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Keurig is known for its single serve K-cup coffee machines. But since then, it has expanded to a new type of single-serve machine that offers a new at home coffee experience. The Keurig Rivo 500 Cappuccino and Latte System is definitely worth your consideration.
The Keurig Rivo 500 is a single-serve ESPRESSO machine, and that’s mainly how it’s different than other Keurig machines, which are single-serve COFFEE machines. The Rivo 500 prepares espresso, cappuccinos and lattes with a touch of a button. It includes an automatic milk frother that prepares hot and yummy frothy milk that pours right into your shot of espresso, to make a delicious cup of gourmet coffee in a few minutes.
Can The Keurig Rivo 500 make espresso and ice coffee? It sure can! Although it’s called “Cappuccino and Latte system” it performs everything an espresso machine does, only automatically with a push of a button.
Features of the Keurig Rivo 500:
The Rivo 500 system used special pods called Lavazza Rivo Coffee Packs. There’s definitely different than Keurig’s K-Cups, so please don’t try to brew those with a Rivo machine, it won’t work.
The pods are available in four varieties: Classico, Delicato, Intenso and Decaf. All pods are espresso pods, remember the Rivo 500 is an espresso machine. The pods can be purchased from Keurig’s website, Amazon.com and other retail stores.
Common Questions about the Rivo 500 by Keurig:
Can You Make Regular Coffee With the Keurig Rivo?
Right now, the Keurig Rivo only makes espresso and espresso based drinks. Your best shot at a regular coffee would be to prepare Americano, which is a shot or two of Espresso with hot water to fill the rest of the cup. If you’re looking for a single-serve machine that prepares regular coffee, check out the new Nespresso VertuoLine , CBTL Kaldi or a K-Cups Keurig Machine.
Can the Rivo use K-Cup coffee pods?
No, it uses it’s own Rivo coffee pods made by Lavazza.
Can You Use Your Own Coffee with Keurig Rivo?
No. Unlike K-Cups, the Rivo does not have refillable coffee pods that allows you to use your own coffee ground.
Can You Make Hot Chocolate or Tea with the Rivo 500?
There are no hot chocolate or tea capsules (the CBTL Kaldi has those). You can use the automatic milk frother to prepare hot creamy milk, and then you can add chocolate syrup, shavings or powder separately.
Where Can I Buy the Keurig Rivo Cups/Packs?
They can be purchased online at Amazon.com. They’re also available at Lavazza’s online store.
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There’s quite a difference between the two systems:
The coffee pods these two systems use are entirely different in design and brand:
You can learn more about Keurig’s Vue system here
Both the Rivo and Nespresso (pictured above is the CitiZ with built-in frother) are single-serve espresso systems with the ability to make you delicious espresso based drinks with a push of a button. But how do you choose between them? There’s probably one factor that will make all the difference for you: the available coffee capsules for each system.
The popularity of coffee is continually rising, symbolically displayed by the many coffee shops popping up on our street corners and the need to have access to a variety of coffee conveniently in our own homes is growing. For those with a need for a complex coffee experience there are a host of machines that offer a complete yet time consuming way to make a cup of coffee. For those who want convenience and variety then single serve coffeemakers offer stylish, easy to use solution.
Here are three of the best rated single-serve machines available:
Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System:
Type of Coffee Pods: Uses K-Cups exclusively, which are widely available from many coffee brands.
Breville BKC700XL Gourmet Single-Serve Coffeemaker with Iced-Beverage Function:
Type of Coffee Pods: Uses K-Cups exclusively.
CBTL Kaldi S04 Single Cup Brewer:
Type of Coffee Pods: Uses Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf capsules exclusively. Capsules available from other brands too, labelled as Caffitaly pods.
It depends on what drinks you’re looking to make and enjoy:
We’ve already established the fact that Nespresso is one of the best single-serve espresso machines available right now on the market. But, as you go on to find a Nespresso machines, you’ll find so many models that are seemingly the same, but have different names. So what we’ll do here is break it all down for you; the best models, the difference between them, how they work, and everything in between.
Before we get into the details, there this one thing you should keep in mind:
All Nespresso machines basically work the same way. The differences come in few features but not in the overall how of it works.
Now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s explore how a Nespresso machine work (video shows the Nespresso U in action):
A Nesprsso machine, or a single-serve machine for that matter, is the easiest, most convenient way to make a shot of espresso or a nice cup of coffee. How it works is very simple:
We told you it’s simple!
There are many Nespresso machines, but there are three that stand out and seem to be the most popular: Nespresso CitiZ, Nespresso Pixie and Nespresso U.
Note: The Inissia is worth considering as its the newest addition in the Nespresso Original Line.
We will discuss the difference between each machine in details in a later post. But to give you an idea, the difference comes in features like:
These differences can affect how you experience your Nespresso machines. They’ll also affect the price of the machine, so if you’re on a budget, it will have say in which one is the right one for you.
Of course, you’ll be interested to know how available are the Nespresso capsules to you before you commit to the machine.
Great news! They’re quite available!
You have many choices at buying the capsules, either directly from Nespresso (where you can even set up automatic shipments!) or many Vendors you’ll find online, including on Amazon and eBay.
