Archive for September, 2012

Starbucks Verismo – A First Glance

The Starbucks Verismo Arrived

Finally it’s here. You can get the first Starbucks single cup coffee maker, the Starbucks Verismo. At this time the purchasing options are somewhat limited and it probably is best to go to the Starbucks website and get your Starbucks Verismo for $199 if you want one. But before you whip your credit card out you should be aware of a few things.

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker Black

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker Black

Features at a Glance

  • Let’s you make espresso and coffee beverages with a high-pressure brewing system.
  • Ready to use after only around 15 seconds!
  • Different temperature settings for optimized coffee brewing and steaming of milk.
  • Drip tray is adjustable in height to accommodate different cup sizes.
  • Easy cleaning through built-in rinse cycle
  • Container for used coffee pods holds up to 10 used pods.

Overview and Details

The Starbucks Verismo is technically an espresso maker. The closest to compare it to is the Nespresso line of single serve brewers. At this time the only brand of espresso/coffee you will get for the Verismo is Starbucks. So, if you crave variety then at this time you are better waiting to see whether, or better if, any other coffee brand will provide pods for the Verismo.

The Verismo is designed to provide delicious espresso based drinks. This would be plain espresso, lattes, or cappuccinos. Starbucks does also offer their coffee varieties like the Veranda Blend and others. However, the brewer targets the high-end market. If you don’t drink any of the espresso based drinks then you’ll honestly be better off with a Keurig B70 or even the Keurig Vue V700. In addition to the espresso/coffee pods you can also put milk pods into the brewer. These will steam at a different temperature and help to make a perfect cup of latte as you would otherwise get it in the store.

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker Burgundy

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker Burgundy

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker Champagne

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker Champagne

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker Silver

Starbucks Verismo Single Cup Coffee Maker Silver

When you look at the pricing then the Verismo’s price seems reasonable. You can find other single cup coffee makers which cost a lot more while you certainly also can find them much cheaper. The prices for the coffee pods themselves are somewhat steep. You get the regular coffee pods for currently $11.95 per pack of 12. This does compare to what you pay for Starbucks K-Cups but you can certainly get K-Cups, Vue packs or even Tassimo T-Disks cheaper than that if you don’t have to go for the Starbucks name.

Our verdict at this time

If you drink no other type of coffee than Starbucks and you specifically like their espresso based drinks then this is a match made in heaven. However, if you prefer varieties of coffee and like other brands better, or if you never drink the Starbucks espresso based drinks then you will be better off with a Keurig K-Cup or Vue solution.

Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker Review

Review Of The Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker

The Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker is Keurig’s newest brewing system. It’s no longer based on the well-known Keurig K-Cups but instead uses the new Keurig Vue Cups. The difference? You can personalize your coffee, or as Keurig puts it: Brew what you love, the way you love it. Another nice touch is that a large portion of the Vue Cups is actually recyclable. This will make it easier for the environmentally conscious coffee drinker to switch to the new Vue system. The disadvantages are the higher price of the brewer and the currently limited availability of Vue cups themselves. Let’s have an in-depth look at the Keurig Vue V700 brewer below.

Product Features of the Keurig Vue V700

  • Removable 74 oz. water tank
  • Color touchscreen allowing for easy and simple use of the brewer
  • Set the brewing temperature of the water to fit the beverage you’re brewing. Temperature adjustments ranging from 187° F to 197° F
  • Eight different brew sizes: 4 oz., 6 oz., 8 oz., 10 oz., 12 oz., 14 oz., 16 oz., and 18 oz.
  • Different brew settings to allow personalized brewing of extra strong beverages, foamy drinks (e.g. latte’s), and others
  • Removable drip tray for easy cleaning
Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker

Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker

Available beverage varieties

The Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker is not based on the K Cup brewing system and the Vue cups it uses are not compatible with the established K Cups. There is a growing selection of available Vue beverages. You can find coffee varieties and flavors from a lot of different brand names in addition to tea varieties and hot chocolates that will want you to have more. Below is a quick selection of the different coffee varieties in Vue cups you can find:

Amazon has a large selection of available Keurig Vue Cups from many different roasters. Check out the different Vue coffee varieties and Vue tea varieties that are available. The selection is growing daily and you’ll be able to find your beverage of choice in a Vue cup!

