If I remember correctly I think you can change the shot volume on those machines. That being said I wouldn't recommend one - I was market testing it before it was released for sale and found it to be pretty poorly made and the "espresso" that came out was even worse. At least give them a very good try before buying one!
(I took the money that I was paid for market testing and bought a better machine! I suggest everyone buy a better machine than the Verismo. The base Verismo machine sells in Australia for AU$80; another Starbucks ripoff.)
For the most part, we tend to not use these machines, in part to the lack of adjustability built into them and the use of pods or in this case, Kcups which is very stale ground coffee.
Do you own one or are you considering buying one? Espresso can be quite the expensive hobby and a lot of people are not interested in investing $600 to $1200 for a starter setup so the superautomatic and pod/kcup machines are popular with many people.
A quick view of the Verismo website, http://www.verismo.com/en-us/ shows it to be a fairly inexpensive Kcup machine, most of these machines are fixed in volume. Some can be fooled by not filling the built in water tank to the line and so it gets less water than it was designed for, making a smaller drink.
I have had drinkable coffee from the Keruig (however you spell it) when staying in motel rooms and it was much better than what is normally in the lobby, burning on the machine for hours.
What is it that you are looking to get, stronger coffee? More espresso like?
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Posted Sat Nov 16, 2013, 7:44am Subject: Re: Verismo Question ...
The Verismo machine was available at Macy's and Dillard's here in Boise ID (and Starbucks stores, of course). They are all gone and the consumables are being sold off at deep discounts. I know the black apron gal at one of the larger SB shops and she impied, without being disloyal to her employer, the shop had to stop demoing the units in the store because the so-called espresso and the reconsitituted milk were literally undrinkable. Even regular SB know-nuthin's could tell the difference. Add enough hazelnut syrup, though, and you can drink anything.
If you want a single-serve unit, stick with the larger, programmable and adjustable Kuerig systems. But do yourself a huge favor and carefully taste test the output of several brands of the consumables. Taste carefully. Take a go-cup of your favorite black coffee with you to the demo.
Convenience is the only sellable feature for these single serve systems. The pods are expensive and they are filled with lousy coffee and tea and the extraction method just barely qualifies as "brewing."
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