Unless I missed it, I don't think they had the combo.
Anyway, thanks for the tip. Went there yesterday afternoon. Alas, the tweet no longer worked for a free brew, and I had to pay $5 for a cup (a bit expensive).
Here is the full album and video from my visit:https://plus.google.com/photos/11041304...3238127953
I've also posted attached a couple pictures here as a tease.
If you haven't been to Verve in the past 6 months, check it out. As if their 2 LM Stradas weren't nice enough, they got custom-made new machines from some guy in Denmark? who used to work at LM. The pictures probably don't do it justice... these are freaking gorgeous machines, perhaps even better than the one real-life Slayer I've seen.
Now onto the STEAMPUNK:
Cool contraption, but they're still working on training the baristas and getting used to cleaning cycles, etc. Took me about 15 minutes after ordering to get my 3 cups (me and 2 friends), and because it was taking too long, I just got myself the Steampunk and 2 regular brews for my buddies. They were only working off 1 out of 4 chambers at the time because of cleaning cycles?
The brew was somewhat between an Aeropress and an FP. More insoluble solids than an Aeropress for sure, and looked color-wise like an FP. But not quite as gritty, and the solids added to the mouthfeel without being overwhelming. I thought the brew tasted a bit cool compared to either of those two methods. Taste wise, I got a lot of floral tastes from this Colombia El Faldon SO they had. Strong nice aroma with it too, matched with the taste.
Overall, I'd get this every now and then, if I see it. But I'd like to see them get comfortable with using it, dialing other coffees in, and (hopefully) a drop in price. Just can't justify paying $5 for a brew unless its something super exotic (their would've been cool) - http://blog.vervecoffeeroasters.com/201...-are-here/
I'd say Clover > Steampunk. Especially when I've been to places like Commonplace Coffee (Pittsburgh, PA) and Moxxee (Charleston, WV) where a COE coffee is $3.50 made on a Clover.