Clive is a bit of a throwback company. We really believe that, in the age of Amazon, there has been a bit of a personal connection lost. We actually enjoy picking up the phone and answering questions, whether they be about espresso or frankly anything. We would love to have a conversation about your dream morning routine and get you into the right espresso setup for your budget. We don’t stop there though. We have spent many hours talking our customers through dialing in grinders and pulling that first delicious shot. We’re just waiting for our first wedding invite.
We don't sell any product that we wouldn't personally use. You might find our selection limiting, but this is intentional. We have done the hard work for you. Now you know that whatever choice you make is going to be a good one. So go on, pick something. Anything. You can't lose.
Espresso at home is not hard. You just need to have the right team behind you. Welcome to Clive.
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.
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.
Amanda developed a taste for craft coffee as a young adult through a blossoming admiration of coffee shop culture. Visiting independent cafes and sampling the local style in every town she travels to has been a hobby of hers for years. Amanda’s passion for numbers and coffee combined when she joined Clive in early 2017 to organize the financial side of the house.
Pour over in the morning. Hot or iced americano in the afternoon.
Adam was a Clive customer back in 2014 when he discovered the joy and quality of espresso at home. In 2016, he met Clive founder, Mark Hellweg, and decided to invest in the company and join full-time. Today, Adam helps with all things web, content and marketing. He lives in Park City, Utah with his wife, 2 boys and yellow lab, Derby.
Ben Piff Bullseye
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.
Before noon, pourover; after noon, espresso.
Amanda may be a newer employee here at Clive but her love of coffee started many years before starting here. Her family has owned a small local coffee shop where she got her start as a barista. After branching away from the coffee world she’s back and eager to teach customers the joy of espresso at home.
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. Turns out he also has an amazing knack for organization, technical support, and being a wonderful teammate. Ryan has grown over 4 years with Clive and is now the head of the tech department. Outside of Clive, you can find Ryan riding his motorcycle, working on his project bike, or woodworking.
Pour over in the morning, ristretto after lunch.
Lindsey is an Oregon native and a doting mother of two cats. She is the Staff Accountant here at Clive and although crunching numbers and data entry may not sound fun, you can hear her giggling from her desk daily. When not at the office, Lindsey can be found on the Eastside of Portland eating pizza and drinking beer. You can always count on her to join your running team or go to a Timbers Game.
James is a photographer and video producer at Clive Coffee with over 10 years experience as a coffee professional and nearly 20 years experience with photography. Having previously worked as a barista, and a lead coffee roaster has provided additional depth and understanding to his creative vision when capturing details of a new product or filming a video overview. Originally from a small mountain town in the central Oregon cascade range, James continues to spend much of his free time running in the alpine alongside his wife.
Sam "Pink" has grown her passion and love of coffee over the past few years; from working behind the bar to training and coffee education. She has now joined the CX team at Clive with over ten years of customer service experience and five years in the coffee industry. When Pink is not at Clive, she’s either cooking up something tasty or playing music.
Cortado or Mezcal Negroni. Depends on the occasion.
Always fascinated by the process of making coffee, even as a kid Charles was sure he wanted to be a barista. After working as one for two years he wanted to help others enjoy the process as much as he does. By writing our product pages, video scripts, articles, and managing our social media accounts he's certainly executing that agenda. In his free time you're bound to find him taking photos, exploring Oregon's wilderness, and drinking plenty of good coffee.
Pour over, with enough left over for a friend.
Scott is a simple man with an easily repeatable daily ritual. He wakes up before sunrise, makes some pour over, walks his amazing dogs Francine and Ash, puts some miles on his road bike or cross bike, and if he has time before clocking in, he usually spends it knitting at a local coffee shop. Scott has hit the ground running in his warehouse slash shipping associate role here at Clive. His borderline obsessive-compulsive disorder helps keep inventory numbers on point and product replenishment orders seamlessly streaming in. Scott takes his work seriously and always aims to maximize efficiency.
Pour over? Yes please!
Sam grew up in the North West enjoying the coffee scene while traveling between Olympia, Seattle, and Portland. At 17 he broadened his travels, touring around the states with a death metal band and in 2013 he moved to Copenhagen with a Danish death metal band where he lived for 4 years. Recently moving back to the area and looking to grow roots Sam is a part of our tech team, benching machines and making sure customers have the best out of box experience.
Almond milk latte
Dani is a coffee lover, yet somewhat of a novice. In fact, it was only right before her first Clive purchase that she owned a Keurig. Eeeeeeh. We decided to give her a chance anyway and since she is in charge of all of our product content, she is learning quickly. Based in Park City with her family, she loves visiting the team in Portland and getting face time with the folks she usually only works with through her laptop.
Daniel got into the coffee scene when he moved to Denver in 2011. He started working in a Vegan Cafe in 2013 and had his first barista experience which brought him deeper down the coffee rabbit hole. Since then he has continued to develop his love for veganism and coffee and has joined our team as a technician, benching machines and making sure everyone has the best out of box experience. Daniel can often be found shredding with one of his bands or walking his dog Chopper.
Jared is a mediocre home barista but an amazing web developer. He handles design, development, and usability at Clive: helping to ensure that researching and buying espresso equipment is as enjoyable as the espresso you’ll be producing at home. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his son and a wife whom is very happy to now have her own home barista.
Ben and his fiancée drove to Portland from Philly in the summer of ‘18 looking for chill vibes, big mountains, and great coffee. Over his nearly ten years in the coffee industry, Ben has been a barista, technician, educator, and most recently, a product developer. At Clive, he heads up development and promotion of Clive’s LUCCA brand, schmoozing manufacturers, wrangling vendors, testing new stuff, and making sure we bring the best product experience to every customer. When he’s not scrutinizing the fit and finish of a sheet metal screw, Ben can be found getting sendy on the bike trails, sharing a tent beer with his partner, unsuccessfully teaching his dog to fetch, or soaking in (sometimes literally) the Portland experience.
Affogato (it counts)
Ben is here to make sure you have everything you need on that first morning of your new espresso journey. He enjoys his position as assistant to the warehouse manager but is working hard for his desired role of assistant warehouse manager. When not ensuring that every shipment is lovingly packaged with care, Ben can be found doing backsides on his skateboard in South East Portland.
An ice-cold Rainier
Having been involved in coffee for several years, Rebecca made her way to Portland in 2017 from Lawrence, Kansas to broaden her experience. After being a barista for over 5 years, Rebecca wanted to continue in coffee on a career path. She has recently found herself at Clive as their newest technician learning the ins-and-outs of what creates those tasty shots of espresso. In her spare time, Rebecca likes to explore the country on her motorcycle and hop around local coffee shops.
Black coffee or iced oat milk latte for special occasions.
Sean grew up in New Orleans where he first discovered his love for chicory and iced coffee in Parisian-esque coffee stands. Born on the bayou, Sean is an avid crawfish boil, frozen daiquiri, and New Orleans Saints fan. Fresh out of graduate school, Sean moved to Portland in 2015 to start a life with his soulmate. Sean joined the CX team in 2019 to give customers an intentional and holistic approach to home coffee making.
Quad shot Americano