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 or iced lattes. The brewer is a bit bulky but works great.
On top, there’s a handle and that’s where you insert the Rivo espresso pod. Next, 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 use 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.
Rivo retails for $199.00, but since it was recently discontinued you can now get one for less than $130.00.
EASY OF USE
Using Rivo is easy and clean – there’s no grinding, measuring or tamping. No matter what your skill level or experience is, you will be able to make a great cup of espresso with this machine. 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 cup sizes: 1.4 and 2.8 ounces. 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.
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.
For detailed Rivo instructions, you can download a copy of Keurig Rivo manual online.
KEURIG RIVO PODS
Keurig teamed up with 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) to create Rivo pods. They decided not to make a ton of different pods like with their k-cups, but to offer only a few quality pod options. 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 it can’t do regular coffee or tea. You can, however, craft an Americano, which is a great espresso replacement for regular coffee. If you prefer regular coffee over espresso, classic Keurig k-cup machine would probably be a better fit. If you want a machine that can do both, I recommend the Nespresso Vertuoline.
Keurig Rivo reusable cup?
Unfortunately, they don’t make reusable pods for Keurig Rivo. However, there are foil seals for Lavazza pods you can use to reuse used pods.
Also, a good way to save on Rivo pods is to buy them in bulk. You can get a 90ct Lavazza pod box for $68.00 on Amazon, which makes them $0.75 per pod.
Rivo compatible pods?
Italian coffee capsules are compatible with the Rivo system.
RIVO MILK 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 recommends 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, what happens if that 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 a 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 cappuccino & latte system, just pull out the drip tray and the bin will come out with it. Clean and dry and place back in its 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.
Making coffee with the Keurig Rivo is a simple process. It’s the perfect brewer for espresso drinkers, especially ones who want convenience.
UPDATE, DECEMBER 2016: KEURIG RIVO HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED
Keurig has recently discontinued the Rivo platform. You can continue to purchase Rivo pods at select retailers and at Keurig .com. The company expects the Rivo pods to be available for the next three years. The brewer will also still be supported in case customers need service assistance or replacement parts.
RESOURCES & LINKS
Keurig Rivo compatible pods: Italian coffee capsules
Reusable Rivo pod options: They don’t make reusable Rivo pods. You can get foil seals for Rivo pod type and reuse used pods.
Good alternative: Nespresso VertuoLine single serve espresso and coffee machine.
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