Chances are, if you’re in the market for a single-serve, ultra-convenient coffee machine, Keurig will be one of the main brands you consider. After all, in many ways, Keurig=coffee=convenience. It’s not the only single-serve option out there, though. Another great contender is Verismo K-Fee.
So you’ve done a little research, and you’ve narrowed it down. In a kitchen showdown between Verismo vs Keurig, or Verissimo vs Keurig if you prefer, how do you decide which one to buy?
Which Machine Is Better?
Our Winner: Keurig K-Café
The Keurig K Cafe Coffee Machine
The Keurig K Café Coffee Maker is a single-serve coffee machine from the market leader. The super-simple to operate machine is compatible with all K-Cup pods and makes latte, coffee, and cappuccino – hot or iced.
While you can obviously choose from the hundreds of delicious K-Cup variants, you’re not limited only to those blends and flavors. This coffee maker also works well with the My K-Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter so you can whip up a brew using your favorite coffee blend in no time at all. Brew up to 6 cups before you even need to think about refilling the removable water reservoir.
- COFFEE, LATTES & CAPPUCCINOS: Use any K-Cup pod to brew coffee, or make delicious lattes and cappuccinos.
- SIMPLE BUTTON CONTROLS: Just insert any K-Cup pod and use the button controls to brew delicious coffee, or make hot or iced lattes and cappuccinos.
- LARGE 60oz WATER RESERVOIR: Allows you to brew 6 cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
- SMART START: Your coffee maker heats, then brews in one simple process. No need to wait for it to heat before selecting your cup size.
- ENERGY EFFICIENT: Programmable auto off feature automatically turns your brewer off 2 hours after the last brew for energy savings.
The chic and sleek charcoal lines of the K Café will blend in with any kitchen. The auto-off feature gives you extra peace of mind. It ships with a milk frother which is dishwasher safe and you can even vary the strength of your cup of joe.
Pros & Cons
The K-Fee Twins II In A Nutshell
The K-Fee Twins II Verismo coffee and espresso machine comes in black and copper or black and chrome, or a very distinctive dull rose gold and cream. From one of the market-leading brands in the world of coffee, this machine is compatible with Starbucks K-fee pods (Starbucks Verismo pods).
This coffee maker has a large water tank. It’s easy to see when the tank needs refilling, and whether it’s a small, intense espresso you’re keen to enjoy or a travel mug of milky coffee, this machine has an option for it.
- Stylish brewer adds a pop of color and coffee-brewing functionality to your kitchen countertop
- Super fast heat up in less than 15 seconds and brew time of 20 seconds
- Auto shut-off feature
Unusually for a single-serve coffee machine, this one is known for the great crema it produces.The design is attractive, but the water tank at the side might mean a little kitchen counter re-arranging is necessary.
Pros & Cons
Verismo vs Keurig: A Side-By-Side Comparison
So both machines look great. Both are reasonably and fairly priced. Both are easy to clean and maintain, and both use pods or capsules so your coffee is as fresh-tasting as it can be.
So how do you make your mind up between the two? What are the essential differences between the K-Fee Verismo Twins II and the Keurig K-Cafe coffee machines?
Ease Of Use
Both the K-Café and the Twins II are extremely easy to set up straight out of the box. Make sure you have clean, fresh water to hand and make sure you have the pods of your choice and your favorite drinking vessel. Fill up the water tank, insert the pods, prepare the cups, supply power, and press the button.
Both machines are very quick, producing drinks in less than a minute; the Twins II takes around 20 seconds. You don’t need to wait for the K-Café coffee maker to heat up before you can choose the size of the beverage you want; it heats then brews in one simple process.
Water Reservoir Capacity, Cup Size, And What Pods To Use
The capacity of the K-Café’s water reservoir is 60 fluid ounces, and the tank is removable to make refilling and cleaning easily. You can happily use travel mugs up to slightly over 7 Inches tall with this machine.
The water reservoir on the Verismo machine is a very generous 78 fluid ounces. You can also easily see what’s happening with the water level as the tank is on the side of the machine.
