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FrancisFrancis! X1

“Still going strong after 11 years”

Written on: 11/06/2014 by Hamilton168 (1 review written)

We have owned a red Francis Francis X1 since 2003. I use it for making ground coffee. Except for an internal leak repaired for a modest fee by a local shop we have had few problems and the coffee is excellent with good crema. I should say that the red enamel has flaked off around the edges of the drip tray where coffee acids accumulate, and the thermometer has ceased to function, although the thermostat still works. In the event that the machine finally gives up the ghost I would seriously… Read Full Review

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FrancisFrancis! X1

“How to make a good cup of coffee out of Francis Francis ”

Written on: 22/04/2013

I've recently bought a used Francis Francis X1 esspresso maker and have so far been very disappointed. Have had an AEG cheap esspresso make that makes fantastic coffee with rich froth and taste. We have used it since 2007 and it still works perfectly without any service. Coffee powder and water in, esspresso out and that's about it. I like design of Francis and thought to combine beautifull design and coffee mashine but so far have only got design. Coffee is tasteless with no froth at… Read Full Review

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FrancisFrancis! X1

“I thought I was spending more and getting quality...”

Written on: 19/01/2012 by geordie42 (1 review written)

I have had a number of coffee machines over the years inclduing 3 kenwood retro which all were good machines made good latte's espresso... but largely died after 18 or so months. So i thought i'll spend 3x as much for a better quality machine that will hopefully last x3 as long. I'm not sure I could argue this machine is even close to as good as the Kenwood. The bad points are numerous and to give you a few: The machine is ~ 8 months old i make 4-5 coffees per day and it now leaks like no ones… Read Full Review

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FrancisFrancis! X1

“This is a great machine. I have owned three espresso...”

Written on: 28/03/2010 by Gill 111 (1 review written)

This is a great machine. I have owned three espresso makers before, and this is the absolute best one. It is being said that it is expensive, due to its looks. I would say that if you compare to machines at the same price level, this one does as well compete on quality… Read Full Review

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FrancisFrancis! X1

“I have owned this machine for almost 2 years and it is...”

Written on: 22/12/2009 by Treesy (1 review written)

I have owned this machine for almost 2 years and it is the best coffee maker I have ever had. Yes, it's expensive, but it consistently produces excellent coffee. I have tried numerous cheaper machines and none heat the water to a sufficient temperature to extract the full flavour of the coffee. The machine is heavy but for the job it is doing, it needs to be. so far I have had absolutely no problems with it and I love the retro look of it. My only critisism is that it is quite difficult to… Read Full Review

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FrancisFrancis! X1

“I bought the Francis Francis! X1 around 7 months ago,...”

Written on: 20/11/2009

I bought the Francis Francis! X1 around 7 months ago, and as yet I haven't managed to force a decent cup of coffee out of it. I have tried the Illy beans which are recommended for it, plus many others bought from individual roasters. I have tested these identical beans for flavour in a caffetiere, with perfect results. I am well used to coffee machines, so I'm fairly confident that the problem is with the machine and not with me!
The machine is difficult to use - it is heavy and you have to… Read Full Review

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FrancisFrancis! X1

“I have owned this FrancisFrancis! X1 for 2 years and...”

Written on: 05/07/2009 by rosindale19 (1 review written)

I have owned this FrancisFrancis! X1 for 2 years and had no problems. Good with a grind, better for the E.S.E pods. Impressive retro style look… Read Full Review

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FrancisFrancis! X1

“I had the FrancisFrancis X1 for nine months when it...”

Written on: 09/05/2009

I had the FrancisFrancis X1 for nine months when it developed a fault in the steam arm and a large piece of enamel flaked off the drawer front. EuroFoodBrands of Sywell, Northampstonshire are the UK importers and the machine had to be sent back to them under the terms of the 2 year warranty. They offered to collect but only on the understanding that the machine would not be insured during transit and if lost or damaged in transit this would be my responsibility. I was not happy about this and… Read Full Review

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FrancisFrancis! X1

“I have had many coffee machines in my life, and got...”

Written on: 15/10/2008

I have had many coffee machines in my life, and got the FrancisFrancis! X1 as a birthday present. In my opinion it under performs those a third of its price. It just doesn't work properly and mine has also just broken after only 6 months. The seal no longer works, so water spills over the bit that holds the coffee instead of forcing it through at high pressure. Coffe now full of grains and weak. Very dissapointed.Do not buy this machine… Read Full Review

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FrancisFrancis! X1

“We used to have a Kenwood retro espresso machine and...”

Written on: 20/07/2008

We used to have a Kenwood retro espresso machine and it started rusting under the coating as well as the pump breaking within one year. The francis francis x1 is powder coated which seems more durable. It is very quick with reheating between cups of coffee and cools down quickly from steam function to coffee. It does leak a little from the steam spout when brewing coffee but I keep a glass under it… Read Full Review

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FrancisFrancis! X1

“I've had my stylish FrancisFrancis! X1 for over two...”

Written on: 28/04/2008 by biff480 (1 review written)

I've had my stylish FrancisFrancis! X1 for over two years now and it's never given a moment of trouble. Since I've had it I've given up all but espresso, because it makes it so well. It was, I believe, the first machine developed to use coffee pods and it makes a great espresso with them. However, though can also get a normal coffee holder so that you can put your own grind into it. Heats up very fast and makes great coffee every time, strong but mellow, with great crema… Read Full Review

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433693_Bearbug's Response to biff480's Review

Written on: 20/01/2009

I've got the instructions to this and nowhere does it actually say how to use it. Can anyone give a basic rundown? I'm just trying to make an espresso... all switches down in front.. mine could be broken.

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441949_Suuzziq's Response to biff480's Review

Written on: 19/02/2009

This is for the person who needed instructions to make an espresso on the Francis X1. You begin by filling it with water, putting all switches in the up position and plugging it in. Next, put the left switch down and wait for the green light to go on. In the mean time, put coffee in the portafilta and put it on the machine. You can also get your cup ready and if your going to froth milk, get that ready. When the green light goes on, have your cup ready and put the second switch from the left down. Once you have the amount of coffee you want in the cup, put the same switch back up. To froth, leave the first switch down, the second up and put the third down. When the green light goes on again open the steam on the right and froth until your heart's content. When you're done, turn the steam off and put the switch back up. To turn off the machine all switches should be up. That's about it.

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