Hi guys and welcome back! Just like I promised, today’s post is going to be about the Starbucks Verismo System (the 580 & 600 model), including a highly requested Q and A! I have everything organized by category so, I guess we should start off.
The Verismo machine
If you want your own little coffee station at home, the Starbucks Verismo might be just the right thing.
The machine allows you to make your own Starbucks espresso, brewed coffee and tea in your own kitchen at a touch of a button. This way you don’t have to spend money and go out to get your latte, but you can make one on your own, in like, 30 seconds. As you know, I am a pretty huge fan of single serve coffee machines, because they make life & morning coffee, so much easier. There’s no grinding, measuring, cleaning etc. You just take the pod, insert it into the machine and press the button. Pause. Sip. That’s it.
As far as the technical part, this coffee machine is really nice. It has a good sized water reservoir (removable type for easy filling), removable drip tray, it can store used pods, and my favorite part it has a 19-bar pump pressure. In the real word, this means that you are getting a real espresso and not just steamed coffee. And, of course, I love the fact that you can make espresso and regular coffee (most machines can do just one of these).
The machine itself isn’t crazy expensive: $119.00 for Verismo 580 and $149.00 for Verismo 600. But, you will need the pods to make coffee, which is on average, $11.95 per 12 ct box, or $1.00-$1.50 per drink.
As you can see, the two models are pretty much the same: removable 33.8 oz water reservoir, drip tray, place to store used coffee pods, 19 bar pump pressure. With the 600 you’ll get two extra butons: one to make an Americanos – which you can totally do with the old model using two buttons, and a separate rinse button. This and new shiny design is the only difference between these two models. So, it’s really depends on what you like more or how much you want to spend.
For more details about the models, available colors and prices, head here.
What are the Verismo pods? Verismo pods are individual portion packs of Starbucks coffee, tea or milk used only for Verismo single cup brewing system. The coffee / tea blends in these pods is the same as the one they use in stores. That results in home brewed coffee that tastes like the one they serve.
How do Verismo pods work? The main purpose of the verismo system is to give you the comfort & a good cup. With Verismo pods there’s no grinding, measuring or cleaning. Just insert espresso/brewed coffee or tea pod into machine and push the button for a delicious shot of espresso or cup of coffee.
How much coffee does one Verismo pod make? In comparison with regular Starbucks drinks, Verismo serving sizes are much smaller. For example, latte makes approximately 6 oz, Americano 8 oz and brewed coffee 7 oz. That means that you will need two pods if you want to make a 16 oz Americano. I think it’s something worth keeping in mind when buying pods. Verismo pods to choose from? Starbucks offers more than 15 different pod options, including espresso, brewed coffee, tea and milk pods. Price: $11.95 – $12.95 for 12 serving box. That’s $1.00 – $1.50 per drink. There are also 6 different latte / mocha kits available to purchase. To see all Verismo pod options and prices, head here.
The Verismo pods are almost never on sale, but you can now buy the pods in bulk at Starbucks website and save money. The 96ct box retails for $79.95 and $84.95, depending on the blend. This will save you from $.16 – $.19 per pod! FREE SHIPPING included.
How do I clean / descale my Verismo machine? Products to use? The recommended cleaner is Urnex Full Circle Single Cup Brewer Descaling and Cleaning Liquid $9.95. And, here’s a video showing how to clean your Verismo with Urnex Liquid.
Can you use k-cups in the Verismo? I get asked this a lot, but the answer is no. Keurig k-cups are bigger than Verismo pods and they won’t work with the Verismo. Can you use Verismo pods in Keurig? Well, you probably can place the Verismo pod into the machine. But since the k-cups and verismo pods (*k-fee type of pods) are so different in size, I doubt that you’ll get good results. After all, K-cups are a lot cheaper than verismo pods, so I would just stick to regular k-cups. *Starbucks Verismo machines & pods use K-fee capsule system. The system was developed in Switzerland and it’s a part of KRÜGER Group.
Can you use the CBTL capsules in Verismo? Yes. The CBTL capsules are pretty much the same dimensions, why they can work with the Verismo machine. Please note : manufacturers always recommend only original pods. Using different pods can sometimes cause a damage to the machine. This rarely happens, but let’s say that original pods/capsules are an ideal option. But for those who want to switch to a different pods, here are few good reasons to check out the CBTL capsules. The price ( you can get a 10 CBTL capsule pack for $7.00) . These capsules come in more than 30 varieties, including espresso, regular coffee, tea, flavored coffees and decaf! And, one of the main reasons people are switching to CBTL capsules , the lack of decaf Verismo options and flavored coffees. Here are the CBTL decaf options: Espresso Premium Decaf, Breakfast Blend Decaf, House Decaf , French Decaf .
Do they make reusable Verismo pods? Unfortunately, they don’t make reusable pods for Verismo at this moment.
Customer Reviews for the Verismo . We have the most amazing community here. Please check out the comment section below to see what Coffee Stylish readers think about their Verismo machines. I’m sure you’ll find some useful info. Of course, you can read more opinions at starbucksstore .com (in the product reviews section, below each model).
Do Verismo pods work in Nespresso? Nespresso capsules are smaller than Verismo pods so there is a big chance that Verismo pods will not fit into your Nespresso. You can try, but personally I wouldn’t use these two together.
Verismo doesn’t make hot coffee. Make sure to always run the rinse cycle first. Rinse cycle is necessary to make sure that machine is properly heated, but it also helps keep your machine clean.
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