But it’s worth mentioning that Nespresso machines are only compatible with Nespresso capsules. There are a few options for refillable capsules that you can fill with your preferred coffee. But they’ve been very poorly reviewed, it’s not worth it at all. You’ve got nothing to worry about anyway. Nespresso capsules taste absolutely delicious (Arpeggio is a personal favorite of mine!).
That is actually a question that we can’t answer for you. What we can do, however, is compare the machines for you and let you know the features of each machine, and that will help you make a better decision!
So hop over to the next post to see a comparison between the Nespresso U, Pixie and CitiZ.
You’ll never know what convenience truly is until you’ve tried brewing your coffee using a single-serve machine. A truly innovative way to brew delicious coffee drinks at home with a single touch of a button, single-serve machines are something you’ll definitely want to consider.
Here’s the thing about single-serve espresso machines; while they’re truly great, quick, and mess-free which is a major plus… they’re not for everyone. If you’re an advanced coffee drinker, you prefers to customize the grind/temperature or other features of their espresso, you’d prefer a manual pump espresso machine over a single-serve.
As single-serve machines use pods, the coffee has already been ground and freshly sealed. You’ll have the option to customize the volume of your coffee, and you’ll have the choice of many different coffee blends/strength. Choosing a single-serve espresso machine will also mean committing to one brand of coffee, since most machines use their own coffee pods exclusively.
So, before you decide on a single serve machine, you’ll need to check the following:
Now we’ve covered that, let’s have a look at the best single-serve espresso machines currently available…
Nespresso is currently one of the hottest single-serve espresso machines available in the market. It has the most diverse range when it comes to machines and coffee capsules. It’s perfect for making espresso as well as other coffee drinks like Cappuccinos, Lattes or Macchiatos. However, you will need to bundle it with it’s electric milk frother, the Aeroccino, which comes built-in in some models like the Nespresso CitiZ pictured above.
The great thing about CBTL’s single serve machine is that it brews more than espresso. It’s actually a beverage brewing system that makes brewed coffee, espresso, tea and hot chocolate. All capsules are available from CBTL, and there’s a good selection to choose from. CBTL also has an electric milk frother that you can bundle with your machine to make all sorts of delicious milk based drinks.
Keurig Rivo for Lavazza:
Keurig machines are known for their K-Cup pods. But this particular machine is made to work exclusively with Lavazza pods, the European brand known for it’s delicious espresso. The coffee variety for this particular machine isn’t much, but it should satisfy any Lavazaa fan. Also, it works like a charm in creating any coffee drink with a touch of a button.
Gaggia for illy:
Another big European, and particularly Italian name. Gaggia, a major Italian espresso machine manufacturer, has made this single-server machine to work with another Italian brand, illy coffee pods. Illy’s pods, known as iperEspresso, are available in many blends, but not as many as Nespresso’s or CBTL’s. The machine has a built-in classic frothing wand, so with the machine you get the look and feel of a classic espresso machine with the advanced technology of single-serve machine.
Our top recommendation would be the Nespresso machine for its available variety of coffee. However, if you want more out of your machine, the CBTL’s machine is an excellent choice for brewing many different beverages. As for the Keurig Rivo and Gaggia for illy, both are excellent machines, but only consider them if you’re a fan of the coffee brands Lavazza or illy, as you’ll only have their limited variety of coffee available to you.
a Keurig 2.0 Brewer is the only Keurig that can brew both single cup servings as well a full carafe. The machine is available in a number of models that vary in sizes, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Keurig K55 is an excellent choice for single cup brewing with a large 48 oz reservoir. Perfect for brewing many cups without the need to refill.
Keurig K15 is perfect for a single user who needs something compact. It has no water reservoir, instead you add a fresh cup of water for every brew. It's very small in size in comparison to other Keurigs.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker
This personal coffee maker by KitchenAid is compact in size and brews directly into your mug or travel mug. Use it with your favorite coffee ground and never worry about coffee pods.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
This convenient coffee maker by Hamilton Beach allows you to brew a single cup in different sizes using your favorite coffee ground. It can also adjust the coffee brew from regular to bold. This, in addition to many great features.
Ninja Coffee Bar
The Ninja Coffee Bar gives you the best of all words. It is a single-serve (using coffee ground), it is also able to make a full carafe and specialty coffee drinks.
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K55 allows you to brew a cup of coffee using a K-Cup pod, which is available from so many brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and many more. It also has a refillable pod that allows you to use your own coffee ground.
Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker
Keurig 2.0, like the K55, brews K-Cups from many different brands, which doesn't limit your options. The 2.0 model allows you to additionally brew a full carafe along side many different cup sizes.
The Nespresso CitiZ&Milk allows you to brew espresso, and thanks to its built-in frother, you can easily heat and froth milk for drinks like Cappuccino and Latte.
Nespresso Lattissima Pro
The Lattissima Pro takes it up to another level with its fully automated drink preparation. Using the LCD touch screen, choose the drink you want to brew and the Lattissima will do everything else.
Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Machine
The Evoluo is part of Nespresso's VertuoLine brewers which allow you to brew a full cup of coffee in addition to espresso and espresso-based drinks. So, if you enjoy your cup of coffee as well as a frothy cup of Cappuccino or Latte, this would be a nice option for you.