The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System is named after the Italian word for “revolutionary”. This name, Keurig argues, aptly describes their new home brewing system, which is simple, quick and easy to use, and on top of that, it is able to make truly high quality caffeinated beverages. This, Keurig says, is what makes this brewing system so revolutionary. Well, the description sounds promising, but is this system as good as advertised? In order to answer this question, we read numerous Keurig Rivo reviews and tested the appliance ourselves. The condensed results are presented below – here is everything you need to know about the Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System, from price to design to features and actual performance.
Let us begin by discussing the design and dimensions of the Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System. It has a classic coffee brewer design, with a matte black plastic shell, control buttons on the top of the machine, espresso nozzle and milk frother in the front.
Aesthetically, this brewing system is not the best on the market, however in terms of efficiency and consistency, you cannot find a better one in its price range.
Due to its smart design, you can prepare espresso and froth milk, if making cappuccino or latte, at the same time.
So the design is very efficient and most reviewers agree that the whole brewing process takes about 2 minutes. With 15 bars of pressure, that should not be surprising. The dimensions of this unit are 11.4 x 10.8 x 11.4 inches, so it is really compact and it should fit in nicely on most kitchen countertops.
In terms of consistency, we find that this brewing system makes a great cup of espresso, consistently. You might think that that’s a given with any brewing system, but that could not be further from the truth. Actually, finding consistency with home brewers is challenging, because brewing coffee is a complicated operation, even if it does not seem so. That is why you need a whole unit rather than just a kettle and some ground coffee beans to make a really high quality cup.
This home coffee brewing system has two basic functions: espresso brewing and milk frothing. While the first one is self-explanatory, you might be wondering why you need the second one i.e. what milk frothing is. Milk frothing refers to the process of warming and preparing milk in such a way that an overflowing mass of small bubbles is created.
Frothed milk is an essential ingredient in many coffee-containing drinks, such as cappuccinos and lattes. Thus, the second basic function of the Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System is necessary if you want to be able to make more than just a cup of thick, hot espresso. Indeed, going over the Keurig Rivo reviews shows that most people really enjoy having this option and a lot of them are of the opinion that the milk frother is simple to use and very convenient. We are inclined to agree. You just need to place a coffee pod, press a few buttons and place your cup under the nozzle. It is really foolproof. Regarding the frothing option, you can choose from three different froths – cappuccino, latte or cold froth. As for the options regarding the espresso function, you can choose between a short espresso and a Lungo.
Regarding the milk frothing function, here is a practical tip that is not included in most Keurig Rivo reviews. It is more a frother-related advice than a Keurig Rivo-specific advice: in the beginning, give yourself time and experiment with different milk and foam levels.
The frothing cup does have a minimum milk requirement, but beyond that it is up to you how much milk and foam you want in your coffee. Thus, take the time to experiment early on and do not get discouraged if you do not get the perfect result on the first on second try – just keep at it and, with so much variety, you will find your perfect blend eventually. In general, put less milk if you like less frothing (maybe just a hair under the minimum fill line) and put in more milk if you want more frothing.
Another note regarding the frothing function, and this one coming from a number of Keurig Rivo reviews: apparently, a certain minority of users have noticed diminished frothing after a few months. Interestingly, it turned out that this was not due to the machine itself, but due to the type of milk that is used.
When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense! What is more likely to change over a few months – the machine or the type of milk you buy? Thus, it is good to keep in mind the conclusion of these reviewers – that whole milk does not froth as well as skimmed or 1% milk does. This effect will be more and more pronounced as the milk approaches its “best by” date.
Compatible Coffee Pods
Back to the coffee pods we mentioned earlier in describing the brewing process, here are some more details. The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System is intended to be used with coffee pods made by Lavazza. They make some of the highest quality coffee pods after years and years of roasting experience.
Thus, it should not be cumbersome that these pods are intended for this brewing system – look at it as the perfect match of two high-quality inputs for a high-quality output! It is worth mentioning that the standard order of a Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System comes with a variety of coffee pods included in the package. The bonus variety box includes Lavazza Espresso Classico, Lavazza Espresso Delicato, Lavazza Espresso Intenso and Lavazza Espresso Decaf.
Many of the Keurig Rivo reviews pointed out three other useful features. Two of those are the automatic on/off function and the energy saving mode. Both of these functions make it a bit more convenient to use this home brewing system. The third feature is not related to the Rivo per se, but to Keurig. A lot of reviewers had great things to say about the Keurig customer service, especially those reviewers who had issues with a diminishing frothing function.
Before they found out about the relation to milk, many of them requested a new unit when the old one started to “malfunction”. They all say that a new unit was sent to them promptly, without any mention of “maybe you do not understand how the machine works” or “you might be mistaken in your assessment”. This is certainly a plus, when looking to buy any kind of product.
That concludes our discussion of the main issues related to price, design, features and performance of the Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System. We hope our overview and synthesis of Keurig Rivo reviews gives you all the details you need to decide whether this is the right home brewing system for you or not.
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