About Clive

Our passion is helping you enjoy great coffee at home by providing a well-edited collection of espresso machines and coffee makers to people who love amazing coffee. Making great coffee at home depends on great tools and great beans. We’re on a mission to provide you with the very best of both.

Based in Portland, Oregon, we are a team of coffee experts eager to help you be the best home barista possible.

  • Ben



    Ben is something of a coffee fanatic. His dad even named Ben's signature drink (16g of beans, extracted 25g-30g of liquid in 28-30 seconds, drop half a teaspoon of raw sugar right into the steaming pitcher along with 2-3oz of milk and steamed to a drinkable and fluffy texture) "The-Ben-Piff-Bullseye". Ben's experience in roasting coffee at home, as well as buying, rebuilding, and selling espresso machines makes him the perfect fit in outfitting your home with everything you'll need for great espresso. In his spare time, Ben spends time with his wife and two kids, takes pictures of vintage cars, and rides bmx at Portland's skateparks.

    Favorite drink
    1.5oz of espresso with 9 bars of pressure at 200 degrees

  • Paul



    Paul has been part of the Clive Coffee team for over four years, helping people find the right setup for their budget and lifestyle. Paul also double checks machines and equipment heading out the door to ensure that your new products arrive on time and in pristine condition. When Paul is not at Clive, he's often enjoying desert races on his motorcycle.

    Favorite drink

  • Victoria



    Victoria is a transplant from Sacramento where she worked as a barista. As an avid photographer and lover of all things beautiful, Victoria works in the Clive showroom, perfecting the experience of buying and understanding coffee equipment. When you call Clive Coffee, you'll frequently be greeted by Victoria, and she'll make sure you are pointed in the right direction with all of your home barista needs.

    Favorite drink
    A shot of espresso

  • Gil



    Gil is a resident tech at Clive Coffee. That means that Gil bench tests each machine to make sure it's ready to pull the best shot possible in your home. Everything from final programming, to checking the lines and gauges, to adding custom wood panels, Gil is experienced in servicing and preparing all of our espresso machines. Gil's favorite way to make coffee is through a Chemex, as long as there's a good book to read at his side.

    Favorite drink
    A single shot of espresso

  • Brad



    Brad is the lifeblood of Clive, managing operations and logistics to bring the great products from around the world under a single roof. Brad's background with Danner Boots has helped him master the art of developing efficient operational systems, while bettering the Clive brand of delivering premium products to your home. Much of Brad's time is spent traveling to visit our vendors, and identifying new and innovative ways to collaborate to make your shopping experience with Clive flawless.

    Favorite drink
    Pour over

  • Mark



    Mark founded Clive Coffee in 2008 with the goal of bringing a well-curated assortment of coffee and espresso equipment to people who love amazing coffee at home. His profound desire to find the best coffee products in the world has been a catalyst in developing a handful of some of the most beautiful and innovative products in coffee - such as the LUCCA line of espresso machines, the Clive Stand, and the new-to-market Ratio Eight.

    Favorite drink
    Before noon, pourover; after noon, espresso.

  • Wes



    Wes started his coffee journey in 2004 when he first moved to espresso as a barista at an Italian espresso and gelato shop. In 2008 a local distributor noticed his knack for tinkering with espresso machines and he soon fell in love with the fixing and distributing espresso units. Joining the team at Clive in 2016 Wes plans on taking our distribution and maintenance to new heights.

    Favorite drink
    Perfectly dialed 1:1 straight espresso in his espresso lab/kitchen.

  • Ryan



    Ryan came knocking on the door of Clive Coffee in October 2015 with no background in coffee but a certain Midwest charm that we couldn't turn away. We saw the potential of that Midwest charm and his attention to detail as an opportunity to expand on our support branch for both servicing machines and meticulously preparing new machines for new homes. Ryan can be found at Clive benching your next machine and answering any of your questions about that machine.

    Favorite drink
    A ristretto while sitting in the front window of Coffee House Northwest.

  • Naomi



    Naomi was introduced to craft coffee by her parents who were faithful to the Melita pour over in the early 90's. Knowing a good cup of coffee from bad she loves what Clive is about in demystifying coffee and providing only the best for guests and friends. Naomi's role at Clive is to keep the trains running on time, making sure that we are always ready to be the best coffee equipment company on this side of the Atlantic.

    Favorite drink
    "The-Ben-Piff-bullseye". Seriously, get Ben to make you one, you won't regret it.