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I have the newer model, the Verismo 600, and it came with the milk frother and some coffee and espresso pods to get your started. (Here is an affiliate link to the Verismo580 that comes with 70 pods). My mom also got us a nice variety of boxes of pods to taste. My first question, of course, was can you use the Keurig pods with the Verismo and you cannot. The Keurig pods are "k-cup" and the Verismo pods are "k-fee". They are different sizes, and the Verismo pods have a little foil tab that you pull off before you put it in the machine. I'm going to do another post soon comparing the major brands to make it all a little easier to digest. If you're a Starbucks-a-holic you will be happy to use the k-fee pods which you can get at Costco, Bed Bath Beyond or online (that affiliate link is to a bulk pack but you can buy individual boxes of different roasts too, there are also coffee subscriptions as well). The downside to the Verismo is that Keurig has many more k-cup options and is available at more retailers (cheaper too) - Trader Joes even has k-cup pods, and technically you can buy Starbucks coffee in a k-cup pod for the Keurig. BUT the Verismo does something that Keurig can't...
There is this other cool feature that allows you to set the machine to brew coffee to the exact amount you like, up to 7oz. Since the Starbucks pods are probably higher quality than most of the Keurig pods, it is a little on the strong side for me, so I prefer the blonde and medium roasts but also I set the machine to brew the largest possible cup. If it's still on the strong side for you, you could use the rinse or espresso buttons to add a little more water.
If you're leaning towards the Verismo for the espresso option, I highly recommend getting a system with the milk frother, which you can read about here.
Hope this was helpful! I'm going to repost the Amazon links below:
Verismo k-fee pods:
Keurig k-cup pods: