I love the look of this coffee machine. Totally deserves 5 stars on that account. I’m giving just 3 stars for reliability, durability and performance, which is what ultimately matters right. When they work, they do make great coffee -specially if the coffee is fresh ground-and steamed milk. I was making lattes and cappuccinos with milk art almost like a pro barrista. However, i can’t say the same for its performance. I’ve had a total of 3, is as many months, the last of which i’m returning, and have totally given up on them now. First one had a problem with the steam wand. Second one wouldn’t cool down so when removing the group head, it would explode coffee out due to the high pressure.
I replaced my old version with this new one, partly because the old colour didn’t match the new kitchen. It looks great and makes great coffee. It takes a while to get to temperature but a great coffee is worth waiting for.
- Simply beautiful
- Great sturdy machine
- Lovely retro look but not as good as it should be
This coffee machine is a thing of beauty. Takes a bit of getting used to, makes lovely coffee.
The element went pop on mine. I bought it because it was beautiful but in fact my brother’s little gaggia and even my dad’s kenwood retro styled one work better if i’m honest. I have also found it extremely difficult to find someone who can repair it. If anyone knows someone who could fix it, could you let me know. I could probably a buy a more effective machine for the money it will cost to repair but there’s a chance it might work brilliantly once it’s mended and anyway i have spent a lifetime putting beauty before practicality.
Merkmal der Francis Francis for Illy X1 Ground Coffee Machine, Red
- Brass Boiler
- 1.2 litre tank; Temperature gauge; 18 bar pump; Auto refill; Retro design
- Stainless steel body, Brass handles, Steam arm
- Cup holder,Eight colours
- The machine distributes warm water for tea and abundant vapour for the preparation of cappuccinos.
Perfect italian espresso machine. This is my forth espresso machine i have tried capsule and full automatic machine. I would like suggest for all before start using manual machine watch and learn the technic of making espresso and frothing milk, there are many videos in the youtube can halp. One more thing, having good coffee beans grinder will make big different. And sorry for my not clear english typing.
This is our first “proper” coffee machine having relied on the good old stove top espresso maker for years. We now drink more coffee than ever beforehaving read reviews for this and other machines we settled on this one as most reviewers praised the quality of the coffee it produces. They were right, the quality is superb. We have used illy coffee and other types including one our relatives in italy bring over from a coffee merchant in their town and all have passed the test. It is easy to use and looks really good in the kitchen. One or two reviewers were of the opinion that there is not much room between the spout and the base but we can quite happily get espresso cups and large cappuccino cups underneath. If you want to drink espresso from a tall mug then it ain’t going to fit. The steam nozzle could do with a little more room but we soon learnt the knack of using it and it does not present a problem. 71 litre stainless steel jug at the same time and this holds enough milk for two large cappuccinos and the froth without overflowing. A milk frothing thermometer was added to the order on the “don’t spoil the ship for. . ” basis and it has proved invaluable. It takes all the guesswork away and eliminates the swearing from the traditional temperature testing methodsif you like the look of the machine and enjoy great coffee then this may be the one for you. Besten Francis Francis for Illy X1 Ground Coffee Machine, Red Einkaufsführer