November 10, 2012

Verismo 585 Espresso Brewer

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Starbucks recently introduced the Verismo 580 (Full Review of the Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer ), and started a national ad campaign. Starbucks has also delivered the Verismo V-585; an upgrade that offers more features and of course more price. The larger footprint allows for a larger reservoir and a few more features.

The Verismo 585 adds a "Professional-level" look and feel, with added look and feel you see in a lot of super automatics. The LED screen gives you a readout on what drink you are making; including a short espresso size, a larger ~7 ounce size and a special milk brew button. This button allows you to use a milk pod to create that milk portion of a latte brewing at a lower temperature.

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October 28, 2012

Starbucks Verismo Ad

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

Starbucks has started their ad blitz for their new Verismo Brewer, both on TV and in print. The new Pod/Capsule driven machine offers not only coffee and espresso pods as well as milk-based pods that can help to make those Lattes that so many cafe goers want.

I saw several print ads in magazines, and the ad below on various shows. The link between the in-store experience and that at home is a big push. They did it to propel a pretty mediocre product in the Starbucks Via into a product fueled by in-store merchandising. I am pretty sure that they will do the same for Verismo, and why not?


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October 21, 2012

Newpresso U: Customize Your Espresso

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The new Nespresso U is designed to fit you; customized and tailored to fit your needs. Nespresso has introduced its next generation espresso machine that brings personalized features, and features that can be customized for your tastes. With another tightly designed and compact machine to fit most kitchens in an espresso only format.

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The nespresso U has several design features that make it for "U" - favorite brew size selection. I am not sure that this is a mind blowing feature, but you can get your favorite brew size whenever you need by using one of the three brew buttons - Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo. This is up from the typical to - Espresso and Lungo. what is pretty cool though is that the Nespresso U memorizes your favorite brew size, and by simply sliding the top capsule door closed, it will brew that size. Great if you and your spouse agree, but what happens when they brew a few while you're away? "You got your Lungo in my ristretto?" On top of this, the capsule is ejected automatically after brewing into the used capsule bin (holds 11 capsules). In all, I like the features; just need to make sure my setting is the one setting it remembers; not anyone else's.

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October 1, 2012

Nespresso Hits Capsule Recycling Target

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Nespresso has hit its recycling target earlier than expected, reaching their goal of recycling 75% of the capsules it sells. The feat isn't small considering the fact that they sell millions of these things and consumers are spread out across the continent. With consumer collection points spread out over the 20 countries, they seem to have brought convenience to consumers with over 20,000 of these collection points. The plan seems to be working because even without the US participating in any form or fashion in a recycling plan, they achieved a 76+% global recycling rate in June.

"We have invested heavily to make recycling as easy as possible for our consumers to return their capsules so that the aluminum can be reused," said Guillaume Le Cunff, Nespresso's director of international marketing & sustainability.
Not recycling your Nespresso capsules? Try out the Outpresso, it ejects the coffee and makes the capsules earlier to recycle in the normal recycling stream.

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September 26, 2012

Starbucks Verismo Pods vs. Competition

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

A lot of readers have been asking about the size of the new Starbucks Verismo pods and how they compare to other various pods on the market. Size matters, especially when you are storing a bunch of these in the cabinet. Remember, these pods, capsules, and cups can only be used in its own machine. You can't use a Verismo in a Nespresso, nor a nespresso in a CBTL. Dolce Gusto looks big, but it won't work in a K-Cup machine. You get it…...

Starbucks Verismo vs. Nespresso, vs. K-Cup, vs Nescafe Dolce Gusto vs. CBTL

As you can see from the picture, the Verismo pod is a little bigger than a CBTL and a little smaller than a Dolce Gusto pod. It looks like the classic K-Cup has a lot more room in it for coffee and filtering. The smallest is definitely the Nespresso capsule that is packed with coffee, and doesn't need to leave room for any other type of mixing/brewing, like tea, milk or hot chocolate.

