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.

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