Meet the Farmer event at WBUR CitySpace: May 28, 4pm

15 May, 2019: This May has been a time of anticipation. The soil is warming, but the rain has been incessant. Despite the rain, seedlings are beginning to peek up out of the ground, and that can only mean one thing: CSA signups are live! Don’t miss out on deliveries of produce straight from a farm to your nearest Clover. Signups END… Read More

New logo coming

12 May, 2019: That’s me. I’m drawing Clovers (and a Chickpea Fritter). We’ve hired a design firm to help us with some very specific challenges we’re facing. We never really landed on an “icon” style logo. And we need one badly. For blade signs. Did you ever notice Clover restaurants are sign-less? And for our app. We hired Perky Brothers.… Read More

Scott is amazing

10 May, 2019: A shout out to Scott who has been doing amazing things at Clover for years now. He’s been promoted to Area Manager, and we couldn’t be happier. If you’re a customer of Clover LMA you probably know Scott. He helped us open that restaurant and has been running it since. Before Clover Scott worked in fine dining… Read More

From the archives

Operations innovations

3 November, 2008: End of last week we realized that we could prep on the drive to MIT, and take-down on the drive back. You might be wondering why this brilliant operations innovation hasn’t yet resulted in earlier and later service. Don’t worry, it will. Right now we’re dealing with other fun problems like a truck that wont start in… Read More

Vinyl and paint. New murals

9 May, 2019: I love posters. When I was a student at MIT we were living in this buzzing new digital world. Early text. Early email. Early everything digital. But the way I learned about new events/ lectures/ or just strange and cool things that were happening around campus was strictly analog: posters hanging in the infinite corridor. When I… Read More

Bags for Starbucks

8 May, 2019: Carlos has 3 customers. George Howell. A former employee of George Howell. And Starbucks. Starbucks doesn’t blend coffee from Montecarlos. It’s part of a program they have to bring super premium “black apron” coffees to some of their cafes around the world. (Recently it was sold in Tokyo Starbucks for about $30/ lbs. It’s sold out.) Pretty… Read More

Coffee Nursery

7 May, 2019: You’re looking at over 100,000 coffee plants. They will all go in the ground in 2019 at Montecarlos. We stopped by this outdoor plant nursery late in the afternoon. You can see the sun getting ready to set behind the trees in the background. I couldn’t believe the scale of this. Can you imagine? 100,000 plants? Each… Read More

Not all coffee farm jobs are picking

6 May, 2019: This gentleman was manning the weight station. Trucks are used to transport coffee berries from the mountain to the processing facility. When the trucks arrive they drive up to a full truck scale that is weighted. This weight is used to confirm the amount of berries that are being brought to the processing plant. Read More

From the archives

We do tons of organic

3 December, 2008: It’s not that we want it to be secret, but we haven’t been saying anything about organic. We want feedback on the food right now. We’re not looking to impress people with anything but taste right now. So here it is, you’ve been eating organic: Milk Eggs Sour cream Tahini Chickpeas Hummus Tomatoes Jams Oatmeal Sugar Granola… Read More

George Howell explains: “trifecta”

6 May, 2019: That’s George Howell’s hand with the seeds of one coffee berry. Coffee typically has 2 seeds in each berry. There is a genetic defect called “peaberry” where a single bean grows instead of 2 seeds. You can notice these in a coffee bag because they look more “round” and don’t have a flat size. Sometimes roasters have… Read More

Most coffee ripens red, but some coffee ripens orange!

4 May, 2019: Most of the pictures you see of coffee show a red berry. Or green. Green is unripe. Red is ripe. But occasionally a coffee plant has orange berries. These are also ripe. And they are far less common than the red. They grow side by side. And the berries do seem to taste a bit different (not… Read More

What do we mean when we say coffee volcano?

2 May, 2019: Chris and I toyed with the idea of bringing a drone to El Salvador. But in the end we opted not to. I didn’t want to attract too much attention. Wasn’t sure it was a good idea. So the closest thing I have to an aerial shot is this picture of a poster Carlos had in his… Read More

From the archives

Clover, April 1

1 April, 2009: OK, so nobody ordered the Sausage, steak, ham, chicken sandwich. Thought we’d get at least one order : ) A little bit funny? Hope everyone had a great April 1st. The board is getting a bit smudgy, but it’s sort of pretty hunh? Figure it’s time for a new coat of paint, one of these weekends… Read More

Coffee is the seed of a (ridiculously sweet) berry

1 May, 2019: That picture is an action shot. I just squeezed a coffee bean out of the berry. Coffee is the seed of a berry. Did you know that? It was sort of a revelation for me. That berry is really really sweet. And it has this wonderful exotic flavor. Sort of like a kiwi. I couldn’t stop popping… Read More