbucks buys Clover?!

What the .... Starbucks buys Clover?!

As someone who is on the fence about the Clover (love the idea, like the people, have some reservations about the cup) ... I am shocked. A lot of respectable people have been cheerleaders for the Clover , and I imagine they feel really burned. But think of all those small places that coughed up $11k per machine (or a bit more). What's it worth to them now if Starbucks will have one just across the street. Clover was part of a quality initiative to elevate the level of brewed coffee, to give the independent a better chance against the chains. Of course, it's a very savvy move by Starbucks, something called "recuperation" in culture studies. But it's a sad day for specialty coffee (it that term still means anything). Now what the hell is the Mastrena? Just another robot espresso machine ...
Tom

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