Keurig Rivo Review – Cappuccino & Latte Brewing System R500

Keurig Rivo Review – Cappuccino & Latte Brewing System R500

Hey guys, I’m Brian
with Thanks as always for joining me
here in my virtual coffee shop, brought to you by I have an exclusive
video for you today. I know we say that a lot, but we’re
going to be talking about a machine today that is a little bit hard to
get your hands on, and a lot of folks are going to be really interested in. And we’re talking about the Keurig
Rivo R500 Espresso Brewing Machine. I’ve been pretty impressed
with the machine. We’ve been playing with it here in
the studio and so we’re going to tell you guys everything
that we can about it. Show you how it works and give you
an overview of all its features. So let’s dive in and talk about the new Keurig Rivo R500
Espresso Brewing System. Let’s start first off by talking about
what’s in the box, as we always do. We get, of course, the Keurig
Rivo R500 Espresso Machine. This is a pretty hefty machine.
It’s a little heavy to pick up. So you’re going to need
a little bit of counter space, but definitely
a very cool machine. Inside the box you also have your
documentation, your Let’s Begin, and then you’ve got some
more information right here. You actually get a coupon. In this pack we got a coupon
for milk, which is interesting. Some other notes about just how to
use the machine and some recipes. Finally, there’s a variety of
12 Rivo Espresso Packs right here. And we’ve used one. But you’re going open this up and you’re going to see the four
different types of Rivo Packs. And that’s pretty much everything
that comes in the box. Very straightforward
and easy to set up. So let’s start talking
about the Rivo itself, how we set it up
and make use of it. We’ve disassembled the Rivo R500 here,
to just kind of show you the parts, and we’ll put it back together as
we talk about each of the parts. The tray is pretty straightforward. It has a capture bin
for your spent Rivo Packs. And then it also has a fold-down tray
on it for being able to utilize small espresso shot glasses. The primary tray is this plastic
silver tray which sits just into the main body
of the tray. It will fill up with water
as you use it, and you’re going to notice
that it has a small floater. That little floater is going to float
upwards when you’ve filled the tank. The tray sits inside
of the machine very easily. You just slide it in. This way you can remove it in order
to empty out your spent Rivo Packs. The water tank is
a bit small, I think. But again, you’re brewing espresso, so really you’re not going
to need a ton of water. It’s real easy to remove and fill. It just has this simple lid on it
and you can simply fill it up. The tank sits right on the body
of the machine, and locks down. You could also fill this
obviously by just removing the lid and filling it up while
it’s attached to the machine. That’s real easy to do. Now, let’s move to my left-hand side
of the machine here and talk about one of the very cool innovative
features on this machine, and that is
the milk frothing pitcher. Now I’ve got the pitcher right here,
and it’s pretty straightforward. If we take it apart, you’re going to
notice that it has a frothing whisk here that looks a lot like
the whisks that we’ve seen on most milk frothers
that we’ve worked with. And it has this tube. This tube is going to help
to infuse air into the milk. In order to use it, you just simply
place that down and onto the pitcher. It sits on it because there’s
a notch which keeps it on. And then it has a max fill
and a minimum fill line on it. So that lets you know, of course,
how much milk you need to put in in order to make the beverage
you would like to make. Now, this pitcher sits
pretty easily onto the unit. You can simply slide it in,
and if the machine is turned on, this machine will turn itself
off after two minutes. But if the machine is turned on,
and you hear it beeping right there, which should mean that
it’s ready to brew. If we take out the milk pitcher
and push it in, we’re going to hear a small beep. That little beep lets us know that
we’re ready to start frothing milk. We’ll talk about doing that in a moment. So that’s a pretty cool feature and it
does increase the size of the machine, because again, this whole
left side sort of has to be dedicated to frothing milk. But the cool thing is you’re going to be able to do
all of these features in one. So that’s pretty much
the front of the machine. Let’s move up and talk about the
controls on the top of the machine. So here we have the buttons and
they’re all backlit, which is cool. They’re made of rubber, so they have
a little bit of grippiness to them. And this is where you’re actually
going to control your brew. Now you have two
