For those of you who don't know, a "Clover" is a new machine that creates a very smooth coffee experience. The advantage of a real Clover are that you can control the exact water temperature of the water as well as how long the coffee is going to brew, down to the second. All this comes with a price though, roughly to the tune of $12K/pop. Quite a bit too much for most people to have at home.
So how does a Clover work? Simply put it is in an inverted french press. Meaning, the grounds are pulled away (*upwards) from the coffee instead of pushed through the coffee like a conventional french press. The problem with the normal french press is that the coffee still "brews" even when the plunger is pressed and very quickly it will over extract.
Step 1: Where to Start
Essentially the Clover automates the process of using a french press. With a slight modification though your french press can act in a similar.
This is how the plunger part of your french press looks like.