A High-Tech Coffee Brewer With a Price to Match

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Clover, a small Seattle company, makes a new kind of high-tech coffee brewer. The handcrafted, single-cup brewer costs $11,000. It's aimed at the super-specialty coffee shop owner — the kind of person who brews extra-rare gourmet beans and charges $6 a cup.


Our last word in business goes forward to Seattle and the world of coffee once again. The word is not Starbucks but Clover, which is the name of a small Seattle company that has crafted a new kind of high-tech coffee brewer. If you thought Starbucks is pricey, wait until you've tried the joe flowing out of this machine. It's a handcrafted single-cup brewer which costs $11,000 - not aimed at the average consumer but rather at the super-specialty coffee shop owner, the kind of person who brews extra rare gourmet beans and charges people $6 a cup to drink it, which might help pay for the machine and which also makes Starbucks seem cheap.

Copyright © 2008 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from