A couple weeks ago, Keurig and Lavazza introduced a brand new cappuccino & latte system called the Rivo.
This new machine allows you to make delicious espressos, cappuccinos and latte coffees, in your own kitchen – at a touch of a button.
The Rivo system is actually a combination of the Keurig machine and Lavazza espresso pods. The machine looks truly amazing, and it’s very simple to use. Just take a Rivo pack, place it in the coffee machine and your espresso will be ready in less than a minute. Take a look:
Rivo offers two different espresso sizes (1.4 oz and 2.8 oz) so you can make both, regular and short espresso. Of course, when making cappuccinos/lattes we’re using milk, so this is not the final size of the drink.
And, here’s what I really like about the Rivo: it has a built-in milk frother with three different frothing modes: cappuccino, latte and cold froth. Plus, and this is important - it uses fresh milk - the one that you already have in your fridge. Yes, that’s right, you can use real milk, low fat, almond milk… & you don’t have to buy special milk pods, like when using Starbucks Verismo.
The Rivo has a 15 bar pump pressure, which is ideal for this type of coffee makers. That means that you won’t get just some airy foam, but you will get the real espresso crema on top.
It comes with a 60 oz removable water reservoir and a small platform that you can use to bring up small cups or just close it up to fit large cups. Of course, there’s a removable drip tray and used pack storage (it can store up to 12 used pods).
Keurig Rivo Lavazza Pack
As far as the Rivo Lavazza pods, there isn’t much to say. There’s Lavazza espresso inside and Lavazza means quality. Rivo pod offer includes 4 different varieties: Classico, Delicato, Decaf (medium roasts) and Intenso (dark roast).
Using these pods as a base for your drinks you can make all kinds of espresso drinks, lattes, iced lattes, mochas etc.
Price: $15.00 per 18ct pack.
If you’re looking for a really popular machine that’s convenient to use, makes great tasting espresso drinks and has all those cool features, the Keurig Rivo is an ideal coffee maker. It uses Lavazza espresso, fresh milk, there’s no grinding, tamping, cleaning etc.
In fact, no matter what your skill level or experience, you will be able to make a great cup of espresso based drinks ( hot & cold ) with the Rivo.
Keurig Rivo release date : May 2013.
Keurig Rivo pods: 4 varieties – Classico, Delicato, Decaf and Intenso
Reusable Rivo filter: No
Uses fresh milk/ milk pods: fresh milk
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 a 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 proper sized drink.
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. Plus, right now you can get the Verismo machine on sale for only $119.00. You can literally get two Verismos for the price of one Rivo machine.
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.
Rivo won’t froth?! Some Rivo machines can have problems with the milk fother. If this happens, make sure to contact their customer service. Keurig does have one of the best customer services and I am sure they will be able to help. You can find the contact info here.
Also, here’s what one of my readers Dave says (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.”