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In case you hadn't heard....

Posted on 2008.03.19 at 21:30
From the Wall Street Journal:

Starbucks has bought Clover! (aka Coffee Equipment Company). Congratulations to Zander, David, Anastasia, and everyone else! Should be very interesting to see how this plays out:

"To create a new tier of upscale coffees, Starbucks is buying Coffee Equipment Co., the closely held manufacturer of a machine called the Clover. Starbucks didn't disclose the purchase price or annual sales of the company, which is also based in Seattle, but said it has 11 employees.

"The Clover uses a combination of French press and vacuum brewing technologies to create a more flavorful cup of brewed coffee. Starbucks said it will be able to regularly offer customers higher-end coffees such as Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Guatemala Casi Cielo because the machine brews in single-cup batches. Brewing these coffees in large batches wasn't always cost-effective for Starbucks."

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