Free coffee to (not fossil) fuel your climate strike walkout on 9/20

16 September, 2019: Everyone knows Clover was started as a project to address climate change. Ok, nope, that’s a lie. I think very few people know this. Part of that has been intentional. People do not choose where to eat lunch based on their beliefs about the environment. And the link between meat production and climate change is a hard… Read More

Single-use is a nightmare and everyone loves it

14 September, 2019: There was a big article recently about Sweetgreen, Chipotle, Dig (formerly Dig Inn) calling out their bowls as containing “forever chemicals” and cancer causing agents. Scary stuff. And it has me thinking twice when I eat out. Naturally questions came our way about our packaging. I didn’t know the answer so we reached out to our packaging… Read More

Coffee Disaster of 2019

12 September, 2019: JSP has launched. And yum. I had one today. So we got that right. And Just Mayo is back. Rejoice! Clover had nothing to do with it going away nor did we make it come back but vegans and friends of vegans are very happy. Want to know something we’ve been screwing up? Coffee!!!! Turns out in… Read More

From the archives

Credit cards back up tomorrow

30 June, 2009: It’s too complicated to explain how this happened, but yesterday between our commissary and Kendall we dropped the credit card machine. I should say “I,” I dropped the machine. Thanks for insurance, something I had the foresight to include with all electronic devices in the truck. They are overnighting me a new unit, so credit cards should… Read More

Sugar Sand getting more productive every year!

10 September, 2019:   Don’t tell this to your friendly neighborhood Monsanto farmer but I believe that organic soil can feed the world. How do I know this? It has to do with a sandwich that’s launching tomorrow. That’s Ray. If you’ve been following this blog you may know that Ray is our #1 Farmer Crush – well, maybe tied… Read More

5% of you really care about this. But 100% of us should.

5 September, 2019: Pictured: Stacia. My favorite vegan. Happy about the Just Mayo. Just Mayo is back. Yes. It’s back. We moved to Just Mayo years ago. And when we did a bunch of our food turned vegan overnight. We think it tastes better than Hellmans. The company that makes Just Mayo (“Just” that’s their name) yanked it from distribution earlier… Read More

Are kiosks good for Clover?

5 September, 2019: CloverFIN customers have seen a little kiosk at that location (160 Federal St.). We’re testing it out. And I have to admit I’m pretty ambivalent about the whole idea. I feel like a special part of Clover is making fewer people strangers. I love this part of working at Clover. I think many of our staff love… Read More

I won’t sell you my best-selling sandwich

23 August, 2019: I think we’ve totally failed in explaining why our menu is always changing. What makes me think this? Daily requests for the Brussels Sprout Sandwich. And the looks on faces when we say we don’t have it. Like we’re pulling one over on them. I love this sandwich. I made it as a resistance to all the… Read More

From the archives

CloverWTR launches

29 April, 2014: Yesterday I joined Julian and James to launch the newest addition to the Clover fleet at the Arsenal Mall. We’re going to call this one CloverWTR (Twitter, etc.). These were our first customers. And by the smiles on their faces you’d have no idea I made them wait around for 20 minutes before they could order. We… Read More

(closed) Survey Day: 8/22/19

22 August, 2019: (This survey is now closed – we hold these surveys about once a month, so if you’re lucky you’ll come to Clover during a future survey day!) If you received a survey card in line today, please click on this post to get to the survey link. A huge thanks for helping us improve!! Click here for… Read More

Watermelon patch

21 August, 2019: We made our first-ever Clover patch! Our new “tactical hats,” made by Brewery Branding, have the Clover logo on them, but in velcro. Our new patches, made by Fully Promoted, have my watermelon artwork on them. Our staff will be wearing them to celebrate the melon microseason, which can be anywhere from early August to late September… Read More

George don’t hate me. I’m making an alt-milk bar

15 August, 2019: Yesterday I was sitting in Acton with George Howell at his roasting facility. I told him about my new idea: ALT-MILK BAR. Clover will get a bunch of milk-drinks: chai, hot chocolate, pourover lattes, shaken iced lattes. All estate coffee (of course). And all non-dairy milk (we’ve been making our own in-house and it’s killer but we… Read More

Corn is actually in season now

15 August, 2019: Ayr created a bit of a commotion when he posted about corn not being in season in June. Here is a friendly reminder that corn is now in season in MA, about 2 months later. We’re getting all our corn from Steve Verrill in Concord, MA (thanks to them for this pic). We love buying local corn… Read More

From the archives

Soup stocks

15 October, 2008: Rolando had this idea: we should have fresh stocks steaming away at the restaurant. I wasn’t sure. First, I wasn’t sold on the whole soup idea. I was still wed to the “fresh” qualities of my “non-lettuce” salads (still need a better name). But I’ve been wondering how on earth we will sell salads in the winter.… Read More

Chris Strange breaks the internet

14 August, 2019: You might not know this, but we have an Instagram with a hard-fought 12.7k followers. Not hundreds of thousands like our national competitors. We were kind of late to the game on Instagram. But we’ve also never bought followers. *cough, cough.* We try to tell stories, share mistakes. We post killer Food Dev stories Tuesdays at 3pm. But the… Read More