The Rivo system is a single serve espresso machine from Keurig that uses specially designed Lavazza espresso pods, and allows you to make quality espresso drinks in your own kitchen – at a touch of a button.
If you want a simple-to-use-no-messy-kitchen machine that makes delicious espressos, cappuccinos or lattes, you’ll love this machine:
Rivo has a 15 bar pump pressure, which guarantees that you’ll get a real espresso, not just some airy, foamy coffee drink. It has a nice sized 60 oz removable water reservoir and a small platform that you can use to bring up small cups (when using large cups, just close it up). Of course, there’s a removable drip tray and used pod storage space (it can store up to 12 used pods).
When making drinks, you can choose from two different espresso sizes: 1.4 oz and 2.8 oz. That’s like a single or a double espresso shot, just like when using the regular espresso machine. Important: 1.4 oz and 2.8 oz is just an espresso. Your latte or cappuccino is usually between 8 oz and 12 oz, when you add frothed milk.
Now, for the milk. The Rivo has a built-in milk frother that uses fresh milk! You don’t have to buy special milk pods or anything, just use that milk you already have in your fridge. You can use 2%, low fat, soy or almond milk. And, for the best results, the Rivo frother has three different frothing modes: cappuccino, latte and cold froth.
here’s a cappuccino – super quick & simple.
It’s pretty obvious that, no matter what your skill level or experience, you will be able to make a great cup of espresso, cappuccino or iced latte with the Rivo.
The Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System retails for $229.99. Note: The regular Rivo price from the very beginning is $229.99. However, for some reason at Bloomindale’s it retails for $315.00!!!, with occasional sales (the sale price is usually $229.00!). I really have noting against them, it’s just I don’t see why would someone want to spend an extra $86 for the same machine. Personally, I would pick a different place to get my Rivo. The Amazon price goes from $229.00, up to $240.00 I think (FREE shipping included). It’s the same at Keurig.com, $229.99 + free shipping.
Keurig Rivo Lavazza Pods
It’s no secret that I love Lavazza espresso blends, so I’m really happy to see that Lavazza makes the Rivo pods. You’ll have a great tasting espresso. They have 4 different espresso pods for the Rivo.
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. They believe that they’ve found just the right blends for different tastes, and I absolutely agree. As I mentioned, there are 4 different Rivo coffee pods:
Classico : medium roast, sweet floral and fruity notes.
Delicato : medium roast, chocolate and citrus notes. Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Intenso : dark roast, full body, butter and caramel notes.
Decaf : medium roast, smooth, citrus and dried fruit notes.
Can you use regular K-cups in Rivo? No, this machine is only compatible with the Rivo-Lavazza coffee pods.
Does Keurig Rivo make regular coffee? Rivo isn’t the happiest choice for those who love regular coffee since it uses only espresso pods. If you want to make regular coffee, more pod options or refillable pods as an option, I would recommend regular K-cup machine.
Rivo reusable cups?! Unfortunately, they don’t have a reusable rivo pack in the offer, so you will not 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. But, that’s just an espresso. When you add frothed milk, you’ll get a proper sized drink.
Can you use soy or almond milk in the Rivo frother? 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.
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 definitively 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.
Where can I buy Rivo cups locally? At this moment, Rivo pods are not as widely available as k-cups (my local Target and Walmar.t don’t yet carry them). But, I would try finding them at Bed, Bath and Beyond. In fact, you can use “find in store” option to see if your local store has them in stock (price: $14.99 per box). Great little tool.
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.
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. And, I like that Rivo has a bult-in frother. With Nespresso you can, either get the machine + milk frother, or you can get one of the combo models: Umilk $229.00 or Citiz+Milk $299.00. There’s also a difference in the price of the pods : rivo $0.83, nespresso $0.65 per pod.
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).
Keurig Rivo release date : May 2013.
Keurig Rivo pods: 4 Lavazza espresso varieties – Classico, Delicato, Decaf and Intenso.
per drink/pod: $0.83
Reusable Rivo filter: No
Uses fresh milk/ milk pods: fresh milk