This illustration comes from a Starbucks Coffee Company document retrieved from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, released to the public on May 30th, 2013.
It is speculated that this new product is the long-awaited three-group super automatic version of the company’s Clover® Brewing System, the $8,000 (some report its worth up to $13,000) one-cup brewer that once upon a time stole the hearts of specialty coffee and captured the public imagination. It was invented by Zander Nosler and his team at Seattle’s Coffee Equipment Co. back in 2004, and went on to be embraced by the likes of Stumptown, Intelligentsia, and several independent cafes. Howard Schultz and Starbucks purchased the rights to Clover 2007, and many independent shops in the United States were quick to drop the device. In a 2008 interview with the Oregonian (archived here by the Portland Mercury), Stumptown Coffee Director of Operations Matt Lounsbury told reporters, “We’ve never purchased parts or service from Starbucks in the past, and we’re not going to start now.”
Starbucks has focused the Clover on brewing single-cup “blonde roast” coffees to order in their shops, and we’ve watched as Clover Coffee machines have quietly held on in corners of the specialty market, at places like Trabant Coffee and Chai in Seattle and The Brunswick East Project in Melbourne. Padre Coffee, the roaster that owns Brunswick East, own more than eight of the original “1S” brewers, most of which are in operation and on brew counters throughout Melbourne.
This new machine will automatically grind, dose, and brew a cup of coffee, and then self-clean. According to the document’s claims, the device can brew coffee in “under thirty seconds“:
You can read the entire 71-page patent document here.