espresso shot options. You can do a short and lungo. A short is 1.4 ounces, and a
lungo is going to be 2.8 ounces, so pretty standard when
you come right down to it. Above those three buttons you
have your milk frothing buttons, and you’ve got
a cappuccino and latte. They’re pretty self-explanatory
because they look like what you expect with those beverages. A cappuccino has more froth,
and a latte has less. And then you also have
a cold froth button. So if you want to just froth milk, but of course not heat it up,
you can use that button for that. You can see
they’re nice and backlit. They blink when the machine
is in ready to brew mode. So it’s very cool and easy. You don’t need an LCD screen
or anything like that to really operate this machine. Now the pressure pump in the
Rivo is a 15 bar pressure pump. So that’s the standard for an average
pressure pump in an espresso machine. We’ve seen higher in some
machines, going up to 19 bar. But 15 is the minimum at least
required pressure amount in order to get a good
pull of espresso. And of course, you’re also going
to be using that pressure to froth your milk
in many different ways. So, all of that put together leads
us up to the top of the machine. On the very, very top. And this
is where you put your Rivo Packs. This is pretty straightforward. Again, it opens up and you insert
a pod, just as what we’re used to with most single serve machines. It’s got a lot of heft to it. It’s actual metal, which is cool. And it really locks down on top of
that pack in order to puncture it. Now when you’re done brewing,
that empty pack is going to drop into that tray
that I showed you guys earlier. And then you can continue
brewing, or of course, move on and just
have your beverage. Let’s talk about brewing
some espresso using the R500. It’s really easy to do. Now as I say, we have now another
entry into the world of coffee pods. There’s essentially, probably
going to be hundreds, in the future we would think. But this is the newest one,
and this is the Rivo Pack. They come in these boxes, as I say,
you’re going to get a sample pack with the R500, but you’re going to
want to get more and so you can buy them in these packs of 18. Now let’s just show
you the pod real quick. Now it obviously is pretty slim,
and that’s because with espresso you’re not going to need as much
coffee, obviously, in order to get the flavor that you’re looking for. So it’s very slim, it’s vacuum sealed,
has a foil top on it, and each one, of course is going to be labeled
with the type of coffee that is in it. Now in order to brew all we need to do is open up to the R500 and we’re going
to take our Rivo Pack and we just place it into the R500,
essentially in any direction. There’s no special direction it
needs to go or anything like that. Just place it in, and then
we’re going close it up. And that’s going to puncture it. Now again, I need to
power the machine on. The machine has a
two minute auto time off, so it will turn itself off
after 2 minutes. So if you’re going to be using
it over the course of the day, you’re probably going to be
turning it on and off a lot. That’s okay, it’s going to
save energy, which is good. Now, we’re going to go ahead
and brew some espresso I’m just going to put a simple
regular size mug right here. And we will do a lungo this time.
Again, 2.8 ounces. We’re just going to
simply press that button. The machine beeps, the pump starts going and it’s
going to start brewing our coffee. It’s definitely fast, and it’s
not loud. I do like that. That pressure pump is, again, 15 bar,
which is a lot of pressure. But I’ve heard some machines that
I have talk louder over them. This one does not have that. So it’s nice that it’s not
a very loud operating machine. And the pull of espresso definitely
looks impressive, I have to say. You get that layering, and I’ll show
that to you when this is all done. Now the cool
thing about this machine is that you can actually
froth real milk using the R500. There’s our espresso shot. You can see, nice and layered.
I have a good crema right there. And again that is a lungo shot. If I open up the pod collector
right there, I’m going to empty that spent
pod down and into the tray. Now we’re ready to go
ahead and froth some milk. Let’s pull out
the frothing pitcher, and we’re going to fill this
up with a little bit of milk. Just take that lid right off and we’ll fill this up, and we’ll go
ahead and we’re going to make a latte. so we’re going to do the max
fill line right here, just about. Make sure you’re not overdoing it,
because if you overdo it, you’re typically not going to
get the froth that you expect. Simply just take our lid and we’re
going to place it back onto the pitcher. And we’re going to slide it
