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Francis Francis X1
5.6 out of 10

Francis Francis X1

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Overall 8
8.0

I'm in love

M. Denton "Editor", Amazon
6 May 2008
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Overall, a great machine!

Angel "Shabby Chic Cherub Chick", Amazon
10 June 2005
  • 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).
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Overall 8
8.0

Good machine with a few minor drawbacks

GPK, Amazon
5 August 2003
  • 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).
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Overall 8
8.0

Nice looking, makes great coffee

Amazon
11 November 2002
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Form and function

Geraldine Brophy, Amazon
20 September 2002
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Makes good espresso but quality is not perfect

Nils, Amazon
27 January 2002
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Retro Chic with a Jolt

Amazon
2 January 2002
  • 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...
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Overall 8
8.0

An excellent machine

D. Wolf "wolfd", Amazon
21 May 2001
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

8 years on

Chrisjames204 , johnlewis.com
19 February 2015
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Long-term review - 8 years with a Francis Francis X1: update after getting a new one!

Zebrasoma, Amazon
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.
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