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.
Paul has been helping people find the right setup for their budget and lifestyle since 2011. Paul also double-checks machines and equipment heading out the door to ensure that your products arrive on time and in pristine condition. When Paul is not at Clive, he's often enjoying motorcycling and the outdoors.
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 is the CEO of Clive and works exclusively on expanding the education platform and in-house LUCCA brand. He lives in Park City, Utah with his two boys and yellow lab, Derby.
Ben Piff Bullseye
Amanda has always loved the art of espresso and joined the Clive team in 2018. Growing up, she and her family-owned and operated a local coffee stand, which gave her an introductory course in all things coffee at a very young age. These days, she is still an avid espresso lover who wants to share the joy of coffee and manages Clive’s online content. At home, Amanda is usually found tending to her indoor houseplant jungle and has her son as the perfect sidekick to help.
Ryan started with Clive in October of 2015 after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa and venturing to Portland. Beginning in a temp position in the warehouse, Ryan has now been with Clive for over five years and serves as the Tech Manager, overseeing daily operations. Outside of work, you’ll find Ryan ripping up backroads on his motorcycle or tinkering in his garage.
Classic drip coffee in the mornings and an Italiano after lunch.
James is a photographer and video producer with 10+ years of experience as a coffee professional and nearly 20 years of experience with photography. Working 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, James spends much of his free time running in the alpine alongside his wife.
In 2016, Sam "Pink" packed her '99 Subaru full of records and coffee equipment, drove from Florida until the car died in America's coffee city- Portland, OR. She joined the team in 2018 and now runs the education department for both Clive and Coffee School. Pink spends her days teaching home baristas how to make great coffee. When she's not at Clive, she's either writing songs or cooking.
Cafè oat lait (Cafè au lait with oat milk).
Sam is a born and bred Pacific Northwesterner who has had a knack for specialty coffee since he was a teenager. As a young heavy metal musician, he traversed the globe and took that opportunity to seek out and enjoy some fantastic coffees along the way. He is now settled in Oregon, and as Head Technician here at Clive, he offers stellar technical support to any of our customers who need a hand.
Americano with oat milk and honey.
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 developed his appreciation for fine coffee working as a Head Barista in Denver before moving to Portland to pursue greener musical pastures. Joining the team as a tech in 2018, Daniel has settled into his role, providing phone and email support, as well as detail-oriented repair services. Off the clock, you'll find Daniel enjoying a sunset on Mt. Tabor or dialing in vintage hi-fi gear.
Scotch and Soda
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 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.
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
Rebecca made her way to Portland in 2017 by way of Lawrence, KS searching for a new adventure and great coffee. Having a love for tinkering on almost everything and enjoying all things coffee-related, Rebecca gets to do just that as one of Clive's technicians. In her spare time, you can find Rebecca exploring the PNW, tinkering on motorcycles, making jewelry, as well as venturing around the country on her motorcycle.
Pourover to start the morning, and a High Life to end the evening.
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
Jessica joined Clive Coffee in early 2020. Originally from California, she considers herself a local now. During her free time you can find her exploring new restaurants, reading the Oregonian, or enjoying a bike ride on the Southeast Corridor Trail. She currently works with all company suppliers and operation teams to ensure inventory levels and keep the coffee flowing.
Oat milk latte in the morning & a glass of Pinot Noir in the evening.
August was born at a young age, right here in Portland. Working his way up through a coffee chain in a strip mall, a coffee shop inside a laundromat, and several specialty cafes, he has shared his passion with aspiring baristas from all over the globe as the head instructor at a five-day barista school workshop. Now feels right at home in the sales and education team at Clive. If not talking about coffee, he’s most likely cooking or at band practice.
At his best: V60 pour over. At his worst: Iced Italiano
Corbin stumbled into the coffee scene working at a small town coffee shop/bookstore. 4 years and too many lattes later, he's transitioned from barista to inbound lead manager of the CX team. Corbin's here to make your search for the perfect espresso seamless, while also keeping you updated on a machine's journey from us to you. When off work, he's exploring on a bike or reading something new.
Oat milk cappuccino or a sweet, sweet 'spro
Leah was drawn to Clive by her love of coffee and the contagious energy of the team. She started with us in 2020 as the expert bean-counter (pun intended), ensuring the books are clean at all times. When not behind the computer screen, Leah can be found enjoying the beautiful countryside of the NW with her teenagers and her wind-loving family in the Gorge.
Hannah fell down the rabbit hole of specialty coffee in 2014 when she got a job as a barista for a coffee roaster/importer in rural Georgia. She fell in love with the beverage's complexity, the vast supply chain, and the constant need to learn. Hannah is an Authorized Specialty Coffee Association Trainer and has traveled the world tasting, slurping, teaching, and judging coffee. When she isn't focused on caffeine, she's probably hula hooping, reading, or being lazy with her dog.
Espresso and Tonic or Gin and Tonic