During the days leading up to Christmas, employees at the Fashion Valley mall's undersized Starbucks pulled out their new Verismo coffee machine and demonstrated its coffee- and espresso-making abilities for passing patrons and customers.
On one of those days, a Starbucks employee who was offering samples from the single-serve coffeemaker ran out of cups and dashed into the stockroom to get more. When the employee returned, the machine had disappeared.
At first, the employee thought one of their coworkers had taken the machine back into the tightly packed store, but that was not the case. Someone had walked off with the coffee machine, which is priced at around $200.
The Verismo is the Starbucks version of the Keurig single-serve coffeemaker. Starbucks reportedly entered the market in September, after Keurig's patent on the single-serve "pods" expired.
I phoned the store today, December 31, and asked an employee whether or not they had found the missing Verismo. The busy barista sighed heavily and replied, “No."