I have a confession.
I’m tired. All. The. Time.
I know I know, this is not news to new moms like you.
My son is nearly four years old and I’m still feeling the pain of sleep deprivation. Being an older mom is part of the problem for sure but the other is that I really need ‘me time’. And so I take it after he’s in bed which sometimes isn’t until 9pm. (We’re working on this)
And then I stay up way too late. (if you can consider 11-11.30pm way too late)
So in order to get a handle on this and shed this ‘I’m so tired’ ‘badge of honour’ I’ve been wearing so long I’m getting down to business and doing something about it.
I’m going to bed early and trying to exercise more but I’m still tired when I wake up. It might have something to do with the thousands of hours I’ve lost in the past four years and beyond really. But that’s another story. Anyway…
Because I’m often so tired in the morning when I wake up one of the first things I think about it having a nice hot cup of coffee.
It helps ease the pain. And just like precious ‘me-time’ is something I crave so is having a GREAT tasting cup of coffee.
On a Quest for Great Tasting Coffee
Needless to say, we’ve been on a quest to find the best way to brew our own coffee at home for a few years now. If you were to look in our kitchen, you’d see a French Press and two coffee machines taking up valuable counter space. Our kitchen is tiny. Enough said.
All because my partner and I have very different ideas about what it takes to brew the perfect cup.
We purchased a Keurig® machine a couple of years ago hoping that we’d be able to cut down on our coffee consumption outside the home as it can get so expensive.
The trouble was that we both prefer a really strong brew and we’ve been mostly disappointed with the result. We would find ourselves switching back and forth between the Keurig and the French Press or just giving up all together and going out to visit our favourite coffee shops in the neighbourhood.
Our coffee habit was proving to be an expensive one.
So when I was asked to give the new Keurig® Rivo a go, I was excited to try it as it promised to be the answer to my dream of having barista-quality lattes or other espresso drinks in the comfort of my home. It is one of the machines sitting on our counter if you haven’t guess already.
I have to say, I love this machine! It takes some time to get used to as it can be a bit finicky getting the frother in the right spot but man, look at that froth!
It is creamy and lovely. This machine is easy to use although it can be a bit tricky to get the frother in the right spot. But, if you prefer espresso to boring old drip coffee the result is a smooth bold brew that your Italian grandma would be proud of. Now I just need to convince my partner to give away the old machine so that we can keep this baby.
Here are a few details you’ll want to know about. Why?
Because we are giving one of these fantastic machines away!
Keurig® RivoTM system features
The combination of fresh milk and espresso-blend Keurig® Rivo™ packs, crafted by Lavazza exclusively for the Keurig® Rivo™ system, which is named to evoke the Italian world of revolutionary, offer users the breadth of choice to brew up to 32 authentic espresso-based beverage options at the touch of a button in under two minutes.
To make true espresso, a brewing machine must be a high pressure system, forcing hot water through a finely ground blend of specially blended and roasted coffee. The Keurig® Rivo™ system brews rich Lavazza® Italian espresso with up to 15 bars of pressure and each Rivo™ pack contains approximately 7.5 grams of a unique blend of 100 percent Arabica beans, packed and freshly sealed to preserve optimum quality of taste.
Key brewer features
- · Two espresso sizes: short (1.4 oz. / 42 ml) and lungo (2.8 oz. / 84 ml)
- · Three frothing modes to make the perfect froth, hot or cold
- · Removable 60 oz. water reservoir
- · Frothing pitcher that is dishwasher safe
Rivo™ pack varieties include:
- · Espresso Classico (medium roast): A medium roast featuring a pleasant aroma with notes of tropical fruit; sweet, mild floral qualities with a lingering fruity finish.
- · Espresso Delicato (medium roast): A medium roast with a full bodied blend and a balanced acidity; slightly sweet with notes of chocolate and a long lasting citrus finish.
- · Espresso Intenso (dark roast): A dark roast consisting of a bold, full bodied blend with aromas of butter and caramel; subtle hints of smoke with a pleasantly crisp finish.
- · Espresso Decaf (medium roast decaffeinated): A medium decaffeinated roast featuring a balanced flavor and gently sweet aromas of grape and dried fruit with a satisfying, smooth finish.
Check out this Instagram Video of how this machine works.
Keurig® Rivo GIVEAWAY ($229 value)
Fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Notice that you get bonus points when you make a comment on the blog telling us why you want to trade in your old coffee machine for a barista-quality lattes or other espresso drinks in the comfort of your home with the Keurig® RivoTM
Easy peasy lemon squeezy! (as my son would say)
This giveaway runs from Friday May 30th and ends on June 9th 2014 at Midnight. The winner will be contacted shortly thereafter and will have 48 hours to respond.
In order to win you must not have won anything through Modern Mama Vancouver in the past 6 months. This contest is open to Canadian residents only.
I wasn’t compensated for this post other than being given a Keurig® RivoTM Coffee System to review.
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I have a very old single cup coffee maker… From over 10 yrs ago… I need an upgrade.
I want to trade in my old coffee maker for a new Keurig Rivo Coffee System because I am the only person drinking coffee, it is more efficient and convenient to make one cup a time.
We have a similar system at work, it is awesome, could use one
I have been using the same old school coffee maker for the last 10 years and I am overdue for a new one..I’d love to win a Keurig Rivo. I make coffee daily and it would be nice to have a machine like this.
I want to trade in my coffee maker for a new Keurig Rivo Coffee System because it brews smooth rich Lavazza Italian espresso with up to 15 bars of pressure. I bet this tastes amazing. I love my espresso and I could use a machine like this, all I have is a simple coffee machine.
I own a tassimo but find I am not crazy about most of the flavour choices out there. With the Kerurig rivo I can have it all!
