Keurig Rivo system is a single serve espresso machine that allows you to make espresso drinks at home, fast and easily.
The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System is a complete espresso brewing solution for home use. You can make espresso, latte, cappuccino, iced latte…anything. The brewer is a bit bulky, but works great.
On top, there’s a handle and that’s where we insert the rivo espresso pods. Next to it, an easy to operate control panel for brewing your espresso beverages (check the ease of use section for details). The machine works at 15-bar pump pressure, which is ideal for pulling out good espresso shots. Brewing temperature 167 -176 °F is slightly lower than optimal though.
On the left, there’s a 60 ounce removable water reservoir. Rivo water reservoir doesn’t have a water filter why Keurig recommends using bottled water.
What I love about this machine is its built-in milk frother! With this brewer, you don’t have to buy a separate milk frothing unit nor you have to buy milk pods. Keurig Rivo has its own frother and uses fresh milk. Just use the milk option you normally use: whole, skim, rice or almond. For great results, the frother offers three different frothing modes: cappuccino froth, latte froth and cold froth. The max fill line for the pitcher is 6 ounces.
And, few more details: a small platform that you can open and use to bring up small cups. Auto on/off feature to help you save energy and a pod bin, which can hold up to 10 used rivo pods.
EASE OF USE
If you want a “simple to use & no messy kitchen” machine that makes great espresso, cappuccino or a latte, you will absolutely love this machine.
With Rivo there’s no grinding, measuring, tamping. You have to know absolutely nothing about pulling out espresso shots or milk frothing. Just take the Rivo pod, insert the pod into the machine, pour some milk in the milk frother unit, press a button or two and in few minutes, your espresso is ready.
The Rivo has two brew sizes: 1.4 and 2.8 ounce. That’s like single and double espresso shot on a classic espresso machine. Of course, this is not a final size of your latte or cappuccino. Combined with milk, you get normally about 6 – 8 oz drink.
No matter what your skill level or experience is, you will be able to make a great cup of espresso with this machine.
To make a cappuccino, take 1 rivo pod and brew espresso at short espresso setting. Take a milk frother and fill it with milk to MIN fill, close, return to the unit and press the cappuccino froth button. When done, just pour the milk over the espresso.
To make a latte, brew 1 espresso pod at short espresso setting. Fill the pitcher with cold milk to MAX fill and press the Latte froth button. Again pour the milk over the espresso and you’re ready to go.
And it’s easy to make iced drinks with cold froth option. Of course, Rivo comes with a quick guide/recipe book with 10 recipes to help you make your first beverages. You can also download a copy of Keurig Rivo manual online, with a detailed Keurig Rivo instructions.
Keurig Rivo Lavazza Pods
I’m a big fan of Lavazza (the company was founded in 1895 in Italy and it’s one of the most important roasters in the world, with 17 billion cups of Lavazza coffee consumed yearly worldwide), so I’m really glad that Keurig teamed up with Lavazza to create Rivo pods. Also, this time they’ve decided not to make a ton of different pods like with their k-cup brewers, but to offer only a few (quality) pod options: “To offer the consumer an assortment – wide enough to showcase a range of tastes without becoming overwhelming by offering too much choice.”. Right now, there are 4 Rivo pods to choose from:
Classico – medium roast, sweet floral and fruity notes.
Delicato – medium roast, Rainforest Alliance Certified with chocolate and citrus notes.
Intenso – dark roast, full body, butter and caramel notes.
Decaf – decaf option, medium roast, smooth, citrus and dried fruit notes.
Normally, one 18 count box of Rivo pods retail for $14.99, or $0.83 per drink.
Rivo pods contain about 75 mg of caffeine per serving. For low caffeine option, choose their Decaf Rivo pods.
Can you use regular k-cups in Rivo
Keurig Rivo is not compatible with regular k-cups, Verismo or Nespresso pods. It works only with Lavazza Rivo espresso pods.
Does Keurig Rivo make regular coffee
This machine makes only espresso and espresso based beverages so you can’t do regular coffee or teas with this machine. You can however, craft an Americano, which is a great espresso replacement for regular coffee. If you prefer regular coffee over espresso, maybe you’d like to check out new Keurig 2.0 k-cup brewers.
Keurig Rivo reusable cup
Unfortunately, they don’t have a reusable Rivo pod in their offer.
There are however, foil seals for Lavazza pod type available to purchase online. A 100ct foil pack retails for $15.99. You need to open used pod, clean it, fill with your own coffee then close with a foil. It works great for most people but for some there’s too much work…So it’s really about price vs. convenience, but it’s still an option. Another good way to save on pods is to buy them in bulk. You can get a 90ct Lavazza pod box from Amazon for $68.00, which makes them $0.75 per pod.
