A customer made us vegan mayo!

30 May, 2019: Some of you might have noticed our post about the Just Mayo being out of the supply chain. We’re bummed about it and hoping it’s back at the end of the month. Paul, a customer at DTX, decided to do something about it. He came to Food Dev and shared his own recipe for vegan mayo. It… Read More

Coffee from a father, coffee from a son

30 May, 2019: Remember the Ivan Molano coffee from Tandem? It turns out Ivan’s son, Jhon, is making coffee too. They grow coffee on the same land in Colombia. Has anyone tried one? Both? Who did it better, father or son? Read More

From the archives

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

From the archives

Order system

5 November, 2008: We thought we’d try a new system to track orders. It didn’t really work. I had to reach across the workspace too often, and the buttons got confused. The idea was to move magnets across the board you see in the picture. We’ll keep trying. Read More

From the archives

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

From the archives

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

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

From the archives

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

From the archives

2 weeks with salads

4 June, 2009: You’ve asked us about these, tasted them, been confused by our pricing, and sizes, and lack of lettuce, and loved them (beet in particular). Now it’s time to explain what we’re up to with these “salads.” Back when Rolando and I started to imagine this menu there were no soups. At some point we let go and… Read More

From the archives

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

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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

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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

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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

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Reinforcements arrive (John Hong)

11 October, 2008: John came by this weekend to help with the truck. Above and beyond to have his help like this, and well appreciated as I’m coming out of my 5th 18 hour day in a row. Here John is cutting a template we were thinking we would use to bend the bar that supports the bottom of the… Read More

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How does Carlos Batres take his coffee? (Hint: it involves 12 cups/ day)

3 May, 2019: The first day in El Salvador I asked Carlos Batres, the owner of Montecarlos, about his coffee drinking habits. I’m always curious to learn about how people eat and drink. He told me he fills an insulated pot every morning and then takes 2 hours to drink 6 cups. 6 cups!! His wife confirmed. And she said… Read More