Hi guys and welcome back! Just like I promised, today’s post is going to be about Starbucks Verismo System, including a highly requested FAQ! I have everything organized by category so, I guess we should start off…
If you want to organize a little coffee station at home, the Starbucks Verismo might be just the right thing to have. The machine allows you to make your own Starbucks espresso, brewed coffee and tea, in your own kitchen at a touch of a button.
With it’s 33.8 ounces reservoir you can make 4 brewed coffees and up to 30 espresso shots until it needs to be refilled. When you lift the handle, the machine automatically sends an empty pod into the pod bin, and it can store up to 10 used pods. Drip tray can be removed so it can fit larger cups. Also, this machine has an auto on/off system to help save energy. It’s 19-bar pump pressure has enough power to extract espresso properly and make a good shot, not just steamed coffee.
But, most important – this machine can do both: espresso and brewed coffee! Most single serve brewers can do just one of the two, so Verismo is a great option if you want a 2in1 machine.
Right now, there are two models to choose from: Verismo 583 (a newer version of their super popular Verismo 580) and Verismo 600.
Inside, these two models are pretty much the same. Both 583 and 600 can do espresso, brewed coffee and tea. Both have removable 33.8 oz water reservoir, removable drip tray, place to store empty pods, energy saving system and a 19 bar pump pressure.
The only difference are two extra buttons on 600 model and this beautiful retro design you get with 583. The 600 model has a dedicated rinse and a dedicated Americano button. With 583 the espresso button is also a rinse button and we use two buttons to make Americano.
But, as far as the drink quality, ease of use and their performance these two machines are absolutely the same, so it really depends on what you like more and if you want/don’t want to spend extra $30 for these two additional buttons. Personally, I like 583 more because of it’s size, design and price.
Verismo 583 retails for $119.00 and is available in black. Verismo 600 retails for $149.00 and comes in three different colors: black, alabaster and silver. All Starbucks machines come with with a one-year limited warranty and a free box of pods. Free shipping included.
Ease of use
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.
Starbucks Verismo is super easy to use too. Just take a Verismo pod of your choice (depending on the drink choose espresso or brewed coffee pod), lift the handle, insert the pod, close and press the button. When done, lift the handle to send an empty pod into the bin and that’s it.
To make espresso, take one Verismo espresso pod, lift the handle, insert the pod and close. Press the top, espresso button. One espresso pod makes 1 ounce espresso. That’s like 1 espresso shot. To make a latte, you need to add one verismo milk pod or add 5 ounces fresh, hot milk.
To make an Americano with 580 (older model) and 583 models, brew 1 espresso pod using top, espresso button. Then press brewed coffee button to add hot water to your espresso. Makes 8 ounces Americano. With Verismo 600 use espresso pod and a dedicated Americano button.
Brewed coffee makes 7 ounces. To make coffee, get 1 brewed coffee pod of your choice and press middle, brewed coffee button. If you want to fill up a travel mug, you will need two brewed coffee pods (makes 14 ounces).
The third button is used for special Verismo milk pods.
These are just some of the recipes, but you can make so many different drinks using this machine.
Rinse cycle: When you turn on your machine, the machine will remind you to run a rinse cycle. Rinse cycle is necessary to make sure that machine is properly heated, but it also helps keep your machine clean. To rinse, place a cup under the drip nozzle and press top espresso button (without inserting the pod) to run a rinse cycle. After rinsing, all three buttons will light up and Verismo will be ready to make drinks.
Verismo pods are individual portion packs of Starbucks coffee or tea used only for Verismo single cup brewing system. Starbucks guarantees that coffee you make at home using Verismo pods will taste like those they serve at Starbucks stores.
There are 15 different pod options, including espresso, brewed coffee, tea and milk pods. Price on average, $11.95 – $12.95 for 12 serving box. That’s $0.99 – $1.07 per drink. There are also 6 different latte / mocha kits available to purchase.
Ways to save
Verismo pods are rarely on sale, but you can get the Verismo pods in bulk at Starbucks website and save money. The 96ct box retails for $79.95 and $84.95, depending on the blend, which makes them $0.83 – $0.88 per serving. FREE SHIPPING included.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf capsules are a good alternative too. They come in over 20 varieties, including espresso, brewed coffee, flavored coffee and tea.
Price $7.00 for 10ct and $11.00 for 16ct box. That’s $0.68-$0.70 per capsule. The CBTL capsules are available to purchase at the CBTL website. You can also find them on Amazon.
Please note : manufacturers recommend using 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. Use other pod options at your own risk.
Maintenance and support
All Starbucks Verismo machines include a limited one-year warranty for normal home use. Customer service help is available Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. , at 1-800-334-5553 and 1-877-421-9062.
To keep your Verismo in good shape, it’s recommended to clean the external parts of the brewer every month and descaling it every three months. The recommended cleaner (official Starbucks recommendation) for Verismo machines is Urnex Full Circle Single Cup Brewer Descaling and Cleaning Liquid $9.95. If you prefer, you can use white vinegar to clean your Verismo. Here’s a video showing how to clean/descale your brewer properly:
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 doesn’t have an option to adjust serving sizes.
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, you won’t get a good results and you can also damage your brewer.
K-cups are a lot cheaper than Verismo pods, so if you like regular coffee (Keurig k-cup brewers can’t do espresso, only their Rivo machine) Keurig is a good choice. Especially now when they have a new Keurig 2.0 which can do a single cup and a carafe.
*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 20 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.
Do they make reusable Verismo pods? Unfortunately, they don’t make reusable pods for Verismo at this moment. If you want to use your own espresso and be a bit more involved in the brewing process, some nice semi automatic espresso machine might be wort a look. These are my favorite starter espresso machines.
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.
Starbucks Verismo recipes? Besides those few recipes from their website, you can also make your own DIY drinks, using regular milk or cocoa powder. For ideas & inspiration, here are few DIY Verismo recipes.
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. Don’t forget that Verismo brewing temperature is somewhere around 175 – 180 °F, which is little bit under an optimal brewing temperature of 195-205 degrees.
Brand new Verismo not working, water won’t come out. The machine needs some time to get ready and start dispensing the water. If you’re sure you’ve done everything correctly and you followed the setup instructions from your manual, but nothing happens not even after 2, 3 minutes, then something is wrong with the machine. Few of my readers have had the “not dispensing water” problem with their brand new machines. Melanie called support, and they recommended to pump top stainless steel handle up and down about 20-30 times, because machines are sometimes ‘stiff’ when they are new and have to be broken in a bit. Her machine worked ok after this. Jim got a replacement machine at the end. Adam too. Maybe you can try the handle trick or you can call Starbucks customer service: 1-800-334-5553 and 1-877-421-9062 right away to get instructions.
Verismo rinse light flashes red? Verismo can sometimes turn off itself to protect from overheating. If the rinse button is blinking red and hot water button is blinking green than that’s the reason. This normally lasts for about 60 seconds and after that the machine should turn on back again automatically (all lights will go green again). This can happen when the brewer is used a lot, so keeps the machine safe from overheating.
I hope this helps. Thanks so much for reading and contributing, as always! xoxo
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