Clover coffee machine at Starbucks

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  1. shecky Guest

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    anyone tried this yet? The Starbuck's nearest to my house was one of the 50 stores in the country to get a machine, and i have to say, its fantastic. it is basically an automated French Press. I have had a few cups out of it and it really is excellent - very rich and complex, no bitterness, very smooth. at about 2x the price of regular brewed coffee ($2 vs. $3.50 - $4.00) it is not something i will make my every day, but a few times a week i will go for a cup i suspect.

    here is an article with a video of the process

    another video

    The machine:

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  2. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    I'm salivating already - I love a really good smooth cup of excellent coffee. Not sure though, if that splendid machine will appear at a Starbuck's outlet in western Europe. Thanks for sharing it, mate.

    Cheers.
     
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    So now they're trying to charge $4 for regular brew? Dang. That's like Australian coffee prices. :p On the other hand, Australian coffee is actually quite excellent compared to American coffee, so the prices can be forgiven. The espresso-based coffee drink prices here are good.
     
  4. shecky thread starter Guest

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    yep they are but 2 points: 1) it is WAY WAY better than any standard drip coffee i have ever had, and even better than the carefully weighed and timed french press coffee i make at home. and 2) it takes an employee at least as much time to make a cup as it does for them to make an espresso drink; so i suppose from a labor cost perspective it is justified. if they ever came out with a home version of this machine for under $250 i would buy it. and since starbucks pimps every piece of equipment they have in the store into some version to market to the home user i figure it is just a matter of time.
     
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    But those machines cost them $11,000.

    I just didn't think they were going to charge $4 per cup when all they're doing is using this $11,000 machine. From a cost standpoint, that's nothing. Also, a number of small cafes also use the Clover machine, and they probably don't charge anywhere near $4 for this miracle coffee.


    EDIT: Turns out I was wrong. Some people have been charged $7 per cup, but that's because of the type of coffee beans they use more than the machine itself.
     

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