Step 3: CBTL Espresso Capsule & Verismo Espresso Pod

The CBTL espresso capsule does not have a foil covered hole in the bottom like the tea and coffee capsules. Instead, it has small holes that the espresso is forced out of: espressed!

The Verismo has a different configuration at the bottom of the pod than any of the CBTL capsules even though it has the same size and shape.

If you put a Verismo pod into a CBTL machine, you will get an inordinate amount of grounds in your cup; therefore, you cannot use a Verismo pod in a CBTL, but you can use a CBTL capsule in a Verismo. I do not have a Verismo machine, but this is what I have been told. In the next step we will see why this is so.
Has anyone been successful at finding empty CBTL reusable coffee/tea pods? My wife and i just purchased this unit and would love to use our own coffee. If there isnt a way to use your own coffee can someone let me know what to safely reuse Verismo pods. <br>Thanks
You can recycle your CBTL pods, it is just a bit of work to clean them.<br> <br> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Seals-Starbucks-Verismo-Caffitaly-Capsules/dp/B00JJYKORC" rel="nofollow">Foil discs </a>are available to re-seal them (food grade adhesive).<br> <br> I do not know of a source for empty pods or a 'universal pod'.
<p>Whenever I use Versimo milk pods in my CBTL the milk stays in the pods. <br> I have poked holes in both ends, still most of the milk stays in the pod. I have <br>banged them on the counter, no help. Does anyone else have this problem?</p>
<p>With my latest box of Versimo milk pods I noticed that they were completely sealed and were causing back-up problems with my Americano. The fix was to use a safety razor to put a small slit at the base of the pod and through the top to allow the Americano to pierce the plastic easier. It is a bit of a hassle, but the convenience of the pods and the quality of the hot milk produced is worth it to me.</p>
First let me say that I do not know how much milk is left in the pods I use, if any. What I do is extract the pods using the short pull espresso button (&quot;Short Espresso&quot;, top button, smallest cup) on my Americano. This produces enough hot milk for my chai and the milk produced is quite good--not watery.<br><br>
Ok, thanks! I just ordered some seals, wasn't sure if those piecings in bottom would make a difference.
Do you need to cover the small piercing in the bottom of the pods before reusing them?
I never have.
<p>Not all aluminum is the same. Aluminum foil for food use is manufactured as an alloy that helps prevent large amounts of aluminum from leeching into the food that is placed in it. This is not the case with aluminum tape. Aside from the fact that the adhesive contains many harmful chemicals, the aluminum would readily contaminate your coffee. High levels of aluminum in the body can cause brain diseases and disorders, nervous system damage, bone disorders, and anemia. I am a Critical Care Registered Nurse, and I have actually seen a few cases of this (usually people exposed on the job). Yes, we are exposed to aluminum all the time- through pollution in the air and water, deodorant/antiperspirant, antacids, etc- but there is no reason to concentrate it and increase your exposure this way. You can achieve the same results recycling coffee pods using food grade aluminum foil.</p>
Good points. <br><br>I have basically gone to &quot;My-Cap.com&quot; seals. They are just easy, cost about 17&cent; each and are &quot;100-Percent FDA approved materials and BPA free&quot;. <br><br>For some odd reason I have become addicted to a cup of chai every afternoon at 3 PM. I am quite particular about it, not too sweet, just the right spice, etc. The foil seals allow me to refill quickly and without hassle and they pull off easily when it is time to refill.
<p>Those are good points on the foil tape. You can now get pre-cut foil seals with FDA approved materials and no BPA. At the time of this post they were about 20&cent; apiece at this <a href="http://www.my-cap.com/cbtl/foil-seals-to-reuse-your-cbtl-capsules-detail.html" rel="nofollow">site</a>. Others just crimp a piece of AL foil over the end.</p>
<p>ok dug around a bit more on re Foil Tape safety because I really want to do my own refills, chucking out all those plastic capsules giving me guilt trips... anyways, looks like Foil Tape that uses &quot;butyl rubber&quot; adhesives should be ok (or at least much safer than acrylic or other synthetic compounds) as food grade butyl rubber is what's used in chewing gum. &quot;Nashua Aluminum Waterproofing Repair Foil Tape&quot; that I found on Amazon uses a butyl rubber adhesive so Author got the right one after all it seems. Disclaimer: i'm no expert so feel free to check around yourself, just posting what I've dug up</p>
<p>Foil Tape Warning - check with the manufacturer and see what type of adhesive is being used. Acrylic adhesives may contain toxic chemicals that you probably wouldn't want to be passing hot water through for your beverage. Even if the manufacturer claims it is &quot;food safe&quot; find out exactly what they make it out of... check out this article regarding labels used on food that were found to have highly toxic materials: </p><p> <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/7756221/Toxic-chemicals-from-supermarket-labels-seep-through-packaging-and-contaminate-food.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddri...</a></p>
<p>I finally solved all my refill problems, I loved the coffee pot but it was way too expensive and time consuming. So my sister bought one that makes both kinds (k-cups and regular coffee) and so far, I am living happier ever after. I never tried the milk pods. </p>
This Instructable is for CBTL/Cafiitaly capsules. To my knowledge there are no K-cup milk capsules. The Starbucks Versimo milk pods will not work in a Keurig--or at least I don't think they will.
<p>I finally solved all my refill problems, I loved the coffee pot but it was way too expensive and time consuming. So my sister bought one that makes both kinds (k-cups and regular coffee) and so far, I am living happier ever after. I never tried the milk pods. </p>
<p>I bought the Starbucks Verismo Pikes Peak Roast and it has worked very well in my CBTL . Also bought Keurigs Lavazza Intenso and that does not fit so I will switch the coffee into one of my MT capsules. So far, so good! I think I will try the Foil Tape as the foil covers on Ebay cost a lot. I am glad to have seen this article, thanks, joyce</p>
You might also want to try Versimo milk pods, which also work in the CBTL machine. I put a milk pod in and then run the &quot;small cup&quot; espresso cycle to get about a third of a cup of hot milk. I follow that with a CBTL chai capsule. It makes chai the way I like it, just sweet from the milk and no added sugar. Running the chai pod after the milk pod &quot;keeps the pipes clean&quot; as well.
<p>Whenever I use Versimo milk pods in my CBTL the milk stays in the pods. I have poked holes in both ends without it changing anything. I have banged them on the counter, no help. Do you have this problem?</p>
<p>Thank you for the tips. I bought a pack of 100 circular foil seals on amazon for the Verismo that haven't arrived yet but I tried it with aluminum foil (no tape, just clipped and tightly tucked). It works for the Verismo espresso pods! It seems like such a waste not to recycle these pods, plus they're so expensive and you can use your own coffee by re-using the capsules. I find removing the Verimso top seals rather tricky but I'm game. The bottoms of the Verismo pods are different for espresso and coffee (the espresso pod is pierced with 1 small hole in the bottom plastic but the coffee pod has a larger bottom hole with a removable tab).</p>
I refill my CBTL espresso pods and use a small piece of heavy duty foil crimped over the edges and cut close to the edge. I drink lattes mostly and thought I could use powdered milk instead of the pricey milk pods. I put 6oz of hot water in my mug, add 2 Tbsps of dry milk powder and froth it with my Aerolatte wand frother. I put my mug back on my Americano machine into which I've inserted one of my espresso pods and brew a long shot into my frothed milk. Tastes great and a whole lot cheaper than using the purchased pods. As an aside, I would caution against using the foil tape as the industrial adhesive is not food safe.

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