I’m a fru-fru coffee drinker. I want flavors and creaminess. The hubby? He likes his black and occasionally, with a little cream.
So, it’s definitely a win to have a brewer in our house that does both coffee, milk, espresso and teas. We all get a drink that we want.
We’ve been trying out the Starbucks Verismo at home for a couple weeks now. You can make a latte, an espresso, Chai tea, or regular coffee
Meet Champagne, a nice metallic color. The Verismo also comes in Piano Black and Burgundy. The three buttons correspond to the drinks you will be making with the pods…either espresso/cleaning, regular coffee or milk.
It is very narrow, which works out nicely for our tiny kitchen with limited counter space. And it comes with a sampling of Pods to try things out.
The pods go in a spot on the top under the lever/handle. You drop them in and then push the lever down and it pieces the pod and also applies pressure. This allows the brewer to feature high-pressure brewing to help you enjoy delectable coffee in around 15 seconds. Once you are done brewing and lift the handle back up, the used pod drops into the built-in used pod holder which stores up to 10 used pods for easy cleanup and no dripping pod being carried across your kitchen.
We tried out the milk pods + decaf espresso in addition to the regular coffee.
The milk pods + espresso make a nice creamy and frothy beverage just like Starbucks. However, one milk pod + one espresso pod doesn’t fill our regular sized coffee mugs (I would say, it results in a 6oz drink). This is actually perfect for me, but I know some people like bigger drinks. If you like a bigger drink, it’s very easy to pop another pod in and run it through.
Underneath that mug, there is a height-adjustable drip tray that accommodates different sized cups. I didn’t realize at first that the cover came off the top one! Whoops, but now it’s on there. So, it would work for just an espresso cup, or a full sized or even taller mug.
When the machine is left after making your beverages, it auto-off activates after 5 minutes to save energy. Anything that doesn’t make me have to turn it off is a total win. Once you power it back on, it prompts you to run the integrated rinse function to help keep machine clean and your drinks fresh.
The machine is very easy to use, and includes a quick recipe book for making your favorite drinks. I wish I had some Starbucks syrups on hand, but we made due with some chocolate to have mocha lattes. When my sister was visiting, I helped her get her latte fix without driving to our local Starbucks, and saved her some money, too. We just wished we had vanilla syrup on hand.
One adjustment for me was that when I turned it back on, I needed to make sure to not put a pod in it. It only allows you to push the cleaning button, so you have to make sure you don’t have a pod in there to run the quick cycle.
The drinks come out at just the right drinking temperature. I was able to sip it as soon as it was done brewing. Mr. Serious did a double coffee and said it could have been warmer so he could add a little milk, but it just encouraged him to drink it black!
I also experimented with heating some almond milk on the stove and adding it to an espresso pod and it was delicious!
When you purchase the Starbucks Verismo at Staples, every machine ships with a box of our Espresso Roast Pods and includes free ground shipping.
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