Coffee Equipment Company
Coffee Equipment Company was a Seattle-based manufacturer of coffee equipment. The company focused on producing equipment that creates high-quality brewed coffee. It was purchased in 2008 by Starbucks.
The company's first product was the Clover 1s, a machine that produces brewed coffee one cup at a time. The machine uses a brewing method similar to that of a French press along with a vacuum system to separate the liquid from the coffee grounds.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz purchased the company after trying a cup brewed by a Clover machine and declaring it to be "the best cup of brewed coffee I have ever tasted".
- "Starbucks Coffee Company to Acquire the Coffee Equipment Company and its Revolutionary Clover Brewing System". Starbucks Newsroom. March 19, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- Edmonds, Molly. "How the Clover Coffee Maker Works". How Stuff Works. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
- Cloud, John (November 3, 2008). "The Top 10 Everything of 2008: 5. The Clover coffee maker". Time. Retrieved October 30, 2012.