into the frothing bay. Now again, you’re gonna hear it beep. You need to listen for that beep. When you hear that beep that it means that the machine is ready
to froth your milk. Now we’re going to choose our froth. I’m going to do a latte, so I’m going
to use the center button right here. And now it very simply starts
spinning and frothing our milk. That whisk is doing the job as well
as there’s pressure being injected into the milk, and that air is going
to give you the actual bubbles that you expect
off of frothed milk. The heat of that espresso combined
with the heat of your milk should give you a nice hot beverage. And when our milk is done,
which it is done right now, we’ll measure the temperature
of that as well. So let’s go ahead and take
out our frothing pitcher. Again, it’s quick,
which I really like. It beeps at you when it’s done, so if
you happen to step out of the kitchen or something like that, you’re going
to know when it is all finished actually frothing your milk. And this is our frothed milk, and you
can see it is actual frothed milk. I actually have foam happening here,
which is great. This is real frothed milk,
not a powder or anything like that. Let’s test the temperature
of this as well. About 150 to 155 degrees Fahrenheit.
That’s pretty good. You know that’s combined of course
with the heat of your espresso. It should give you
a pretty good beverage. And there you go. And again, one more time. Let’s just check our
overall temperature right here. I think we’ll get probably somewhere
up to about 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Which we’re pretty close to,
about 150 to 155. So it’s not too bad. Again, it’s going to give you a nice
hot beverage, which is pretty important. There’s nothing that is more of a drag than a cold beverage if you
did not expect a cold beverage. And that’s a latte out of the R500. I’ve got to say,
it’s pretty impressive. It looks good, it tastes
quite good as well. Let’s talk about pricing on the
R500 and the pods, because we know a lot of folks are interested
in the cost of the pods. Because any time there’s a new pod we
expect for them to be quite expensive or something like that, to maybe
add to the cost of the machine. So let’s talk about the overall cost. $229 for the R500, which I think
is pretty darn good actually. If you were to buy a separate
espresso machine, a separate milk frother, you would
probably spend well over $229. So for a one-stop shop for doing
everything you need to do making espresso-based beverages,
not too bad at $229. For the pods, you’re looking at
18 pods, a box of 18, for about $15. So about 83в a pod. That’s pretty good when
you comes right down to it. And so overall, you’re not actually
spending too much, I think, to be able to get into a machine that’s a cool,
one-stop shop for single serve espresso. The cost is definitely not too bad,
again, when you compare it to maybe buying all of these components
separately and things like. If you want to find out how you can
buy everything you need for the R500, the pods and the machine itself,
check out the description in our video. You can find out some ways that
you can add this machine to your own at-home coffee shop. Let’s do the bottom line on the R500. We pretty much outlined everything
on the machine, so we won’t really go through
a lot of that again. The bottom line is if you want
a one-stop shop, single serve espresso machine that’s going
to allow you to take care of your milk frothing
and your espresso brewing, I think this is a really
great way to do it. The cool thing is that you can make
your own milk froth with this machine. And you can use
any milk that you want. You can you soy, you can use almond,
you can use regular milk, you can use lactose-free milk. You have a lot of different options because that is a real milk
frother attached to the R500. The pods work very nicely, very easily
and make a great shot of espresso I think, and you get
a lot of different options for the beverages that you can make. So bottom line, I would say
for the value, great machine. Nice entry by Keurig, definitely
a cool way to get into the world of brewing your own espresso at home. You may need to add, again, a single
serve coffee machine alongside this one if you want to able to have regular
coffee as well as your espresso. But overall, great value I think
for the machine itself. So there you go guys. That’s an overview of the Keurig Rivo
R500 single serve espresso machine. Pretty impressed. I hope that this
has been useful to you guys. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to leave them
in the description of our video. Visit us at, where you
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100 thoughts on “Keurig Rivo Review – Cappuccino & Latte Brewing System R500”

