Keurig Rivo Review – Cappuccino And Latte Brewing System R500

Today that is a little bit hard to get your hands on, and a lot of folks are going to be really interested in it. 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.

Keurig Rivo R500
Keurig Rivo R500

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 captured 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 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 really 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.

Keurig Rivo R500 Primary Tray
Keurig Rivo R500 Primary Tray

You could also fill this obviously by just removing the lid and filling it up while it’s attached to the machine.

That’s really 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 that 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 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.

Keurig Rivo R500 Milk
Keurig Rivo R500 Milk

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 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.

Keurig Rivo R500 Coffee Types
Keurig Rivo R500 Coffee Types

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 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 R500and, 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.

Keurig Rivo R500 Energy Saver
Keurig Rivo R500 Energy Saver

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 cream 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 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 come 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 use almond, you can use regular milk, you can use lactose-free milk.

The Verdict

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.