A review of Starbucks Verismo machine: design, usability, compatible pods, cleaning routine and everything in between.
Update: Starbucks has discontinued all Verismo models. Verismo pods are still available for purchase at select retailers and Amazon.
If you have a question about the Verismo system or you need help, Starbucks Customer Service is available at 1-800-334-5553.
Verismo compatible pods: If you’re looking for Verismo pods alternative, the CBTL pods will work with your Verismo machine. There are also really cheap Italian coffee capsules($0.44 per pod) which also work with Verismo.
Want to upgrade? If you only drink Starbucks coffee, Starbucks now makes Nespresso pods for Nespresso OriginalLine espresso machines. If you don’t necessarily drink only Starbucks espresso and you want a machine that can do both, coffee and espresso just like your Verismo, there’s Nespresso Vertuo Line system.
Different from the Original line which only makes espresso, Vertuoline can make coffee and espresso. Vertuoline espresso pods are even cheaper than Verismo pods ($1.10 for coffee, $0.85 for espresso). The Vertuoline bundle (machine and milk frother) normally retails for $249.99, but you can usually get it for $150 on Amazon when it’s on sale. Here you can read my Nespresso Vertuoline review. Plus, all Nespresso pods are recyclable.
Verismo 583 and Verismo 600
Even though they look different, on the inside these two models are pretty much the same. Both 583 and 600 can do espresso and brewed coffee, and use the same pods. 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.
With a 33.8 ounces reservoir, you can make 4 brewed coffees or 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 to help save energy. Its 19-bar pump pressure has enough power to extract espresso properly and make a good shot, not just steamed coffee.
The only difference is two extra buttons on the Verismo 600: a dedicated rinse and a dedicated Americano button. With 583, espresso button is also a rinse button and we use two buttons to make an 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.
Although these models were not officially discontinued, Starbucks no longer sells them.
The V keeps many of the same features that we saw with old models but brings fresh new design, large water reservoir and buttons on top for easy controls. Read more about Verismo V.
HOW TO USE VERISMO
Single serve coffee makers make life (and mornings) so much easier. There’s no grinding, measuring or cleaning. Just take a Verismo pod of your choice (depending on the drink choose Verismo espresso pod or brewed coffee pod), lift the handle, insert the pod, close and press the button. When done, simply 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, add one Verismo milk pod or 5 ounces fresh, hot milk.
To make an Americano with 583 model, brew 1 espresso pod using top, espresso button. Then press the 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 milk pods.
These are just some examples, but you can make so many different drinks using this machine. For ideas & inspiration, check out my post with Starbucks Verismo recipes.
A quick note about the 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. You will need to rinse the machine every time it is turned on.
VERISMO COFFEE PODS
Verismo machine works with Starbucks Verismo pods. There are 15 different Verismo pod options, including espresso, brewed coffee, tea and milk pods. There are two decaf options: Decaf Espresso and Decaf Pike Place brewed coffee.
Verismo reusable pods?!
They don’t make reusable Verismo pods. There are, however, foil seals to reuse Verismo pods.
Where to buy Verismo pods?
Starbucks recently closed their online store. You can find the pods at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Amazon. The pods are also available for purchase at Starbucks retail locations.
Verismo compatible pods?!
The CBTL capsules are a good alternative and will work in your Verismo machine. 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.
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.
Can you use k-cups in Verismo?! Can you use Verismo pods in Keurig?!
No. Keurig k-cups are bigger than Verismo pods and won’t work in your Verismo machine. It’s the same with Verismo pods in Keurig machine, it won’t work either. Starbucks Verismo machines & pods use K-fee capsule system. The system was developed in Switzerland and it’s a part of KRÜGER Group. The k-fee system is not compatible with Keurig k-cup system.
Do Verismo pods work in Nespresso
Verismo pods are not compatible with Nespresso machines. You can’t use Nespresso capsules in Verismo neither.
Tip: Avoid milk pods and use fresh milk instead
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, a 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 find some nice options on Amazon for $40, $50.
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, clean the external parts of the brewer with a wet cloth regularly and descale it every three months.
Here’s a detailed guide on how to clean your Verismo machine properly.
I hope this helps. Thanks so much for reading and contributing, as always!