September 22, 2012

UnBoxing and First Brew: Starbucks Verismo 580


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

The Starbucks Verismo arrived and we had to tear into it and take it for a test drive. Check out the First Brew Video after the jump…… The machine is made for Starbucks, and has a lot of features that one might look for in a single serve espresso machine; good sized reservoir, easy to use pods, and a way to get both espresso and milk-based drinks. It brews at 19-bar, plenty of pressure to extract flavor and oils from the ground coffee. With Starbucks' long history of espresso brewing, this should provide us with a decent shot of espresso.

Verismo is fairly compact (5.9"W x 14.9"D x 11.7"H), and can easily fit on a counter top. It comes packed with the typical overpack, but no additional packs of capsules inside. Starbucks is offering a free starter pack of 8-Latte drinks (8-espresso pods and 8-milk pods) when you buy it though the Starbucks Store.


More after the jump…..

The build quality is good, not amazing, and I chose the Piano Black color. The use of chrome on the lever handle and the spout is a nice touch. By lifting the handle, you get to the capsule chute where you can drop in your capsules/pods. Currently Starbucks offers ten different varieties and combinations of Pods for their Verismo Brewer.

Lift the lever to access the Capsule Chute

Pull out the bin to reveal the used capsule bin - it holds ten capsules

The drink tray is removable, and can be set up for a short espresso glass or a tall drink mug. There is a short plastic insert that can allow you to add in en extra few inches of space; when in the espresso position, the space is about 3.5-inches and while in the "tall" position, the maximum space is 5.9-inches according to Starbucks.

On the left, the short position for the espresso brewing, while the position for tall brewing is on the right.

Finally, here's a video of the First Brew with the Starbucks Verismo 580 brewer. I'll be running though several varieties over the next week and post a full review up as soon as I can.

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 22, 2012 12:32 PM
Recent Comments

We've had the machine for almost a month and it broke. But, not only did it break, it rejected a pod and literally JUMPED, throwing the glass cup off of it and splattering hot milk and syrup across my kitchen as the lever sprung up while it was brewing! After cleaning up, there is no way this machine will take another pod and the lever will not stay down. I have no idea what went wrong!? We're going to return it and hope they take it back. I can't believe how quickly this thing broke. Very disappointed.

Posted by: Angie at April 20, 2013 12:08 PM

I've owned the Verismo 585. I found the regular coffee had a good initial taste but there is some strange, unpleasant aftertaste that leaves the mouth very dry. I always feel like drinking a tall glass of water afterwards. I never had that issue with other coffee makers, including traditional drip coffee makers, Keurigs, etc.

The latte was okay but not up to the level of a Starbucks cafe latte.

Posted by: Jason A at November 15, 2012 9:29 PM

I have enjoyed using this machine for the last week, when I went to the store I ordered a small latte and then the lady showing off the machine made me a small latte as well and I can tell you there was no discernible difference between the two lattes. I also tried Veranda roast and a shot of espresso. At home I compared French roast and Sumatra with my Keurig B70 and found the Verismo produced a far better cup of coffee in mouth feel, flavor, temperature everything was just superior vs the Keurig. I also have the new Vue but unfortunately there is no Starbucks coffee that I can compare it with. Though considering how much better coffee taste from the Vue verses the B70, I would have to say the Vue would will hold it own.
This unit won't replace my day today coffee making from the Vue, but for somebody, like me, who wants that little bit of extra it produces an excellent latte and also in the future you be able to order the syrups and make quite a few other excellent coffee drinks.

Posted by: Meisch at October 17, 2012 9:27 PM

Taste is poor! The espresso was really weak compared to any Nespresso product and also came out colder. Forget about coffee, and the Lattes are just bad. If that were not all, the machine drips like crazy - leaves a ton of whatever you brewed in the nozzel. But here's the worst part - the lever on my machine already broke - cheap, cheap construction!

Posted by: BR at September 24, 2012 4:47 PM

How does it taste???

Posted by: Stefan at September 22, 2012 2:21 PM
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