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Posted Sun Nov 4, 2012, 1:30pm
Subject: Re: Single Serve Pod Coffee and Espresso - Starbucks Verismo
 

Just hearing about this now, Steve? If anyone's actually interested in the details or reviews, here's a good thread to check out.

I tried 3 Verismo brews while at the mall yesterday; results as follows:

  1. Latte brewed using Starbucks Espresso Roast at Williams-Sonoma on a Verismo 585 (the deluxe model): Phew, that powdered milk takes some getting used to! Has a lingering crackery taste. Not for me.
  2. Espresso brewed using Starbucks Espresso Roast at W-S on a Verismo 585: Better. I wasn't blown away, but the shot was acceptable by single-serve standards.
  3. Veranda Blend brewed coffee made at Sur La Table on a Verismo 580: Better than expected, though not something I'd crave.

We established over on ssc that the Verismo is a rebadged K-Fee machine. It's even labeled as such.
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Posted Sun Nov 4, 2012, 2:37pm
Subject: Re: Single Serve Pod Coffee and Espresso - Starbucks Verismo
 

The Verismo doesn't take k-cups (though Starbucks offers those as well). Verismo capsules are actually almost identical to CBTL capsules. In fact, the Verismo can brew CBTL capsules, according to people who've tried. Anyway, AFAIK the dose is ~8 g.
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Posted Tue Nov 6, 2012, 12:35pm
Subject: Re: Single Serve Pod Coffee and Espresso - Starbucks Verismo
 

Also, the "per cup" price that they were advertising at Williams Sonoma where I tried them was way off. They were serving up the lattes and saying it was about 80 cents a cup.

A little simple in-store math showed me that the espresso pods were a dollar each, and each latte used two milk pods which were also almost a dollar each.

SO, about $3 a cup to use the new Verisimo machine.... not really cheaper than actually going into the shop. It's a pure at-home convenience thing.

The quality of the drinks was passable I suppose, but certainly nothing I'd be proud of. My wife and I both tasted it and shrugged. Now that we've been spoiled by my Gaggia I think we'd frown instead- certainly not even close to the same level of drinks.
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