Starbucks Verismo 580 Review

The coffee market has become filled with pod-based makers and while the popular K-Cups have slowly received a bad reputation, Starbucks' coffee makers and pods are nearly as good as a store-bought cup of coffee.

Unlike with many of the other pod-based machines, the Verismo 580 from Starbucks produces coffee that tastes almost indistinguishable from what you would receive at an actual Starbucks store. While the price may be higher cup-for-cup, it is hard to beat the convenience of having a nice cup of coffee within seconds.

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In general, the Verismo 580 does take a little while to brew a cup of coffee (nearly 50 seconds) but can whip up an espresso in less than 15 seconds. Since the quality is by far the best I have seen so far, the additional wait time is worth it and still far better than regular drip coffee.

For the sake of the review we tested the Masala Chai Tea, Pike Place, Guatemala Antigua Espresso, and Starbucks' House Blend coffee. All of the flavors were great and the slow inclusion of Teavana products among Starbucks' pod lineup is nice to see.

Perhaps one of the worst things about the Verismo is its lattes, or more specifically, the milk pods. Since Starbucks decided to use powdered milk pods for latte brews, the overall taste is diminished significantly. Although there are a select few people that seem to like the milk pods, the general consensus seems to be that they are far worse than actual milk, and we agree.

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By no means is the Verismo the most elegant coffee maker available but when it comes to quality and taste, it beats out most of its competition (especially in its price range.) Sure, the milk pods are not as good as we would have hopped, but the vast majority of coffee drinkers should be happy with the Verismo 580.

Rating: 9/10

Price: $149.00

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