For caffeine addicts who want a simple, one-step path to the perfect Starbucks cup, there's new hope on the horizon: the Verismo. This new single cup coffee maker is available today online at verismo.com and at specialty kitchen stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond and Williams Sonoma for $199 and $399. In October you'll start to see it in participating Starbucks locations.
This is made possible thanks to internal wizardry inside the Verismo itself. Depending on what you're making, the machine adjusts the temperature and pressure, which is different depending on the type of coffee or milk.
Making espresso or brew coffee is a one-step process. If you want a latte, you drop the milk pod in first, then the espresso pod once the milk is finished. In-between it takes a few seconds for the Verismo to cool down and get ready for the next pod, but it really is just a few seconds.
The milk pods contain real dairy — no artificial additives or preservatives. And when the Verismo reconstitutes it with water, it does so at a temperature designed to heat but not scorch. You even get a small bit of foam on top.
For lovers of foam, the Verismo might not give as much as you want. It's just enough for a latte, not enough for a cappuccino.
Pods collect inside the machine and need to be emptied periodically. Cleaning the machine itself is easy and doesn't need to be done too often.
Starbucks has two Verismo Systems. The $199 Verismo 580 comes in a range of colors from black and silver to burgundy and wine.
The temperature "control" only allows you to switch between two temps, but may prove useful down the line. Though the Verismo System is all about coffee right now, Starbucks may decide to add tea to the line.
Have the Verismo's charms caught your attention? It may not have as many options as a K-Cup machine, but is more versatile than most of what's out there. Is it worth the premium price for the ultimate Starbucks at home experience plus convenience?
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