Summary: I've had my Francis Francis for at least 5 years now. Mine is a pale pink. It is gorgeous and looks brand new. I've never had a single problem with it. I manage to make a delicious cup of espresso with plenty of cremma from my own ground coffee EVERY TIME.
Summary: Good points: 1) Heats up to the right temperature relatively quickly. 2) Makes a great, strong cup of espresso with great crema (I have been using the Lavazza Gran Crema E.S.E. pods, never tried with ground espresso, because I am trying to avoid a mess).
Summary: I bought this machine 7 years ago and since then I use it on a daily basis. It has given me much pleasure and I haven't run into any problems at all. I bought it together with an extra portafilter for using pods (more expensive, but very convenient since no cleaning afterwards is needed).
Summary: Makes great coffee, but it takes a bit of practice to perfect the technique. It took me a while to figure these things out: *Espresso beans need to be freshly roasted, and ground in a burr grinder, not a blade grinder. *The cup warmer rack on top of the machine looks good, but is basically useless.
Summary: I have used the FrancisFrancis X1 for four years now and I still love using it and looking at it. I agree with the reviewers who say it is heavy to move, but I look at it as keeping my biceps in shape.
Summary: I have had a X1 in more than 4 years (since Oct 1997) and it has made a lot of excellent cups of espresso for me. I have some minor problems. After about a year the external thermometer stop working. Not really important as it is only for display, the internal thermostat is still working.
Summary: The FrancisFrancis X1 provides its owner not only with the makings for a superior shot of espresso, but a design which attracts the attention of even non-caffeine afficianados. With styling cues taken from Italy's sports cars of the 50's, its small footprint and rounded lines make it especially...
Summary: I've had mine for almost 3 years. Like another reviewer, my first one had a defect, but the replacement (which was a matter easily and quickly handled) has worked flawlessly. If it hadn't been for the original problem, I'd have given the product 5 stars.
Summary: I have had this machine for 8 years now. They look great and mine still makes great coffee (I use lavazza). The problems I have had are temperature gauge going twice (costly to post to be repaired). The second is the paint chipping.
Long-term review - 8 years with a Francis Francis X1: update after getting a new one!
19 November 2013
Summary: First, my old X1 was a pale blue one (new one - see below - dark blue), but I've entered the review here on the almond one as this has most reviews of any colour, so I guess more people will see it.