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Starbucks Verismo Review & Giveaway


Product receivedI’m a fru-fru coffee drinker. I want flavors and creaminess. The hubby? He likes his black and occasionally, with a little cream.

So, it’s definitely a win to have a brewer in our house that does both coffee, milk, espresso and teas. We all get a drink that we want. 

We’ve been trying out the Starbucks Verismo at home for a couple weeks now. You can make a latte, an espresso, Chai tea, or regular coffee

Meet Champagne, a nice metallic color. The Verismo also comes in Piano Black and Burgundy. The three buttons correspond to the drinks you will be making with the pods…either espresso/cleaning, regular coffee or milk. 

Starbucks Verismo Review

 It is very narrow, which works out nicely for our tiny kitchen with limited counter space. And it comes with a sampling of Pods to try things out.

Starbucks Verismo Review

The pods go in a spot on the top under the lever/handle. You drop them in and then push the lever down and it pieces the pod and also applies pressure. This allows the brewer to feature high-pressure brewing to help you enjoy delectable coffee in around 15 seconds. Once you are done brewing and lift the handle back up, the used pod drops into the built-in used pod holder which stores up to 10 used pods for easy cleanup and no dripping pod being carried across your kitchen.

Starbucks Verismo Review

We tried out the milk pods + decaf espresso in addition to the regular coffee.  

Starbucks Verismo Review

The milk pods + espresso make a nice creamy and frothy beverage just like Starbucks. However, one milk pod + one espresso pod doesn’t fill our regular sized coffee mugs (I would say, it results in a 6oz drink). This is actually perfect for me, but I know some people like bigger drinks. If you like a bigger drink, it’s very easy to pop another pod in and run it through.

Starbucks Verismo Review

Underneath that mug, there is a height-adjustable drip tray that accommodates different sized cups. I didn’t realize at first that the cover came off the top one! Whoops, but now it’s on there. So, it would work for just an espresso cup, or a full sized or even taller mug. 

When the machine is left after making your beverages, it auto-off activates after 5 minutes to save energy. Anything that doesn’t make me have to turn it off is a total win. Once you power it back on, it prompts you to run the integrated rinse function to help keep machine clean and your drinks fresh.

Starbucks Verismo Review

The machine is very easy to use, and includes a quick recipe book for making your favorite drinks. I wish I had some Starbucks syrups on hand, but we made due with some chocolate to have mocha lattes. When my sister was visiting, I helped her get her latte fix without driving to our local Starbucks, and saved her some money, too. We just wished we had vanilla syrup on hand. 

One adjustment for me was that when I turned it back on, I needed to make sure to not put a pod in it. It only allows you to push the cleaning button, so you have to make sure you don’t have a pod in there to run the quick cycle.

The drinks come out at just the right drinking temperature. I was able to sip it as soon as it was done brewing. Mr. Serious did a double coffee and said it could have been warmer so he could add a little milk, but it just encouraged him to drink it black!

I also experimented with heating some almond milk on the stove and adding it to an espresso pod and it was delicious!

When you purchase the Starbucks Verismo at Staples, every machine ships with a box of our Espresso Roast Pods and includes free ground shipping.

Staples would like to give one lucky reader their very own Verismo! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

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  1. Brooke B. says:

    i would definitely need some peppermint syrup to make my favorite – peppermint mocha!

  2. Jessamine D. says:

    My favorite would be a latte over ice with toffee nut syrup and a little bit of whipped cream on top. Yum!! 🙂

  3. As a coffee loving fool, I seriously need this!! 🙂

  4. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    Love things with Hazelnut

  5. stephanie says:

    Anything mocha would be so wonderful right now!

  6. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love Starbuck’s dark roast coffee!

  7. wild orchid says:

    I would love a homemade caramel macchiato! I would use espresso, skim milk, and caramel syrup.

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    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  8. Heather B. says:

    I like them all!!

  9. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would like to make cappuccino

  10. Elisabeth says:

    I would love to make a cappuccino!

  11. Sents Saver says:

    I love to make espresso or hot chocolate!

  12. I really am loving cappuccinos right now I cannot get enough of them with french vanilla syrup..

  13. Amy Orvin says:

    A mocha cappuccino would be my favorite.

  14. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    A Mocha Cappuccino With Caramel Syrup Would Be My Favorite!

  15. I love blueberry-flavored coffee so I’d really love Starbuck’s to come out with one that I could buy at the grocery store and make at home. I’ve recently started putting coconut sugar in my coffee.

  16. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I would love Starbucks Breakfast Blend, with some Mocha syrup and creamer!

  17. Tabathia B says:

    lipton green tea brewed over ice

  18. my mom and dad are HUGE coffee drinkers… Like they HAVE to have it…
    So, I would love to win this for them…
    although, you won’t see me turn down a sweet drink of any kind 🙂
    Maybe a caramel flavored something?

  19. Austin Baroudi says:

    Just original coffee with 3 creams and 2 sugar!

  20. Jennifer Marie says:

    I like hot chocolate or coffee with vanilla syrup for hubby.

  21. I would love to the blonde roast! I so would love to win this 🙂 . Thank you!

  22. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I like the hazelnut creamer

  23. Brooklyn Dutson says:

    Caramel latte! 🙂

  24. I usually do coffee but a mocha would be fun to try!

  25. Terry Maigi says:

    Our coffee pot broke 🙁 so right now I don’t have a favorite right now. But I do love espressos!

  26. I love Coconut Mocha, Almond Joy Creamer topped with whipped cream!!!

  27. Lily Ivey says:

    I would try a Caramel Macchiato. Found the recipe on Starbucks.com:
    1 Verismo™ Milk Pod
    1 Verismo™ Espresso Pod
    2 tsp. vanilla syrup
    2 tsp. caramel sauce

  28. christine jessamine says:

    I love starbucks pikes place coffee with hazelnut creamer

  29. I love Hazelnut coffee from my Kuerig.

  30. Maggie Smith says:

    I just drink black french press so this will be a REAL TREAT!!

  31. I love drinking caramel macchiatos!

  32. I really love drinking iced coffee with caramel drizzle!

  33. Roxanne D says:

    I love mocha or any chocolate flavored coffee. Hot teas are good, too!

  34. I love my coffee with agave

  35. Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    white chocolate mocha!!

  36. Mariaelena says:

    I love hazelnut creamer

  37. Janice Cooper says:

    I would love to try a caramel latte or vanilla latte

  38. Kitty Iecvan says:

    I like mochas with coconut milk!

  39. Mallory D says:

    Everything and anything chocolate or caramel:)

  40. For the past month my husband has been drinking tea like crazy so I’m guessing that’ll be his treat and I would never say no to a vanilla latte

  41. I love the Baileys brand of creamers! Any of them with a strong coffee makes my morning

  42. I would love to make vanilla lattes.

  43. I usually like to put a lot of half-and-half or flavored creamer in my coffee. I also like vanilla flavored coffee.
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  44. My fantasy Verismo pod include more single origin brewed coffees. And the drinking chocolate one from Germany for the KFEE system.

  45. I love the dark roast coffee with vanilla french creamer.

  46. nicole dz says:

    I would recreate the starbucks cinnamon dolce latte, they are soooo awesome!

  47. kaila Pederson says:

    I love coffeeeee

  48. Georgie C says:

    Black tea or Earl Grey

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