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.
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.