Francis Francis by illy Francis Francis – Buy this! Makes coffee as good as it looks

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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

Great sturdy machine, lovely design. Have had it for 2 months now, coffee is great. Easy to use once you understand the instructions.
Great sturdy machine, lovely design. Have had it for 2 months now, coffee is great. Easy to use once you understand the instructions.
We bought this machine in 2002 and only this year did it finally need replacing. Makes the most lovely expresso, survives multiple uses each day and is quick and clean to use. Would and have bought this again.

This review is from : Francis Francis for Illy X1 Ground Coffee Machine, Red

We bought this machine in 2002 and only this year did it finally need replacing. Makes the most lovely expresso, survives multiple uses each day and is quick and clean to use. Would and have bought this again.
My last francis francis coffee machine lasted 10 years before it gave up. I then foolishly decided to buy a cheap de’longhi premium pump coffee machine ec680. Within a year the machine was spewing coffee everywhere. I put this down to the cheap plastic that most coffee machines are made of today. The francis francis is solid stainless steel, including the filter handle, so you can be sure that they are built to last. I have taken one of these apart before with a screwdriver and changed parts, you wouldn’t be able to do that with any other coffee machine. Its worth paying the extra, but see if you can source yourself a bargain like i did on the amazon warehouse deals.

This review is from : Francis Francis for Illy X1 Ground Coffee Machine, Red

My last francis francis coffee machine lasted 10 years before it gave up. I then foolishly decided to buy a cheap de’longhi premium pump coffee machine ec680. Within a year the machine was spewing coffee everywhere. I put this down to the cheap plastic that most coffee machines are made of today. The francis francis is solid stainless steel, including the filter handle, so you can be sure that they are built to last. I have taken one of these apart before with a screwdriver and changed parts, you wouldn’t be able to do that with any other coffee machine. Its worth paying the extra, but see if you can source yourself a bargain like i did on the amazon warehouse deals.

This review is from : Francis Francis for Illy X1 Ground Coffee Machine, Red

It arrived quickly but sadly rather difficult to use compared to our last coffee machine.

This review is from : Francis Francis for Illy X1 Ground Coffee Machine, Red

It arrived quickly but sadly rather difficult to use compared to our last coffee machine.

This review is from : Francis Francis for Illy X1 Ground Coffee Machine, Red

Whist this machine is not perhaps the simplest to use it does make the most wonderful coffee. The construction of the machine is good and solid, and i would say is made to last, hopefully for many years of service. Although the operation is quite straight forward it does require a little bit of attention as this is a manual machine and it is necessary to pay attention to the temperature of the water as shown on the gauge, and tamping the ground coffee properly in the holder, this done look forward to an excellent espresso coffee.

This review is from : Francis Francis for Illy X1 Ground Coffee Machine, Red

Whist this machine is not perhaps the simplest to use it does make the most wonderful coffee. The construction of the machine is good and solid, and i would say is made to last, hopefully for many years of service. Although the operation is quite straight forward it does require a little bit of attention as this is a manual machine and it is necessary to pay attention to the temperature of the water as shown on the gauge, and tamping the ground coffee properly in the holder, this done look forward to an excellent espresso coffee.

This review is from : Francis Francis for Illy X1 Ground Coffee Machine, Red

Great price, makes great coffee too. Great price , makes great coffee too.
Great price, makes great coffee too. Great price , makes great coffee too.

This review is from : Francis Francis for Illy X1 Ground Coffee Machine, Red

I bought this to replace a gaggia classic which broke after a year of regular use. I found the gaggia a bit plasticky and rather dated-looking but it worked ok, until it broke, obviously. Clearly with all these machines there’s a reliability issue which can crop up if you’re unlucky. Anyway, i’ve had this for three or four months now, and it strikes me as very well built with a solid stainless steel case and buttons which operate with a satisfyingly firm metallic click. In this way, it’s leagues ahead of the gaggia. It takes about 5 or 10 minutes to warm up and the dial tells you when it’s at the right temperature with a green light and a chime, which makes using it very convenient. After a good deal of practise tamping and filling i have finally nailed it and the machine makes coffee which is at least as good as the gaggia. I use coffee pre ground for espresso machines only, and i’m sure it would be even better if i could justify an expensive grinder, which i cant. Maybe it’ll break one day and maybe it wont, but so far it’s fine and makes espresso at least as good as a coffee shop and possibly better.
I bought this to replace a gaggia classic which broke after a year of regular use. I found the gaggia a bit plasticky and rather dated-looking but it worked ok, until it broke, obviously. Clearly with all these machines there’s a reliability issue which can crop up if you’re unlucky. Anyway, i’ve had this for three or four months now, and it strikes me as very well built with a solid stainless steel case and buttons which operate with a satisfyingly firm metallic click. In this way, it’s leagues ahead of the gaggia. It takes about 5 or 10 minutes to warm up and the dial tells you when it’s at the right temperature with a green light and a chime, which makes using it very convenient. After a good deal of practise tamping and filling i have finally nailed it and the machine makes coffee which is at least as good as the gaggia. I use coffee pre ground for espresso machines only, and i’m sure it would be even better if i could justify an expensive grinder, which i cant. Maybe it’ll break one day and maybe it wont, but so far it’s fine and makes espresso at least as good as a coffee shop and possibly better.
There are some pretty dim reviews on the x1. There are some pretty dim reviews on the x1. In order to put them into perspective here goesi’ve used an x1 for 5 years and it is still going strong. Makes great espresso as long as you follow the following (easy) rules. Use fine ground (espresso) coffee or grind it yourself to a fine grind. ( i use a £20 turkish hand coffee ginder)2. Use a measure so you put the correct quantity of coffee into the holder. Turn the handle as far to the left as you can so it makes a good seal. Coffee will only seep over the holder if you have put too much in (i. Not used a measure) or failed to turn the handle fully. Wait until the machine is ready before you make your espresso.

This review is from : Francis Francis for Illy X1 Ground Coffee Machine, Red

There are some pretty dim reviews on the x1. There are some pretty dim reviews on the x1. In order to put them into perspective here goesi’ve used an x1 for 5 years and it is still going strong. Makes great espresso as long as you follow the following (easy) rules. Use fine ground (espresso) coffee or grind it yourself to a fine grind. ( i use a £20 turkish hand coffee ginder)2. Use a measure so you put the correct quantity of coffee into the holder. Turn the handle as far to the left as you can so it makes a good seal. Coffee will only seep over the holder if you have put too much in (i. Not used a measure) or failed to turn the handle fully. Wait until the machine is ready before you make your espresso.

This review is from : Francis Francis for Illy X1 Ground Coffee Machine, Red

It is just over a year since i bought this and it is still great. This is the best coffee machine i have ever had. Granted it is the only one i have had but it is so perfect. The coffees it makes are delicious. The only thing i would say about it is that it takes a while to get the hang of but there are plenty of youtube how to videos that help.
It is just over a year since i bought this and it is still great. This is the best coffee machine i have ever had. Granted it is the only one i have had but it is so perfect. The coffees it makes are delicious. The only thing i would say about it is that it takes a while to get the hang of but there are plenty of youtube how to videos that help.
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