Big news for coffee drinkers everywhere. Starbucks has announced that it is acquiring Coffee Equipment Company, maker of the ingenious Clover coffee brewer. We've sung the praises of the Clover since it first emerged a couple of years ago, and since then, this brewer has been consistently garnering praise and coverage across the country. With Starbucks taking steps to overhaul its coffee service and elevate quality, it's not surprising that they would look to a product like Clover. And if executed well, it certainly bodes well for the millions of Starbucks customers who might get a better cup of coffee out of the deal. But it will also be interesting to see how this impacts independent coffee shops who have used this innovative machine as a point of differentiation.
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