  1. huh? what kinda camera do you think appropriate for this? I think the quality of this particular clip is very good!

  2. I think you need to change setting to HD when you watch YT videos :). Thank you. Enjoy your cup,

  3. Are you ever going to say Keurig "cure-rig" the correct way and not like a complete dick tool??

  4. I noticed that the water tank, when you re-seated it, didn't seem to be very sturdy (it rocked a bit — as if it was only connected at the base). Was this an error in the way that you placed the tank back in? or does the tank only connect to the unit at the base? Very informative video, by the way — thanks.

  5. Seems like a shitty deal, why not buy a lower end superautomatic for $400 and then you can refill with beans which will save you a ton of money long run.

  6. do you see the price of these coming down at all. i know the regular keurigs have come down significantly since they first came out

  7. Yes K-Cup's price wend down for not Keurig K-Cups but not much (due patent expiration). Keurig Rivo brand new and I think they will keep price for a while :). Enjoy your cup,

  8. One thing I don't like about this machine is that it take up too much of counter space. I still think Nespresso Lattissima Plus is a better choice. Thanks for the video!!

  9. You lost me at the new pod design. There are three types of pods now and only the 1st gen flavor assortments are widely available in stores and on Amazon. I'll pass on this one sadly and stick with my Keurig Platinum.

  10. Actually it's great machine. They only problem is that you have to prime machine before each use. Enjoy your cup,

  11. How much do these cost? I have never owned one of these, have the old fashioned coffee pot but I really like my cold vanilla latte frap from Starbucks.

  12. Thanks for your reviews! I watched all of them in making my decision & just got a Rivo for my birthday. I'm loving it! It's so easy to use and was fairly inexpensive. I also got a great deal on Rivo packs by registering my machine and using coupons from Just a little tip for future purchasers 🙂

  13. (free shipping) or Bed bath and beyond (you can use 20% off coupon to get it even cheaper plus free shipping too).

  14. Ugh sorry cut off the rest of my comment… How long do you think it'll be before they had other flavors? I feel like they might be limited since it's only lavazzah

  15. Unfortunately we don't have this information. I agree Keurig need to have more choices :). Enjoy your cup,

  16. Loved the review! Thanks. I've had the Verismo for a year and it's been ok. I'm hoping the Keurig is better since I get to use real milk. Just bought mine on for 40% off! Plus, I ordered 6 boxes of boxes for 40% off… can't wait for it to be delivered!

  17. aren't you supposed to not overfill the water reservior? I thought the maximum amount of water was marked by the refill line

  18. Nice – thanks for your review.  I just ordered one for hubby and of course will also do a review on my blog ……   Can't wait for his to arrive.

  19. Purchased the RIVO 500 on Christmas Day and it was here on our door step 2 days later. What a nice machine. Speaking from experience of running a coffee shop with my wife (owner), this RIVO feels of quality! I have used and operated espresso machines that cost thousands of dollars. This machine has plastic components, but is build solid. Well done. Our first simple Keurig machine performed well, so when we found this machine we jumped right on it.
    The quality of the product this machine produces is great. The words from my wife the first time were " I can't believe this came from our home and not from a coffee shop." One small point I have noticed is that when frothing milk, it does not produce extremely hot milk. 150 – 160 degrees is acceptable but not as hot as I enjoy 170 degrees. I know that is borderline of burning the milk, but I like it hot! I don't know if it is approved by Keurig, but I found that you can simply push the frothing buttons again without removing the milk. This will continue frothing and heating the milk a few seconds longer. Pushing the button again at your desired time interval will stop the process?
    Over all. Love this machine!

  20. I am on the second machine and the milk frother does not work, I have heard if people bring back the machine because it does not work, they tell the retailer to throw it out, they do not want the machine back, so that tells you that something is wrong with this machine. A lot people complain because of the milk frother.

  21. Horrible video!!! Less review and more promo. How much did Keurig pay to get you to say what you did? The host was rambling and redundant. You could have said all you needed to in half the time and all without being nearly as annoying. Forgot to answer the most important question all keurig owners want to know….can you use your own coffee and forgo those severely over priced pods?? Question omitted for obvious reasons. Change the name of the video from review to promo!!

  22. It s about the same price as a Nespresso Umilk, which is way better than this machine. The Umilk has a 19 bar pump and a solid milk frother…. And more than 20 kinds of different capsules. Keurig machines are known for lasting about a year before the pump dies. You should consider a Nespresso Umilk or Starbucks verismo instead of this machine That will take half of your kitchen counter place . Did it have to be so big?

