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29 April, 2019: I snapped this picture when visiting Montecarlos, the coffee farm on a volcano in El Salvador. If you’ve had coffee at Clover in the past few years chances are you tasted Montecarlos. George Howell (roaster) invited Christopher Anderson (head of food at Clover) and me to join him on a trip down there. I’m going to share… Read More

Adjectives that describe taste

13 April, 2019: I loved this. A group of advanced ESL students came to Food Dev the other week. They were studying adjectives, and their teacher is a big fan of Clover. Here’s hoping they tasted smokey, sour, infused, herbal, creamy, and savory – but not rubbery or burnt or plain! Read More

Tearing up the chickpea platter

12 April, 2019: Back in the truck days there were boats. A boat was for someone who didn’t want the bread with their chickpea fritter. You took a fry boat, swiped it with hummus, and added all the ingredients in a chickpea fritter. Sometimes when we ran out of bread, all items would become boats. Boats became platters when we… Read More

From the archives

Tasting water at Barrington Coffee Roasters

9 March, 2010: This is the beginning of another coffee journey. Or rather the end. Rolando and I just got back from a big research trip that included food trucks, fast food, juice shops, some fine dining, and lots and lots of coffee. We’ve known for a while that coffee is really important to breakfast. We want our coffee to… Read More

What is this?

11 April, 2019: Eggplant has not been perfect lately. We’ve seen over-frying, over-and-under salting, and not cutting to the proper thickness. So what does this have to do with improving eggplant at Clover? These are Eggplant measurers! If your eggplant fits in the second-largest slot, it’s been cut to the correct thickness. We have Chris Strange to thank for this… Read More

2019 version of writing on the side of the truck

11 April, 2019: New menus are up! If you’ve been by during the last month, you may have noticed some changes. This is the result of a lot of hard work from Ethan and Joseph, I can’t even admit that I understand all of what they did. But because of their programming work, we were able to put into place some… Read More

Survey Day: Thursday 4/11/19 (closed)

11 April, 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

Ditch blends?

29 March, 2019: Over the years, we’ve served you carrots from single farms, tomatoes from single farms, even medlars and paw paws from single farms. But did you know we’ve also been serving coffees from single farms? 98% of the coffee you find in Boston is a blend of beans from multiple farms or even multiple countries. There’s a reason for that.… Read More

From the archives

City of Boston + Clover

22 April, 2010: I’ve been sneaking a few Truck #2 posts in here lately. Soon that truck will have its own Blog. For now they will show up here. I met this week with the folks over at the City of Boston business development office. They are doing a ton to help us with the new truck. Not least of… Read More

This is not Clover’s new videographer

14 March, 2019: This photo of Jane was taken in December. Doesn’t she look hopeful? We spent hours planning a video series about soup we planned to publish to Youtube. We woke up early, went to Lindentree Farm, said hi to Moira and Ari (farmers), gathered vegetables, and filmed Ayr chopping, seasoning, blending soup. The kids came home from school,… Read More

Just for a little while…

8 March, 2019: Starting today, a few vegan items on our menu are temporarily not vegan. Chris let us know that Just, the company that makes our delicious (vegan) mayo is having supply chain issues. They won’t have more mayo in the supply chain until late March or early April. For about 98% of you, this won’t matter. You might… Read More

Survey Day: Thursday 2/28/19 (closed)

28 February, 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

From the archives

Coolidge Corner

16 February, 2009: What do you all think of Coolidge corner? This is one of the areas we’ve been eyeing to open our first fixed location Clover restaurant. With all that is going on good spaces are starting to open. Prices haven’t dropped yet, but at least the spots are starting to come available. The other week Z-Square in Harvard… Read More

Wild Salmon Greens Bowl

26 February, 2019: We had an idea to do carbon comparisons of our menu items. We compared them to other items using a super simple calculation. I think for most customers this has been too tiny to notice. But Lynn told us that some people now believe we serve a Wild Salmon Greens Bowl. So funny. Read More