Verismo™ 580 Brewer Piano Black
Lattes at Home
I love Starbucks and I love this machine. Two pushes of buttons and I have my own latte - which tastes just like the ones at Starbucks. And if you want to get fancy, you can purchase the syrups and caramels and make any of their signature drinks. Best purchase ever.
November 25, 2012
The Verismo is my 3rd single cup brewer and an addition to my Starbucks semi-automatic espresso machine purchased in 2002. It arrived well packed and took me less than 5 minutes to be up and brewing. I was a little concerned about what the milk pods would taste like so I was anxious to try the cafe latte sample pack that came with it. I was more than pleasantly surprised. The milk pods were great. The espresso brewed well. I must say that the brewing temperature is a little low though for brewing a proper shot of espresso, however brewing it into a shot glass you can see the different layers that comprise a good shot of espresso, with a good layer of crema on the top. That is surprising giving the lower brew temp and the fact that it's only a 19 bar machine. Overall I am very satisfied and it exceeded my expectations. The price to brew a double shot latte comes in just under what you would pay for the same thing in a store. That makes it the most expensive single cup brewer to use on the market, but the quality is well worth it and keeps me from having to get into the mess of my semi-automatic machine. The price of the pods, and the lower brew temp are the only reasons this machine didn't get a 5 star rating from me.
October 3, 2012
Great coffee, sleek appearance
It makes a great Starbucks coffee and takes up less space on the counter than some other machines. It is sleek in design and fairly easy to use. My only suggestion is to experiment with trying a stronger coffee pod and brewing it several times in a row, as a single brew yeilds a cup of coffee smaller than a Starbucks shop "tall" and to use 2 or 3 pods to get a nice size cup is expensive. I use decaf Pike's Place and run the pod twice before opening the lever for it to deposit into the waste receptacle. Also, use distilled water for top taste and to prevent lime build-up, which is easy enough to do; to avoid wasting water from the appropriately smaller reservoir, I do the "espresso button rinse" that the machine requires before every brew with the pod in place as one of my multiple-brews-per-pod and only do a true water rinse every 5-10 brews. Customer service was excellent.
April 5, 2014
I bought a machine about a year ago and really regretted it almost as soon as I bought it. I didn't have a problem with the machine or even with any of the products. The main thing I didn't like was the coffee pods and getting them. In the stores I had a hard time finding them and there wasn't much to choose from. They were also not available in all the stores. The only things I could find was coffee, late, espresso or (chai late which would always leak). It would have been nice if they could have come out with other things like mocha or hot chocolate. I finally broke down and bought a keurig coffee machine. I like that there is an adapter I can use so I can use my own coffee. I also like that I can buy Starbucks coffee pods and there always seems to be a lot of coffee and teas and other things from different companies. Does anyone want a free coffee machine well used but still works well.
March 27, 2014
So pleased I bought it!
It's so quick! I decided right away that I didn't really like the milk pods, but that was quickly remedied with the use of a microwave safe frothing mug and an electric frother.
The first thing I do is turn on the machine. Then I go to the fridge and pour milk into my microwave safe frothing mug.
When I get back to the machine, all the buttons are illuminated so I do a rinse cycle into my drink cup.
I stick the mug in the microwave and heat up the milk (60-90 seconds).
I then throw away the rinse water that cycled through the machine, stick the drink cup back under the nozzle, toss in an espresso pod, and push the espresso brew button.
Yes, it makes noise, but it's a lot quieter than a traditional espresso maker and it lasts like, 10 seconds.
I like it strong so I open the lever (which drops the spent pod into a removable compartment), add another pod, and brew a second shot.
I open the lever again so that the used pod drops and I'm done with the machine.
By this time, my milk is heated through and I grab my electric frother and spend 15-20 seconds frothing my milk which I then pour over my espresso.
On most days this takes 2 minutes sometimes it take 2 1/2 minutes when I have to fill the water reservoir or I want to sweeten my beverage.
It is the very last thing I do before I head out the door for work and I can enjoy my hot, delicious latte during my commute. When I was trying to decide if I wanted a Verismo, I watched a couple of demo videos on YouTube. Seeing how easy it was to use and the great price convinced me to buy it.
March 21, 2014