  23. I am waiting for the day when Keurig comes out with a machine that is all in one – espresso, coffee, milk frother, that uses STANDARD k-cups.  I hate the fact that Keurig has not adpoted the original k-cup pod design with these fancy new machines (the VUE and now the RIVO).  Having too many pod types will be confusing to the average consumer.

  24. the next person that says, "this is pretty straight forward" will receive skull bits as my head explodes

  25. do they have the option to have our own coffee like they have in the Nexpresso machine or the classic Keurig…

  26. Just got the machine as a gift for my wedding and love it! You couldn't have been more on point about exactly what it does! Thanks for the great review. I was able to watch ur review and then go right away and brew an amazing espresso cup. Thanks again for your great review!

  27. About to pick one of these machines up. They're on sale right now for under $200. And it turns out that the pods can be refilled. Nicely-comprehensive review…

  28. Hello, I have the Keurig® K65 Special Edition Brewing System. l like it for it's versatility and I'm thinking of getting a Rivo so I can make cappuccinos and Lattes, when I want more of a treat. Being that the Rivo would make a perfect froth makes it good pick for a cappuccino/Latte and all the other drinks it makes. I hope someday someone will make a refillable pod for the Rivo.

  29. Keurig is coming out with a new Brewer called The Keurig 2.0 is only going to use K-cups,all size vue cups including a carafe size vue. it going to look like a larger vue cup. Unless Keurig decides in the future to create special adapters with filters where we use our own coffee in $ pinch, it will an expensive way to have our coffee with no way to use our own coffee. The Rivo will still be available.

  30. raven Joyner, Answer to your Swiss Miss Question. no you can not. A K-Cup machine you can. I put the hot cocoa in the cup and then push the button 10oz for me. so I add a little more of the mix to make it.

  31. I've seen a lot of reusable pods for the regular Keurig's, Do you know if there are any made for this machine so I can use my own coffee?

  32. Excellent review. Way more informative than Keurig's website. The only thing left out were the physical dimensions. May pull the trigger on this.

  33. The loading mechanism and the pods look like the starbucks machine.  Any idea if it can take the starbucks pods?

  34. The captions on the bottom cover up the parts he is explaining–not good! It would be much better if you had a choice of putting on captions or not.

  35. I got this machine a few weeks ago and LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  Bye bye vanilla Latte at Starbucks!  I can now make my own!  

  36. Thanks for the presentation. It answered all the questions I had.  Excellent presentation.  Will be looking into buying this system.

  37. I just purchased this machine for $168.99 at Walmart. I am wondering where can I purchase the refill pods for this machine?

  38. Great review. I just received mine by mail. I got it at a tremendous discount on the Today Show special bundle that was recently televised during the early morning show. I paid just under $75 and received a total of two 12-packs of cappuccino/latte and one 18-pack of expresso. I haven't tried it yet, but it's a well-built, well-designed machine that allows for decent Italian blends. Thus far, wife and I are happy that we made the purchase.  I will update in a few weeks.

  39. This is one damn good review. I enjoyed watching it, and doesn't bore me watching it again. Thorough, detailed, and non-boring.

  40. i got this for christmas and it's cool but once you add the milk to the coffee you are left with warm coffee. you end up warming it up in the microwave unless warm coffee is your thing. The frother doesn't warm the milk up at all. its better for cold lattes. i should have bought the nespresso machine.

  41. Just got mine today. Bought it for $130 on amazon but it didn't come with any sample pods. Had to buy them separate.

  42. I have received TWO REPLACEMENT MACHINES, and all three fail to produce foam 95% of the time. The company has discontinued this model. I strongly recommend that no one purchase this item.

  43. Thank you, Ryan. It was grateful. I enjoyed every single word in your presentation. Just like other viewer said: it is fabulous review and walk through.

  44. how do you inject "pressure"??? you inject something, and this something is steam. And the pump is rated for 15 bar, this does not mean it brews with 15 bar, unless you put a plug in the outlet and make the pressure build to max…..
    This guy is NOT a coffee expert, be warned

  45. I have used this every single day since I got it!>>> I was a little skeptical a first when I ordered it and had concerns. But when it came it worked great. The only thing I don't like is that you can't change the temperature. Overall a good quality machine.

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