This is a pure coffee geek post for my readers/fellow authors who are addicted to the stuff.
Generally, I use a French press for my daily brew. To me, nothing beats the convenience and flavor of that old standby. Plus, less stuff to throw out. No filters or cups. It’s pure coffee. For this reason, my Bonavita electric kettle is possibly my favorite small appliance. So if you like French press or pour over style coffee (like the Chemex, which I also have and use, especially when I have company), I’d highly recommend the Bonavita.
BUT, if you have a friend of family member that likes decaf, or if you just randomly crave a cup of coffee in the afternoon, having a one-cup maker is nice. My dad has a Keurig, which he really likes but I was intrigued by the Verismo by Starbucks. I’d heard that it made very good espresso and it also reminded my brother of a very fancy, very expensive Swiss machine that a former sister-in-law had at one time that made amazing coffee. (The Verismo machine is made in Switzerland, so it’s possibly by the same company, or at least the same technology.)
PROS: Good coffee. Hands down, it makes a really nice cup of brewed coffee. Milk pods and espresso pods are also available to make a cafe latte, and those are good too. I do put an extra shot of espresso in, but I do that at the coffee shop, too. For the most part, if you want an occasional cup, this is a great system. The quality is there. It’s also small enough to fit under my counter and has a pretty slim profile, and I like that.
CONS: Expense. It’s not cheap. But then, pod systems never are. I’d break it down this way, it’s more expensive than a French press, where you’re only paying for the beans, but it’s cheaper than a coffee house. For me, the convenience of being able to brew a single cup of decaf for my mom, brew the occasional latte, or make a quick cup while I’m running out the door is worth it. I’ll pay for the convenience, but I won’t use it for everyday brews.
So, I’m happy with it. I think the coffee is stronger than the Keurig system, which is important to me. The taste is excellent, unless you don’t like Starbucks blends, in which case, don’t get the system. It’s Starbucks coffee in a Starbucks system. You’re not going to find Verismo pods with Peets anytime soon. But for me, I like the Starbucks blends, particularly their blonde roasts and their espresso, so this works.
What are your favorite coffee gadgets?