We don't have a Starbucks close to us, the closest one is over 100 miles away, so having this Verismo 580 at home I can make some of my favorite drinks right at home. The day that I received it and when hubby got home, the first thing we did was take it out, rinse the machine and brewed up our first cup of coffee and the results were...
|I have always wanted to make designs in my coffee and now I can with the frothy coffee made by the Verismo 580.|
Absolutely fantastic... Hubby loves the Starbucks espresso pods and felt that the coffee was just like the coffee he drank in Africa. He makes his coffee by using 2-3 shots of espresso with 2 -3 tablespoons of condensed milk. I use one shot of espresso and then 1 regular coffee with milk or almond milk and 1 tbsp condensed milk. It is also good with a splash of chocolate creamer. Don't tell anyone but I do use the pods two or three times and they still taste great, just a little bit less strong with each use. I haven't had time to make anything with the espresso, but I have some ideas in mind, so keep watching..
With the Verismo machine we also received 12 espresso pods and in the box of the machine was a sample pack with Espresso, House Blend and Teavana Chai Pods. The Chai was out of this world. I am a big fan of chai and the 5 pods were gone with a few days. We have ordered more Espresso and Chai pods for more great coffee and tea.
The best thing about this machine is how fast you can get coffee. Place your pod in, turn on the machine, wait few seconds, push the button and you have wonderful smelling coffee in seconds... Another positive feature of this brewer is that the old pod drops down into a container that can collect up to 10 pods before you have to throw them away, just watch as it also collect some water in the container too, so you need to get rid of the water before you throw the pods in the garbage. The cup holder is adjustable so that you can use a small cup for your espressos and a larger cup if you are making regular coffee. The last great plus of this machine is the easy clean up as it has a rinse function by pressing the espresso button with the handle up to let water rinse through the machine.. Perfect.
Now, with everything there are some negatives. When we made our first cup of coffee, the first thing we noticed was the noise of this machine. It has a loud noise as it is making the coffee but as the coffee comes quickly, it doesn't last long. The other feature that is not as good, is that the water tank is at the back of the machine. As most people will have the back of the machine against the back of their cupboard, you do have to pull it out to place more water in the tank. I also find it cumbersome to put back in place. Although none of these negatives will stop us from using this wonderful brewer.
|A cup of Cafe Au Lait made with Starbucks Espresso Pod and the Verismo 580|
and Beignets make a perfect breakfast or afternoon coffee treat.
We can pretend that we are in New Orleans instead of snow country.