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Aug 10, 2009 10:41 AM

Clover Machine report: Calafia Cafe in Palo Alto

I stopped by Calafia Cafe in Palo Alto to try their Clover-brewed Coffee. The selection of coffee beans consisted of a single option: Barefoot Coffee's Santa Colomba, described as "Heavy & Husky: A nicely low toned, with notes of a sweet nutty milk chocolate bar. Hints of marzipan and almond." The baristas are "Barefoot Coffee certified." First, they weigh out an exact amount of coffee beans for a single cup (photo #1), grind the beans, then the Clover machine goes to work (photo #2). Barefoot provides the Clover machine parameters (temperature, steeping time, etc) for that particular bean. The result was indeed good, not great; the coffee had an initial overwhelming sour taste, then blossomed into a more pleasing savory finish at the end of each sip.

In summary: I'm sure that the Clover Machine provides a perfectly accurate, consistent brew, and ensures perfect quality control. But I like Philz Coffee better.

The coffee cake was meh (photo #3).

855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

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