Great, just when we all had settled into our Keurigs, along comes the Starbucks Verismo Brewer. Now we’re faced with “Should I buy it?” and “Is it worth the money?” and “Will I be more limited by using a Starbucks brand brewer?” Well, friends, fear not. Check out these pros and cons to purchasing the new Starbucks gadget.
- Very sleek design. The V585 is slightly larger than the 580, but still maintains the sleek look and compactness.
- Up to 10 used pods are automatically dispensed into the machine’s waste bin in the 580 model, and up to 30 in the V585 model – that’s pretty sweet.
- Able to steam milk for latte’s, etc.
- Integrated rinse function in the V585 for ensuring the machine stays clean – very cool.
- The V585 has programmable drink sizes
- Variable temperature system for optimum brewing
- The coffee produced really does taste like Starbucks cafe coffee – sometimes the Verismo’s is even better than the cafe’s.
- The pods are more expensive than your typical k-cups, at about $1 per cup and higher
- You are limited to only Starbucks brand coffee
- The drip tray can get kind of messy due to the stored pods in the container leaking
- Rumors of kinks and replacements needed from customers – which can be expected during the first release of a product.
All in all, we think the Verismo is great. Honestly, it just depends on what your preferences are for your home brewer. For some, this may be too limited. For others, the pods may be too expensive. If adding this machine to your morning routine is not in the cards right now, you do still have plenty to look forward to in k-cups – a.k.a the expiration of the k-cup patent equals way more variety than ever before!