A collection of simple, money-saving Starbucks Verismo recipes you can use to make your favorite Starbucks drinks at home.
You’ve probably received the quick start recipe book when you purchased your Verismo machine. It’s a great place to start, but I will also show you how you can use certain products strategically to get the perfect result – and spend less. Also, here you’ll find a ton of recipes I know you’d like to make at home but you’re not quite sure how to do it.
VERISMO RECIPES: HOT COFFEES
ingredients: 1 espresso pod + 5 oz hot milk (or 1 milk pod)
preparation: Make 1 oz espresso, using top espresso button. Froth milk or heat the milk in the microwave and add to your coffee. If using milk pods, insert 1 milk pod and press the milk button, then insert 1 espresso pod and press espresso button. Makes: 6 oz latte. If you want to make a 12 oz latte, use 2 espresso pods and 10 oz fresh milk.
Starbucks recipe: If you want to make a 12 oz latte, Starbucks recommends using 1 espresso pod and 2 milk pods.
VERISMO VANILLA LATTE
You can easily make a vanilla latte (or any flavored latte) at home with your Verismo machine. Use the recipe above (1 espresso pod + 5 oz milk) and add 1 tbsp vanilla syrup (use 2 tbsp if you’re making a 12 ounce cup) or a few drops of vanilla extract. You can use other syrups too: caramel, peppermint or hazelnut.
ingredients: 1 espresso pod
preparation: Take espresso pod of your choice, insert and make 1 oz espresso using top espresso button. Lift and close the handle without inserting a pod. Press brewed coffee button to add hot water. Makes: 8 oz Americano. To make a grande Americano (16 ounce), brew 2 espresso pods into the same cup. Then add 14 oz hot water, using brewed coffee button x 2.
ingredients: 2 espresso pods + 1 tsp cocoa powder + 10 oz hot milk
preparation: Put 1 tsp cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp sugar in a cup, add few teaspoons hot water and mix into a sauce. Brew 2 espresso pods directly into a cup with cocoa-sugar mixture. Add 10 oz frothed milk and sugar to taste. Makes: 12 ounces.
Starbucks recipe: 1 espresso pod + 1 milk pod + 1 tbsp Fontana bittersweet chocolate sauce ($24.95/ 63fl oz). Preparation: Place sauce in a mug. Brew 1 milk pod (or add frothed milk), then brew 1 espresso pod. Makes: 7 oz drink.
VERISMO WHITE CHOCOLATE MOCHA
ingredients: 2 espresso pods + 4 tablespoons white chocolate chips + 10 oz hot milk
preparation: Brew two espresso pods. Add white chocolate chips and stir until chocolate is melted. Add hot milk, sugar to taste and stir well. Garnish with whipped cream. Makes 12 ounces.
VERISMO PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
Depending on what pods you normally use, you can make your Verismo pumpkin spice latte using espresso or brewed coffee pods. For an extra pumpkin touch, add 1-2 tablespoons pumpkin puree. The best thing: this homemade version is like $1.50 per cup.
recipe 1, using espresso pods
ingredients: 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice + 1 tsp sugar + 1 espresso pod + 6 oz fresh hot milk.
preparation: Brew one espresso pod. Add 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice and sugar into the cup and stir. Add hot milk and garnish with whipped cream. Makes: 7oz.
recipe 2, using brewed coffee pods
ingredients: 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice + 1 tsp sugar + 1 brewed coffee pod + 1/2 cup fresh hot milk.
preparation: Brew 1 brewed coffee pod. Add 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice and sugar into the cup. Add hot milk, stir and garnish with whipped cream. Makes: 11 oz.
VERISMO CHAI LATTE
ingredients: 1 Teavana Masala Chai pod ($11.95) + 5 oz hot (or frothed) milk
preparation: heat up 5 oz milk in a microwave or froth with milk frother. Brew 1 chai pod at brewed coffee setting (middle button) and add to your milk.
