The chain’s upgraded single-serve coffee maker takes Nespresso head on.
Love getting your morning Starbucks but hate having to wait in line (or remember to pre-order on its app)? Soon, you’ll be able to get Starbucks quality coffee and espresso drinks—right in your own kitchen.
Today, the coffee chain announced the release of an updated version of Verismo, their at-home brewing system. The new system, “V”, lets you play barista with the ability to brew your favorite coffee blends (think House and Pike Place) from pods. It also brews shots of its premium espressos, like the Colombia NariÃ±o and Yirgacheffe varietals available in stores. Unlike its older system, which launched in 2012, the “V” now brews larger cups of coffee (10 ounces), can accommodate different mug sizes, heats up quicker (15 seconds), and is all around quieter. There also aren't separate “milk pods” for lattes or cappuccinos this time around—much like Nespresso, the V can be used with a separately purchased milk frother. The system is currently available for preorder on Verismo.com and will be available to purchase in select stores starting Friday, October 21.
The “V” System brewer will sell for $149 and the milk frother will sell for $59. Both machines will also be sold together for an “Everyday Bundle” price of $179. This is a significant price cut from its first model, which hit stores for $199. It’s also considerably less expensive than some of its competitor brewers out there
And if you preordered a machine and are looking for a new signature drink to make yourself, may we suggest the oatmeal latte?