If you’re a loyal Starbucks customer than you’ll love today’s episode. It’s all about the Starbucks Verismo system– its price, features, compatible pods, small tricks and more…
In this post:
* Starbucks Verismo 580
* Starbucks Verismo 600
* Verismo pod varieties and prices
* Keurig k-cups and Verismo machine
* The CBTL capsules & Verismo + decaf options
* How to save on Verismo pods (the cbtl capsules & reusable pods)
* What Coffee Stylish readers think about their Verismo machines
The Verismo 580 machine (the $149.00 model)
“The machine that makes both espresso and brewed coffee. Now you can use the Starbucks Verismo to create the drinks you love – latte, espresso, and a freshly brewed cup of Starbucks coffee – at home.”
My favorite thing about the Verismo 580 is that it’s very simple to use. It has only three buttons (espresso/rinse, brewed coffee, and milk pod buttons), so you don’t have to read the manual over and over. Just insert the pod in the machine, press the button and your drink will be ready in less than 30 seconds. Yes, is that simple.
It can make espresso, brewed coffee and tea! And, the 19-bar pump pressure means that you will have a real espresso, not just some airy foam on top.
This model has a 33.8 oz removable water reservoir, removable drip tray and can store up to 10 used pods.
Makes espresso, regular coffee, tea, milk pods
Water reservoir: removable, 33.8 oz
Used pods storage: yes, it can store up to 10 pods
Energy saving system: yes, auto off activates after 5min.
Dimensions: 16.4″H x 8.2″W x 14.8″D
Weight: 8 lbs
Pump pressure: 19-bar
Price: $149.00 (free espresso pods box + shipping included)
To learn more about pod types, prices, compatible pods, etc, please see the “FAQ” section below.
The Verismo 600 (the $199 model)
Besides all new & improved design, and two extra buttons, the Verismo 600 model and 580 are almost identical.
The Verismo 600 has a 33.8 oz removable water reservoir and removable drip tray. It uses special Verismo pods and can make espresso, brewed coffee, tea and milk pods. It has a bult-in used pod storage and can store up to 10 used pods. Like 580 has a 19 bar pump pressure and auto on/off system to save energy.
So, all the important features are absolutely the same. I do like the new design though. The old model was beautiful but the new one is really gorgeous.
Also, there are two new buttons. One to make Americanos and separate rinse button. With old model espresso & rinse function shared one button. And, that’s about it.
Buy it: If this sounds like an ideal brewing system for your home and you want to get one for Christmas, head on over to Starbucks online store and check out their offer.
Current Deals: Right now, Starbucks offers 20% off Verismo brewers. You can get their 580 model for only $119.00 (down from $149.00) + get 3 free boxes of pods, or new Verismo 600 for only $159.00 instead of $199.00!
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? Right now, Starbucks has these varieties in their offer:
Espresso pods $11.95, 12 servings: Espresso Roast, Decaf Espresso Roast, Guatemala Antigua.
Brewed coffee pods $11.95, 12 servings: Caffè Verona, House Blend, Pike Place Roast, Veranda Blend.
Decaf pods $11.95, 12 servings: Decaf Pike Place brewed coffee, Decaf Espresso roast
Latte pods $12.95, 8 servings: Caffè Latte, Decaf Caffè Latte.
Verismo Tea pods $12.95, 12 servings: Verismo Chai Tea pods,
Milk pods $9.95, 12 serving: Verismo Milk Pods.
Can you use k-cups in the Verismo? I get asked this a lot, but unfortunately, 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 coffee pods for Verismo at this moment. Other options? The CBTL capsules or you can try refilling the empty Verismo pods on your own. Not as convenient as pre-made capsules but it’s still an option.
How to refill a Verismo pod? Take an empty pod and carefully remove the original plastic foil using a knife or scissors. Then give it a good rinse (to remove old coffee) and just fill with your favorite coffee. Use aluminum foil to close the top. Use as you normally would.
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.
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. Of course, you can always try. PS. If you have a Nespresso machine, make sure you enter the giveaway we’re having on the blog right now. You can win a set of 7 x 10 boxes of coffee capsules for your Nespresso machine. Good luck!
Verismo Brewer Manual. You can read Verismo Quick Start Guide and Verismo Operating Manual online .
How to make coffee with Verismo? For Starbucks’ recipes for Verismo, head here. You want to make a latte/ cappuccino using regular milk, or mocha with real cocoa? You can. For ideas & inspiration, head here.
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.
Verismo isn’t working properly. If you think that your coffee maker is not working properly, I suggest to always contact their customer service first. Each of these coffee makers comes with a warranty and you should definitively use this.