Decaf drinkers like me usually don’t have much of a choice about what they drink. This is true even at Starbucks, where the rather insipid Pike’s Place roast is usually the order of the day.
What a nice surprise I got when I stopped into the Huntington Village branch and found that my very favorite decaf Sumatra could be brewed by the individual cup, thanks to the new Clover brewing system in which the beans are first ground and then brewed to order. And oh, what coffee it was — rich, dark, full of depth and mystery. Hardly your garden variety decaf.
Right now, according to a Starbucks company spokesperson, Huntington is the only Starbucks on Long Island featuring this method of brewing. The price for a Clover-brewed cup is a bit higher than that for regular brews and varies according to the beans you select. I paid $1.90 for a short (the smallest size) as opposed to $1.52 the conventional brew would have cost. Worth it? You decide.
Starbucks is at 1 Wall St., Huntington, 631-421-3459