by Luc Gougeon
Dear Howard Schultz (for my friends who don’t know, he is the CEO of Starbucks),
I just finished reading Onward and I found it both informative and inspiring. After reading the part about the Clover coffee machine, I decided to find one in Japan and by some amazing chance, I located one in Osaka where I went on a day trip over the weekend. (it’s the only machine in Osaka!)
The Clover machine is located at the Honmachi store not too far from the Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren stores, let’s just sum it up by saying it’s a posh area of Osaka.
The store itself was very nice.
Your design team got that store more than right.
Enough with the decoration, since I was there to drink a Clover made coffee.
I ordered the aged Sumatra which I had before in Kurashiki where I live. More on that later.
This is the Clover, for people who don’t know what a Clover is, it’s a super fancy automatic coffee machine. It’s a bit like an inverted french press.
The nice partner preparing my Sumatra.
Well, the result was good, I enjoyed it more than the french press version. Sorry Mr Schultz, I know how much you like the french press, but I am more a pour over kind of guy. The Clover has a much cleaner taste without any sacrifice on the flavour.
Mr Schultz, I currently reside in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture where I had the immense pleasure of drinking your Reserve coffee at the Starbucks located in the Aeon Mall. I collected so far 24 Reserve coffee postcards and I think I drank a couple more. The Starbucks at Aeon Mall has the best service I have ever seen and they serve your Reserve coffee with great respect and ceremony. Like you can see, it’s served on a gold tray with a gold bodum.
Even if french press is not my favorite, I still enjoy it very much. Mr Schultz, if you happen to read this post, I would appreciate if you could please send a Clover machine to the Aeon Mall Starbucks in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. I am sure the partners at this shop would be so happy. ( I would be happy too)
Honmachi Starbucks in Osaka
4 Chome-2-12 Honmachi ,Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu