If you’re a Starbucks fan, you probably want to get your hands on this coffee maker, like, right now.
“The Verismo System allows you to make favorite Starbucks drinks: cafe latte, espresso or freshly brewed cup of Starbucks coffee at home.“
But let’s dig a bit deeper. First – the Verismo brewer.
The one thing I really like about Verismo is that it’s very simple to use. It has just three buttons (espresso/rinse, brewed coffee, and milk pod buttons) why you don’t have to read the manual over and over again. Just insert a pod at the top of the machine and your drink will be ready in less than 30 seconds.
Verismo has a 33.8 oz removable water reservoir, removable drip tray and can store up to 10 used pods. The energy savings system is a pretty nice feature to have too - the auto off activates after 5 min.
You should know that, every time you turn on the machine, you will be prompted to rinse the machine, before making your first beverage. Even though this can be annoying it helps keep your machine clean and properly heated, so let’s say it’s a good thing.
Dimensions: 16.4″H x 8.2″W x 14.8″D
Weight: 8 lbs
Pump pressure: 19-bar
Where to buy: You can get a Versimo 580 at StarbucksStore.com for $199.00 (box of Verismo pods and free shipping included). There is also a $399 Verismo model called Verismo 585 (read more about this model).
Verismo pods are individual portion packs of Starbucks coffee or milk used only for Verismo single cup brewing system. Starbucks guarantees that these pods use the same espresso blend as they serve in their coffee shops and that your home brew coffee will taste exactly like the one they make.
Right now, Starbucks has 10 Verismo pod 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
Latte pods $12.95, 8 servings: Caffè Latte, Decaf Caffè Latte
Milk pods $9.95, 12 serving: Verismo Milk Pods
Important: In comparison with regular Starbucks drinks, Verismo serving sizes are much smaller.
Espresso button makes 1 oz drink, brewed coffee button 7 oz and milk button 5 oz.
Brewed coffee – 7 oz drink.
Regular latte (1 espresso pod + 1 milk pod) – 6 oz drink.
Americano (1 espresso pod + hot water) – 8 oz
If you want to make a grande for example, you will need two pods (espresso, milk, depending on the drink)
Where to buy Verismo pods
You will rarely see Verismo pods on sale – I think that StarbucksStore.com is the best place to get the Verismo pods at this moment. Macy’s, Bad Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s have the same prices as Starbucks. Amazon – No way! (latte price $19.99)
Can I use k-cups / capsules with Starbucks Verismo
You should know that Keurig K-cups and regular coffee pods will not work with the Verismo. They don’t make reusable Verismo pods neither.
The good news – CBTL capsules can work with the Verismo machine. It’s not something I would normally recommend (it’s always best to use original pods/capsules). But, since you can get a 10 CBTL capsule pack for $7.00 ($ 0.70 each) this can be a good option.
Read more about this topic in Q and A section below.
Coffee Take Out
If you’re a loyal Starbucks customer and this sounds like an ideal machine for your home, then Verismo might be the perfect coffee maker choice.
If, for whatever reason it’s not the right fit, know that you have other options – like Keurig or The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf machine. Maybe your coffee will not taste exactly like the one at Starbucks, but you will get that perfect cup of coffee at a great price.
Verismo Recipes Simplified.
Q & A
1. Where can I find Verismo Reusable Pods
Unfortunately, they don’t make Verismo reusable pods at this moment. You can only use regular Verismo pods.
2. Can you use K-cups in Verismo
No. K-cups are much bigger than Verismo pods so, you can’t use them in your Verismo machine.
3. Do Verismo pods work in Keurig
Although Verismo pods are smaller than k-cups, and you can place them in Keurig coffee makers, I would not recommend doing that. Coffee will not have the same taste ( in comparison with the one you make with Verismo) and it can cause damage to your coffee maker.
4. Are Verismo pods compatible with CBTL
The fact is that, no matter what coffee machine you own, it’s always best to use original pods/capsules etc. Now, according to one of my readers, you can use Verismo pods in the CBTL Kaldi machine, but – only milk pods.
I just got a CBTL Kaldi (for only $90 with coupon code Kaldi89 instead of $199 for the Verismo!) and used a Verismo milk pod and a CBTL Italian espresso for a fantastic latte. (But DON’T use a starbucks espresso capsule in the Kaldi – it won’t work!!) I was really impressed with the flavor and the temperature (hot!) of the latte.
5. Can CBTL capsules work with Verismo
Yes, CBTL capsules can work with Verismo machine. But, as I mentioned, it’s best to use original pods/capsules, no matter what coffee maker you own.
6. 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.
7. Customer Reviews for the Verismo
Luckily, we have a great community here and I got a lot of feedback on Verismo from my readers. I am sure you’ll find some useful info in the comment section below.
8. Verismo Brewer Manual
You can read Verismo Quick Start Guide and Verismo Operating Manual online
9. Do they make hot chocolate pods for the Starbucks Verismo
Unfortunately not at this moment. But, according to Starbucks you can make hot chocolate with your Verismo machine. Starbucks suggest: 2 milk pods + 1 envelope hot cocoa mix . Place the hot cocoa mix in your cup then brew 2 milk pods over it. Stir. You get 12 oz.
10. 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.
11. 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.
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