The Rivo system is a single serve espresso machine from Keurig that uses specially designed Lavazza espresso pods, and allows you to make espresso and espresso based drinks in your own kitchen – at a touch of a button.
Keurig Rivo is a complete espresso brewing solution for home use. You can make an espresso, latte, cappuccino, an 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 that you normally use: whole, skim, rice, 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.
Rivo offers two different espresso sizes: 1.4 oz and 2.8 oz. That’s like a single or a double espresso shot on classic espresso machines. Of course, this is not a final size of your latte or cappuccino. Combined with milk, you get normally about 6 – 8 oz beverage. For frother, Rivo has three different frothing modes: cappuccino, latte and cold froth.
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. (ps. Rivo comes with a quick guide/recipe book with 10 recipes to help you make your first beverages)
The Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System retails for $199.99.
Keurig Rivo Lavazza Pods
It’s no secret that I love Lavazza, so I’m really happy to see that Lavazza makes the Rivo pods. According to Keurig, they will try to keep the Rivo system as exclusive as possible, so I don’t expect to see new pods in the near future. Right now, there are 4 different Lavazza 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. On Amazo, 72 count pack retails for $49.00, or $0.68 per drink. Free shipping included. At Keurig .com , Memeber Price will save you $1.50 for every 18ct box, which makes them $0.74 per drink. Free shipping on orders $45 and more.
Keurig Rivo is not compatible with regular k-cups, Verismo or Nespresso pods. It works only with Lavazza Rivo espresso pods. Also, the 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.
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? No, this machine is only compatible with the Rivo-Lavazza coffee pods.
Can the Keurig Rivo brew tea? No. You can use it to get hot water, but it’s not the same as using keurig tea k-cups. If you want a machine that uses single cup tea packs, this is not the right machine.
Keurig Rivo reusable cup?! Unfortunately, they don’t have a refillable rivo cup in the offer, so you won’t be able to use your own coffee (not yet, at least).
Keurig Rivo brew sizes?! The Rivo offers two brew sizes 1.4 and 2.8 oz. That’s like single and double espresso shot. Of course, this is not a final size of your latte or cappuccino. Combined with milk, you get normally about 6 – 8 oz latte/cappuccino.
How do you remove used coffee pods from Rivo cappucino & latte system? The machine will automatically push down an empty pod into the pod bin, once you open the handle.
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.
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/skim 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? Regular 2% milk will give the best 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 won’t froth?! For some reason, Rivo machines can sometimes have problems with the milk fother. One of the readers Dave has a smart solution (thanks for sharing Dave): “For anyone having issues with the frother Karen pointed out what may be causing your issues. The second or third time that I used it I figured that it would be better to push the rubber stopper all the way up so it was in contact with the lid. If you do that it actually prevents the wisk from spinning at all. You’ll get warm milk, but that’s it….and it may make a funny grinding sound. Slide the rubber stopper back down the shaft that the wisk is on, then slowly slide it up….there is actually a little indent that it is supposed to sit it. And there should be a gap up about a quarter of an inch or so between the stopper and the underside of the lid. Since figuring this out we haven’t had a single issue with our Rivo, and we use it a lot.”. I hope this helps. If not, then make sure to contact their customer service – you can find the contact info here.
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 866-901-BREW (866-901-2739).
Keurig Rivo vs Verismo?! Personally, I love the fact that Rivo uses Lavazza coffee and fresh milk! The Verismo uses milk pods (which I don’t like), but you can skip this by heating up fresh milk in your microwave or frothing it up with those small, handy milk frothers. There’s a small difference in the pod price: rivo $0.83 per pod, Verismo $1.00 per pod. But, the Verismo does offer several extra options. You can make espresso, but also regular coffee & teas. They have a total of 15 different pods in their offer, and the machine retails for $119.00.
Keurig Rivo vs Nespresso?! Both machines are very convenient and simple to use. The main difference is the pod choice. Even though you can make all kinds of espresso based drinks using 4 available rivo pods (it’s not that you can make only 4 drink types), the Nespresso has 21 different pod in their offer! That’s just better. There’s also a difference in the price of the pods : rivo $0.83, nespresso $0.65 per pod.
I like that Rivo has a bult-in frother. With Nespresso 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 machine (the one that makes espresso and brewed coffee!) + Aeroccino milk frother for just $185.00 on Amazon (free shipping included). The Nespresso VertuoLine system offers a choice of 8 brewed coffee capsules and 4 espresso capsules, including few decaf options. Price: $0.95 per capsule for coffee and $0.75 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.
Where to buy Keurig Rivo in Canada? Keurig Rivo is available for purchase in Canada. The prices are the same as the prices here. For more info visit keurig.ca.
Water filter for Keurig Rivo? They don’t make water filter for the Rivo machine. Also, the available Keurig water filter (the one for k-cup machines) won’t fit. Keurig just recommends using bottled water in your Rivo.
Keurig Rivo TV offer: I’m not 100% sure but I think that there were 3 different Rivo offers last year. It was something like 30 day risk free Rivo trial, including Rivo packs and what not. Here are the offers that have aready expired: 22.rivoTV .com ; rivotvoffer .com ; 83.trykeurigRIVO .com (to see if the offer has expired, you need to type the url address directly in your browser (Google usually won’t show it in the search results).