The demise of my favorite coffee maker’s contract with StarBucks was a sad day for me, and when I mentioned it on twitter, apparently it was for many. I was able to make an absolutely delicious cup of cappuccino with it at home that tasted better than any I ever got at a restaurant (and that is high praise, folks). Guests who would come over knew to ask for it, and were upset when we told them it was discontinued. I recall hunting online for any remnants, and when I discovered some left at Bed Bath and Beyond, I bought out their remaining stock. It lasted two fabulous months, and then we sunk into despair.
Then I heard about the Starbucks Verismo, which promised to make Starbucks quality espresso and lattes at home, and I was very hopeful. The Verismo comes in four color options and uses pods with espresso, whole milk or various coffees to make one of its specialty drinks. It makes strong espressos, tasty lattes, cafe Americanas and regular old fashioned house blend brewed coffees in less than a minute. You can also add your favorite syrup for a Starbucks specialty drink. Of course, since I love cappuccinos I use the latte option with a double espresso shot and less milk to recreate them, and top it off with a dash of cinnamon and I’m good to go.
A benefit of the Verismo is that everything is packaged individually, so that you can use the milk option for some steamed milk alone, brew three shots of espresso in a row, or any variation you want…it doesn’t read bar codes that require it to complete step one before it can get to step two, so you can create your own drinks and do things out of “recipe” order. Now when I make myself a hot beverage, I can make little man a “coffee” too, which he loves (a hot milk with a teaspoon of sugar and a dusting of cinnamon, a little man version of a cappuccino). His little brother is already stepping up to the counter too:
The Verismo is a great gift idea for the coffee lover in your life, and it looks great on your counter top if you want to pick one up for yourself. You don’t have to go out to a coffee house for a good cup of coffee, and you can finally make lattes and espressos in your own home again.
We received the Verismo coffee maker featured in this post for the purpose of review.