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.
Keurig Rivo retails for $199.99 (now on sale for $149.00). Each machine comes with a limited one-year warranty, a 12 count Rivo variety box and free shipping.
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 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, 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 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 on 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 DEC, 2016 : KEURIG RIVO HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED
Unfortunately, Keurig has recently discontinued the Rivo platform. You can continue to purchase Rivo pods at select retailers and on the 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.
For more details, please contact Keurig Customer Service.
Here’s a list of places where you can still buy Rivo pods, along with some other links/ articles. You might want to save them for later.
Places to buy Rivo pods:
keurig .com: available: all varieties;
Bed, Bath & Beyond: Classico | Intenso | Decaf | Delicato (available online and in stores)
Amazon: Classico | Intenso | Decaf | Delicato
Keurig Rivo compatible pods:
Italian coffee capsules
Reusable Rivo pod options:
Unfortunately, the reusable Rivo pod never came out. But, you can get foil seals for Rivo pod type and reuse used pods.
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. See Kurig Rivo cleaning routine