Coffee, the nectar for many sleep deprived parents. For me a good cup of coffee is a real treat and always when I go out shopping or out with friends I try to head to my nearest Starbucks to get a proper coffee fix. At home my usual instant coffee just doesn’t cut it and I used to dream about being able to make gorgeous cappuccino’s and latte’s in my kitchen that would perk me up and allow me to tackle the tantrums of Miss Roo with zealous and glee. Thanks to Starbucks Verisimo coffee machine I no longer have to dream – this is now a reality!
I was lucky enough to be sent one of their really swanky new Starbucks Verisimo coffee machine; which promise not just coffee but an ‘experience’ at the same time. Now, I am 35 and get a bit flustered so wasn’t sure if I was cut out for an ‘experience’ whilst making my coffee and was apprehensive about what lay ahead.
The lovely team at Starbucks PR had told me that the Verisimo coffee machines were clever and could both espresso and brewed coffee. Meaning that sleep deprived mums and dads can now bring the magic of their favourite Starbucks recipes from the famous coffee houses to create a freshly brewed cup of Starbucks® coffee – at home.
So what clever features does it have to justify the £149 price tag (which is pricey compared to other coffee makers on the market)?
Verisimo Coffee Machine Features
- High-pressure brewing system heats up and is ready to make Starbucks-quality beverages in less than 15 seconds. Great for a quick coffee when you’re on the go.
- Variable temperature system allows for optimum coffee extraction and milk steaming.
- Integrated rinse function helps keep machine clean. Pretty handy as my old Tassimo used to get blocked up and a pain to clean.
- Height-adjustable drip tray accommodates differently sized cups. This was the only thing I struggled to work out how to use at first (doh!)
- Auto-off activates after 5 minutes to save energy.
- Easily removable water tank makes refilling simple.
- Built-in used pod removal automatically moves up to 10 pods to storage for easy cleanup.
I must admit when I had unpacked the box and put it on my unit it looked pretty sexy; all black and chrome against my black granite tops. I could have been in my local coffee house had it not been for the play-doh on the floor and cat biscuits that Miss Roo had knocked over whilst chasing her Moshi Monsters around.
Using it was simple; really simple. Fill the water reservoir; turn it on. Pop a coffee pod in the pod tunnel (it probably has an official name) and press the ‘GO’ button. The kitchen is filled with the sound of ‘perk, perk, perk, whoosh’. There’s a beautiful smell of fresh coffee, in front of me is a steaming beautiful latte.
It tastes divine. Like someone from Starbucks has waltzed in with one of their in store coffee’s and then waltzed out again. It’s hot – as hot as I’d expect if I made a cup of coffee from my whistling kettle. In fact even when I get rudely interrupted by door to door sales for three minutes it’s still hot.
With 6 different types of coffee from the famous Starbucks range to choose it’s true that there are not countless flavours as there are with other brewers. You can pick from 3 brewed coffee selections that are mild, medium or dark roasts or choose regular or decaf for the latte/espresso pods. There are also syrups available to customize your drinks, but compared to other brands on the market the coffee selection is limited.
I was though impressed with the Starbucks Verisimo coffee machine. It was quick to use, slimline on my unit and didn’t take up a lot of space and was a bit of fun to do with Miss Roo as it was that easy to operate even she was able to do it and pop the pods in the unit! The coffee was consistently good, time after time the taste and temperature were spot on and compared to my usual coffee I could tell in a blind taste test which of my cups was a Starbucks and which wasn’t.
Whilst it may be a bit of a splurge item for most of us who are watching our wallets more and more these days, the quality and design of this unit together with it’s simplicity to use would for me win me over to buy one and add it to my list of kitchen gadgets. If you also want great coffee every time that tastes as good as the coffee you get in Starbucks and you hanker for a good cup of a weekend then this is a machine that is worth investing in.
—-Disclaimer: for the purpose of this review I was sent a Starbucks Verisimo coffee machine to try out and review. Interested in getting a review, competition or guest post for your product? Contact me Charlotte Everiss for details.