When pod brewers first hit the market, I was far from impressed. Why would I ever want to drink coffee that wasn't made in a French Press, espresso machine, or coffee brewer? Let's remember though, Keurig was the first of its kind. Since then, companies like Starbucks and Nespresso have come out with their own versions of the pod brewer and the battle has begun.
Being a former Starbucks barista, I feel as though I should be pushing for you to go out and buy the Verismo. Unfortunately, I cannot say that my allegiance lies with Starbucks this time around. Overall, the Verisimo fails to impress. Starbucks offers a few coffee roasts in pod form, but variety is not their forte in these regards. Oh, and milk pods with powdered milk? No thanks.
The best thing about the Keurig is that is doesn't pretend to be something it's not. It's not steaming or frothing milk. It's a brewer - coffee, tea, hot chocolate. At the end of the day, it does exactly what it is meant to do - brew. On top of that, the options and brands of products compatible with the Keurig machine are endless. There is something for everyone. So, when I go up to Door County, I don't mind running down to the kitchen and brewing myself a single cup of coffee while everyone else is still asleep.
When it comes the cream of the crop pod brewers, Nespresso wins hands down. When I lived in Spain, Nespresso was all the rage - every apartment and household owned one. I've only ever had samples of espresso from Nespresso's original line of espresso machines. As I have said many times before, I am a coffee snob and have high expectations. So when the shot of espresso pulled and formed a thick rich crema, I was instantly impressed and my mind was further blown at first taste. I thought to myself, There was no way that this shot of espresso had pulled from a pod, it couldn't be. When I saw the commercial with Penelope Cruz for Nespresso's newest machine, the Vertuline, which makes both espresso and coffee, I knew that I had to find some way to get my hands on one. However, $299 is unfortunately not lying around in my sock drawer. Until then, I will just have to make my way to the closest Sur La Table and ask for a sample!
Have you tried these pod brewers? What's your favorite?