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Starbucks Verismo

I have always wanted to get a Nespresso machine but when I saw that Starbucks was coming out with a single-serve machine that could also brew espresso pods I was intrigued.  The Starbucks Verismo was released on October 16, 2012 and, well you know me, I just had to get one as soon as possible!  Here's me doing an "unboxing" video of my new Starbucks Verismo in Piano Black color:

The Verismo machine uses pods that are much smaller than the K-Cups or Vue-Packs that are used on the Keurig machines.  You cannot use the Verismo pods in any Keurig machine and this also means you cannot use Keurig K-Cups/Vue-Packs in the Verismo.  Starbucks launched the machine with a decent variety of both espresso-based pods and brewed coffee pods with more varieties coming soon. 

The Verismo uses milk pods to make latte drinks.  The milk is a dried powder that, when brewed in the machine, results in a very creamy 2% milk froth.  The resulting latte drink is very milky but the espresso flavor cuts through that milkiness quite nicely.  It's so easy to make a latte on this machine and the latte tastes so much better than the Barista Prima latte that's available for the Keurig Vue.  It's like night-and-day in terms of flavor.

Here's me making a Caffe Latte on my Starbucks Verismo:

Now I do love espresso and I have a very nice Nuova Simonelli Oscar espresso machine that I use almost daily to make lattes.  The Verismo also makes a very nice espresso and one that I am very fond of, right now, is the Verismo Guatemala Antigua espresso pod.  I brewed a "straight" espresso shot using this pod and the resulting shot was very tasty indeed!  Here's my video review of the Guatemala Antigua:

April 12, 2014
Starbucks Verismo 600 - My Initial Review with Unboxing

I'm back with my newest machine review!  I bought a new Starbucks Verismo 600 from the Starbucks website last week.  It's the newest model and it's in the newest color, Alabaster!  It's a really nice machine and, even though I've only had it for 2 days, I can definitely say that it's much better than the previous model, the Versimo 580.  Here's a quick unboxing and inital review video.  I will have a more thorough review up on my site in a couple of weeks.  Enjoy!

January 31, 2013

Starbucks Verismo Veranda Blend Brewed Coffee Pod


If you've been following my reviews, you'll remember that I wasn't a big fan of the K-Cup version of Starbucks Veranda Blend - in fact I think I said it tasted like it was brewed through a used jockstrap.  You can imagine my trepidation in trying this Verismo pod.  It was one of the sample pods that came with my brewer which I purchased way back in October!  Yes, it's been sitting in my cupboard ever since then and I really had no interest in trying this coffee ever again but I did it for you, my adoring public.  Here's the shocker:  I don't know what changed but I didn't mind drinking the Veranda Blend Verismo pod this time, in fact it was pretty decent I must say.  I don't know what the difference is, maybe the fact that the Verismo brews hotter than the Keurig machine or maybe I've developed a taste for used jockstraps...I dunno but it made a decent cup of coffee and I may even buy a box of this sometime in the future!  Shocking I know!  If you're fan of medium to light roast coffees, try this Verismo pod.  It's pretty good!  Oh, and if anyone from Starbucks corporate is reading this, please please please come out with more Verismo pods.  I like the quality of the brewed coffee pods (the lattés, not so much) and you really need to release a huge variety of pods to compete against Keurig.  Lowering the price would help too - a box of 12 pods for $11.99 is a bit much.  Not all of us have Howard Schultz's bank account!

November 30, 2012
Starbucks Verismo Christmas Blend 2012  Brewed Coffee Pod

The first and I hope not the last limited-edition Starbucks Verismo pod.  This is their Christmas Blend 2012 and it's another winner from Starbucks.  For such a liberal company (which Starbucks is!) I am surprised they didn't name this "Santa Claus Blend" or, better yet, a "Winter Solstice Blend"!  Thank you Starbucks for actually using the word Christmas and not being scared to do it - Bravo!  Now on to the important part of my review - the taste of this coffee.  It's a very good dark roast coffee with just a tiny hint of spice to make it stand out from their other dark roast blends.  I love it and  I am going to buy a few more boxes before they are all gone for the season.  Hopefully Santa Claus (or as he is called by over 50% of this country - "Obama") will have some more for me under my tree this Christmas!

November 12,2012
Starbucks Verismo House Blend Brewed Coffee Pod

My first Starbucks Verismo coffee pod review!  The Verismo makes a great cup of brewed coffee (lattes? not so much but that's for another review) and it's amazing that it can do this considering how small the coffee pods are.  You cannot pick what size you want to brew on the Verismo and it makes a standard 8oz. cup of coffee.  You can stop the brewing process early if you want a smaller and more concentrated cup but I find it's unnecessary to do that and here's why.  The Verismo, to me at least, seems like it brews hotter then the Keurig Vue does.  I have my Keurig Vue set to brew at it's highest temp which is 197F and the Verismo does seem to be a couple of degrees hotter than that.  This is purely subjective and I haven't done any testing with a thermometer, yet.  The House Blend Verismo pod makes a cup of coffee that is really flavorful and it does taste better to me than the Vue Pack version.  Not that the Starbucks Vue Pack House Blend is bad, it's quite good actually, but the Verismo version has more nuanced flavors and I enjoy drinking it more because of that.  The House Blend Verismo pod is so good's it's SICKENING! 
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