September 20, 2012

Starbucks Verismo 580 - In Stores Next Week


UPDATE: Posted my Full Review of the Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer

Starbucks is launching their long awaited single serve machine called Verismo, a pod based single serve espresso machine that also offers the ability to make milk-based beverages like Lattes. The machine is a lot like a Nespresso machine in that its a well designed, small foot-print machine that handles about 10 pods per reservoir refill, and has a familiar lever on top that allows users to add new pods. The difference here is that the Verismo allows you to add a condensed milk pod to make those milk-based drinks that so many people are used to in coffee shops.

I'll have one in-house soon and a full review of the Starbucks Verismo up as soon as I can. Stop back. UPDATE: I posted my Verismo Unboxing and First Brew article after receiving my brewer.

Pricing and availability after the jump….

Verismo Price and Availability

The price will be $199 for the Verismo 580 brewer, and should be available at Williams-Sonoma and Sur la table next week, with the machine in regular Starbucks stores within a couple of weeks. the Verismo 580 comes in Piano Black, Silver, Burgundy, and Champagne (shown above).

Crowded Field for Espresso-Based Single Serve Machines

We first wrote about Verismo earlier this year, when the machine's development was announced, and while the market is crowded, few devices have the milk and espresso capability that Verismo is bringing to the game. While Nespresso typically has only a coffee capsule, their Lattissima+ machine has a sidecar milk container that will steam milk right into your cup to make a latte at the press of one button. The Nescafe Dolce Gusto is another line with in-line milk-based capsules and is a bit of a little brother of the Nespresso line. The Tassimo machine line also has T-disks that allow for coffeehouse style beverages using a milk-based disk.

The new Keurig Vue brewer also has the dual capability, but has its roots more in low pressure brewed coffee than espresso. Green Mountain doesn't seem ready to give up though, as they recently trademarked the name Rivo for an espresso machine.

Other machines include the CBTL brewer line and the Illy iperEspresso line of makers that use capsule-based systems, with in-line milk capability.

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 20, 2012 11:19 AM
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I actually think there is a design flaw, probably related to the comment above, and its that milk comes out from the same place as coffee. Why is this a flaw? Well, milk is well known for being a nurishment for all kind of living being, ranged from humans to bacterias, in fact pannarello wands must be unmounted and thoughfull cleaned from time to time to avoid this, and milk doesn't circle through them. This would cause that if it is not cleaned properly, in a matter of hours you can have a colony of bacteria on your coffee machine.

Posted by: omar at September 21, 2012 9:03 PM

I think it might be more like a Dolce Gusto capsule! ..... We'll see soon enough when it shows up.

Posted by: Scott Martin at September 20, 2012 7:43 PM

Looking at the photos of the Verismo pods, they look identical to the CBTL/Caffitaly ones. Do you see any chance that the Starbucks pods would work in the CBTL machines? That would offer a whole new tier of coffee/espresso options for CBTL owners.

Even if they are the same size and design, I probably wouldn't chance a milk pod in the CBTL out of paranoia.

Posted by: John at September 20, 2012 11:22 AM
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