Best use of the Vue V700 Single Serve Coffee Maker

The Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker has a water reservoir that holds enough water to brew around 10 regular cups of coffee. This makes the Keurig Vue V700 a great single cup coffee machine for the average to large family. Especially when there’s more than one or two coffee drinkers in the house. The size of the water tank in combination to the wide range of brewing choices makes the V700 an ideal beverage station for when you have friends and family over.

You can brew a cup of coffee with the Vue V700 within 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on strength and size settings. This is the usual speed of most single cup coffee makers today and results in around 7 or 8 cups of coffee within a 10 minute time span. This, in combination with the large water reservoir, makes this brewer a good fit in case you like to entertain and at times have a lot of people over.

Personalization features of the Keurig V700

Personalization of the brewed beverage is where the Keurig Vue V700 shines. Not only can you choose from eight (yes, 8!) different brewing sizes, ranging from 4 oz. to 18 oz, you also can vary the brewing temperature by 10° F, ranging from 187°F to 197°F! The best brewing temperature for coffee is close/around to 200°F so the V700 gets very very close which results in delicious coffee flavor in your cup. Being able to fill a large travel mug in one brew is another outstanding feature that most other single serve coffee brewers cannot compete with.

The Vue V700 additionally allows to select whether you want to brew strong. Where the old K Cup based brewers only brewed one specific way, the V700 allows to brew stronger coffee. This is done through the ‘Strong’ brew setting which adjusts the water pressure, airflow and timing of the brew cycle resulting in a stronger brewed beverage. The Keurig Vue V700 brews stronger coffee through a pulsing brew cycle which needs more time but results in a richer taste of the beverage.

Lastly, the V700 has pre-set brew cycles you can choose from. These allow you to brew specialty beverages easily. The Vue V700 uses a two step brewing process to allow to brew specialty drinks like lattes or cappuccinos. The first cycle is with a ‘frother’ or milk Vue cup which is then followed by a second cup which is the coffee Vue cup. This is the same process that has been used with the Tassimo and Nescafe specialty drinks. However, for a Keurig product is new. The result is that you get delicious, rich lattes and cappuccinos that taste like you’d expect them to taste in a coffee bar.

Optional Accessories

While the V700 certainly contains all the elements you need to brew a great cup of coffee, there’s always a few accessories you might want to look at to simplify life. One of those accessories to consider is the Single Serve V-Cup Coffee Baskets that allows you to store and display your Vue cups. That will make it easy for guests to pick a Vue cup and start brewing their preferred beverage.

Customer Reviews and Feedback

There are not yet a lot of customer reviews for the Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker on Amazon.com. Most of the reviews that are available on Amazon are very posisive. At the time of writing this review, there were 18 reviews with an average of 3.5 out of 5 possible stars. Below are a few examples of what people wrote about the Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker:

First things first: Flavor seems much better – not that the old Keurig brewed bad coffee- but this just seems…fresher? Also,… (read more)

After a full weekend of putting this beast through its paces, I have to say, it’s fantastic. I did all kinds of brewing, comparing it to … (read more)

I have tried the special coffee options of the Cappuccino and the vanilla latte and really like both. The French brew is very smooth hardly bitter at all and the Italian is really strong and a bit bitter just like you would expect. If you … (read more)

All I can say, is WOW. Have been using it for a week and I am loving the Vue! Coffee seems hotter (temp is set to 192, same as my B70 was). Flavor is incredible. I have… (read more)

The average rating for the Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker on Amazon.com is 3.5 out of 5 stars at the time of writing this review. Click here for more customer reviews of the Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker

Conclusion

We really liked the Keurig Vue V700. It’s in our opinion a huge improvement over the regular Keurig K Cup brewers and is right up there with the Tassimo brewers. The over-sized water tank is great and the personalization options are simply incredible. The coffee tastes fantastic and in our opinion is much better than what we got before with the K Cups. This single cup coffee maker is a great buy for a family that likes to drink hot beverages fresh and tasty.

The only downside we see at this time is that there’s not that many varieties and flavors around. However, in our opinion this will change in the short term so it won’t be an issue anymore. Even Starbucks already announced that they will provide their coffee beverages for the Keurig Vue system.

Find current pricing and specials on the Keurig Vue V700 Single Cup Coffee Maker on Amazon.com. Find more single cup coffee maker reviews to find the best coffee brewer for your needs.

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