VERISMO HOLIDAY SPICE FLAT WHITE
ingredients: 1 espresso pod of your choice, milk, brown sugar and a pinch of each: ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and tangerine zest.
preparation: In a cup, combine a pinch of each spice, tangerine zest and 1 tsp brown sugar. Brew espresso directly into the cup with spices and stir until well combined. Froth 6 ounces of milk and pour over the espresso.
VERISMO ICED COFFEE RECIPES
VERISMO ICED LATTE
ingredients: 1 espresso pod + 5 oz cold milk + 4 large ice cubes + sugar to taste
preparation: Brew espresso pod at short espresso setting. Put 4 large ice cubes in a cup and really slowly pour espresso over the ice cubes. Add 4 oz cold milk and sugar to taste and stir.
ICED VANILLA LATTE, OR ANY FLAVORED LATTE
ingredients: 1 espresso pod + 5 oz cold milk + 4 large ice cubes + 2 tbsp flavored syrup
preparation: Brew 1 espresso pod. Put 2 tbsp flavored syrup and ice cubes in a cup and slowly add espresso. Add cold milk and sugar to taste then stir.
ICED VERISMO AMERICANO
ingredients: 1 espresso pod + 1 ounce cold filtered water + 4 large ice cubes
preparation: Brew one espresso at short espresso button. Add cold filtered water and 4 large ice cubes.
VERISMO ICED CARAMEL MACCHIATO
ingredients: 1 espresso pod + 1/2 cup cold milk + 4 large ice cubes + 1 tbsp vanilla syrup + 2 tbsp caramel sauce
preparation: Brew one espresso at short espresso button. To put together your drink take a cup and add 1 tbsp vanilla syrup, cold milk then ice cubes. After that, slowly pour in espresso and drizzle with caramel sauce.
VERISMO DOUBLESHOT ON ICE
ingredients: 2 espresso pods + 1/2 cup ice cubes + 1 tbsp simple syrup or, 1 tsp sugar + milk
preparation: Brew espresso pods. In a shaker combine 1/2 cup ice cubes, espresso shots and 1 tbsp simple syrup/sugar. Shake for few seconds. Pour in a cup and add a splash of milk or half and half.
STARBUCKS COLD BREW COFFEE
You can easily make your own cold brew concentrate at home. You don’t need a Verismo machine, just ground coffee. Starbucks recommends to use their cold brew coffee, but you can really use any blend that you like. And, here’s a step by step guide on how to make your own cold brew coffee.
Important: I’ve included two Starbucks recipes from their recipe book so we can compare different ways to make drinks. These recipes are clearly marked as Starbucks recipes. All other recipes are an original work and belong to coffestylish .com. If you would like to link these recipes up on your blog or social media please link back to me. Do not claim them as your own. Thank you.
Please avoid milk pods: With espresso machines, it’s really important to clean all the parts that come in contact with milk after each use. The problem with Verismo is that, with milk pods, milk goes through the entire unit and it can’t be cleaned properly. These milk protein build ups may result in bad, sour milk odor which is pretty much impossible to remove once it’s there. That’s why prevention is really important. I suggest avoiding using milk pods in your machine from the beginning, if possible.
The milk frother allows you to use any type of milk including dairy free milk options like almond, rice or coconut milk. In fact, if a dairy-free option is the only milk option you’re allowed to drink, frother is a good investment. Not the mention that milk pods won’t give any froth really. If you want that nice foam on top, the frother will make a huge difference.
You can also find some nice options on Amazon for $40.
The CBTL pods: The CBTL pods are the most popular Verismo compatible coffee pods. Price: $7.00 for 10ct and $11.00 for 16ct box. That’s $0.68-$0.70 per capsule.
Italian coffee capsules (found on Amazon) also work with Verismo machines and they come at a sweet price – $0.38 per pod!
Don’t forget, 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 always the best option. Use other pod options at your own risk.
Using your own coffee in Verismo: They still don’t make reusable Verismo pods. The only option currently available is foil seals for Verismo pod type. You can use them to reuse used Verismo pods. Available to purchase online. A 100ct foil pack retails for $18.50. They do require more work but it’s a good option if you want to use your own coffee in Verismo machine.