Starbucks, the global coffee chain, is to launch its new Verismo at-home coffee machines for sale in Britain through Selfridges, its own stories and on its new website, The Times reports. Starbucks describes the system as “the first at-home single cup solution to deliver perfectly crafted Starbucks Caffé Lattes, espresso, and brewed coffee, consistently and conveniently, all from one machine”. Verismo combines Starbucks-sourced 100% arabica coffee, the same served in Starbucks cafes. “Add to that, Starbucks expert drink recipes and natural milk pods made from dairy and the result is an at-home coffee experience that meets the high expectations of Starbucks customers.” Two version of the machines will cost either £149 or £349, with re-fill pods costing £5.99 for 12. “For more than 41 years, we have been committed to bringing exceptional coffee and espresso beverages to our customers,” says Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive. “We are applying that passion and commitment, once again, to the fastest growing segment of the coffee market, the multi-billion-dollar premium single cup segment, with the introduction of a breakthrough at-home Starbucks coffee experience that is second to none. What we are bringing to market today has been impossible until now.” Jeff Hansberry, Starbucks president of channel development, said: “The size of the premium single cup market is approximately $8bn globally, having grown more than 143% over last year in the US alone. With more than one out of three brewers sold last year being a single cup machine, this is more than a trend. “Customers want convenience when it comes to making coffee, but they don’t want to compromise quality and flexibility, including the ability to craft both espresso beverages and brewed coffee from one machine, and that’s what the Verismo System delivers.” Separately, Starbucks has signed a deal with The Independent which will see its i sold at 600 of its sites from 1 October. Starbucks will provide i to its customers from Monday to Saturday and will also sell The Independent on Sunday. The newspaper said that the partnership with Starbucks would allow it to reach and build “greater awareness amongst busy 25 to 44-year-old professionals”.