Winter mornings are the toughest kind there are. In the dark and cold, it’s easy to want to cuddle back down under the covers and hit snooze. But that leaves no time for a coffee run before work! That doesn’t mean you have to settle for plain black coffee made at home though. Starbucks made our caffeinated lives easier with their K-Cups, and now they have made them fancy as well! Their new Verismo System provides espresso, frothed milk and more. Join me for a cup…
I am admittedly not the most tech-savvy person, so I was very intrigued when I first un-boxed the Verismo. From a variety of specialty pods, to a milk frother to the machine itself, it certainly took my kitchen coffee nook to the next level. Then, I recruited a team of tasters, some who preferred straight espresso, and others who were latte drinkers like myself. It was time to give this baby a whirl!
We started with the most basic drink: an espresso shot. This is great for a quick boost if you come home tired after work, or for a mid-afternoon pick me up if you work from home like me. I now have zero excuses for any lack of productivity even on the gloomiest of days. Once we filled the tank with water, all it took was placing the pod in the machine, pushing a single button and java love was ours!
The guide promised that we could “brew your favorite Starbucks beverages with one press of a button, from the comfort of your kitchen” and in this case the truth was in the cup. We tried the espresso straight and found it smooth without too much bite. One of my tasting team even said it brought her back memories of coffee breaks she took when she lived in Italy.
After testing the espresso, we moved on to creating larger cups of coffee for our longer morning drinks. Again, just a few button pushes and we were all set to go! What’s nice about this new system is it’s ability to make a larger cup of coffee (up to 10 oz.), plus it has a quieter operation, so it was simple and subtle to use.
Finally, I got to play with the milk frother! I have been an avid milk drinker since I was young, so this addition is one of my favorite parts of the Verismo System, because it can be used with any one of the pods, or other coffee drinks you make at home.
For drinks like cappuccinos, which usually have more foam, there is an additional metal whisk that you can attach to give you that extra fluff in your coffee. We made a Dirty Chai Tea Latte, complete with an extra shot of espresso and slightly frothed milk, made without using the metal whisk. This was an overall fan favorite, plus it allowed us to use every aspect of the system.
Maintenance notes include making sure that you empty your used pods every once and a while, but what I really appreciated was you don’t have to do so after every use. The machine stores the extra pods in a discrete compartment and you can use it up to ten times before having to empty, which is much more convenient that my usual run to the garbage can every time I want to make a second K-Cup.
Your old K-Cups also won’t work in this machine, but you can order the Verismo pods online for a very similar price! You can also pick up milk pods in case you don’t have the milk frother. Just always make sure to wash your frother soon after use so you’re not crying over old milk!
Overall, the system was beyond easy to use. I became a savior to my friends and roommates, all of whom want to play with and benefit from the caffeine machine whenever they’re in the kitchen now. If there’s a coffee lover, or gadget geek, in your life, this is the toy for them!
Note: Special thanks to my lovely model and secondary taste tester (her favorite was the classic Pike Place)
Verismo System provided for review.