You all know what a coffee hound I am. I mean, hi, my tagline for years was Powered by Coffee and Handbags — thus the coffee and handbag in my header to this day. I love my coffee, and I like good, strong coffee. I also love a latte. In fact, so does my husband. When we travel, we stop at every Starbucks up and down the eastern seaboard for lattes. Between the two of us, I think we keep Starbucks in business.
We’ve long coveted a fancy espresso machine, but we’ve never been able to justify what we want so we have done without. A latte is our treat when out and about, but here at home we settle for a plain ole brewed cuppa joe.
You can imagine my delight when I was invited to the Starbucks Suite at BlogHer to test out their new Verismo® system. They claim that it is a premium, all-in-one brewing system for making Starbucks-quality espresso beverages (Caffé Lattes, Americanos and brewed coffee) conveniently at home.
Sounds great, right? But color me skeptical. For a few months we used a Tassimo brewing system that had the option to make lattes and cappuccinos. Unfortunately they always tasted like chemicals to me.
I was eager to see this new Verismo system by Starbucks, but I was doubtful that it would hold a candle to real a real latte at the coffee shop. Still, an avid Starbucks fan, I made my appointment and showed up right on time to see this new wonder machine in action.
First of all, they did a great job with the suite. It was decorated to resemble a real Starbucks coffee shop, and they were very efficient about moving the groups through on schedule. They had two rooms — one where the system was demoed and you could ask your questions, and the second room where you got to make your own drink of choice and try out the machines. Brilliant.
This model will retail for $299 when it goes on the market in October (JUST in time for the holidays!!)
The Verismo uses convenient, no-mess espresso and milk pods, and they went to great lengths to find a product that is real milk that doesn’t give the drinks that nasty sugary, chemically taste that so often occurs in lower priced latte machines. I can honestly say that they accomplished their goal. I am not easily impressed when it comes to lattes, but this is the real deal. My only suggestion would be to create options for skim, 2% and whole. The ones they are creating right now are 2% milk, but I find that lattes taste much better with whole milk.
I love that the pods collect in a basket, rather than having to empty them each time you make a cup of coffee.
Finally, the water container slips right on the back — so easy to get on and off, unlike some other single serve coffee brewers I’ve tried.
Here I am, enjoying a Cafe Americano. (When I don’t want the calories of a latte, I usually order a Cafe Americano — it is espresso and hot water. It tastes like a cup of brewed coffee . . . but BETTER. This one did not disappoint. It even has the proper froth on top. (That is probably not the technical word, but during the demo, we learned all about the proper layers of an espresso, Americano and latte.)
I was able to shoot a quick video while I was in the Starbucks suite, to show you how easy it is to use the Starbucks Verismo.
Honestly, I am so excited about this!! The Starbucks Verismo will be on my Christmas list for sure.
Disclosure: I was invited to attend this demonstration in the Starbucks suite at the BlogHer Conference with no strings attached. I was not asked to write about my experience, and I did not receive compensation for this post, nor was I offered a Verismo machine (unfortunately!!) All opinions expressed in this post and the video are very much my own.