Keurig Rivo Review

Overall Rating
80
Coffee Quality (40%)
70
Design & Features (20%)
85
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
85

The Bottom Line

Keurig's first machine designed to brew lattes and cappuccinos, the Rivo has since been discontinued and replaced by the Keurig K-Cafe and K-Latte. We'd go with one of those, but you can still find the Rivo online.
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Key Features of the Keurig Rivo

Key Features of Keurig Rivo

  • Product Line/System: Keurig 2.0 Rivo
  • K-Cup Compatibility: Keurig Rivo pods only
  • Brew Sizes: 1.4 oz, 2.8 oz
  • Water Reservoir: 60 oz
  • Water Filter: No
  • Display: Button control panel with buttons for Espresso, Lungo, Cappuccino Froth, Latte Froth, Cold Froth
  • Temp Control: No
  • Strength Control: No
  • Dimensions: 10.8"W x 11.4"D x 11.4"H
  • Weight: 17.0 lbs
  • Other Features: 15 bars of pressure, Auto-On/Off, comes with built-in frother and frothing pitcher with lid

Keurig Rivo Overview

As mentioned in The Bottom Line above, Keurig has discontinued the Rivo and released their new K-Cafe and K-Latte brewers.

Why did they discontinue the Rivo? Popularity and difficulty providing support for the brewer.

  • Popularity: As an espresso-only system that doesn't brew standard coffee, the Rivo just couldn't compete with any of Nespresso's awesome capsule-based specialty beverage brewers.
  • Support: The Rivo uses special K-Rivo pods, which aren't used in any other machine. In order to support the Rivo, Keurig needed to keep producing these pods, which just wasn't financially sustainable.

That's why they released the K-Cafe and K-Latte, both of which brew standard coffees and specialty beverages solely using K-Cups! These brewers appeal to a wider audience and are easier for Keurig to maintain.

What's the difference between the K-Cafe and K-Latte?

  • K-Cafe: Keurig's best brewer for specialty beverages, the K-Cafe has a 60 oz water reservoir and brews both standard 6-12 oz coffees and coffee concentrate for specialty drinks. Its dishwasher-safe frother has 3 modes for lattes, cappuccinos, and cold foam.
  • K-Latte: Designed more as a standard coffee maker with a concentrated coffee mode, the K-Latte has a 36 oz reservoir, a max 10 oz brew size, and comes with a non-dishwasher-safe frother with a single froth mode for lattes.

Pros

  • The only Keurig machine that brews specialty beverages, like espresso, lattes, and cappuccinos
  • Also brews standard coffees

Cons

  • Discontinued model and product line
  • Requires Rivo pods, which aren't produced anymore
  • Not nearly as good as Nespresso, so why buy?

Is the Keurig Rivo for you?

Is Keurig Rivo for you?

Today, there's no good reason to buy the discontinued Rivo, mostly because Keurig just doesn't manufacture the Rivo pods anymore.

That leaves you with two choices: the K-Cafe or K-Latte.

Go with the K-Cafe if you're a specialty beverage enthusiast. Its 3 frothing modes, including cold foam, really make a big difference. You might think of lattes and cappuccinos as "espresso with frothed milk," but the froth is different for both. Latte foam is more uniform, smooth, and silky. Cappuccino foam is much fluffier and aerated with hot milk on the bottom. And, of course, the cold foam setting is great for iced specialty beverages.

Go with the K-Latte if you're a coffee drinker who enjoys the occasional specialty drink (mostly lattes, obviously) and you don't mind the max 10 oz brew size.

Keurig Rivo Review: An In-Depth Look

Check out the Keurig Rivo!

Check out Keurig Rivo!

Keurig Rivo
Keurig's first machine designed to brew lattes and cappuccinos, the Rivo has since been discontinued and replaced by the Keurig K-Cafe and K-Latte. We'd go with one of those, but you can still find the Rivo online.

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