Keurig Rivo : Your Rivo Questions Answered!

June 15, 2015

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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 6 oz and 8 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 $199.99.

 

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 can agree. As I mentioned, there are 4 different Lavazza Rivo 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.

Price: $14.99 per 18 ct box, or $0.83 per drink.

 

 

FAQ
Can you use regular K-cups in Rivo? No, this machine is only compatible with the Rivo-Lavazza coffee pods.

 

Does the Keurig Rivo make regular coffee? No, the Rivo machine uses only espresso pods. However, an Americano coffee is a great espresso replacement for regular coffee and you can craft one with this machine. If you need a single serve machine that makes only regular coffee, check out these popular K-cup machines.

 

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. But, that’s an espresso. When making lattes and cappuccinos you will add milk and get a proper size drink (normally 6 – 8 ounces).

 

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 forther, 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 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.

 

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 Verismouses 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. WithNespresso 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 $0.70 per pod.

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PROS


15 bar pump pressure (ideal for espresso)
removable water reservoir, 60 ounce
platform for small cups
space to store used rivo pods
built-in milk frother, three frothing modes (uses fresh milk, no need to buy special milk pods or separate frother unit)
easy to make iced drinks with cold froth option
simple, user friendly control panel
optimal 2 cup sizes, one and double shot
– includes limited one-year warranty for regular home use

 

 

CONS


4 pod options total, 1 decaf (but you can still make all kinds of espresso beverages)
only makes espresso & espresso based drinks
brewing temperature 167 -176 °F, slightly lower than optimal

 

 

PRICE


Rivo portion packs, 18ct box = $14.99 ($0.83 per drink)
Keurig Rivo Cappuccino & Latte System, $145.00 (the Coffee Pro )

 

 

 

 

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