In this Keurig Rivo Review, we are going to look at the Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte system– an excellent unit for gourmet coffee lovers.
Keurig is one of the prominent brands, known to produce various premium-quality single serve coffee makers (K-cup). For those who want to bring the luxury of the bistros in the comfort of their home, here’s an interesting cappuccino and latte system for you.
This revolutionary appliance provides Italian espresso-making experience, as it uses Lavazza espresso pods and features exceptional milk frother for brewing.
You’ll be surprised at the deliciousness of the end results.
So if home-brewing is your thing then keep on reading this detailed Keurig Rivo review.
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Keurig Rivo has the ability to produce rich lattes and cappuccinos, rivalling specialty drinks found in coffee shops. Best thing about Rivo is that it can brew coffee and froth milk simultaneously.
Here is what we liked while preparing this Keurig Rivo review:
Why We Like It:
Keurig brings an Italian espresso brewing experience to your homes with its revolutionary Rivo Cappuccino and Latte system.
This elegantly designed coffee maker flaunts a sleek, modern black exterior with glossy silver accents. The design of the control panel is kept minimalistic with just 5 buttons onboard. Overall, the machine looks reliable, simple and compact enough to go on any kitchen countertop.
It measures about 11.4”H x 10.8”W x 11.4”D and weighs around 17 lbs. (7.7 kg). Hence, it falls under the category of lightweight coffee makers that can effortlessly fit into constrained spaces.
It looks a bit bulky and big, but it won’t create much problem.
The Keurig Rivo comes with an extremely simple control panel featuring 5 touch buttons.
All these functions not only allow you to brew espressos, but also craft other milk-based drinks with endless possibilities. You can make delicious espressos, lattes, cappuccinos and even cold coffee like Frappuccino using the ‘Cold Froth’ function.
To prevent splashing, make sure you brew your short espressos on the provided elevated shelf, whereas lungo espresso shots can be pulled on the lower drip tray.
On the side of the unit, there’s a clear water reservoir that can hold 60 ounces of water. With such high-capacity water tank, you can easily brew several cups of coffee without frequent refilling. This in turn cuts your wait time between cups to a great extent.
The water tank has a removable design for quick and easy cleaning, as and when required.
Only downside is that the water reservoir does not accept a water filter. Which is why, you need to use only the best quality of water with Rivo coffee maker, instead of using faucet water.
The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System creates 15 bars of pressure to brew delicious espressos under 60 seconds.
The end result is a delicious espresso shot along with richly frothed milk to let you brew cafe-quality cappuccinos and lattes at the comfort of your home.
A Keurig Rivo review is incomplete without the mention of its biggest highlight viz. Dual dispensers.
Many espresso machines out there are not capable of making espresso and froth milk at the same time, even if they have dual boilers. Most units can only perform one task at a time.
But that’s not the case with Keurig Rivo.
It has a convenient design that lets you brew espresso as well as froth milk on the other side simultaneously, thus, saving a lot of time.
Inbuilt plastic milk pitcher has around 20 ounces of capacity. It also has MIN and MAX marked lines for measurement guide.
With this pitcher, the milk will be frothed in less than 2 minutes. You can directly add the frothed milk to your brewed espresso to get that perfect, rich crema on top. Or, you can simply add it to any other drink to make a different type of fancy milk-based beverage.
For user convenience, the Keurig Rivo comes with an energy-saving mode where it automatically turns on and off.
Meaning, you can program it to automatically turn ON and start brewing whenever you want. And, also program it to turn off whenever you want.
Having an automatic turn off feature will make sure the unit shuts off on its own after several minutes of idleness. Besides, it will also keep your energy bills at bay.
The base of the Keurig Rivo features an adjustable drip tray that can accommodate espresso mugs of various sizes.
Right above the drip tray, there’s a foldable tray designed to accommodate small espresso cups.
When you insert the coffee pod at the top of the machine, it gets punctured and pressurized to get maximum extraction from the entire pod.
As the water gets filled into the pod, the Rivo pods swell up until the pressure causes the bottom of the pod to pierce. That’s where the coffee starts dispensing. Such brewing process is what makes the Lavazza espresso pods superior in quality, taste and flavor than other coffee pods in the market.
Keurig’s K-cups are basic, but these Rivo pods are specially designed for this single-serve machine.
Rivo pods can be made in two sizes: Short or Lungo. And they come in 4 different types viz. Classico, Delicato, Intenso and Decaf; you can choose whichever suits your taste.
The Keurig Rivo does not require you to weigh your pre-ground coffee or grind the beans in the burr grinder. Nor does it demand any kind of tamping or filter set up. You can quickly pull an espresso shot in less than a minute with this coffee pod brewer.
Each person has a different choice and preference when it comes to milk. Some like whole milk, while others may like drinking only soy milk or almond milk.
Many coffee machines out there have restrictions as to which type of milk or water should be used. But thankfully, Keurig Rivo will efficiently froth any type of milk of your choice- be it almond, low fat, full fat, soy or non-dairy. This way you can craft your coffee as per your preferred taste with no restrictions whatsoever.
The Keurig Rivo is extremely easy to use, even beginners can brew coffee with it, without any mess or hassle to deal with later on. The control panel is kept clean and minimal with just 5 backlit rubber buttons.
In case of any issues while oprtaing this machine, we have a guide on how to fix them that can help you.
Since Rivo is a capsule machine, there’s minimal cleaning involved.
As mentioned earlier, the Keurig Rivo coffee machine is impressively fast and produces your favorite specialty drink in less than a minute.
Lastly, as long as you are realistic about what you will be getting out of this machine for the price paid, you will not be disappointed.
Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks of this machine that are worth mentioning. First thing is that it comes with limited options for coffee pods.
Restraining its versatility, there are only 4 types of coffee pods provided with it viz. Classico, Delicato, Intenso and Decaf. And, this machine is not compatible with other Keurig pods.
Therefore, if you are planning to make myriads of versatile coffee beverages with this machine, you might want to look elsewhere. This one is rather suitable for milky coffee lovers, as the quality produced by Lavazza coffee pods is excellent.
It will save you a fortune on coffee shop lattes.
Although the foam produced by the Rivo coffee maker is rich, creamy and thick, it is not ideal type of microfoam required to create latte art.
For best results, you may want to use trial and error method to see what type of milk works best with the frother.
If you use low fat milk, the milk will froth better.
The foam that comes out in the end will certainly be good though.
In the box, the Keurig provides Rivo Cappuccino and Latte maker along with instruction manual, 12 Rivo espresso packs and different recipes. This is so you can get your hands on the unit and start brewing your drink right out of the box.
To make a great latte or cappuccino, all you need is a good inbuilt frother- and Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte system has that. Overall, the machine is simple, easy to use and does what it promises.
We have seen in the Keurig Rivo review how simple and effortless it is to create delicious drinks with this unit at just a push of a button. The 3 different frothing modes add value to its overall functionality and gourmet coffee lovers are going to adore this machine!
Keurig Rivo uses Italian Lavazza Rivo pods, so you are sure to get consistent, superior quality espresso without any doubt.