Today I decided to try out Starbucks’ Clover machine on an iced coffee. In case you haven’t heard of the Clover, it’s this coffee pressing contraption that is only available at select Starbucks locations. Like a traditional coffee press, it uses heat and pressure to extract the rich flavor from roasted coffee grounds. You can request to get most coffee based drinks with the Clover, and it really enhances the taste of the bean.
My iced coffee was made with the Starbucks Kenya roast, and I have to say it beats the hell out of a regular iced coffee from Starbucks. I usually drink my grande iced coffee with 2 Splenda,but only needed one for this guy. If you haven’t tried the Clover, I highly recommend it. You can use your Starbucks app to figure out which stores offer it and which don’t.
The Starbucks on Greenwich & 8th Avenue is just as impressive as the Clover. As far as design is concerned, it’s one of the best in the city. The exterior is nothing but glass panels that round out the street corner instead of creating a sharp angle. The interior has a dark wood theme throughout and large concrete columns with wooden shelves and seating arrangements built into them. Although it’s not the biggest location, and outlet availability could be better, this Starbucks makes up for it with style alone.
The Location… Just north of Jackson Square and in an ambiguous area where Greenwich meets Chelsea.
The Decor… A great theme and design runs throughout.
The Seating… Really creative benches and tables line the seating area.
The Size… A little more room would go a long way.
The Restroom… Just the one.
Very friendly and informative when it came to the Clover.
Drink of Choice:
Grande Iced Coffee (made with Kenya roast in the Clover)… see above.
Overall Starbucks Rating:
This Starbucks wins my “Best Interior Design” award.