Looks like a great machine. I know somebody I want to gift it to.
I can really use a new coffee machine. I have an old single cup coffee maker and I’d love to upgrade to a fancy Keurig.
I have a keurig, but I would trade it in for this because of the froth feature!
We have your basic Keurig but would love to Win & upgrade to this.
ohh I want to trade in my Keurig for this awesome Keurig Rivo! I want that froth! yum!
My current coffee maker is old and I’ve heard so many good things about Keurig…would love to own one.
Would like to try out the Kerurig it looks like a great machine!
My current coffee maker doesn’t make espresso nor cappuccino which makes coffee oh so much more civilized
Is this only for Canada?
Yes this is for BC residents only. Sorry about that.
I have nothing, no coffee machine, espresso machine. SOS. Help. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. 🙁 Starving artist here desperately needs the coffee machine, to drink, awake, to have fun, feel alive & inspired again. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest!
I would love to gift hubby with this for Father’s Day!
because this would be a great addition to my new condo!
seems a lot faster than using a french press
I would love to try it because you can make espresso in it easily.
I would want to replace it because it makes coffee quickly and would be really helpful with two small kids in the house
I would love to upgrade my kettle to the Keurig® Rivo Coffee System
I have a 2 year old who is teething and a 4 year old who also keeps me busy. I need more caffeine! And the good kind….not the instant coffee I’ve been using lately.
I use a kitchen aid coffee maker now not as strong as I would like even using espresso roast. I to roate between french press so I save my coffee $’s for a special JJ Bean drink!
I can’t start my day without a coffee, even before I was a mom. Now with baby in tow, I’m in more need of a morning caffeine jolt. 🙂
shhhh don’t tell anyone, I don’t drink it ‘too’ often and I just use instant. So hard to get it right.
Who wouldn’t want to change there everyday coffee maker to a Keurig Rivo system? You go from a coffee process that takes many minutes to literally almost instantly. Great for days you are in a hurry or need some instant caffeine boost.
I really need a new coffee maker. I would love to win a really nice one like this. The one I have is outdated.
I’m due with baby #4 in a few months, I’m in desperate need of an awesome coffee maker to keep me going in the days! Thanks for the great giveaway 🙂
We have a traditional coffee maker that we’ve had for 5 years now but we have never really liked it. We spent quite a bit of money on it so we’ve felt guilty wanting to get another one.
I want to trade in my coffee maker to make convenient drinks that go beyond just a regular cup of coffee. I want to be able to make speciality drinks like cappuccinos
My coffee pot is old and needs to be updated.
This looks like a fantastic Keurig machine. I don’t have anything like this and as a coffee lover, I’d love to win it.
I’m currently making coffee from an instant mix, so any coffee machine would be an upgrade from what I have!
I could use an upgrade because I am using a drip coffee maker and this new one will allow me to try different flavour coffee
i have never had a coffee maker so this would be great
I am still using a drip coffee maker and I would love to try some of the nice kcups I see everywhere
I have a basic keurig and would love to be able to try and see the differnece a rivo would make.
why is my comment still awaiting moderation.
Momma just started back at work! I need my coffee!!!!
I just have a compact single cup coffee maker. I would love to move on to a Keurig® Rivo Coffee System for a more sophisticated but easy way of making coffee.
My machine needs replacing soon and I would love to try the Keuring Rivo.
I really need a new coffee maker. I have one of those older ones that doesn’t take K-Cups. I’d love an update.
My current coffee maker is on the fritz, so this would be a god send. Also, I want to be a froth master!
I would love to win a Keurig® Rivo Coffee System because I am a huge espresso fan and currently spend way too much money at Starbucks!!
Thank you for the chance. I have always wanted a coffee machine and this looks amazing!
We don’t have any kind of coffee maker! We would like to have one in our home!
I’m tired of cleaning up wayward coffee grounds from my counter and floor!
I don’t even own a coffeemaker anymore. I love coffee and would love to own a Keurig.
I’d like to be able to make one great, fresh cup of coffee at a time. My coffee maker needs to be replaced!
I love Keurig. My work place has one but I really would love one at home to sip on a fresh cup of coffee while relaxing.
I have a coffee drip machine that makes the most one dimensional coffee I know. I will trade it in for a Keurig in a heartbeat – fresh, melt in your mouth, heavenly coffee? Yes please!
Froth making coffee maker? That’s something I really would do anything or trade anything in for! It’s a great little machine. I don’t have much saved up for a whole machine but can afford the pods 🙂
I have a red Keurig that is old One of the first ones to come out. We love it and have converted half our family to Keurig, but it is getting old and doesn’t have a water reservior Plus we are big espresso fams!
I already have and love my keurig- but I’d love to upgrade to a newer and fancier model!
I’m a coffee lover but since without work, I usually just drink instant coffee (which is very not tasty). A Keurig at home will help alot!
I Have had my tassimo for 5 years and I think it is time to trade it in, I like some of the brands now that keurig has
Considering I don’t have a system, that’s why I NEED this one. I love that it has reusable cups and I hear that it’s the best.
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I would love this to replace my old coffee maker!
Well my coffee maker is about 40 years old and while it works, would love to have a machine that makes fancy coffees like this one.
The Keurig Rivo Coffee System is top notch, so efficient and such a quality product. This is one of those items that you share with your family and friends when entertaining and make them feel like they have walked into a local coffee shop. I want to win it simply because it is a wonderful machine and who wouldn’t be impressed with such a beauty!
Don’t have coffee maker and never used Keurig before. Would love one!
I want to trade in my coffee maker for the Rivo because I’m the only one in my house who drinks coffee and I have a 12 cup maker. It would be nice to make just one cup at a time instead of wasting so much!
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