MORE ABOUT THE FROTHER
As mentioned before, what’s really great about this machine is its built-in frother. With this brewer, you don’t have to buy a separate milk frothing unit or powdered milk pods. The Rivo has its own frother and uses fresh milk. There are three different frothing modes: cappuccino froth, latte froth and cold froth and honestly, that’s all you really need.
Can you use soy or almond milk in the Keurig Rivo
Yes, you can use any type of milk you like in the frother. You can use regular or dairy free milk. However, you will almost never achieve the same level of froth with almond or soy milk in comparison with whole/ 2% milk. For better result, Keurig recommend to always use cold milk in the frother, and not to use milk below min and above max values.
Keurig Rivo best milk to use for froth
2% milk will give a great froth. But, if you have any allergies, it’s best to use the milk option that you normally use. Your health is much more important than froth volume.
Can you use flavored creamers or syrups in the Rivo frother
According to Keurig, adding any other ingredient besides milk – in the frothing pitcher, like syrup, creamer or ice cubes can sometimes damage the machine and it’s not recommended. However, most people use a combination of flavored creamer and milk in the Rivo frother. Personally, I don’t think that creamer can cause a damage to the frother since it has the same texture like milk. I definitely wouldn’t use sugary syrups or ice cubes in the frother though. Also make sure to clean the frother thoroughly after each use. As I mentioned, the manufacturer doesn’t recommend this so it’s a matter of personal choice and no one can guarantee that this won’t cause a damage to the system.
Rivo frother overflow
Normally, that happens if the milk was below the MIN line. When using your Rivo frother, it’s really important to not go below the MIN line and not above the MAX line.
MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT
Keurig Rivo includes a limited one-year warranty for normal home use. Customer service help is available 7 days a week at 866-901-2739. To keep your machine in a good shape clean the external parts or the brewer regularly using damp cloth and descale it every 3,4 months.
The machine will automatically push down an empty pod into the pod bin, once you open the handle. To remove used coffee pods from Rivo cappucino & latte system, just pull out the drip tray and the bin will come out with it. Clean and dry and place back on it’s place. Here’s a detailed guide on how to clean/ descale your Rivo machine properly.
Water filter for Keurig Rivo?! Keurig Rivo doesn’t use a water filter. Also, the available Keurig water filter (the one for k-cup machines) won’t fit. Keurig just recommends using bottled water in your Rivo. But honestly, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using regular tap water as long as you descale it regularly.
KEURIG RIVO VS OTHER BRANDS
Keurig Rivo vs Verismo
I love Lavazza pods and I think it’s great that Rivo machine uses fresh milk. Verismo works with powdered milk pods (and they don’t taste very good) but you can buy a separate frothing unit, which is additional $60.00. There’s a small difference in the pod price: Rivo $0.83 per pod, Verismo $1.00 per pod. Verismo on the other hand offers an extra option, because it can do espresso but also regular Starbucks coffee. The Verismo 600 machine retails for $149.00.
Keurig Rivo vs Nespresso Vertuoline
Both machines are very convenient and simple to use. The main difference is the pod choice and a possibility to make brewed coffee with VertuoLine machine. I like that Rivo has a bult-in frother. With VertuoLine you need to get a machine and a separate milk frother unit. But you can often find them on sales. For example, right now you can get new Nespresso VertuoLine + Aeroccino milk frother for only $199.00 on Amazon, including free shipping. The Nespresso VertuoLine system offers a choice of 8 brewed coffee capsules and 4 espresso capsules, including few decaf options. Price: $1.10 per capsule for coffee and $0.85 for espresso. The only thing about Nespresso is that you can’t purchase capsules from your local retailer but you need to order capsules online or over the phone. But it’s easy and I think they ship the next day. So, Nespresso is a pretty good option too.
Rivo won’t froth?! Check to see if the rubber stopper is all the way up or in contact with the lid. There must be a space between the lid and the stopper, so slide it down a little bit. That should solve the problem. If this doesn’t help, I recommend to call Keurig customer service. Customer service help is available 7 days a week at 866-901-2739.
My frother does not heat. The milk froths but it’s still cold after the cycle is completed? If you use regular (not cold froth) button, then the milk should always be worm. Since that’s not the case, you should call Keurig customer service and ask them to help you troubleshoot the machine.
My Keurig Rivo is making a banging noise when I froth milk? According to Keurig, the banging noise is normal during the frothing cycle. If the fother is working properly, then everything is ok. Of course, you can always call Keurig customer service for more info.
Making coffee with the Keurig Rivo is a simple process. It’s the perfect brewer for espresso drinkers, especially ones who want convenience.