Brew choices on the K-Café are 6, 8, 10, or 12 fluid ounces. If you need a more robust-tasting brew, then select the Strong Brew option.
The Twins II machine is compatible with a range of Verissimo coffee pods including Starbucks Verismo and Mr. and Mrs. Mill. When it comes to pods, the K-Café takes any K-Cup pod or the Universal Reusable Coffee Filter. It does not brew K-Carafe pods, K-Mug pods, Rivo pods, or Vue pods.
Energy Use And Maintenance
After two hours the K-Café automatically turns itself off if you haven’t used it. If this is not suitable for you, however, you can disable this feature. Both machines are very streamlined so don’t require much maintenance beyond regular descaling. It’s fair to say you’ll need to carry out this procedure more frequently if you live in a hard water region.
Cappuccino, Coffee, Espresso Or Latte?
While Keurig K-Cups offer a huge variety of beverages, it’s fair to say that their coffee machines are a little late to the cappuccino and latte market. With this coffee maker, however, they’ve taken the plunge, and it’s been worth the wait. With the K-Café, cappuccino comes to Keurig. As does latte, at long last.
If you’re having issues frothing the milk you’re using with the K Cafe Keurig, you might get better results with a different milk variety. And it might sound like we’re trying to teach granny to suck eggs, as it were, but it also helps to use the lid that’s supplied with the frother.
Under the coffee shot option, brew a concentrated shot of your favorite caffeinated (or decaffeinated) drink. Then froth your favorite milk for a luscious latte or a creamy cappuccino. Whip up a refreshing iced latte or a reviving cold cappuccino: the choice is yours. There’s even a cold option for the milk.
The crema layer you get from the Verismo is highly likely to surprise you: it’s extremely good for a machine of this kind, and all of the components of the machine work well together. The K-fee pods are sealed to keep the freshness and the aroma of the coffee safe and sound until you make your brew, so you know you’re always going to get a quality cup of coffee.
Style And Dimensions
In terms of its physical characteristics, the Keurig K Café machine weighs 13.25 pounds and measures 17.3 by 14.2 by 14.4 inches. The Verismo, on the other hand, weighs 10 pounds and measures 13.5 by 13 by 10 inches. The design of the Keurig K-Café makes much use of curves, arches, and circles, while the Verisimo is more of a combination of angles and curves.
We would recommend making sure that the Keurig K-Café machine is plugged into its own power socket, not an extension lead of any kind. This is especially important if you’re planning on using the auto-off feature.
We have a couple of caveats: for a small coffee maker the K-Café is on the larger side, and it’s better at the creamy coffee drinks than espresso type beverages. It produces dark and rich coffee but doesn’t have quite the crema you’d expect from an authentic espresso.
And if you like piping hot drinks you might find it really helps to heat your milk a little first in the microwave before the frothing commences. On the other hand, the Keurig Cafe ships with a steaming wand, which is also dishwasher-safe (the top rack of the dishwasher is recommended).
It can be tricky to find single-serve coffee machines that produce equally delicious lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos, but the super-versatile Verismo might just fit the bill. You do, however, have to buy your wand separately.
Verissimo vs Keurig: The Final Verdict
Our Winner: Keurig K-Café
In this latest round of the battle of the single-serve coffee machines, what distinguishes the Keurig K-Café versus the Verismo? Our five star choice in this round is…(drum roll) the Keurig K-Café.
While the Keurig company produces great, innovative coffee machines, it’s fair to say that frothy coffee has not been their strongest selling point. With this machine, all that changes.
If, however, frothy coffee isn’t really your thing, or you need a coffee machine with a larger water tank, the Verismo might suit you best. We’d give the Verismo Twins II a respectable four stars. It’s just not as edgy as the K-Café. Speaking of edgy, where DID we leave that latte art guide…? (Did we mention milk frothers?!)
Hi my name is Larry, a coffee aficionado from the US. I have already visited Colombia, Sumatra, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Jamaica in my pursuit of finding the best-tasting coffee beans. I currently write from Bali and enjoy the relaxed life that you can find only in Indonesia. Welcome to my coffee world!
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