One of our readers commented that it was most like the CBTL capsule; without actually seeing it in person, I thought it was more like the Dolce Gusto….. wow, was I wrong. The CBTL and the Starbucks Verismo capsules are very similar, and the Dolce Gusto looks gargantuan in comparison. Left to right below are: K-Cup, Dolce Gusto, Starbucks Verismo, CBTL, and Nespresso Capsules.


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September 25, 2012

Review: Limited Edition 2012 Crealto Nespresso Capsules


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With the turning of the calendar page, every September brings a new Limited Edition from Nespreso. Part of their occasional variety efforts to shake up their standard 16 Grand Crus, the Limited Edition can help drinkers explore a little more and potentially discover a new flavor space that they hadn't enjoyed in the past. These Limited Editions typically focus on a theme; the marketing department sees to that, and in some cases, the theme becomes a beast of its own. Take the case of the Kazaar Limited Edition 2010 that wrapped product with the concept of an espresso with such a strong flavor profile that it was an "11 on a 10 scale", backed b an all-robusta blend. The concept took off, the product surprised many, including me, by rounding off the typical rubbery harsh notes typical of a Robusta, while keeping its late flavor punch.

This year's Nespresso Limited Edition Capsule, the Crealto, is not nearly as adventurous as the Kazaar, but still a good adventure in a little capsule. The new bi-color capsule treatment, reminiscent of an entrée at a fine restaurant drizzled with a delicious sauce. The message behind Crealto is that Nespresso coffee should be enjoyed with the creative expressions of fine cuisine. High creativity is the message in its name, but I am not sure they pulled it off in the coffee itself.

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September 22, 2012

UnBoxing and First Brew: Starbucks Verismo 580

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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.

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Starbucks Verismo Coffee and Espresso Pod Varieties

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The new Starbucks Verismo has hit the market, and several readers have asked about the varieties available for the new machine line. With the ability to make your own Latte, as well as espresso and coffee, interest is high. While Starbucks has talked about its pressure brewed espresso quite a bit, they are also positioning it as a machine that can create light and lively coffee in a variety of sizes.

Pods for Starbucks Verismo are available in:

  • Caffe Latte - with eight espresso and eight milk pods - $12.95
  • Decaf Latte -with eight decaffeinated espresso and eight milk pods - $12.95
  • Espresso Roast - 12 pods - $11.95
  • Decaf Espresso Pods - 12 pods - $11.95
  • Cafe Verona Brewed Coffee - 12 pods - $11.95
  • House Blend - 12 Pods - $11.95
  • Pike Place - 12 Pods - $11.95
  • Guatemala Antigua - 12 pods - $11.95
  • Veranda Blend  - 12 pods - $11.95
  • Milk Pods - 12 pods - $9.95

With the addition of the milk pods option, a Latte lover can select their own coffee blend and get a little savings by adding a box of milk pods to the batch. At over $1.50 a latte, the pre-boxed Caffe Late option is a little more expensive compared to at-home brewing using your own milk and an espresso shot from something like a Nespresso Lattissima+ ($0.65 for the espresso capsule and about $0.25 for the milk). Compared to stopping in the shop for one, it's cheap.


UPDATE: Check out our Unboxing and First Brew post on the new Verismo 580 Brewer.

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September 20, 2012

Starbucks Verismo 580 - In Stores Next Week

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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.

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Coffee Pods - Nespresso Compatible Capsules


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There are a lot of capsules that claim to be Nespresso Capsule Compatible, and they appear to be making their way to market despite the court challenges from Nespresso. Found in the UK, Coffee Pods are a line of four varieties that are have the coffee in plastic capsules, with a clear plastic film to seal the coffee in. To protect the freshness, the capsule is sealed in a pouch.

The four Coffee Pod varieties are: Intense, Smooth, Light & Lively, and Decaf.

They will be available at the well known Waitrose markets across the country.

more at: Coffee Pods website.

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